Grow a(n Au) pair

  “Are you nervous?” asked my mum as we drove to Birmingham airport. I didn’t really have an answer because, truthfully, I hadn’t given a great deal of thought to the fact that just four days after returning from Oxford, I was to work as an au pair in the South of France for a […]

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Perfect packing minus the stress

Congratulations. You made it. The denial that life extends past August can no longer be tolerated. The countdown to university begins and nightmares of being imprisoned in Ikea by a scary tutor because you didn’t buy the right bed sheet become all the more frequent, whilst your parents cry ‘WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO […]

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The six rules of ‘twerping

Despite not being the most famous of cities, compared with the likes of Paris, Budapest or Berlin, this stunning Belgian city is full of surprises, and with flights to Brussels taking little more than 45 minutes, Antwerp is a tempting alternative to some of the more mainstream city break locations. Follow these simple guidelines to […]

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Breathing space

So, no one’s saying Oxford is claustrophobic except your Tutor who insists on prescribing regular walks through Port Meadow. But whatever the diagnosis, it is intense and we have to remember, as we go about our ‘elitist’ Oxford lives, that it’s not all about the living, it’s about finding the space to breathe and appreciating […]

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Swede dreams are made of this

Having spent most of my childhood despising my parents for what I saw as the forgivable double-sin of a) not being Swedish and b) not having, on realising a) immediately emigrated to a utopic Swedish city to safeguard the future happiness and bilingualism of their offspring I decided something needed to change. Would my three […]

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