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Guess Where in Oxford? Episode 27.

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Photo credit – @annlawsonoxford

Miss Chatty Dobson

Chatty Dobson

Years ago, a company I worked for in Australia also owned IPC Magazines, the publishers of NME, Horse, Loaded, The Railway Magazine, Nuts, The Sporting Gun and Wallpaper* amongst others. I used to enjoy turning to the “frontispiece” page (AKA “Girls in Pearls” page) of Country Life which we got every month for free (!) to see which young lady was being presented to society.

On the way home tonight, I was in the corner store and was a little surprised to see that the 21C debutante still commands a page in the latest edition of CL. This shot of Chatty (Charlotte?) Dobson, was buried amongst dozens and dozens of pages of hyper-expensive real estate ads…no joke, at least the first 60 pages were real estate ads.

Chatty, aged 21, is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Dobson of Stratfield Turgis, Hampshire. Educated at St Mary’s Calne, Chatty is in her third year at Edinburgh reading Ecological Science with Environmental Science.

It really is a window on another world…but I did like the wind turbine and the compact flourescent light bulb.

In anticipation of…Neko Case and “Jaffle Pies”(?)

Here’s my ticket for Neko Case on Wednesday at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. I’m looking forward to seeing the sometime New Pornographers singer perform solo. Have a listen to her here. You’ll need the Flash plug-in…if your browser doesn’t auto load it.

Supports are Montreal’s The High Dials and Americana/Alt-Country lady, Catherine Irwin.

The High Dials, quite 8 Miles High-esque. This link has MP3 downloads.

Catherine Irwin. Rootsy “songs about death and dying and dying and death”…also in the band Freakwater, apparently. Listen here. Click the song titles on the right hand side. Needs Flash plugin too.

I am thinking of sampling the wares of Jumbucks on Shepherds Bush Green too. As you may know, I quite like a meat pie in the Australian tradition…however, what the hell is a “jaffle pie”?

“we offer the widest range of gourmet Australian Jaffle pies this side of Jacob’s Creek” …dingo, strewth, galah, crikey, swagman, barbie. Groan.

I’ll report back here about my jaffle pie adventures..I don’t anticipate they will be as good as Boscastle pies.

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