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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India’s daughter: gender- based violence in India

17/12/12. The news of the horrific gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in India’s capital city, Delhi, captured the imagination of a nation. Protesters, both men and women, filled the streets to demonstrate their solidarity and anger at such assaults. They continued there for over a month, despite increasing police violence, leading to the formation […]

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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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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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Marine Le Pen’s visit to the Union is not all about Free Speech

I am a defender of free speech. Being able to express your opinion, especially dissenting views, is important for social progress. There was a time when democracy and equality were the radical ideas of the day and, had free speech not prevailed, we would be living in a very different world. Admittedly, some ideas are […]

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