My New Favourite Non-Country

by Simon Posner, Italian:- It was early afternoon in Northern Italy, and I was already on my fourth train of the day. Ever since Mussolini famously “at least made the trains run on time”, Italy has been unified by the rail network Trenitalia, a fleet of questionable locomotives with blue rubber seats, broken air conditioning…

The Czech Republic from the Train

by Miriam Gordis, Czech and French:-   My fondest memory of the Czech Republic will be the endless train journeys. The first Czech film to win an Academy Award, Closely Watched Trains (1966), solidly cemented their iconic place in the culture. In one famous scene from the film, the protagonist, who works on a railroad,…

A Very Russian Temperament

A Very Russian Temperament by Harriet Buckley, Russian and Czech:- Despite the fact that I studied Russian for the majority of my time at school and then at university, I had never actually been to Russia until my year abroad and had never met any “real” Russians. Sometimes people in the UK are too quick…

Is Exorcism the Key to Thawing Sino-Japanese relations?

By Lauren Finch, Chinese and International Relations:- This was originally written in November 2014 after being inspired by both Leo Lewis’ article and the progressive Sino-Japanese meeting at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. Lauren spent the year studying at Peking University and is currently working towards a research project before her final year. The…