The highs and lows of the downers and uppers

My first drugs experience was distinctly underwhelming. Tipsy off a couple of shots of vodka, I threw years of school-administered anti-drugs indoctrination to the wayside when, outside a 17th birthday party, I took my maiden drag from a moist-ended, clumsily-rolled joint. Nothing happened, apart from suppressing some guilty coughs. I didn’t see pink elephants; I […]

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No place like Frome: being a mayoress

My name is Maddy Herbert and I study French and Linguistics at St Peter’s. As well as this, I am the Mayoress of Frome, a town with around 30,000 inhabitants, in Somerset. My boyfriend, Dickon Moore, was elected as an independent town councillor in 2011, along with 10 other independents, who together decided to run […]

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Wish you were Herr: student tourism in Germany

In my experience, most British people don’t go to Germany on holiday. Business, Oktoberfest, friends, perhaps, but a German holiday is greeted with faint bemusement. Perhaps people have visions of finding themselves floundering in John Cleese-esque “don’t mention the war” predicaments; or perhaps another practical, grey Northern European country simply doesn’t have the appeal of […]

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A generally lawful guy: the Attorney General

As leader of the Bar, chief legal advisor to the Crown and its government, superintendent of the Crown Prosecution Service and the government’s representative to the International Court of Justice, Dominic Grieve QC is surprisingly modest when describing his role. “Most government officials have no idea what the role entails…I have a tiny office, a […]

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Stuck in a moral limbo living below the line

If your news feed has, like mine, been absolutely rammed with instagrammed photos of grinning girls holding miserly looking plates of yam then you probably already knew about Live-Below-The-Line. For those that didn’t, it’s a charity campaign where participants live off a pound a day for one week to raise sponsorship and awareness. The issue […]

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