Brasenose wins Planet Pledge 2019

Brasenose has taken first place in the 2019 Planet Pledge, with Hertford and New College coming second and third respectively. Pledging has been taking place on Facebook since 15th November, with 1,346 pledges being made in total. This campaign has taken over from the former Veggie Pledge campaign, recognising that some people may not be […]

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Opera for the modern age: Alex Caballero reviews the Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival

The words ‘contemporary opera’ are enough to make the average person somewhat nervous; quite frankly, even the word ‘opera’ is. Conjuring images of overdramatised and inaccessible performances, reserved for the upper echelons of society, one would imagine that marketing contemporary opera would be far from the easiest job in the world. However, attending the second […]

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Intergenerational punk: Jai Curtis reviews Fontaines D.C. at O2 Academy

Fontaines D.C., to put it lightly, have had a dramatic year. Touring their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Dogrel’ across fifty different cities throughout Britain, Europe and North America, the band have truly charged into the post-punk scene. Yet, at the height of Summer, Ireland’s biggest band made the ‘difficult’ decision to cancel a string of […]

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Oxford Professor claims “young lesbians vulnerable to aggressive pursuit by transwomen”

Tw: transphobia   Trans and lesbian students have expressed concerns over claims made by a Sociology Professor in public articles. Michael Biggs, a Professor in Sociology at Oxford, has published several articles which argue that “Lesbian communities are […] affected” by the transwomen, as “girls who are attracted to women and reject stereotypical femininity are […]

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Review- The Irishman

The excitement of going to see a Scorsese film in the cinema is unparalleled. He has made some of the greatest films ever made, so going to a new one I felt like I could be witnessing history in real time. And this film fascinates over the course of its three and a half hours. […]

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‘We’re all just making it up as we go along’: in conversation with Amber Run’s Joe Keogh

‘What could be as lonely as love?’ asks Joe Keogh on Amber Run’s latest album Philophobia. The band’s third album is one full of classic indie bangers, interspersed with more ambient moments of tenderness: it is an album defined by tales of love, loneliness, and longing. In a dingy green room of Oxford’s O2 Academy, […]

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President of the Oxford Union resigns after blind man “dragged out by feet”

The President of The Oxford Union, Brendan McGrath, has announced that he will be standing down, following mounting pressure over his reaction to a blind man being “violently dragged out”. McGrath announced his resignation on Tuesday night, saying: “Fundamentally, it is the President’s job to ensure that every Member feels welcome at the Oxford Union. […]

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Facing public outrage, McGrath’s message to members: “I’m the best person to take this forward”

Oxford Union president Brendan McGrath and other members of the Union’s Standing Committee showed defiance to growing calls for him to step down at a meeting dominated by discussions of the Union’s media response to the Ebenezer Azamati scandal. Despite over 3,600 signatures on Oxford University’s Africa Society’s petition demanding McGrath step down, he defended […]

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