Those who've been around Oxford longer than me may remember the good old days when bands like Radiohead, Slowdive, Ride et al were still relative unknowns playing the local pub circuit. The days before haunts like the Jericho and the Point closed their doors to live music.
Old townsfolk and new students alike should be pleased to hear that the Jericho Tavern - where Radiohead themselves were first discovered - has been restored to its former glory and will be reopening on the 27th April.
Even more pleasure is to be derived from the news that soulless and garishly-decorated student chain pub monstrosity "It's a scream" have been kicked out on their yellow-painted asses by new owner and Oxford music scene veteran Alex Shepherd. In their place he's set to introduce speciality draught beers, gourmet burgers, Sunday roasts, and believe it or not a giant hand-painted mural of Radiohead, Supergrass and the much-missed John Peel!
Seeya down there.