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Congratulations, Colin Cook!

ColinCook Complete with regalia, Colin Cook, an Osney Councillor, was elected Lord Mayor of Oxford on the 15th of June, according to local flysheet the Jericho and Osney Rose.

However, according to the Oxford Mail, he was elected Mayor on the 15th of May.

Anyway, Colin and Lady Mayoress Helen Cook will “preside over Oxford ceremonies” in his full regalia.

We’d like to invite them to the downing/painting of the Rusty Pole on Mill Street, still sadly unpainted despite the best efforts of Nicola Westwood MP as was, and if you’d like to join her and him in their full regalia, feel free to drop them an email here  !

We’re looking forwards to it, not backwards!  The picture in the Rose is not the most flattering of Colin, so we put together another picture. If you want more about Oxford, head over to Volesoft!

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Council will paint the lamp posts but not the rusty pole

New readers might never have heard of the famous Rusty Pole of Mill Street, Oxford. But now you will.

It’s a fascinating tale about bureaucracy, in its own way.  You can read more about it here.

Now Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has decided to repaint the lamp posts on the other side of the street, paying scant attention to the rusty poles on the east side of the street.

When Nicola Blackwood was MP for this part of the world, she escalated protests to the highest authorities at the OCC, and eventually it emerged that the rusty poles could be painted, but at a prohibitive cost and using only standard black paint.

OK, it’s a minor thing, but questions will be asked. Your dedicated reporters at allaboutoxford.com are on the case.  Φ