Anglo-Italian Oxfordian, poet, aspiring singer-songwriter/artist and commentator on socio-political issues
Andrea Carlo is from Milan, Italy, where he was born; he spent his early childhood in Ireland; and has lived in the UK since 2005, when he moved to Windsor at the age of eight. He won an academic scholarship aged thirteen, becoming editor of his school magazine, and is currently studying at Trinity College, Oxford.
An award-winning, published poet and aspiring singer-songwriter/artist working on his debut record, he is particularly interested in socio-political issues within the UK and the world in general, having previously written an article for the Oxford Student paper on the collapse of the traditional political left-right spectrum.
What does it mean to be a 'man'? To play sports, drink beer, 'get laid', work out, and drive fast cars? Of course, this is 2017. No one really thinks like this any more. We all know that, by now, we have accepted that masculinity is a nuanced, multifaceted, even elusive, concept that can encompass various ways of living.
Long distance: those two words alone conjure up a myriad of largely negative connotations - difficulty, frustration, and ultimately break-up. When applied to romantic relationships, it's said that they never work; when left to friendships, there's an ounce more optimism, but the vision is still seen as grim.
My ultimate fear is that, in its process of leaving the European Union, the UK will ironically end up more similar to its continental neighbours, and lose what makes it so special. I hope that the country, in having made the decision to detach itself from the continent, does not compromise its identity in order to fit a cliché mould of nationalism.
13/07/2017 16:53 BST
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