Gallery of images



What it used to look like ….

Portmeadow , before the Roger Dudman way flatsportmeadow 2008

Above:    Winter 2008,  before  RDW

Below:   Watercolour by Valerie Petts
Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 09.11.27
A before and after in one shot….

View from Wolvercote


Oxford in flood 14th January 2014 – building on the flood plain.  RDW are the white buildings

Oxford Floods

… here are the buildings  at night  with the light pouring out,  and they’re not even fully occupied  yet.

We were repeatedly  told that light pollution would be minimised.



2 thoughts on “Gallery of images

  1. (with apologies to Hopkins)
    Unfair, unfair have risen
    Like a Category A prison
    Clad badly in battleship grey
    Demonic from the dregs
    Of “How to sidestep planning regs”
    Schemed by some uni factotum
    With one hand on his scrotum
    And another on his wallet
    We who love the meadow
    Could accommodate that fellow
    Beneath the growing green
    In a box of oaken sheen
    And likewise would deliver
    Oxford planners to the river
    it took 10 strokes for Hopkins’s trees
    How many blokes to dream up these?
    Brick by brick they hem us in;
    Damn us all, and hem us in.

  2. O if we but knew what we do
    When we delve or hew— 10
    Hack and rack the growing green!
    Since country is so tender
    To touch, her being só slender,
    That, like this sleek and seeing ball
    But a prick will make no eye at all, 15
    Where we, even where we mean
    To mend her we end her,
    When we hew or delve:
    After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
    Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve 20
    Strokes of havoc únselve
    The sweet especial scene,
    Rural scene, a rural scene,
    Sweet especial rural scene.

    Gerald Manley Hopkins ‘BINSEY POPLARS

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