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The Night is Darkest Just Before the Dawn
by Martin Yip The night is darkest just before the dawn. That was a quotation that Edward Leung purportedly took from a Batman film, as shown in the documentary Lost in the Fumes. Leung was a student from the University of Hong Kong who majored in philosophy. More importantly, he was and remains a figurehead […]Read more
by Michael Angerer It seems that the most desirable thing to achieve in life is harmony – that is, at least according to many religions and a sizeable number of personal coaches. Your life is supposed to run along like a well-crafted symphony: all dissonances are to be resolved at the end. That is also […]Read more
Fantastic Trumps – and Where to Find Them: on Fantasy Tropes & Political Narrative
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
The Case to Remain in the EU
by Max Clements Recently the European Union has been maligned both from the right, by the conventional Eurosceptic, and by the left – in the wake of the imposition of austerity measures on Greece – who increasingly view the European Union as an advocate of greater deregulation and privatisation. Leaving the EU would be economically […]Read more
Pointing Fingers: Should Britain Voice its Opinion on Civil Rights in Hong Kong?
by ZX The recent flurry of trade deals between China and the UK has drawn criticism on several fronts. Critics are concerned that Britain is in danger of making itself too reliant on one country at the expense of other relationships, and at the risk of compromising national security. They also accuse Britain for being […]Read more
Pointing fingers: Should Oxford Students be Writing about Politics?
by Zixin Jiang Aristotle once declared that it is unfit for a young person to learn political science, ‘for he is inexperienced in the actions that occur in life’.  I do not know if Aristotle had in mind teenagers or whether his statement would apply to modern undergraduates as well. But I do know […]Read more
Eurovision 2015: the kitsch-fest comes of age?
2014 by Ianthe Greenwood Our Eurovision correspondent checks out the talent in Vienna. Love it or loathe it, the Eurovision Song Contest has become a cultural institution over the decades since its first tentative broadcast back in 1956. Over the decades since, it has become synonymous with an annual outpouring of patriotism, extremes of tactical voting […]Read more