Modern Metamophoses on Oxide Radio

I feel like I’ve answered a Starter for 10 wrong on University Challenge, but instead of a Jeremy Paxman boring a look of disdain into my skull, instead I’m thrown an expression of pity. Emma Levinkind, head of comedy at Oxide student radio, has just had to explain the pun in the new Comedy schedule […]

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OxMuff: Is expensive underwear pants?

This week, I’ll be talking about pants. Your skivvies. Your unmentionables. Your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders. Just to clarify, this will not be a lecture on the importance of good support and proper fitting. Oh no. This will be a diatribe on the wispy, the draughty, and the gloriously overpriced. Underwear glimpsed for a provocative ten seconds of […]

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Knits and Purls of wisdom

Once, on a brief excursion to drop off overdue books, a friend described the English Faculty Library as full of people with terrible knitwear and no job prospects. For the sake of my own sanity/future livelihood I have to deny that there’s any truth in the latter description, but the knitwear situation has empirical visual […]

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Liberté, Égalité, Mariage

They told Hollande to “think of the children” during their anti-gay marriage protest… and then used their own as human shields after clashing with the police. This is the true face of the media-friendly, mild-mannered anti-gay marriage pressure group “Le Manif Pour Tous,” whose orchestrated barrage of protests fell flat on their face earlier this […]

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A guide to Oxmageddon

Impending apocalypse and Gangnam Style. The two things  which Korea is most famed for at the moment. And, much like the innumerable parodies of Psy’s global smash, Kim Jong-un waving his overly-compensator nuclear phallus in South Korea’s bemused face has really stopped being funny. As the laughter at the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank […]

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M’aidez

The first of May offers much to look forward to in Oxford, and the celebrations should fit seamlessly into your schedule. The tradition of staying awake all night should be no problem for most students with a looming essay deadline, and, having finished that nocturnal disappointment, the desire for a drink is entirely natural. Thankfully, […]

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Isle of delight, or pile of shite?

On discovering that I was from the Isle of Wight, an unnamed friend at Oxford once exclaimed, in a rather untactful manner, “I didn’t know that people lived there. I thought it was only orangutans, penguins and hobbits!” Despite the obvious offensiveness of this assertion to any island inhabitant (as well as its evident ecological […]

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