Why are the Oxford Newspapers So Dull? – 11/06/2022

A shorter version of this piece has been published on ‘The Oasis’, a new online magazine for the writing of Lady Margaret Hall College students. The editors possess an admirable tolerance for intellectual diversity. You can check it out here: https://www.theoasislmh.com/blog/why-are-the-oxford-newspapers-so-dull Every week a reassuring grey envelope, postmarked Paris, appears in my college pigeonhole. It’sContinue reading “Why are the Oxford Newspapers So Dull? – 11/06/2022”

Film Review – Happening (2021) – 10/06/2022

Dir. Audrey Diwan, producers. Rectangle Productions, France 3 Cinéma, SRAB Films, distributor. Wild Bunch. Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeQLR3J4K6c In its original French title, this film is called L’événement. ‘The Event’ in question is the pregnancy and subsequent abortion of Anne, a talented student and aspiring writer in 1963 France. It is a piece of cinemaContinue reading “Film Review – Happening (2021) – 10/06/2022”

By Surrendering to the Taliban, America Has Betrayed the Afghan People – 04/06/2021

Note: Hopefully a version of this piece will be making its way on to The Oxford Blue website in the next few days. For readers of the blog, this is an early preview. ******** Last month, the Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in west Kabul was attacked. 85 people, most of them female students between theContinue reading “By Surrendering to the Taliban, America Has Betrayed the Afghan People – 04/06/2021”

Dispatches by Michael Herr – War as Pure Experience – 10/07/2020

Publisher: Picador Cover design: Illustration by Joanna Thomson, Picador Art Dep ‘Our machine was devastating and versatile, it could do anything but stop.‘ ‘For every prayer there was a counter-prayer – and it was hard to see who had the edge.‘ ‘There were plenty of people who believed that we were nothing more than glorifiedContinue reading “Dispatches by Michael Herr – War as Pure Experience – 10/07/2020”

‘Common Sense’ and the Life of Thomas Paine – The work of the forgotten Founding Father – 08/07/2020

Publisher: Penguin (Great Ideas Series) Cover Artwork: Phil Baines ‘The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.’ ‘The sun never shone on a cause of greater worth’. ‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again’. “I do not believe in the creed professed by the JewishContinue reading “‘Common Sense’ and the Life of Thomas Paine – The work of the forgotten Founding Father – 08/07/2020”