The Retired Bloke


Spires steeples and bustling streets

Quiet corners where couples meet

Bikes with bells ringing 

Choirs cheerfully singing

In cafe bars society chatters

Current affairs and everyday matters

Bow ties scarves and college colours

Students away from their sisters and brothers  

This is a place of learning

For those educated, the quite discerning 

This is a city of tradition

Of academia and ambition. 

This is Oxford. 


  • Fay Slimm.

    Such a good summary of that means Oxford today and of course days of yore too. First rate rhyming keeps the Oxford scene even more in focus and thanks for the share in your memorable meal too. A most interesting read.

  • Goldfinch60

    As I said yesterday I go to Oxford regularly to go to the Ashmolean Museum - I could quite happily live in that place.

    • The Retired Bloke

      Yes we visited the museum. Only time for one floor. Definitely will return to explore the museum further.

    • orchidee

      Yes, a fine write. I tried climbing St Mary's Church Tower when in Oxford. Too scary. I never reached the top. Don't like heights, nor 'see through' steps. Had to see the view on You Tube.

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