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July 28, 2003

One in five Oxford students works on the side
Nearly a fifth of students at Oxford University are forced to earn money during term time despite the fact that the official policy strongly discourages them from working. A survey by the Oxford University Student Union found that 19 per cent of students have to find time to work as well as complete the university's rigorous academic timetable. More than 50 per cent of the students rely on their overdrafts to make ends meet.
(Daily Telegraph, Times, Financial Times)

Graduate dies in kayak tragedy
A British zoology graduate drowned after being dragged into a whirlpool in front of his friend while kayaking in Switzerland. Jon Fitzsimmons, 22, from Caddington, near Luton, had finished his degree at Bristol University and was travelling through Austria and Switzerland with a university friend when the accident occurred.

Egyptian tomb reveals humiliating secret
An historical revelation contained in 22 lines of sophisticated hieroglyphics has been deciphered by Egyptologists from the British Museum and Egypt after their discovery in February in a richly decorated tomb at El Kab, near Thebes, in Upper Egypt. The 3,500-year-old inscription shows that the ancient Egyptians "airbrushed" out of history one of their most humiliating defeats in battle at the hands of its northern neighbour, the Sudanese kingdom of Kush.

Music lessons can improve vocabulary
Children with music training have significantly better verbal memory than others, according to researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who studied 90 boys between six and 15. The group's findings are reported today in the journal Neuropsychology.
(Daily Telegraph)

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