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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The Rocky Road to Success

The end of another term is, somehow, drawing near and the minds of many are turning to how the Easter vac will be spent. For some it will mean returning home to eat inordinate amounts of chocolate with friends and family; for others it will mean jetting off to some exciting location; but for those […]

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Inside Ravesoc

If, like me, you’re a child of the noughties, you may remember coming home from school every weekday to watch the CBBC show Raven, in which Scottish actor James Mackenzie guided schoolchildren through increasingly bizarre medieval-themed obstacle courses. While dressed as a raven. It ran for ten series between 2002 and 2010, winning two BAFTAs, […]

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The Lad Bible -misogyny or a misnomer

It’s unlikely in the current climate of viral online content that you’ve missed the arrival of the Lad Bible on your computer screens and Facebook feeds. Its success, since its launch in 2012 by entrepreneurs Arian Kalantari and Alex Solomou, has sky-rocketed, accumulating huge figures of traffic every day, and ranking as the 12th most […]

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In defence of living out

As the Hilary house hunting havoc gets underway, it’s hard to avoid the horror stories surrounding living out. Cold, damp rooms; insect infestations; and exploitative landlords are just a few things which you will be told about by cackling finalist who have returned to college. While these pitfalls are out there, living out doesn’t have […]

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Oxford: a culinary Odyssey

Unbeknownst to most students, there are other places to eat in Oxford besides the glorious kebab vans dotted around the city, those hallowed places of drunken pilgrimage. In the unlikely scenario that you have some money spare, and are not deep-sea diving into your overdraft, Oxford offers an embarrassment of culinary riches, for anyone anywhere […]

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Breaking the Year Abroad Myth

If we learnt anything about social media in 2015, it’s to be a bit more selfie-sceptic. From hipster Barbie on Instagram to nomads posting exotic vistas, it’s time we admitted that our virtual lives are rose-tinted. So when you see the digital published life of your friends abroad, seemingly idyllic and cosmopolitan, there may be […]

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