Thou art banished!

An issue that is quite close to the students heart has always been travelling, be it based on the premise of escape, exploration or in search of a job. The latter is increasingly becoming a necessity in a country that is gripped by the worst recession in the history of the state and we have not seen the end of it.

As communities lose their youth in a chilling reflection of the eighties in both numbers and the imagery associated with people forced to travel half the world away in search of work that they are qualified and willing to do.

Students are at the forefront of this exodus and with that in mind, for the next few weeks we at the student observer wish to open the website as a forum for submissions on the topic of emigration, be it in relation to successive governments and their failed attempts to tackle the issue or an opinion on the cultural implications. Mail them to

The best article, as judged by the esteemed panel of Dave, Turkish and myself will be given a prize of some description. So get writing.

Thobias Inkblot

‘You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve in that which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use-silence, exile, and cunning.’ – Stephen Dedalus


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