“I finally made it to the top”, and don’t we know it: Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, December 2nd 2015

☆☆☆☆☆ Now I was never going to give Madonna anything less than a 5-star review. Even if she hadn’t turned up. But last night she proved that she was not only 5-stars, but the greatest living performer on earth. The over two-hour long extravaganza was a spectacle of such magnitude, evoking every possible emotion, that […]

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Travelling the USA

Being from the United States myself, I’ve spent every free moment I’ve had over the last two weeks planning adventures around Europe. It’s been incredibly exciting knowing I’m going to see so many of the places I’ve read about in my history books for the first time, and if I’m not careful I find myself […]

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A break in Brussels

I don’t want you to think of me as some cosmopolitan, Starbucks-chugging, Eurostar-hopping, pan-European socialite. It would be true, but equally the label isn’t flattering. However, the basis of such a label in factual reality stems from mine and my friend from home, Harriet’s, weekend city break in the capital of Europe – Brussels. I […]

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Greek Elections – September 2015

Covering last January’s Greek elections for The Guardian, Maria Margaronis quoted a Syriza community project organiser saying: “It’s not that the people have hope, it’s that they hope to have hope.” Now, 6 months later, over 4,000,000 people, 49% of the population, don’t even have the stomach for a trip to the polling station. After […]

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‘Le nouveau Marseille’

Like any other visitor to Marseille in 2015, upon stepping off the train at the city’s main station, Gare Saint-Charles, I was greeted by posters celebrating the 20th year of an initiative known as Euroméditerrannée. This is the 7 billion euro urban renewal project that, since 1995, has sought to transform the city centre and […]

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Montreal: worlds within cities

Canada’s francophone province has much more to offer than we may first expect.  Quebec and its vibrant city Montreal are well known for their bilingual nature and the divide between Francophones and Anglophones.  We are all aware of the separatist question and the strong independence movement, which gained momentum in the 1960s.  Whilst this movement […]

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Ben Goldacre on his work, the future of medicine and his Oxford Career

With his quizzical look and flyaway hair, Ben Goldacre’s departmental photo makes him look every bit the mad scientist, but this scientific polymath (currently an author, broadcaster, doctor and academic) is at the forefront of one of the biggest medical movements in the last 50 years. With the enthusiasm of a Teach First chemistry teacher, he describes himself […]

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