The woman who took Oxford by storm

Oxford University’s Local Delegacy exams, first set for school-leavers in 1857, had more riding on them than simply grades: the top candidate would also be offered an exhibition scholarship to the university itself, either at Balliol or Worcester College. On calculating the results for the papers of 1873, there was no doubt as to who […]

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A Pilgrimage for Pizza

Sunday evening was a quiet time for Pizza Pilgrims at the Westgate Centre. On first impressions, you can tell that this restaurant would become hectic at busy times, with its open kitchen complete with pizza ovens, and the tables stretching far back into the main space of the room. The waitress led us to a […]

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Review: Cinnamon Kitchen

Ever since the new Westgate Centre opened I’ve found it slightly daunting and a bit too busy for Oxford; it feels like stepping into a London shopping centre, with its huge John Lewis outlet and a different pricey clothes shop in every direction. For students, the Westgate is a double-edged sword of tempting shopping opportunities […]

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Cocktail: “The Bridge Queue”

Get a large mixing bowl Add half a bottle of vodka Add half a bottle of peach schnapps Top up with orange juice and cranberry juice Finish with chopped fruit (strawberries/limes) This cocktail’s for you to share with a group of your close friends (or complete strangers –you’ll probably meet a few while you wait […]

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Cocktail: “The Essay Crisis”

This week our cocktail represents all sides of an essay crisis. The base flavour is chocolate: undoubtedly a core source of fuel for any last-minute essay as you attempt to eat your way through the stress. On top of that, the chilli vodka burns and adds a little discomfort, just like the experience of writing […]

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Cocktail: “The Scholar’s Gown”

This cocktail, a mixture of liquorice and red bull, won’t be to everyone’s taste – just like scholar’s gowns. That’s ok though, because the red bull will still be there to carry you through till morning in your desperate quest for a first. When mixing this drink, the colour you’re aiming for should reflect not […]

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Cocktail: “The 5th Week Blues”

This week’s cocktail is a pre-emptive pick-me-up before 5th week finally hits, with orange-flavoured Curaçao to sweeten up this sad, sad time. The salt-rimmed glass is worth putting in the effort for –one might say it’s rubbing salt in the wound of your mid-term despair. So if you’re feeling blue this week, then just look […]

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Confessions of a human lab rat

This past summer I began giving up my body to the scientific community for a fiver at a time. As a right-handed English speaker with 20/20 vision and no mental health struggles I came prepared with just the skills I needed to be involved in this kind of research—none. The first time I walked out […]

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We need to meet strangers

Today, we communicate without actually talking or displaying facial expressions. The fact that our iMessages, tweets and instas don’t require us to move our vocal chords is convenient, yes, but also worrying. As the Freshers dust settles around Oxford, we should take care to connect with strangers all around us, because we never know who […]

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