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  1. That's all for today

    Thanks for joining us for all of the news, sport and weather from across Oxfordshire today.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning, so be sure to join us.

  2. Philip Pullman bestseller set to make bookshop stage debut

    BBC Oxford has been invited to last-minute preparations for the first stage adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel The Ruby in the Smoke. 

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    Video caption: Philip Pullman will be in audience at a rather unusual theatrical venue

    It will make its stage debut in a rather unusual location though - Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford. 

    The bestselling author will be in the audience on Wednesday evening as the play starts its tour. 

    He said he wanted to write a "Victorian melodrama", inspired by "every penny dreadful written between 1837 and 1901". 

  3. Recycling rates up in Oxford

    People in Oxford are recycling more now than they have ever done before, the city council claims

    Recycling

    The latest figures, for the year up to 31 March 2016, show recycling rates for the city have reached 46.90%, up from last year’s figure of 46.25%.

  4. How hot is it really?

    It's a mini-heatwave here in Oxfordshire, with temperatures as high ais in Lagos, Nigeria. But we're nowhere close to the temperature in Madrid today. 

    Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world, including some of the hottest and coldest inhabited places.  

    BBC weather
  5. We had a little fright this morning

  6. Look out for the elderly in mini-heatwave

    Elderly people and those with health conditions are being warned to keep out of the sun and stay well hydrated as a mini heatwave brings the hottest temperatures of the year. 

    Wispy clouds over Banbury can't beat the mini-heatwave
    Image caption: Wispy clouds over Banbury can't beat the mini-heatwave

    Public Health England is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures - and to take extra care of young children, babies and those with heath issues.

  7. MP calls for Didcot victims memorial

    Didcot Power Station demolition
    Image caption: The boiler house at Didcot power station was brought down early on Sunday morning

    Ed Vaizey has written to the chairman of RWE NPower suggesting the company funds it.  

    MP calls for Didcot victims memorial

    Didcot Power Station demolition

    An MP calls for a memorial to those who died at Didcot power station, the day after its boiler house was demolished.

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  8. Radiohead ask fans to submit their own videos

    Radiohead are asking fans to submit a one-minute clip for their next music video.

    The instructions
    Image caption: The band posted instructions on their Instagram page

    As part of the series of vignettes that have accompanied the release of their ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, the five-piece are asking fans to submit their own contributions to the project.  

    A number of short clips have already been directed by the likes of Richard Ayoade, Ben Wheatley and Adam Buxton.

  9. Oxford United: Budget set to rise after big-name sales

    Oxford United's playing budget will significantly increase going into the new season as a result of the sales of Kemar Roofe and Callum O'Dowda. 

    Callum O'Dowda, left, and Kemar Roofe have both been sold by the U's
    Image caption: Callum O'Dowda, left, and Kemar Roofe have both been sold by the U's

    Those two players had signed long-term deals in League Two, but replacing them as a League One club means higher salaries for incoming players. 

    Owner Darryl Eales says he's sanctioned the extra spending.  

  10. Careful in the heat

    The Met Office has issues a level two heatwave alert for Oxfordshire.

    The routine advice is to stay out of sunlight and direct heat as much as possible; drink plenty of cool fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine; and keep windows closed during the day and open at night.

  11. Football club director found dead

    Colin Taylor

    In a statement the club said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Colin's family and friends at this time."  

    Football club director found dead

    Colin Taylor

    The managing director of Oxford City Football Club is found dead at the team's ground.

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  12. Mars bar-sized DNA analyser on its way to space station

    Technology developed in Oxford which can revolutionise DNA sequencing is on its way to the International Space Station.  

    The SpaceX launch at Cape Canaveral, with the MinION on board
    Image caption: The SpaceX launch at Cape Canaveral, with the MinION on board

    Made by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the MinION is the same size as a Mars bar and can analyse microorganisms at a fraction of the financial and human cost of traditional machines.

    Quote Message: Our technology can be used on earth of course. The reason nothing like this has been done before is that DNA sequencers are traditionally very large pieces of equipment, typically the size of a washing machine, and very complicated to run as well. Whereas ours is the size of a Mars bar and doesn't take very skilled and trained people to run it. from Dan Turner Oxford Nanopore Technologies
    Dan TurnerOxford Nanopore Technologies
  13. Weather: Time to get the sun tan lotion out

    The BBC Weather Centre is predicting a mini-heatwave for us today. Expect highs of 27C (81F) today and 31C (88F) tomorrow. Make the most of it while you can.

    BBC Weather, Oxford, 18 July 2016
  14. MP speaks of Didcot families' 'hell'

    The MP who has campaigned for the families of the men missing under the rubble of Didcot A power station has spoken out today about the "hell" they have gone through.

    The boiler house at the power station was brought down shortly after 06:00 on Sunday
    Image caption: The boiler house at the power station was brought down shortly after 06:00 on Sunday
    Quote Message: I've been hugely frustrated about the delays in getting our men home. The families are going through hell, they can't do anything. They just want their husbands, their fathers, home and have a proper, dignified burial. from Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham
    Sarah ChampionMP for Rotherham
  15. WATCH: The moment Didcot boiler house came down

    And on the subject of demolishing Didcot power station, here's when the boiler house was brought down yesterday. 

    Search efforts for three men killed in when the building collapsed in February have now resumed.  

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    Video caption: Footage of Didcot boiler demolition
  16. Didcot power station: The chimney has been found

    The thick fog around Didcot has hidden the power station chimney from view, but it looks like it is there...

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  17. First day in new government job for Nicola Blackwood

    Abingdon and Oxford West MP Nicola Blackwood will be starting her first full day in the role as a junior minister in government. 

    As part of Theresa May's new cabinet, she has been appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health.

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