Culture, Prose

Meeting Michael Morpurgo

by Rebecca Leigh To meet one’s hero is among the most exciting experiences in life: you feel like you’ve known them for years and that they have had such an impact on you without their even knowing it. But it’s also one of the scariest experiences: what if they’re not everything you thought they’d be? […]

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Culture, Prose, Reviews

The Oxford International Art Fair – A Recommendation

by Jacob Warn You should consider going here. It’s the Oxford International Art Fair. There is, of course, a wealth of exhibitions, museums and showcases across Oxford, so all I’m doing is offering another suggestion. I hope for you too it’s still Sunday afternoon. If not, you’ll be too late to enjoy this event, and […]

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Culture, Prose, Reviews

Ophir Productions presents The Effect – a review

by Jacob Warn It is a play that broaches broad and pertinent questions. It is a dramatic presentation of the debates that take place as we increasingly attempt to reconcile a global mental health epidemic with a tendency to extreme, pharmaceutical medicalisation. It asks persistently, what is love? At other times, is asks, what is […]

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Culture, Prose, Reviews

Dido & Aeneas – a St Peter’s Music Society production

by Matthew Hull William Butler Yeats once described Oxford in such terms: “So beautiful one almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking.” “It is like an opera,” he said, and on Wednesday evening (4th February) his words were realised somewhat with the St Peter’s Music Society production of Dido & Aeneas. St Peter’s […]

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Culture, Prose

From the Perspective of an Alien

by Zixin Jiang Picture this: a class of teenage Chinese students sitting with their desks arranged in a circle, listening semi-attentively as their American teacher reads from an essay by an Etonian from the 1940s about what ‘Englishness’ is. This was my sixth-form English literature class, and the essay we were studying was George Orwell’s […]

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Culture, Prose

Choice: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Jonathan Yeung The ‘freedom to choose’ has become so fundamental to modern (might I say, western) societies that it is essentially considered a basic right. Any attempt by any entity to abrogate choice, be it foreign terrorists, local politicians, or even  our neighbours next door, are immediately condemned without much thought. On the contrary, increasing […]

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Culture, Prose

Which Sheep Are You? – The Chinese Zodiac

A googling procrastination session, something we are all familiar with, brought me to ask the Google God: ‘2015 is what animal in the Chinese Zodiac’. For those of you who have not undergone a similar Google search, it is the sheep, the wood sheep, in fact. But low and behold, the wood sheep is just […]

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Culture, Prose

2015? It’s Old News

Although the hangover may be a distant memory and the fireworks over London have long faded, the year 2015 is a fresh-faced newborn, only a few weeks old. But for Bolivia, 2015 has already lost its charm; it’s 2016 that has stolen all the attention. That’s because Bolivia is plugging for 2016 to be…wait for […]

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Prose

On the Poet’s 20th Birthday

Imagination! Lift up thyself, With crampons on the cliffs around (Hallowed, humble, vaporous mist!) Incline to scale, yourself unground. In some the sun’s low orb ignites The organ of an inspiration And then Apollo’s daily crossing Does burn out gold-streaming creation. While I – still orbless – bemoan at length The wintry dark of discontent, […]

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Artwork, Culture, Prose, Reviews

‘Sade: Attacking the Sun’

Our woman in Paris delves into the Musée d’Orsay’s exploration of the dark, sexual underworld of one of the West’s most perverted thinkers – and comes out disappointed, unsatisfied, and bored. ‘Sex Sells’ – that’s what we’re always told, and that’s clearly something that the Musée d’Orsay are eagerly aware of. The provocative promotional video […]

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Music

Original Music Compositions

Utterly provoking and lyrically fantastic – take a moment to check out some of Ed Wren’s original compositions. This is music that demands serious listening that simply can’t be missed!

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Culture, Music, Prose

Oxford Jazz: A ‘Comprehensible’ Survey

When our parents were young, and punk-rock had captured the hearts and minds of a generation, there must have existed at least one or two thoughtful individuals who would have mused at some point or other, disillusioned with the heady musical vogues of their own day; “whatever did happen to jazz anyway?” But these days, […]

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Comment, Prose

#Stop Torture: Amnesty International Student Conference 2014

This weekend, the Human Rights Action Centre, the headquarters of Amnesty International UK, situated in London, played host to the annual nation-wide conference for the plurality of university Amnesty groups extant across the United Kingdom. As a very recent recruit of Amnesty International Oxford, I was privileged to take part in what was not only […]

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Prose

Morphantasy

I beheaded a word in trying to modify it for the better: A sudden detachment of a letter-limb. A good intention ending in orthographic disaster. The ‘v’, shocked, severed with the presence of a ‘p’, a bilabial blade, stares at the rest of its mutated corpse: ‘iolence’. Ticking like a death knell, the cursor hovers […]

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