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The 2023 Boar Travel Photo Competition

We launched the 2023 Boar Travel Photo Competition last October to showcase the amazing photos taken by talented Warwick students and to spice up the Travel Instagram page. We weren’t expecting much engagement, in part because we couldn’t think of a catchy acronym for the competition, but mainly because the...
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Posted Mar. 7, 2024

Co-founder of Lonely Planet advises aspiring travel photographers

Last month, the Boar interviewed Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of Lonely Planet, about his role in setting up Warwick’s new postgraduate course, the Wheeler History of Travel Writing PhD Programme. After the interview, I mentioned to Tony that the Boar Travel section was running a travel photography competition, the ongoing...
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Posted Dec. 5, 2023

Three weeks at Soweto Primary School, Tanzania

If you spend enough time at Soweto Primary School, you can tell which of the pupils are orphans by noticing that they wear different shoes each day. This is because the local orphanage does not let the children keep their own shoes. Each night, they must hand in the pair...
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Posted Aug. 18, 2023

Why ‘Rocky’ stands the test of time

In Rocky, there is a scene that stands out above the rest. It occurs midway through the film, just after Rocky accepts Apollo Creed’s challenge for a heavyweight title showdown. In the scene, Rocky is confronted in his apartment by Mickey Goldmill, the gym owner, who opportunistically proposes to be...
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Posted May. 11, 2023

Valentine’s Day: The Best or Worst Holiday?

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that I’m qualified to write this article. I don’t know very much about love, and even less about relationships. I’ve only been on a Valentine’s date once, when I was 18 and it didn’t go very well. After a dinner where I showed off...
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Posted Feb. 14, 2023