Burnham Beeches


Today we had a trip to Burnham Beeches. This is an
old forest and parkland owned and managed by the
City of London. Its just of the M40 at Beaconsfield.
Lots more details here..

It was a lovely sunny day and possible one of the best times of year to visit with the tree leaves a wonderful colour. Hence why it was a job to find a parking space.

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Marvellous site, must visit in the spring.

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The Social Network

Went to see The Social Network at the Vue cinema last night. The dramatised ‘history’ of Facebook.
“On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.”

Sue thought it was great, personally wasn’t that impressed.

Oxford Beer Festival

‘Attended’ the 13th Oxford Beer Festival at the Town Hall on Thursday with the Thursday night lads. It seemed that most of Oxford was there, very busy. It was £10 to get in, this was £2 ‘entry fee’, £2 for the glass and £6 worth of beer vouchers. Most beers were around £1.40 – £1.60 a half. At the end of the session you could get the money back on your glass and also cash in any unused vouchers.
Amongst the real ales I sampled were :

Abbey Grange No.1
Leezie Lundie
Vicars Daughtercamralogo
Sun Bear
Pheasant Ale
Prospect, from the Shotover Brewery in Horspath
Aylesbury Duck
All were actually very nice. Different from last year when, they were all a bit of a desired taste, shall we say. Result.

Ashmolean and Wetherspoons

Both of us had a day off today. So went for a trip around the Ashmolean lots to see here. Its our second visit since it has been ‘doneup’. On our first trip we went to the Egypt galleries, very interesting especially since we had just returned from our Egyptian Nile cruse. This time we visited the Cast galleries and England early history. Finished the visit with a coffee and tea in the Ashmolean Dining Room which is, apparently, Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant. There are spectacular views across the city. You can sit outside when the weather is nice. After all that, we ended up at Wetherspoons  , The Four Candles, down George Street for Steak ‘nite’. £18 for three drinks, two steaks and two puddings. Now to watch England’s qualifying match against Montenegro.

Squire Bassett, Kidlington

Wanted to get home early, well at least on time, today, to go up the allotment and dig up the rest of the potatoes. But didn’t.

Never mind, went to the Squire Bassett. Couple of pints, sat in the conservatory which has now been altered, nice comfy leather sofas. Went across the road for some chips. God we know how to live. Marvellous. Note, most try and go to this pub at least once a month, surprise that there is not more people, especially as it is the only pub at this end of the village. Don’t want it to be knocked down and turned into a block of flats.