Oxford Climate – The year in review

In times of crisis, it can be difficult to rally support for any particular cause. While the climate movement seemed all-encompassing before the pandemic, it has been difficult to build momentum since then. This year has been no exception with the war in Ukraine continuing as a slow burning tragedy and the October 7th attacks…

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The Power of Metafictional Literature

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently stated that his consumption of a novel on Chinese cyber-tech paved the way to his heavy investments in Israel’s cyber sphere. Given Netanyahu’s power, statements like this demonstrate the immense influential potential of literature. When thinking about this concept of the book as a vessel for ideology, I began…

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The Dirndl

Helen Dominic explores the interesting history of the traditional Germanic dress – the dirndl.


The Podcast-ification of Politics: The Rest is Podcasts?

Ex-politicians giving their opinions on current affairs isn’t new – filling stadiums to do it certainly is. Political podcasts seem to have taken off in recent years. The frontrunner is far-and-away the confusingly titled ‘The Rest is Politics’ (TRIP), hosted by former New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and ex Tory MP Rory Stewart. The…

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The Invisible War: Does Oxford University need to do more to support its neurodivergent students?

Just as nature’s intrinsic dance ensures that no two individuals except identical twins share the same set of fingerprints, or that no two snowflakes are able to form the same complicated designs, the human mind is a labyrinthine of extraordinary uniqueness. If science, history, sociology, anthropology, and any other subject can teach us anything, it…

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Global Affairs

Have the voters killed the Catalan Independence Movement? 

On the 12th of May, Catalans (a region and arguably a nation in the North-East of Spain) went to vote for a new Regional Parliament in a snap election The election resulted in pro-Independence Catalan parties losing their majorities in the parliament to anti-Independence Spanish parties.  Election Results  The centre-left Catalan Socialist party…

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The emerging flashpoints in the South China Sea

It has become common for commentators on geopolitical conflict in the last twelve months to declare that ‘sea power is back’. There is a good reason for this. The world’s most contentious body  of water is undoubtedly the South China Sea, where a growing cast of diverse nations are continuing to warm up…

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India’s truly global election

India is not at a crossroads: many of its developments for good and ill have been long in the making, and have not been shaped by Narendra Modi. Yet a better understanding of these trends, and a greater awareness of how India’s economy has underlined the success of its educated class who nevertheless…

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Sublime Drizzlings: Choupette 

Chloe Smith takes us through how she imagines a day in the life of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette. The absurdity of a cat celebrity is called into question. Illustration by Imogen Edmundson.


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Film Remakes Make Me Feel Old

I am a firm believer that you cannot beat the original, whether that be original films, TV shows, or even songs. I think things are directed, produced and edited the…



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Kitchen: Food as a Love Language 

I could not imagine my life without the kitchen. As rightfully highlighted by Banana Yoshimoto, culinary creation is like a comforting embrace that brings everyone together in times of despair.



Running: The New Fad

‘Running is the new sports fad, but are the physical challenges worth the mental benefits?’ Kiaya Phillips discusses the benefits and challenges of running among the media-crazed fad of 10ks and marathons.

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