by Alex Waygood The exhibition currently showing at the Christ Church Picture Gallery, Fabulous Beasts and Beautiful Creatures, documents the human fascination with the animal kingdom. Combining depictions of real-world creatures with those of myth and dream, the collection stands in marked contrast with much of the rest of the pictures on display at Christ […]Read more
An American Guide to Cross-Cultural Communication: Just Do It
by Peter Gent When I first moved to Beijing to study, one of my worst fears involved taking taxis and getting lost. This of course happened soon after I arrived. Trying to get home one day, I flagged down a taxi and handed the driver my address written in Chinese, hoping he understood what I […]Read more
Translated Titles: What’s in a Name?
by Charlie Willis The title of a work of art is more than a simple tool of identification, more than a punchy headline to woo potential readers. It is often one’s first contact with the work of art, the style of the author, and the tone of piece. ‘The moment that counts most for me […]Read more
by Carmen Thong It has to be noted that a lot of people would barely think to think about the translation of a text, or indeed the translator (those poor guys mostly get their names written in super small print). But translation is hard work. The process of morphing text from one language into another, […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
The Cultural Costs of a Brexit
by Chloe Cheung ‘A heap of broken images, where the sun beats | And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief’. Thus wrote T.S. Eliot in The Wasteland – but would Britain become a similar cultural wasteland in the wake of a break with Brussels? Brexit doomsayers have long been stressing the financial and […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Arts and Science: A False Dichotomy?
by Sophie Barnes In 1959, the British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow, in his book The Two Cultures and the Scientific Divide, famously bemoaned the division between art and science in western intellectual society. He expressed how he felt intellectuals in the arts would express their ‘incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists’ at social events (I […]Read more
The Problem with Coffee Loyalty Cards: the lie we tell ourselves
by Jacob Warn I find the system of loyalty cards quite problematic. Often, I must confess, I quite simply just don’t get the point. Bear with me one moment as I open my wallet… I find a veritable cornucopia of loyalty cards: Missing Bean (6/8), G&D’s (2/9), Caffe Nero (2/9), Taylors (7/9!), Java & Co. (5/9), […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more