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Oxford News

Smoking poll favours ban.

According to a recent poll, 86 per cent of residents polled in Oxford would support some kind of ban of smoking in public places. A total of 54 per cent of those asked were in favour of a no-smoking p...
Oxford News

More money on A34.

A further 3 million has been put aside to resurface the A34 north of Oxford this autumn. Earlier this year, the highways agency announced a 7 million project to resurface the five-mile stretch between...
Madrid News

Spains dry summer.

Forest fires, heat-waves and the worst drought in over half a century are the key factors in a dramatic equation which sees Spain paying a heavy price for its notorious mismanagement of water resource...
London News

The changing face of London allotments.

A quiet revolution has been taking place in London allotments over the last few years. Its not only what is being planted, but who is doing the planting that has seen a dramatic change. The growing in...
London News

Water restrictions in the pipeline.

One of the driest winters in over 100 years has prompted the Thames Water Authority to issue a drought warning and to threaten a hosepipe ban for some time in August. Despite the rainy weather this su...
London News

London road safety record.

The recent release of statistics compiled by Transport for London (TfL) show that road safety in the capital is far ahead of previously set targets. Originally road deaths were to be reduced by 40 per...
Dublin News

Selective toll for Dublin Port tunnel.

The Dublin Port tunnel has yet to be completed, but it is already making news, with the latest decision to increase the proposed toll to be paid by cars using the tunnel from 6 to 12. This drastic inc...
Paris News

Camping becomes trendy.

Camping has never been associated with a chic lifestyle particularly in France where camping has not been a national pastime since the 1930s. However times are changing and so are attitudes to this...
Paris News

The sacred and the profane.

Notre-Dame de Paris plays host to some 11 million visitors every year but very few of them enter the church to attend Mass. The chaplain Monsignor Paul Guiberteau has recently felt the need to remind...
Dublin News

Irish writers nominated for Booker Prize.

The long list of nominations for this year's prestigious Man Booker prize includes the names of three Irish writers; John Banville, for whom it is the second Booker nomination, Sebastian Barry and Wil...
Oxford News

More homeless on Oxfords streets.

The number of people sleeping on the streets is at its highest since 2001. According to figures from random spot-checks carried out by Oxford city council, 17 people have been counted as sleeping roug...
Oxford News

Problems for electronic bus-stops.

The installation of electronic timetables at bus-stops in Oxford city centre is delayed because of software failure of so-called real-time satellite-operated bus schedules. Two bus-stops on the Banbu...
Oxford News

Hi-tech cameras for car parks.

There has been a security upgrade at the Westgate multi-storey car park and at the underground car park at Gloucester Green bus station in Oxford city centre. New equipment, which scans the area and c...
Paris News

The 104 - Pariss new cultural centre.

104 rue dAubervilliers in the 19th arrondissement of Paris looks set to become the French capitals next cultural centre. The 104 has become the focus of a wide ranging artistic and cultural debate abo...
London News

Londons congestion charge goes up.

The congestion charge was introduced in February 2003, with the aim of reducing Londons traffic. Drivers were obliged to pay 5 if they wanted to drive into central London. The move was considered very...
Oxford News

Wind farm to open in Oxford.

A wind farm is to be built at Watchfield in Oxfordshire. Five 81-metre tall wind turbines costing 6 million are to be built at Watchfield, near Faringdon, after the Vale of White Horse District Counci...
London News

British Library acquires ill-fated book.

Luckily the bookbinding curator at the British Library doesnt believe in evil omens. However the fortunes of the bejewelled copy of Omar Khayyams Rubaiyat, recently acquired by the library, should giv...
Oxford News

Recycling success.

Local Oxford residents are so enthusiastic about recycling that the Redbridge recycling centre next to the park-and-ride site off Abingdon Road is being forced to close on some occasions. The bins p...
Oxford News

Car park charges to increase.

Oxford city centres car parks are to increase charges for the first time in seven years. The 20 per cent increase which will be effective from August will affect five of the car parks run by the city...
Berlin News

German as a second language

The Eberhard Klein school in the down-market Kreuzberg district of Berlin has recently gained a certain degree of celebrity since the last four German pupils left it has become Germanys only state sc...
Paris News

Paris-Plage.

1,500 tonnes of sand have been poured onto nearly 4 km of the famous Parisian quayside to create Paris-Plage once again this summer. This year is dedicated to Brazil and for the occasion the quays hav...
Berlin News

A virtual walk along the wall.

There is little left of the famous wall that once separated East and West Berlin. Since its celebrated fall in 1989, most of it has been pulled down, souvenired or sold off, and visiting tourists have...
Dublin News

Top ten Irish films.

The Dubliner magazine, with the help of Jameson Whiskey distillers, has run a survey to discover the ten most popular Irish films of all time. Around 10,000 people were asked to cast their votes for t...
Dublin News

Dublins high cost of living.

A recent survey of the cost of living worldwide by Mercer Human Resources Consulting has rated Irelands capital city as the joint 13th most expensive in the world (the first being Tokyo). In Europe, o...
Paris News

A record Baccalaureat.

2005 was a bumper year for French students. Just over 80 per cent of students passed their final school examinations, the Baccalaurat. The results were published on 12 July confirming that 2005s figu...
Paris News

France tightens its frontiers.

The French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced that France is reinstating border controls as a response to the London bombings. He made the statement at a meeting in Brussels with his f...
London News

Bonuses at the BBC.

BBC bosses have upset many of their staff, thousands of whom are facing redundancy, by accepting huge bonuses of up to 25 peer cent of their salaries. Mark Thompson the BBC director-general turned d...
Paris News

France marks the passing of Claude Simon.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1985 and a household name in France for over 60 years, Claude Simon, the novelist, has passed away at the age of 91. Simon was considered one of the great...
London News

The 2012 Olympics.

There was jubilation throughout the United Kingdom when it was announced that London had won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. But then the bombs came and the celebrations for the Olympic victory was...
Madrid News

Madrid launches its Madridcard.

Theres now a new way to see the sights of Madrid. Tourists visiting Spains capital city would be well advised to think about the advantages of buying a Madridcard. This card, which can be bought onl...
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