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

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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. 

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". 

Backpack left behind causes drama in Abingdon as police tape off Bridge Street

Oxford Mail

Police taped off Abingdon Town Council buildings after a lone backpack roused suspicion.  

Recycling rates up in Oxford

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


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%.

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.  

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We had a little fright this morning

Thick fog obscured the 200 metre-high chimney at Didcot power station

Didcot collapse fears as chimney vanishes

The apparent disappearance of the chimney at Didcot power station leads to collapse fears, the a day after its boiler house is demolished.

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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
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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.

Festival organisers hail Cowley Road Carnival a success

Oxford Mail

A summer bonanza which swept over the heart of East Oxford last weekend has been hailed a success by its troupe of organisers.

MP calls for Didcot victims memorial

Didcot Power Station demolition
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.  

Didcot Power Station demolition

MP calls for Didcot victims memorial

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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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
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.

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
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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.  

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.

Football club director found dead

Colin Taylor
Oxford City Football Club

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

Colin Taylor

Football club director found dead

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

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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
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.

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.

Dan TurnerOxford Nanopore Technologies

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

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
The boiler house at the power station was brought down shortly after 06:00 on Sunday

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.

Sarah ChampionMP for Rotherham

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.  

Footage of Didcot boiler demolition

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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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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Travel latest: Delays on trains between Didcot and Oxford

Get up-to-the minute details on this, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Good morning to you all on this misty Monday morning.

To brighten the start of the day, here's a reader picture of the fireworks at the finale of the Battle Proms Concert at Blenheim Palace on Saturday night. 

The stunning firework finale of the annual Battle Proms Concert, at Blenheim Palace
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The stunning firework finale of the annual Battle Proms Concert, at Blenheim Palace

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