Humour, Prose

‘Dear Beary…’

What is Oriel Salad? Should I join? A distinguished dining society which apparently manifests itself in a Facebook group. Its members are obsessed with salad – and, following my earlier request for comment on whether you can skip people at the salad bar during Hall lunch, it seems you definitely now should, because the members […]

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Humour, Prose

‘Dear Beary…’

by Beary McBearface Beary McBearface, treasured Oriel mascot and JCR staple, is here to help you with your troubles. In this column,  Beary will attempt to find solutions to your little college worries; trust him, he’s seen it all. All you need to do is email thepoorprint@oriel.ox.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Dear Beary’, and if […]

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Humour, Prose

‘Dear Beary…’

Beary McBearface, treasured Oriel mascot and JCR staple, is here to help you with your troubles. In this column,  Beary will attempt to find solutions to your little college worries; trust him, he’s seen it all. All you need to do is email thepoorprint@oriel.ox.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Dear Beary’, and if you’re lucky your […]

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Humour, Prose

‘Dear Beary…’

by Beary McBearface Beary McBearface, treasured Oriel mascot and JCR staple, is here to help you with your troubles. In this column,  Beary will attempt to find solutions to your little college worries; trust him, he’s seen it all. All you need to do is email thepoorprint@oriel.ox.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Dear Beary’, and if […]

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Humour, Prose

Misfortune and Monopoly

by Peter Hammerton Any self-proclaimed board games aficionado, sitting in a café playing The Settlers of Catan with a tattoo of an icosahedral die on his forearm, will tell you that Monopoly is terrible. It lasts forever; it’s obvious who’s going to win long before it ends; it’s a glorification of capitalism, rugged individualism and […]

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Humour, Prose

The Trouble with Quidditch

by Peter Hammerton Harry Potter, my favourite fantasy series, has its own sport: Quidditch! Everyone loves Quidditch, but not everyone loves how it works. Here’s a brief summary: wizards and witches fly on broomsticks around a stadium. Each team has three Chasers (who score 10 points for every time they throw a ball through a […]

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Humour, Prose

An Oxford Dictionary of Received Political Ideas

by Aidan Chivers Political discussion amongst Oxford undergraduates can be confusing at times, so Aidan Chivers has created a short dictionary to help guide you safely past any possible pitfalls. ANTISEMITISM IN THE LABOUR PARTY – Three main options: (a) blame the media; (b) make an unrelated point about Boris and burkas; (c) repeat ‘But […]

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