George Monbiot: National Columnist’s Man Wilder

Sean Scoltock interviews Guardian columnist, writer and producer George Monbiot. “We live in a shadowland, a dim, flattened relic of what there once was, of what there could be again”, George Monbiot. If not literally feral, George Monbiot, the figuratively rabid Guardian columnist, by trade menacingly encircles cosseted elites. A self-described “unreconstructed idealist” with the […]

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Oxford innovation keeps human liver alive outside body

Technology developed by Oxford University has allowed human livers to be kept ‘alive’ outside the body prior to transplant. Donated human livers connected to a new machine were successfully maintained at body temperature, allowing them to continue to function outside the body. Two patients have received transplanted livers successfully preserved using the machine at King’s […]

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Oxford Fellow slams Suu Kyi

An Oxford conference on South East Asia has given voice to criticism of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The second Southeast Asian Studies Symposium was dominated by discussions centred on Myanmar after its recent re-engagement with the international world. Dr Peter Carey said that despite the positive press attention given to the […]

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Worshipping at the Alt-ar

Hettie Burn interviews Mercury Prize winners Alt-J Arguably the most successful new British band of the year, there’s something wonderfully organic about Alt-J. The home-grown and honest undercurrent of their music is mirrored in the band’s public image, despite their recent rapid rise to Mercury-Prize-winning success. Formed during their studies at Leeds University in 2007, […]

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Album review: Brian Eno’s ‘Lux’

Brian Eno is famous for three things: playing the synths in British art-rock band Roxy Music, pioneering the genre of ambient music, and creating the Windows 95 start-up sound which, incidentally, he composed on an Apple Mac. This review focuses on Eno’s second achievement, his ambient work. In 1978, after leaving Roxy Music and releasing […]

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Between rock and a hard piece…

Will Upton discusses the idea of the audience. In a week when I enjoyed performing new music by ten Oxford students the musical world was humbled by the loss of a composer at the opposite end of his creative career, Elliott Carter. This is not to say that Carter, born 1908, ever ceased to be creative; a […]

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