28 02, 2018

Oxtopia is FULL! Read the Castaway Blog Here. Qu Leilei , Roger Bannister, Dwina Gibb, Peggy Seeger & and sad news about Bill Heine

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HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN IN 2007 ? (Scroll down to find life stories which interest you & click on the PDF ) I am a fan of Desert Island Discs . It inspired me to invent Oxtopia and  to dispatch

10 09, 2017

Nostalgia for Empire !

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Because of the rise in empire nostalgia, knowing the truth about the brutality of empire is important. Our schools don’t teach empire and most Brits know little and what they do know is coloured by ideas of benevolent patriarchy.  In

1 09, 2017

Let’s stop labelling people!

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India's lost emperor Ashoka set about governing India by moral force alone!  He renounced violence including the death penalty and this was Before Christ !  Ashoka turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion but  his name was cleansed

15 08, 2017

The Partition of India

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b5fdg It’s a welcome change for the BBC to focus on the partition of India. For too long the only history we get is the Tudors, WW1 and WW2.   Almost ignored  are the Industrial Revolution and  the Empire which

29 07, 2017

Grayson Perry : The Hogarth of 2017 who says aloud what women only whisper.

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Grayson Perry: the Hogarth of 2017? I LOVE Grayson Perry. My first sight of his work was at the Turner Prize in 2003. From a distance his pots were exquisite high glazed and somewhat feminine. Up close there was something

4 02, 2016

Exclusive Chinese New Year feature : Qu Leilei one of the founders of the Stars Art Movement which changed Chinese art forever!

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A coup for Chinese New Year! Exclusive interview for Oxfordshire Limited Edition with one of the founders of the Stars Art movement the courageous Qu Leilei. Ai Weiwei, Ma Desheng, Wang Keping and Li Shuang are among his fellow Stars.

2 01, 2016

News from Oxtopia: Eminent entomologist names rare butterfly ‘Sylvia Vetta’, a message from Brian Aldiss and an inspirational project led by Charlotte Bannister Parker.

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As well as inviting local castaways to the launch of Brushstrokes in Time on February 2 at Blackwell’s in Oxford @ 6.45pm  (free but booking preferable.)  I inquired about  life on Oxtopia. This was TV naturalist  Dr George McGavin’ssurprising reply. “I

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