Living in Oxford, you're either Town or Gown
Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Oxfordshire

This is class war pure and simple. Instituted by the posh, the privately educated, the connected, those who have money and go to Oxford University, the majority of whom are white (99.9%) private school twats.

The class segregation excludes the rest of the “people” of Oxford, those people who didn’t have riding lessons, go fox hunting, shoot pheasants for a laugh, or went to private school and studied Latin. Yes, that is probably 99% of the population. This is the Oxford bottom up apartheid that discriminates against everyone who isn’t a posh nob and has his or her head up their own backside. There is no middle here, there are extremes. It’s a horrible, very expensive and unfriendly place, full of freaks.

I have never known a more polarised and divided town. When I first moved here 14 years ago I learned the phrase “Town & Gown”. This means the town and the university divide and basic hatred of each other. There is no happy middle here. The posh women dress in white jeans, boots, wax jackets, jumpers etc. you know the prep school look, and they can afford to. The posh blokes, classicality red or maroon jeans/trousers , stripy long sleeve shirt basically looking like a tramp but talking posh. This isn’t fake Burberry, this is the real deal. These people have money and lots of it. They speak a different language, it’s English, but it’s posh and it’s spoken to ensure that you “know your place” in society.

The “normal people” who just work for a living and not connected with high society and Oxford University are forced to the opposite extreme, they become more chav like and feel that they have to behave like extreme examples of “low class scum” just to fit in. The real chav population is the worst you would ever see.

I once met a “middle class” girl, (well she would have been in any other city in the UK) a scientist with a degree (but not an Oxford degree) she was working in Oxford. She had taken to shagging in the back of her car in Tesco car park and places like that with some bloke she met who also had a girlfriend anyway. This was a lady who was close to 30!! Why would a professional behave like that? – my point is made – Oxford, pushes normal people to behave like trashy chavs because you polarise yourself to the extreme. You have no choice, you are scum in Oxford, a place where posh takes on a new meaning and is frankly quite demeaning, where chavs are scarier that you would care to imagine.

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    Hey – this is the first time I’ve ever seen somebody else comment on this. We lived in Oxford in the period 1990-1993 and it was the most unhappy town in which I’ve ever spent an extended period. We had a house just outside the ring road and could take a not unpleasant walk to Headington featuring great chip shop, curry house, John Radcliffe Hospital and a passable collection of shops. What could be wrong with that? There were even a couple of decent pubs perhaps a little down on their luck.

    First off crowds of unemployed yobs hanging round the park and ride lighting fires and nicking cars for donutting on the Blackbird Leys estate. The MG Metro made its name on the Oxford ring road. Second, noses stuck so far up in the air in North Oxford, that you would swear their owners were professional astronomers. The joke was that the so-called posh bits of the town (might have been half a street) were actually rubbish. Useless food, rotting dead animals in a market, second rate over-priced menswear, concrete lumpen car-park and shopping centre, dingy smelly pubs, some old buildings ready for the bulldozer a long time ago (“treasures”), you get the idea. Topping it all was the awful Pitt-Rivers Museum a sort of “What We Stole from Everybody Else” junk shop wrapped in crusty naphthalene and drowned in formaldehyde.

    Third, the weather was bloody awful. No wonder so many “artists” who lived or studied there stayed miserably scribbling in their rooms.

    On the other hand Cottesloe Park was brilliant and Oxford beat Swindon 5-3 with Joey Beauchamp and Chrissie Allen going good against a Glen Hoddle making it look easy.