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Fri 24 May 2019

Simon Reeve

Our Fragile and Rickety Existence

In over 20 travel series, Simon Reeve has hunted with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, been chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and detained by the KGB. He’s been to over 120 countries, ranging across deserts, mountains, jungles and oceans. Enough to complete a bucket list (or two) and perhaps plenty to permit thinking he’s a guffawing, swashbuckling, Walter Raleigh type, but when I speak to him, he’s still reeling from his son’s eighth birthday party...

Fri 24 May 2019

Art has been defined as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination … typically in visual form … producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.' Close your eyes and think of a car fitting that description...

Thu 16 May 2019

Stress, Smiles and Sleeping Naked 

Transforming Emotions with Physical Intelligence

“Are we disturbing you?” Claire Dale asks somebody sat nearby, in light of their reactions to the interview I’m conducting with her and Patricia Peyton, at Oxford Martin School where they’ve just given a talk as part of Oxford Literary Festival. The person says they’re not disturbed, but opines they’ve been hearing something “unnecessarily complicated”...

Wed 15 May 2019

Being open about needing 40mg of an SSRI every day is part of breaking down the stigma. Luckily one of the compensations is a wealth of some of the most interesting, uncomfortable, and otherwise brilliant pieces of writing...

Mon 13 May 2019

The Bigger Picture

Mental Health Awareness Week

With Mental Health Awareness week taking place this month, the urgency to dispel the stigmas associated with mental illness and educate people on how best to support sufferers is as prevalent as ever...

Mon 13 May 2019

13-19 May marks Mental Health Awareness Week. As May is our Art Issue, we wanted to explore the relationship between arts and mental health within our community. The Artscape Project is an innovative arts project dedicated to improving mental wellbeing of inpatients through encouraging creativity...

Fri 10 May 2019

Art and science aren’t always the easiest bedfellows. But for ‘cerebral’ artist Rebecca Ivatts, they merge seamlessly to create astonishingly arresting paintings – many relating to the brain – that are receiving great acclaim from the neuroscience community at Oxford University and beyond...

Fri 10 May 2019

Vegetarian and vegan members of Oxford University are being invited to rank colleges according to the quality of their vegetarian and vegan food. The online vote officially opens on Monday 6th May and closes on 30th November 2019. Anyone with an Oxford University email account, whether student or staff, is eligible to vote...

Fri 3 May 2019

Our resident interior designer answers your questions...

Thu 2 May 2019

Zaatari hails from Lebanon and his practice often, although not exclusively, relates to the creation and dissemination of images in Arab societies. He also explores how individuals choose to present themselves in front of the camera. They often project facades which are very different to their ordinary lives, even if this just means wearing large sunglasses, or posing with an advertising cut-out of a model...