How did premodern universities, schools, convents, etc., work? This question is a bit confused as in formulating it I realized I was confused, but I will do my best! It came up when I was reading a fantasy novel and the novel was clearly "the author went to 20th century American college and just retrojected that on his imaginary medieval world." But what was it really like? I'm looking for the history of teaching, I think, and not just in universities. [more inside]
I will possibly be in London in August, and would like to take the time to not only see Oxford, but to spend a day or two in a smaller, more peaceful town or village. What are my best options? [more inside]
I'm getting the old familiar twinge of plantar fasciitis, which means I need to get more supportive shoes. In the past, Danskos have really helped, but I'm trying to be more stylish/professional and dapper, so I'm wondering--is there anything with comparable support that's a little more chic? Please note: I'm a dapper female person (so nothing very femme, please). [more inside]
I know very little about building computers. My 14 year old son is very keen on them and we brought components to build a gaming computer. I underestimated the difficulty of building and we now have an assembled computer that doesn't work. Can anyone recommend a good business / person in Oxford who could help?
Two or so years ago, I read the beginning of a biography of a writer, probably a poet. I know he was a young man in England during World War I who was not able to serve in the war due to a medical condition. But that is all I am certain about -- I have vague memories of a few further details that I could easily be confusing with stories from other people's lives, or even from novels. [more inside]
A story about a disastrous boating excursion in Oxford, not by Connie Willis or Jerome K. Jerome-- what book is this from/what story is this? [more inside]
Help me find a pair of women's brogues or oxfords in a size 11. [more inside]
My sister just had a baby, and I was hoping to get her a gift certificate from a food delivery service. I've checked out hungryhouse, which does not deliver to her postcode, and Just Eat, which doesn't have gift certificates. Is there any other service like this or anything else that would accomplish the goal of getting some easy meals in the Oxford (UK) area?
Please help me make the most of my vacation (staying just outside Oxford) the last week of July (7/28-8/1). (The Faulkner conference will take place the previous week - dang.) I am familiar with the town generally, but plan to be showing it (and north MS generally) off to a friend those last few days. Thacker Mountain Radio does not have a schedule posted for then, nor does Square Books, nor the Ford Center. I know it is a ridiculous time of year to travel there, but that's not negotiable. Any ideas?
I'm off on a longish drive down to the Dorset coast a week tomorrow. Would like to stop off for a spot of lunch, and I'm thinking at some point on the A34 between Oxford and Winchester. Does anyone know of a nice gastropub type establishment close by? Say, within a 10 - 15 minute drive of the main road? Would much prefer a rural setting than going into Oxford as well. [more inside]
My wife and I are planning on going to visit my sister's family in Oxford in late August in September. We are in the US. We figured we'd just get around to booking some flights, and everything else would fall into place. Well, it has not! We're not sure where to go, what to do, and how long to do it, so we're looking for suggestions. [more inside]
Visiting researcher (also, a rower) at Oxford- in a land of gated communities- how do I 'get involved'/'dive in'? [more inside]
How much training is required in order to become a credible burlesque performer? [more inside]
"Nun" shoes revisited: I would like to find a pair of black women's shoes which I am not sure exist. Can you help me? [more inside]
Where can I find a non-pinpoint, non-royal, but awesome men's oxford shirt? [more inside]
Oxford versus Cambridge for a PhD - opinions welcome! [more inside]
ShirtFilter: I've been seeing dress shirts with an antlered elk or deer embroidered on the left breast. Who makes these? [more inside]
How can I find a knitting group in Oxford, England? [more inside]
Looking for cheap accommodation in Oxford (England). Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Where can I watch American football (NFL) in Oxford, England (or London, for that matter)? [more inside]
I'm 43, married, a mother of one, a glorified secretary, primary wage-earner in our family, holder of a mortgage and primary caretaker for my aging mother. I live in New England. I have a dream, and my dream is to somehow, someday, study classics at Oxford. Is this an achievable dream? [more inside]
I will be receiving an AB in Philosophy from a strong liberal arts college next year, with a 3.5 - 3.6 GPA. I'd like to continue my education at a T14 law school, but what (other?) opportunities/advantages would a second BA in Law from Oxford University bring? [more inside]
Tips on traveling to Oxford, England, especially regarding phone and internet? [more inside]
UK postgrad filter: How do I make up for a fairly mediocre first degree when applying for a postgraduate degree? [more inside]
What do I need to do in Oxford, UK? [more inside]
I just moved to the UK and desperately need a haircut. Do you know a good salon and/or stylist in either Birmingham or Oxford that can do well with short, very thick, straight hair? (I am a girl) [more inside]
Do you have any recommendations for interesting fiction about/taking place in/somehow related to Oxford? [more inside]
I need a good psychiatrist / neurologist in NYC. Oxford Health Plan. [more inside]
How to get started with surfing in the UK? [more inside]
Where can I buy Euthymol in Oxford? I could buy it in Morrisons in Manchester, but it doesn't seem to have made its way down South. I'm finding it hard to go back to mint-flavoured toothpaste!
A few unprepared 20somethings are going on a cycling trip from Oxford to Cambridge. Hilarity ensues. Or it will, if we don't prepare. Help us avoid unplanned-for hilarity by answering a couple of questions about preparation and what to expect. We'd really be thankful. [more inside]
Is there anywhere to watch live NHL hockey in Oxford? [more inside]
We will be spending one week in a rented cottage in Brize Norton, UK this coming May before heading over to ATP. We'll be close to Oxford, which is covered nicely online and in travel books, but are looking for additional activities and adventures that may be off the beaten path. [more inside]
Help me be accepted to Oxford University. I am not concerned with academic requirements (my grades are excellent). I need to know what I can do to set myself apart from all the other ambitious and overeducated nerds who will be fighting for my place. I have exactly two years to make myself amazing. [more inside]
Oxford UK: Want to know where I can park myself at an inexpensive B&B and my car. [more inside]
Why do students at Oxford University wear carnations to exams? [more inside]
When will the UK passenger rail service, particularly journeys on Virgin Cross Country via Birmingam New Street, be quietest: Thursday evening or Friday morning? I'm getting the train home for Christmas from Oxford to Sheffield, and am keen to avoid the annual ordeal of fighting for seats and sitting on the floor outside the toilets.
Is there any way for me to fund Oxford's Mst. course in creative writing? Or will I need to suck it up and decline their offer? [more inside]
My mum wants to buy a Mac. What's the best option right now (in the UK)? [more inside]
Is it realistic for me, as an American, to entertain thoughts (read: dreams) of attending law school at Oxford? [more inside]
The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
My boyfriend will be spending 4 months in Oxford, England as a visiting researcher. He needs to find a place to stay [more inside]
Special/unique/great restaurants in Oxford? (of course there's more inside) [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good broadband company for a 1Mbps connection on 1 year contract in Oxford? We don't want to have a phone line and will probably stick it on a wireless router to 5 computers around the house.