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Thanks to Mr Jennings of Sonning Common legoland will no longer be making models of their employees as awards for long-service.

And for everyone mooching grimly about Valentines, Oxfordshire has never been especially romantic; it's all about shrivelled pig's tails, stale buns, and throwing heated pennies at children.

The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, possibly anticipating a backlash against the colour pink, is having an entire day devoted to the colour blue on Feb 21 with living history of bluebottles and bluestockings, talks to include Why is the sky blue?, and Is anything blue? Don’t ask a philosopher!, a blue trail, bluegrass music, and of course a screening of Derek Jarman's Blue.

In the covered market, the large and chaotic old bookshop is gone, replaced by Red Opia, a fresh clean bright shop of oriental crafts. I went in to look through the blue-and-white china my mum likes so much (would a duck-shaped duck plate please her or just bring back horrible memories?) and was seduced into buying candles that look like old-fashioned penny sweets and a sausage-dog shaped chopstick stand/incense stick holder. Well, two sausage-dog shaped chopstick stand/incense stick holders. They were hand-made, cheap, had cute little beseeching eyes, and I couldn't decide which one to take (you never eat chinese on your own, anyway). The shoplady ripped the paper and wrapped them carefully, so that they weren't touching each other. "To make sure they don't fight," she said, "Two dogs in a bag ..."


( 7 worms — Feed the birds )
13th Feb, 2004 11:43 (UTC)
I do like the idea of a colour themed museum day. And that craft shop sounds intriguing. Is the covered market open on Sundays?
14th Feb, 2004 03:38 (UTC)
open on sundays?
I'm afraid not, ancient statutes and all that.
13th Feb, 2004 11:58 (UTC)
throwing heated pennies at children
I'm game as long as they're red hot and the old fashioned non-metric heavy ones.

At least people just send cards and don't celebrate the older tradition of claiming for a valentine the first opposite sex (and non spouse) person you see in the morning.

13th Feb, 2004 12:43 (UTC)
the large and chaotic old bookshop is gone,
13th Feb, 2004 23:18 (UTC)
Noooooooooo! Noooooooooo!
Just what I thought when I read that... but it must be said that I really hardly ever bought stuff in there. It had a good stash of bargain books but I didn't seem to find all that many interesting things there when I looked - not that I have looked recently. (er, like having not been in for a few years?).
14th Feb, 2004 11:47 (UTC)
Re: Noooooooooo!Noooooooooo!
I made a point of going there every time I went to Oxford.
Which is about twice in the last five years....
13th Feb, 2004 14:43 (UTC)
Boy, that's amazing about the whole lego thing.
( 7 worms — Feed the birds )