Memoirs of a NVSP

Fired up by the electric experience of rowing I had experienced in the Christchurch regatta, I set to work during the Christmas vacation to increase my fitness and come back sporty enough to be able to compete in Torpids. Torpids – also known as ‘Bumps’ – are the Hilary races, open to rowers of all […]

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An ode to the north

Coming to university means broadening horizons, being introduced to new ideas and concepts, people and cultures. For a Londoner born and bred, one distinctive group I have had to come to grips with have been ‘Northerners’. People from ‘The North’ are not just people from Northern England. In fact it seems as if this place […]

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Focus: Oxford hub: schools plus

Despite the obvious educational prestige associated with the city of Oxford, schools in our local area suffer from some of the lowest pupil attainment at GCSE level in the country – Oxford was ranked 320th out of 324 areas in England for this in 2012. This is inextricably linked to social and economic deprivation in […]

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Prelims’ pressures and pains

Exam season is well and truly coming. The sun has begun occasionally appearing over Port Meadow, finalists have disappeared into the bowels of their rooms, and the first pictures of ecstatically trashed students have begun to appear on our Facebook feeds. Following on the tail of these picture-postcards of the Oxford summer comes a highly […]

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Landeau chocolate

Starter: An unlikely find, but serendipitous nonetheless, spotted on a Sunday stroll in downtown Lisbon. Landeau, with its low-arching brick ceilings, is more monastic than your average chain and the tasteful lighting and décor transform the potential gloom of the side-street premises, revealing a central table area dotted with dim beams from overhead lamps, matched […]

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The charm of Slovenia’s Lake Bled

When deciding where to venture for a break this summer, initial suggestions are unlikely to arrive at Eastern Europe, or more unlikely still, Slovenia. Not the most obvious destination for a holiday, yet that in itself adds to its appeal, as uncharted territory. Although most would then assume the capital Ljubljana as the only known […]

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Focus: Mental health and welfare support

University can be conceptualised as a microcosm of society as a whole. A community with the same interests and enjoyments of wider society, but also with the same challenges. One of these challenges which seems to be increasingly important with the pressures of modern society is mental health problems. Whether the University is successful or […]

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Kirchner and Argentina’s dark heart

Argentina is the land of broken promise. With vast tracts of land and unexploited resources, this nation should have been able to build herself into an economic powerhouse. Yet a 20th century wracked by bitter political division and economic disaster have reduced Argentina to a shadow of its potential. Nowhere is this clearer than in […]

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It’s war, but not as we know it

Despite the violence we all see on TV, we live in a remarkably peaceful age. The global economy is more integrated than ever before, and major wars between states are rare. Though it is dangerous to guarantee anything in international relations, the prospect of a global conflict seems more distant than at any point in […]

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A victory for the common man?

When the Aam Aadmi – Common Man’s – Party first stepped in to politics, you’d have been tempted to laugh at their prospects. An anti-corruption party, with no experience of governance, taking on the established big guns of the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seemed unlikely to make headway in the quagmire-cum-minefield of Indian […]

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