Month: June 2018

Easter term.

With a violin slung across left shoulder, one arm trying to manoeuvre my suitcase up South Road and the other hand shielding my eyes from the sharp rays, I greeted the Odgen Centre of physics and scrutinised the construction progress of the new Education hub (controversially, Durham’s small, already brimming radius is preparing for expansion). The city campus is bursting its banks, so to speak, and accepting more and more students. They were all, as I stopped for a moment to catch my breath, sitting outside the Bill Bryson library eating baguettes and smoking with faces pointed up towards the sun. I turned around and fixed my eyes on the soft blue ahead; it had quickly dawned on me how mockingly beautiful the summer light was. How distressingly bittersweet reality seemed all of a sudden – I would not be able to enjoy the sun without feeling somewhat guilty at the fact that I was not revising for exams! Smiling, I laboured on towards my college, which is situated suitably at the top of the hill, …