Iceland: thoughts from the land of dreaming geysers

For most of us, Iceland is on the fringes of our international consciousness: it’s a geopolitical irrelevance, which basically has nice fishing, pretty geysers, and maybe some Vikings. We’d almost forgotten about its existence until the unpronounceable volcano (watching beleaguered reporters try to pronounce ‘Eyjafjallajokull’ still has me in stitches every time) struck and buggered […]

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A lone liberal in the conservative American South

For seventeen years of my life, “home” was located within the London Borough of Hillingdon. The borough, comprised of West Drayton, Hayes and Harlington, Uxbridge, Yiewsley and Ruislip-Northwood, has a population of around 273,936 and boasts not only London Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, but also a thriving ethnically and religiously diverse population. As […]

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Studying Abroad in the Middle Ages

Today, Oxford is one of the most international universities in the world. Around a third of students are from abroad and they come from over 125 different countries. The University runs events for prospective applicants all over the world and once admitted, there are numerous societies that welcome and support international students. How different the […]

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My Face to Face Encounter with American Gun Violence

Shrouded in the bleak darkness of winter, on January 1st 2015, an armed gunmen snuck into premise of the UNC Wellness Gym Centre in the affluent suburban haven of Cary, North Carolina. Like many others that evening, I was simply squeezing in an intense workout, in an attempt to burn off my New Years Eve […]

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Around the World in Eight Conversations

An impractical examination of the postcolonial narrative of identity politics Whenever I hear anyone laughingly remark, “It’s such a small world, isn’t it?” I always put aside my Crunchy Nut cornflakes, copy of The Beano, or absorbing Radio 4 Podcast to interrupt and say, “You don’t know what you’re talking about, so shut up.” After […]

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