Sticks and stones

“Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon remarks. “Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become Prime Minister.”   His comments are a small nudge in a broader negative turn recently taken by the 2015 campaigns. Such a turn is far from unprecedented, but […]

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“Not yet good enough…”: Why sex and relationship education in Britain needs urgent government attention

In 2013, Ofsted reported the provision of PSHE, including sex and relationship education (SRE), was “Not yet good enough…”, and yet proposals increasing access to quality SRE and PSHE in all schools and ages are still under debate. In a dynamic, fast-paced world where young people face a multitude of pressures, the issue of appropriate […]

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Oxford etiquette

Balls can be a real issue at Oxford (you there at the back! Yes, you! Stop sniggering!). At the end of every term there’s always at least one social event involving evening dress and vast quantities of overpriced alcohol to which one feels a moral obligation to attend – after all, what Oxford Student experience […]

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Neal’s Yard Remedies

In our final issue of Hilary, we have substituted our regular restaurant review with a heartfelt recommendation. An Oxford term is both physically and emotionally draining – there are no doubts about that. Recently, discussions of introducing a reading week to ease fifth week existential crises have been trending. But experience dictates that things are […]

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Separating Oxford facts from myth

One only has to walk down Broad Street and listen to the packs of dubiously qualified tour guides to understand the public’s perception of Oxford as a hub of mysterious and magical activity. As students we often consider ourselves above this melee, but do you know your fact from fiction? Take this test and find […]

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Distant Voice: from Russia with love

As I stepped off the bus in -40 degree snow boots, a down-feather jacket, thermals, and as much of my remaining wardrobe as would fit underneath, into the 19 degree heat of a glorious September day, to meet the “babushka” (“grandmother” – essentially landlady/adopted mother for the next seven months), I didn’t need Google Translate […]

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Teaching in the Balkans

Voenna Rampa wasn’t how you might imagine a refugee camp to be – rather than the tented variety often shown on television, the camp was based in an abandoned school, run by a Bulgarian Government Agency and backed by EU money. Bulgaria is constantly receiving Syrian refugees from Turkey who are looking to settle and […]

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Oxford etiquette

Libraries are an inescapable fact of student life, especially at Oxford. Indeed, the amount of time the average Oxford student is required to spend in one of the city’s many libraries is roughly equivalent to the amount of time the average dentist must spend with his hand inside people’s mouths. This is an apt comparison, […]

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Thought for food

This week, Will and I ventured to a hidden slice of Thailand, unbeknownst to many students behind the enchanted gardens of Worcester: Bangkok House. The whitewashed exterior seems unassuming, but once inside, the stylish interior decoration reveals another world. From the delicately carved dark-wooden tables, the serene Ranat Ek background music, bronze statues of Asian […]

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The staple of modern living

Facebook’s online community of monthly active users (1.39 billion by the end of 2014) is expected to overtake the present population of China (1.4 billion) in the next quarter of 2015, but is this a significant milestone, or just a rogue comparison? I can’t decide. On the one hand, sensationalism will out: the trimillenial cradle […]

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