Alison Walsh
I’d always enjoyed writing, but never felt that I had enough time or enough interesting things to say to justify subjecting other people to what I’d written. Spending over two months in rural France working on organic farms and living with a series of very interesting, very international and often quite eccentric people led to me writing longer and longer emails, and my diary entries getting longer and longer, whilst I could engage just about anyone in a long conversation about 'current affairs' (a very loose term, in my case!) So when I finally arrived in Paris, I took the plunge and started a blog! (It’s here, in case you’re interested.)

Part travel-log, part recipe collection and food review, it basically includes thoughts on anything and everything that interests me. I don’t profess to be an expert on Anglo-French relations, Parisian politics or the best place to buy a baguette in the 4th arrondissement, but I can certainly express my opinion on all of these things. After all, what good is an opinion if it isn’t expressed? If nothing else, this blogging stuff is a good way of remembering how to write more than a three-line email for when I go back to Oxford and am faced with my final year and a mountain of essays…

Entries by Alison Walsh

How to Keep Oxbridge Elitist - Just Keep Repeating Those Stories

(13) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (00:00)

I don't tend to tell people that I'm an Oxford student: it leads to too many awkward questions. What do my friends' parents do for a living, do I know anyone from Eton, or who owns on a yacht, or is a member of a royal family (or all three),...

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How Do We Respond to the Niqab Ban Supporters?

(4) Comments | Posted 24 October 2013 | (23:10)

I suspect that once upon a time, a lot of people in England would have seen a woman with something wrapped around her head and assumed that it was Mrs. X from down the road who had just gone to get a blue rinse at the hairdressers and didn't want...

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The Individual and the Group: Why Our Attitudes to Immigration Don't Make Sense

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (16:46)

I set out one day with the good intention of listening to or reading the news every morning, determined to find out what had gone on while I had been sleeping and what world-changing thing event might happen on that particular day. The problem, I have come to realise, is...

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