Oh, for the love of Blog

The birds do it, the bees do it – even educated fleas do it – almost everyone writes a blog. And by God are they bad at it. There’s no vetting system, no qualification which allows competent people only to access ‘create blog URL’ on WordPress or Blogspot. This is where we stand: billions of […]

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The Functioning Alcoholic

This week, I present you with a cautionary tale. They often say don’t meet your heroes, for they will only disappoint. They should also say don’t meet people you already carry a burning dislike for, and certainly don’t go on the hoon with them, for they will not only vindicate your hatred, but make you […]

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Face-to-face with danger in Greenland

This summer three friends and I are planning to sail to Greenland to climb some of the enormous cliffs that rise out of the sea along the island’s west coast. We’re all students who met through the Oxford University Mountaineering Club, and all have some years’ experience rock-climbing around the world. But nothing quite this […]

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Stand-up for Oxford’s lost humour

Three Oxford students walk into a joke. The first makes a tedious observation about how privileged and behind the times everyone here is. The second cluelessly asks what the funny part was supposed to be. The third attempts to ask ‘what is comedy?’, deconstructing the original comment and starting a cloyingly pseudo-intellectual meta-debate about what […]

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Remoulded: From Marriott to Molehill

To adapt the lament of Withnail and I’s Uncle Monty: “It is the most shattering experience of a young man’s life when one morning he awakes and quite reasonably says to himself ‘I will never play the Mole.’”. Fortunately for this young actor, that tragic moment will never come. In just under two weeks’ time, […]

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Charm and Vino da Gino

Modernisation seems to be an unrelenting force in the businesses of today, with each restaurant and café rolling out the brushed steel and edgy, experimental ingredients in the hope of captivating an ever more demanding public. Gino’s, however, is comfortably settled in an untouched pocket of Gloucester Green, and could conceivably have been the sort […]

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Exploring Myanmar’s activism

During our informal introductions at the Yangon School of Political Science, a 26-year-old student began by saying: “I guess I’m lucky, reintegrating into the community after my prison sentence ended was easier because many of my family members had been in jail too”. She had been imprisoned for eight years solely because her father was […]

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Oxford’s most controversial alumni

If we learned one thing alone from Margaret Thatcher’s death (which we did, too mired were we all in a social media clusterfuck quagmire of moralising self-righteous right wingers and pseudo-intellectual smug lefties for anything worthwhile to be gained), it’s that there are few figures in British political history who, whilst being lauded as a […]

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OxMuff: Waxing lyrical down below

Knees under chin and arse aloft, I’ve felt sexier. However, the therapist gazing into my vagina seems unperturbed. Perhaps it’s the overpowering fug of the strawberry wax. Perhaps it’s that “Sexy Back” has just started on the radio. Perhaps it’s that we don’t know how to get past the fact that I just queefed. My […]

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How not to look like a Twit

Paris Brown, 17 year old ex-youth and crime police commissioner, summarises a generation’s response to tweeting-before-thinking: “They just make me cringe, not because they’re offensive but because they’re stupid.” Thus, But her actions had more consequences than drunken selfies. Brown, forced to resign/fired from her role for Kent Police after her boss discovered racist, homophobic […]

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The Functioning Alcoholic

With student loans still to land in many bank accounts, the crucial question is not how battels will be paid, but how we’ll all get smashed.  Luckily Tesco have it covered with their ‘Everyday Value’ cartons of wine, which will give you a litre’s worth of Rosé for just £4.49 (and it was even cheaper […]

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Hope in a Barren Land

A phrase I often heard during the time I spent visiting the Dabane Trust: “We begin with water”. The Trust is a local Christian Aid partner organisation working with rural communities in arid parts of Zimbabwe who are struggling to grow crops as a result of limited water supplies. Dabane Trust’s goal is to alleviate water […]

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