• Editor's blog

    Ubyk, I Byk, We All Byk

    Ubyk, I Byk, We All Byk

    Although there’s a lot of political noise around cycling at the moment, with an all-parliamentary cycling group report recently published called ‘Get Britain Cycling’, the fact is that Britain is not yet a cycling country.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    School’s Out

    School’s Out

    The best exams are the last exams. Obviously. That goes for invigilation, too. Hitherto, there's the loneliness of the long paper paper-provider and pariah-like exhortations to leave quietly so as not to disturb those still sweating.
  • Oxford and the media

    The Oxford Connection

    The Oxford Connection

    Barring school friends, contacts from Oxford can be some of the oldest in one’s life. At the time, it sometimes seems that those students who are pursuing a career in politics are the most assiduous at building up what is now called a “network”.
  • Editor's blog

    Book or Bust

    I recently attended Oxford’s major annual book fair, held up at the Brooke’s University Campus on Gypsy Lane. I should clarify something here: I have never actually been to a book fair before, and am amazed that they still exist.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    A teapot

    Time for Tea?

    I'm writing this on the day a new exhibition opens at the Bodleian. It celebrates the works of five literary luminaries — and personal heroes of mine — but I see little immediate prospect of being able to get to it. My only comfort is a cup of tea.
  • Oxford and the media

    Laurie Penny

    A Penny For Your Thoughts

    I’ve wanted for some time now to write about Laurie Penny, the Wadham College graduate who, aged 26, was described last year by the Daily Telegraph as “without doubt the loudest and most controversial female voice on the radical left”.
  • Editor's blog

    The Third Wave of Oxford’s Coffee Culture

    It sometimes feels like the sting of this everlasting winter will never ease. But no matter: there’s another brilliant coffee shop popped up in Oxford.
  • The class of 2012

    Testing Times

    Testing Times

    After a break for a couple of weeks, I finally feel I can now look back and attempt to remember what happened in Hilary term. Amid a sea of revision and exams, at the time it seemed to end as soon as it had begun.

  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    April Blues

    April Blues

    Geoffrey Chaucer's emaciated Clerk of Oxenford must either have spent too long in the library or suffered a fourteenth-century winter as long and punishing as the one we're still enduring, over six hundred years later.
  • Oxford and the media

    Why Media?

    Why Media?

    The media is not the place it was. There’s the fall in both jobs and salaries... the decline in influence and status... the insecurity surrounding almost every major media brand thanks to digital upheavals.

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