Fascinating exploration of the supernatural side of Oxford, from the Martyrs to the Queen's Lane lamp post spectre, passing through a few college nooks and crannies along the way. Despite being a cold evening our able Oxfordian guide wove his tapestry of violence and intrigue with verve and aplomb. Our attention never wavered. That so many of his friends had undergone trauma at the hands of the supernatural, made us worry about our guide's health and safety. Nevertheless it all made for a lively, entertaining discourse. The greatest thrills perhaps come from nocturnal glimpses into the private world of Oxford colleges, providing at times a surreal experience; dog shooter dons in code 1 military dress, seemingly oblivious of their knock-kneed hilarity, elsewhere a knot of teenage girls in an ancient Exeter doorway, discussing Petrarch and pop music, the inviting yet forbidden world of All Souls candlelit hall, a sudden, unexplained burst of bagpipes, choral music rising from the wraith-haunted chapel of Trinity, finest cuisine promised from the 'chez Hassan' takeaway van, the Mannerist grace of Old Schools Quad versus the mannerless disgrace of drunken hooray henrys. Yet the quieter corners around St Edmund Hall hold a certain menace. With a hunter's moon in the sky, nameless shadows appear to quiver and dance along the time-worn stonework. A doorway opens. Raucous laughter momentarily fills the air before the door closes again. And one suddenly realises that someone (or something) is sitting in the graveyard, patiently waiting.
This can only happen on an Oxford walking tour.
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