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There’s a lot of evening, isn’t there? The “ordinary unhappiness” of Lockdown III

Like many fellow house arrestees, I’ve been binge re-watching some of my favourite childhood TV, from old Top Gear challenges to the Goodman family shenanigans in Friday Night Dinner. It’s a moderate distraction, as we wait for...



The History Faculty (Seeley Library) to Cambridge University

Telephonic distractions, phantom limbs and the Seeley Library

Constantly flicking Facebook must be more than just a procrastination technique – it’s an addiction. Eventually, it is going to prove supremely unhelpful when I am revising for five exams, actually attending useful lectures, and...



Cambridge College Bar Guide: Part I (image)

Cambridge College Bar Guide: Part I

Practically since I was in the womb, I have always loved listing and counting things – American states, the number of differently-coloured cars on the motorway, all those banal yet crucial objects detailed in innumerable I Spy...



Ed Balls and Katya Jones dancing on Strictly Come Dancing

Glitterballs and fears for the direction of British politics

I wonder how Craig Revel Horwood might react to the Labour Party’s re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader? ‘Pedestrian’, he might lament, ‘better luck next time, darling’. At least, that was his comment on Ed Balls’ first...



Alexander Armstrong

The scourge of summer lethargy

I am very much an all or nothing person. Some days – mostly while at university – I can wake up at 7am, do a morning of work, go out for lunch with friends, do some writing, go for a bike ride, then have a few hours watching a...