Embrace The Sun & Explore

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Spring is finally here...honest, just ignore the rain, we had sun the other day and I'm sticking to the fact the summer is round the corner. With that fact it means it's time to stop holing up in student accommodation and explore. Oxford is beautiful a city and there are so many places near to campus worth venturing too.

Joe Perks & Co.

This is a unique little cocktail bar on St Clements Road that I cannot recommend enough. Happy hour run 4:30 till 7, perfect for celebrating your essay hand ins. With candles sitting on the wooden tables and a wide range of music in the background its the perfect way to unwind. Lets be honest, you are now half way to town, you may as well make a night of it and head out.

South Park

Located on Headington Hill it's perfect for anyone studying on John Henry Brookes Campus or living in either Clive Booth or Cheney Halls. Grab a picnic rug, food, and relax in the evening sun.
Picnic in South Park

Varsity Rooftop Bar

Open from Midday onward Varsity club is worth a visit simply for the stunning rooftop view. At night the rooftop is lit up with heaters, fairy lights and you can look out over a star lit Oxford. During the daytime be captured by the sun bouncing off the spires.


Spring is here!

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I call spring a transitional season - it's unpredictable, yesterday it was warm and sunny, today it is cold and rainy, tomorrow, who knows?

Nevertheless, it is a beautiful season. The black-and-white winter picture is slowly coming to life with vibrant colours, chirpy music and sweet smells. So, go out and embrace the happy Sun! Oxford is such a beauty with its dreamy spires and historical backdrop. Take a walk down the hidden alleys and you may find quirky pubs, antique shops and trip advisor restaurants. Relax on the steps of the Bodleian Library or Bonn Square with an ice cream for some people watching and bird feeding. Listen to beautiful classical symphony at the Sheldonian Theatre. Dive into jazzy street music on Cornmarket Street. Visit the Oxford University colleges for a reasonable fee of £1 - £7, free if you have an insider And visit the chic-looking Oxford Brookes University for free! 

Check out the cherry blossoms outside the Bodleian Library

The sunlight can be as romantic as the moonlight

South Park is the perfect spot to watch the sunset for free!

For some students, this is the time to break from your hectic studies and apply for jobs/internships/summer vacation. Time to catch up with family and friends, your hobbies and quirky interests. I have been putting on hold my favourite Murakami novels, guess I will take this time to pick it up again. 

Have a Happy Easter, y'all! Eat eggs, chocolates, cheese and whatever that makes you happy! 


Rock of Ages & Other Stuff

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Hello everyone!

After a few people pointed out that my first blog post was actually a bit bleak, I’ve decided to write about something a bit cheerier this time.

Overall, my final semester of University has started really well, although this may have something to do with my decision not to do a dissertation.

One highlight has been having a friend down to visit for a few days a couple of weeks ago. Showing them around the city and doing generally Oxford-y things was a nice reminder of how great it is to live here. It can be pretty easy to forget, amidst all of the work and drama of University life that you live in the ‘city of dreaming spires’. Visiting a few museums, pubs and stately Oxford University colleges and generally acting like a tourist for a while was definitely a refreshing change of pace!

Anyway, something from that week I felt especially inspired to write about is the performance of Rock of Ages by the Fortune Players musical society at the Brookes Union Hall.

To be totally honest, I’ve never been huge on musicals and didn’t really know much about Rock of Ages, apart from vaguely remembering there being a film adaptation featuring Russell Brand a few years ago, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

The musical itself is based around a simple boy-meets girl story, but is best described as a frenzied, self-aware mishmash of 80s rock, rebellion, widespread debauchery and silly German accents. In short, I was really blown away by the whole thing, there really wasn’t a dull moment.

I knew a few people performing, but I can say with confidence that the entire ensemble totally knocked it out of the park. The entire soundtrack was brilliantly performed by every singer and the band were especially amazing throughout, including an unexpected saxophone solo at one point.

Even the set, lighting and production were top notch, although if I had to take issue with anything, there were a few haphazard sound issues on the night I went, but even these were handled pretty well by the performers.

Congratulations to everyone involved for an evening of genuinely hilarious, utterly silly entertainment. I’m now hoping for more stuff from the Fortune Players before the end of the year, including apparently hosting an 80s themed ‘Dixieland’ night and a possible concert.

Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone handing in their dissertation soon!