Great desperations

At the great risk of surrendering any possible hope of constructing a cool and mysterious pseudo-persona for myself, I shall admit that the inception of this piece occurred at about 12am on the second night of Freshers’ Week, whilst I was sat, intoxicated, on an unforgiving toilet seat in Plush. Creativity strikes in mysterious ways. […]

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The many talents of Julia Golding

With over 20 books published and a collection of pen names to match, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Julia Golding’s sole career has been as a hugely successful author of children’s and young adults’ literature. Not so: Golding has also worked as a foreign diplomat, graduated from both Cambridge and Oxford, and been an […]

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A country bumpkin confronts city life

I’ve been in London this week, one of the few times I’ve been there. Or any other British city, for that matter. This in itself goes a pretty long way to introducing myself, and only a tenth of the way through my column – so ideal. Alternatively, I could have told you how I encountered my first kerb: slap, bang in the middle of […]

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Advice to my fresher self

At this time each year, student media is flooded with advice for your first year at university. The advice applied to Oxford is particularly cliché and often misleading. While making half the mistakes you’re told to avoid is a crucial part of any fresher experience, in hindsight we all wish there had been someone to tell us how much it is socially acceptable to drink at […]

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