The DPhil Diaries: Virtual Valentine’s Day, 5th week blues and facing rejections

Image Description: Nupur Patel’s DPhil Diaries 5th week started off with a bang with the arrival of Valentine’s Day. Admittedly, on a normal year my boyfriend and I aren’t usually the grandest celebrators of the day. That’s not to say that we’re the cynical type, complaining about how ‘commercialised’ it all is (which is probably […]

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Is reading ‘essential’? Europe divided over whether to keep bookshops open during lockdowns

Many of us love a good book, but should bookshops be classified as ‘essential’ establishments during a pandemic? As new lockdown restrictions are imposed across Europe, government ministers are reaching different conclusions on this controversial matter. As Oxford students (particularly if you are of the humanities persuasion), our relationship with reading is often complicated. Even […]

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A Quick Guide to Reworking Clothes

Following the (very welcome) trend of departure away from fast-fashion consumption, the demand for pieces which have individual flair and originality has increased. Whether this be quirky second-hand items, hand-made slow fashion or reworked old clothes, the emphasis on responsible fashion consumption and the influence of lockdown has unquestionably led to an interest in personalised […]

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