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How learning a language could limit terrorism

In the past few months, the news has been full of coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, Turkey and Iraq. Understandably, our government has become increasingly worried about the possibility of another terrorist attack happening in Britain, and as a University student I was interested to see whether the government was making any […]

Exams and results

When we head to our exams it can seem like our entire lives depend on their results. Parents’ pressure, teachers’ warnings and friends’ worrying can all add up to it becoming an enormous weight on our shoulders, one that is tough to bear. It can indeed be a little frightening to think that everything in […]

How to keep a student house tidy

Hello all! I know that my previous blog post would be incomplete if I didn’t advise you how to keep your wonderful new place clean, which can be surprisingly hard especially if you live with people who are not necessarily passionate about tidying. It’s so important to have a nice, pleasant space around you to […]

Student Living (preferably in a decent house)

So right now, the time has come that many students are panicking about student housing. There are landlords to call, viewing to attend, and when you think everything is finally set up and everyone has agreed, somebody else grabs your house just before you got there! So indeed, student housing can be a bit of […]

Le Big Mac, Tarantino and the Deep South

Vincent and Mia

Have you seen Pulp Fiction? It’s a Tarantino cult classic that’s hard to forget with its copious amounts of cocaine, guns and bizarrely mundane dialogue throughout (there’s 5 minutes of screen time dedicated to a conversation about foot-rubs…). It’s a dialogue near to the beginning of the film that I wanted to talk about in […]

Mémé’s Tarte au Citron

Mémé’s Tarte au Citron

August has been a month of adjustment for me. I went home to Leicester at the start of the month and suffered from reverse culture shock, a subject which Katie wrote a really great blog post about here. I’d just adjusted to being back in England when I boarded my return flight to France. I’ll […]

Decisions and Debt

My sister will be 24 in October, and for the first time she’s thinking about going to university. She wants to be a dietician. Knowing the nutritional value of foods is something of a hobby of hers. It’s a bit of a family joke recently that she’s gone barmy for avocados. This means we’ve been […]

Language Junkies

I’m a complete and utter language geek. The sound of a foreign language grabs my attention, I swoon over polyglots and the prospect of a long and difficult translation gets me excited. I’m a language junkie. I am exaggerating …slightly. However, being a language junkie is nothing to be ashamed of: recent studies show that being […]

Brains for Dinner at Le Bistrot Lyonnais

Le Bistrot Lyonnais, proudly serving up brains on Rue Carreterie

Last Friday we went to a restaurant just round the corner from the apartment I’ve been renting for the past 5 months in Avignon. I’ve seen this particular restaurant many times on my way to and from uni. It’s painted a dark purple and over the door in gothic gold letters it states: “Le Bistrot […]

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