Alexander Rankine
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Oxford PPEist from Leeds, writes for Cherwell

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If Morrissey's Memoir Is a Classic Then This Blog Post Is 'Moby Dick'

(9) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (00:00)

"Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime." Quite right too. There is something special about Morrissey. First there is his inimitable voice, keening and weeping and burrowing into the memory. There are his lyrics, which veil but...

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Why We Need More Health and Safety Officials / Sunshine on Leith

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2013 | (02:25)

I have seen no better symbol of boundless consumerism than the giant horse statue in the middle of Leeds Trinity shopping centre. It buckles under a sack distended, I imagine, with the dubious harvest of a thousand Chinese factories, the poor beast's hooves scrabbling to stay upright upon its narrow...

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Student Scandals: The Stakes May Be Higher Than They Think

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (00:00)

University is a time for idealism. Unfortunately, those involved in the latest series of scandals at Oxford's 189-year-old debating society show that the youthful idealism of some extends only as far as themselves and the position which they feel they ought to occupy in the world. Misogyny, blackmail and...

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Why I am a Confirmed Donkey-Sceptic

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2013 | (15:21)

As I was returning home from the Spitfire modelling club the other Sunday I found my progress along the old Ottery lane was obstructed by a troop of plodding bottoms. The local donkey sanctuary was out on a riding trip - the stupid beasts blocking the entire lane and slowing...

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Young People and Classical Music

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2013 | (08:45)

There will be people who get up in the cold this morning to race after dreams. Spring and a turn to warmer weather may look like a cruel joke right now, but on they will go - fortified by memories of the Olympic games. What a brief and entrancing interlude...

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A Very Liberal Place

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2013 | (19:30)

Last Tuesday Nicola Blackwood, the Oxford West and Abingdon MP, did not vote on the Gay marriage bill. This was not for want of trying by Oxford students. Indeed, given that she first stated that she was opposed to the bill, her decision to stay away from the vote counts...

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Julian Assange at the Oxford Union: The Right to Be an Unwanted Guest?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2013 | (23:00)

Another day, another bitter ideological dispute in the dreaming spires. That was all I thought at first of the rancour about Julian Assange's invitation to the Oxford Union. In a place as full of educated and politically engaged people as Oxford you become inured to this sort of thing.

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