Colin Dexter, the creator of E. Morse, the curmudgeonly Oxford detective, has died aged 86, having introduced us all to his favourite haunts in the city – like the Turf Tavern (above, if you can find it!). ‘Two pints of Flowers, please, landlord.’
It is doubly fascinating for me because ‘Lonsdale College’, frequently featured in the stories was in fact my alma mater in Radcliffe Square, its quadrangles, hall, chapel ‘n all; reviving treasured memories of student days in the ’60s. Oh yes, there’s the Sheldonian Theatre and now the Eagle and Child (which we all knew as the Bustard and Bastard); oh no, the Examination Schools!
Thank you, Colin – and requiescas in pace.