“It is not for you”: Review of Adele’s 30
"We’ve got 19, 21, and 25 to hear Adele sing about growing up, breaking your heart, and the power of belonging. 30 is another project personal to a stage in her life, and regardless of whether it’s for everyone, it is a simply brilliant listen."
The Undercurrent: Miffed monarchists march on Magdalen
It’s exhausting for normal students who just want to get on with our lives without provoking adult men into social media hissy-fits every time we move a muscle.
The Undercurrent: Oriel’s blue-worthy mental gymnastics on Rhodes
My working theory is that this is Oriel’s last, desperate attempt to shut students up by literally stunning them into silence.
The Undercurrent: Student Union election time!
One lucky candidate will become our new supreme leader on Thursday night, assuming charge of a groaning bureaucracy that claims to run everything that happens in Oxford while giving off the unnerving impression that it does absolutely nothing
The Undercurrent: the ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ look suspiciously like the ‘Arseholes of Today’
In light of this week's political debacle, perhaps it's time to stop pretending that Oxford’s obsession with producing ‘the leaders of tomorrow’ is in any way healthy.
The Undercurrent: Fun – a vital ingredient for optimising your performance?
Only Oxford could turn the delicate process of divulging a mental health issue into a sick version of Britain’s Got Talent that’s all sob-story and no singing
Music in a foreign language: short-lived novelty or here to stay?
When it comes to most music, you realise quite quickly that the language it’s written in isn’t really that important. Maybe you wouldn’t get...
Classic Letdowns: Proust
Disclaimer – I have not read the full 3000 pages of this story, nor do I intend to. The reasons for this will become...
BP or not BP? Art Washing and the British Museum
“Like smoke blown to heaven on the wings of the wind, our country, our conquered country, perishes. Its palaces are overrun by the fierce flames and...
In Conversation with Sir Mo Farah
It’s not easy to cover hundreds of miles when you’re stuck inside. With global sporting events cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future and...
In conversation with Dr Xand
Dr. Alexander van Tulleken has Covid-19. He told me as much down the phone, explaining that no other disease could explain the symptoms he...
‘Food For Thought’: The Buffa
What do buffet staff think about as they watch you stuff down your fourth plate of chicken chow-mein? Maybe they’re questioning why anyone drinks cows’ milk...
Acting Directly: Zoe Lafferty
Zoe Lafferty, according to the Daily Mail, is “absolutely one-sided” and “leaves no doubt where her sympathies lie.” The first part may be a...
Hidden in Harlem
If Nick had driven into Manhattan one day, taking the right turns, he might have found himself in the eye of a creative storm. Jazz clubs would spring up around him, filled with artists, musicians, and poets. He would be in Harlem at the zenith of its renaissance.