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    Beating the bounds Last Thursday saw 70
    people process through Oxford in a traditional ceremony known as
    “the Beating of the bounds,” to mark out parish
    boundaries on Ascension Day. In keeping as close as possible to
    the actual bounds of St Michael’s parish, the procession was
    watched by bemused onlookers as it walked through various shops,
    bars and colleges saying prayers and beating the specially marked
    boundary stones with their sticks. By Karolina Edge Don cavalry charge A New College don will
    lead the cavalry charge in a film about Alexander the Great.
    Robin Lane Fox, Reader in Ancient History, waived his fee for
    being consulted on the film’s historical background in
    return for the privilege of appearing on screen. The film,
    entitled Alexander, is due to be released in November. By Thomas
    Pusey Norman Remains Builders working on Abingdon
    Road have uncovered 1,000-year-old ruins, thought to have been
    built by Norman adventurer Robert d’Oilly, an Oxford
    nobleman who fought at the Battle of Hastings. The remains are
    believed to be part of a great Grandpoint causeway conceived by
    him. It is hoped that they will eventually go on public display.
    By Tess Andrews LMH Reject Mast The LMH JCR have voted to
    reject a proposal to build a mobile phone mast in college by a
    sizable margin. This comes after significant concerns raised by
    students of the health risks such as mast would pose. LMH thus
    has to forgo a projected £4000 in revenue the mast would have
    raised. Catholic condoms The Papal Nuncio was
    challenged mid sermon last Sunday at the Oxford Catholic
    Chaplaincy. Archbishop Pablo Puente, an influential figure in the
    Church, was preacing when there was an embarassing interruption.
    An unidentified voice loudly exclaimed, “Your Excellency,
    but how can you reconcile Oxford and the Catholic Church with
    their banning of the use of condoms in Africa, with HIV?”
    Two priests physically escorted the proponent of these views out
    of the service. By Debbie Moss Baby Dragon Hoax A ‘baby dragon’
    found in a jar has turned out to be a hoax. Allistair Mitchell
    admitted creating the myth to stir up interest for his
    unpublished book, Unearthly History. The dragon was formed out of
    latex at the cost of £6,000. The stunt worked: Waterstone’s
    agreed to distribute the book and HarperCollins subsequently
    offered him a $150,000 three-book deal. By Thomas Pursey Test the animals Oxford Physiology Professor,
    Tipu Aziz, has criticized plans for a national centre dedicated
    to the study of animal testing alternatives. He accused the
    government of sending the message that present labs excessively
    experiment on animals. He added that it would encourage demands
    for the complete cessation of all testing which would
    “paralyze research,” he claimed. By Mark HobelARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004 

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