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Presentation: Durham Philosophy Society Undergraduate Conference 2017

If you find yourself in the North-East of England this weekend at a loose end, then you should head along to the Durham Philosophy Society Undergraduate Conference. I’m delighted to be able to share that I’ll be presenting my forthcoming paper, ‘Orwellian Nationalism as the Liberal Democratic Convention,’ at the conference. The paper will be …

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The Sam’s Tailor Experience – Bespoke Suits in Hong Kong

Ask any of the businessmen nursing pints in the frenetic party district of Lang Kwai Fong what their priority is when visiting Hong Kong and you’re sure to hear about Sam’s Tailor. Crossing the harbour the next day, to the Kowloon side, take Exit B1 from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and prepare to be …

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A (Belated) 春节 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Loyal readers (so, probably only my mother) I owe you an apology. Why? Because I have failed, quite comprehensively, to do anything out of the ordinary this Chinese New Year (春节 – Chūn Jié), much to my chagrin. I’ve been a boring Hong Kong tourist. It wasn’t for lack of trying though. Promise. We’d planned …

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How a Year Abroad can make you Happy – Derren Brown and Stoicism

If you’re not a philosopher, then Derren Brown’s new book, Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine, may be a pleasant surprise. It’s an accessible foray into stoicism, an ancient greek philosophy that’s gaining momentum in the modern day amongst philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Returning to Hong Kong this week, one element of …

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Myanmar for Reading Week! Study Abroad Trips!

Fuelled by a meal of deep-fried locusts the night we’d arrived, our second day in Myanmar (formerly Burma) was about one thing only: Schwedagon Pagoda. ‘Schweddy,’ as one friend affectionately nicknamed it, is a huge Buddhist temple adorned by 3,000 rubies, 8 tonnes of gold plate and is topped off with a 76 carat diamond …

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Funding: British Council’s Scholarship for Excellence

With the British Government’s ever increasing tuition fees looking set to rise again soon, debt continues to be a problem that every student faces. Extending your degree by studying abroad for a year only adds to that debt. All is not lost, though. If you’re lucky and forward thinking, you can mitigate at least some …

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Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong – Mooncakes and Bride Pools

This is by far the busiest that Hong Kong has been so far. Thursday the fifteenth of September saw the arrival of Hong Kong’s annual Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节). Everywhere we walked, people shared Mooncakes and lit Lanterns up and down the packed streets of Causeway Bay. We were surrounded by thousands of people making their …

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On Food. Or, the beginning of an entirely inadequate summary of culinary fun in Hong Kong.

All I had hoped for and more is true: ‘Hong Kong’ can confidently be labelled as synonymous with ‘good food’. The melting pot of cultures, styles and traditions means that you can’t walk more than a hundred metres without passing a veritable melange of international eateries. My claim – that if you want to eat …

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Waynflete Essay: A Psychological Exploration of Religion

“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.” — Sigmund Freud (New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, 1932) As part of my final two years of high school studies, what we here in England call the Lower Sixth Form, students my age take on an …

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Touchdown: First Impressions of HKU and Hong Kong

I’m not a subscriber to the notion of fate. Despite this, I have recently noticed some poetic coincidences linking me to Hong Kong. HKU’s Latin motto, ‘Sapientia et Virtus,’ translates rather grandly as ‘Wisdom and Virtue’. My subject, Philosophy, therefore has a serendipitous etymological link to HKU. The Latin roots, Philo (lover of) and Sophia …

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Dissertation: Reading for Surveillance Ethics

24th February 2017: The administrative ball is picking up speed back home in Durham. Consequently,  I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that I’ll be working with Professor Geoffrey Scarre on this project next year. Geoffrey taught one of my favourite modules last year, Moral Theory, and is a wonderfully engaging lecturer (and a lovely man!). …

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