Bière, “sandwiches de pulled pork” and Hindi: Parisian multiculturalism at its best

If I’d heard the word “Paris” before July this year, I’d have thought of the Eiffel Tower, croissants, nice coffee, cultured, attractive people, and enough cheese, bread and wine to make any Tesco aisle look poorly and scarcely stocked. Or maybe world-renowned art galleries with original masterpieces dating back centuries. Or King Louis XIV’s monumental […]

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When is a vote for self-determination legitimate? – Catalonia, Spain and the 1st October referendum

On the 1st of October, Catalonia – one of Spain’s richest regions – had a referendum. It was quickly declared as ‘unconstitutional’ by Constitutional Court of Spain since the country’s 1978 Constitution affirms the ‘unity of the state’ – but this is hardly surprising. What is surprising, however, is that despite the initial excitement and commotion that it inspired, the referendum does […]

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German culture shock

Perhaps it was naive of me, but I didn’t come to Germany expecting a culture shock. Schnitzel and S-Bahns aside, I’ve never felt that Germany was particularly foreign. We have much in common: a national penchant for beer and football; languages from the same roots; weather that fluctuates between miserable rain and sunshine that makes even […]

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Preview: The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union

Heavy brows and chiselled features abound in the aesthetically convincing cast of David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union, co-directed by Thomas Bailey and Emma D’Arcy. It comes as no surprise that language and (mis)communication are the drive of such an impractically titled play. It […]

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Linguists offered Romanian

Oxford University students will be able to study Romanian for the first time, thanks to a lectureship funded by the Romanian Ministry of Education. The lectureship in the Romanian language – the first of its kind in the UK – was officially launched by the Romanian ambassador to the UK, Dr Ion Jinga, on 29th […]

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