We took Jamie down to Oxford on Friday, where he’ll be studying for a year at Balliol…but the accepted terminology is ‘going up to Oxford’. Don’t ask me why.
They use numerous other words and phrases at Oxford University, and there’s even a glossary. For example, ‘battels’ are charges made to a member of a college. Don’t ask me why.
I was expecting to hear that his lectures would be in Latin, but they haven’t gone that far yet.
We stayed at Sandy & Neil’s lovely thatched house in the village of Long Crendon. Their house is next door to an old pub, called The Eight Bells.
Here’s a particularly short explanation of Long Crendon. Long Crendon is a long village, with a long history, and has ‘Long’ in it’s name.
Well anyway, we had a great time there, and also in nearby Thame, where we enjoyed a meal with Sally & Kev. Kevin Lucas was guitarist in The Powders (it’s definitely worth watching that video, by the way) and now teaches guitar in Thame. Our sat nav went spare in Thame, due to the main road through the town being closed.
We also very much enjoyed seeing around Balliol and other historic places in Oxford.
I was rather overcome by the whole place, the history, and everything else including having a son studying there, and I think that this was the reason I ended up dancing around Sandy & Neil’s kitchen at 2am whilst doing the washing-up.
To balance things up in a negative way, on Saturday the motor that was taking Sandy & Neil back from Wales, where they went for a family ‘do’, broke down, and also we heard that Shaun damaged his knee and on doctor’s orders was as a result unable to get to Skye/Helmsdale for his important geology field trip, and in addition the 9 hour trip home in the rain/wind/storm was horrific.
Sandy & Neil are long-standing friends of Lindsey & I, and also excellent and fun hosts.