Artwork

Oriel’s Artistic Renaissance

by Katherine Wood The new Oriel Art Society, founded by second-year Medicine student Frankie Satchwell, marks an important development in the university’s art scene. Providing an environment for students to mix with fellow art dilettantes, consummate artists and complete beginners will be brought together to produce, exhibit and discuss all manners of artistic endeavour. As […]

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Culture

Oxford Culture Shock: moving countries and languages

by Anna Wawrzonkowska Over the course of the week before Freshers’, I learnt exactly what it meant to be a Foreigner: the odd one out. I felt alien. I felt not myself. And I couldn’t understand why. Surely I wasn’t turning into some kind of a social disaster? As I felt my confidence wane, I […]

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Culture

Vicarious Living: News from Abroad

Ianthe Greenwood, Culture Editor Abroad is a foreign country: they do things differently there. As another year starts, a dozen fourth-year linguists readjust to Oriel life after the mythical Year Abroad™, swapping lidos for libraries, finding half the clubs we know have gone and getting mistaken for freshers (ok, just me then). But for the […]

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Culture

The Beginnings of Religion

by Peter Gent I’ve sometimes wondered, if I were hit by lightning, would I too get superhuman powers? Every time it rains or thunders, I find safe cover—most would say wisely—not hiding under a tree or standing in the middle of an open field, so I am not likely to know. I did once get […]

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A Philosophy of Memory, or, A Treatise on How to Die Well

by Jacob Warn Here is a little philosophy of memory, or, a treatise on how to die well. When I was two months old, every November day I woke, cried, swallowed, and occasionally perceived this or that. Then I slept. Those verbs just about encompass the entire scope of my quotidian existence. Ah yes: on […]

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