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Look Back With Little: Terrace tales at heart of Banbury’s Victorian legacy

It is highly likely that Victorian Banbury will best be remembered for a substantial legacy of terraced housing.

Road rage

Revealed: Top 50 bugbears of motorists from lane hoggers to tail-gaters

Lane hoggers, tail-gaters and frequent lane-changers are among the most annoying bugbears for motorists, according to new research.

Kasia (right) looks on at her budding dancers at KM Dance Studio and Gym in Banbury NNL-170711-133827001

Dream coming true for Banbury dance star Kasia

After struggling to find a dance partner capable of performing to her professional standards one Banbury resident decided to open her own dance studio to attract the best dancers Banburyshire has to offer.

The Holiday Inn at Armacao de Pera.

Travel: Escaping the winter in the Algarve

The clocks have just gone back and it's cold and dark outside, so here's the challenge. Where do you go to get some warm winter sunshine at a great value price, a quality hotel on a perfect sandy beach, with a flight that lasts less than two and a half hours?

Ever wondered what the most used emoji is?

Apple reveals the most popular emojis

The most popular emojis among US English speakers has been revealed by tech giant Apple.

Chester's Christmas Market

Travel: Cheshire offers an historic Christmas twist

A shopping trip with a historic twist and a world premiere of a children's classic are among the compelling reasons to head to Chester and Cheshire at Christmas. Here's our top 10, with more ideas at at

HRH Princess Royal presenting Oakman CEO Peter Borg-Neal with the award

Royal seal of approval for popular pub restaurant chain

Local independent pub operator receives prestigious award from Princess Anne at St James’s Palace ceremony.

If your family are self-confessed big spenders this could be perfect for you

BBC’s Shop Well For Less seeks contestants

If your family are self-confessed big spenders, the BBC is looking for contestants to enter Shop Well For Less which teaches households how to become savvier shoppers.

Brownie Lay who formed the Premier Players to provide music for the first ever blackout dance NNL-171031-155118001

Look Back With Little: Outbreak of war had an impact on all sides of life in Banbury

In October and November, 1939, an interesting aspect of World War II was the impact it had on every facet of life in Banbury right from the commencement of hostilities.

The tweet has caused a stir on social media

Wetherspoons issues statement after parody account announces ‘poppy ban’ in pubs

Discount pub chain JD Wetherspoon has issued a statement after a Twitter account announced that staff would be not be wearing poppies ‘due to expanding multiculturalism’.

Chocolate making at Cadbury World

Days Out: Hundreds of years old but Cadbury World maintains its Willy Wonka inspiring wonder

There is more choice than ever when it comes to taking the kids on a day out across the Home Counties and beyond but Cadbury World is still worth going that little bit further.

Dsseldorf's Star Market

Travel: Düsseldorf's Christmas Market promise

The Germany city of Düsseldorf promises to host more Christmas Markets on 2017 than ever before while giving visitors the chance to have fun on it's large ice rink next to the Königsallee shopping avenue.
The Saga Sapphire at her berth in the Netherlands.

Travel: The Sapphire is a cruising gem

From the moment I stepped aboard the Saga Sapphire, I began to realise that I've probably not given cruising holidays a proper chance.

Edinburgh was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthplace.

Travel: Sherlock Holmes' Scotland... it would be a crime to miss it!

It's exactly 125 years ago since the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories were published, and the rest as they say is history.


VIDEO: Parents warned as tot almost killed when she is dragged inside faulty tumble dryer

A mum is warning parents of young children to check electrical appliances after her 23-month-old daughter got dragged inside a spinning tumble dryer.

Alderman Frank Partridge and librarian Tom Muskett at the opening of the Warwick Road Branch Library NNL-171019-131719001

Look Back With Little: From earliest days our libraries offer so much

The month of October has been notable for including National Libraries Week. Today’s article celebrates this fact but also provides an opportunity to explain the diversity of functions performed by our libraries in Banbury.

Two tuskers prepare to plunge into the Zambezi River.

Travel: A Zimbabwean wildlife adventure

Just moments after our Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicle negotiated a series of steep downhill twists and turns through dense undergrowth, suddenly two heavily armed men dressed in khaki camouflage suits came into view.

Retailers slammed for selling ‘sickening’ Hallowe’en costumes

Retailers slammed for selling ‘sickening’ Hallowe’en costumes

Parents have slammed retailers for selling a sickening ‘Burnt Zombie Child’ Hallowe’en costume for young children in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Alf Balls Lyceum advertising seating accommodation for all classes NNL-171013-135059001

Look Back With Little: Banbury Fair survivor helps to keep memories alive

A never to be neglected source of information about Banbury’s past is Alfred Beesley’s History, which was published early in the 19 th century. In particular his footnotes deserve special attention.

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