Cheap lolz, swashbuckling romance and essay crises

Jenny is a frighteningly bright Philosophy student, Tim is her flirtatious slacker of a flatmate. Come here to follow the life adventures of these two absolutely not stereotypical Cambridge students. You'll learn very little in the process, but I'll get better at watercolour.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Every little helps

Barclays don't care that you spent 392340 hours working on that article as long as they get the hundred quid.

It's a life of Sisyphus, my dear friends.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

The Examined Life

First published in TCS Lent Issue 2, 2011

Not having exams is great but at the same time it's a bit of an anticlimax. You get to May Week and you realise you have no reason to celebrate. Well, right, you've handed in your thesis but it's just not the same feeling. So then you don't really feel like going to May Balls anymore. Or maybe that's just the '4 years+ at Cambridge' syndrome...

Sunday, 23 January 2011

La Tortura

"Bergsonian Duration is exactly 3000 times longer when coupled with Kantian thought." J. Travis, Journal of Philosophical Profoundities, Issue 416, n.3, p.247 (2011).

Thursday, 20 January 2011

The Borrowers

First published in TCS Lent Issue 1.

It's unfair! It's unfair! when I was an undergrad, I wasn't allowed to borrow books from the UL! If only I'd been allowed, then I... er... well, I guess I wouldn't have borrowed any book anyway, as I hardly ever set foot in the place.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Magic of Acknowledgements

Sometimes you just want to scream 'OMG TOO MUCH INFORMATION' when you read the acknowledgements pages of academic books. Darling author, I know you've been working on the damn book for years, but I really don't care that you got the idea in your bath, or in your bed, or in your car, or goodness knows where else. And yes, I'm sure your partner was absolutely the most helpful person in the whole world but please cut down on the drippingly mawkish assertions of eternal love. I don't think you really need to thank all your dogs, either. And well done on having a baby the day the book was accepted for publication, but seriously, whether it was delivered naturally or by C-section is of very little relevance to your chosen topic.

Thursday, 13 January 2011


There we go, Tim's already failed to stick to one of his new year resolutions.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Corrupting the young

Dear non-Cambridge readers, if you don't know what Cindies' is, don't worry, you're not missing out.

Thursday, 6 January 2011


Tim's still waiting anxiously for Kate and Will to actually marry. Who knows, Jenny might not manage not to keep that resolution.

Oh, and it's my birthday today. FYI. Just sayin.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year Wishes

Happy New Year everyone and may all your wishes come true, whether of success, friendship, love, family, health, or the world as a whole.