Messages of Support for Attacked Malaysian Student Ashraf

Hundreds of messages for Ashraf Haziq have flooded in from around the world over the last week as the public have shown their huge support for him. After the video of him being robbed became one of the iconic images of the London riots, started a campaign to show our support, and the response has been overwhelming.

The Attack

On Monday last week, Ashraf was caught up in the riots in Barking, East London, where his plight was captured on video. The video shows him sitting dazed and bleeding on a London pavement, before it appears that he is helped up by one of the rioters. However, as he is being held up, another of the young rioters opens his rucksack, searches through it and pulls out his mobile phone and wallet, walking off with both of them.

Mud, Slam Poetry and Beyoncé: Glastonbury 2011

On Monday afternoon I returned home covered in mud, sunburnt, eye-droopingly tired, blistered and euphoric. I had just spent the best part of a week at Glastonbury festival, watching performances from some of the biggest names in music, exploring huge art installations and camping in the mud with friends.

Inevitably, all the talk before it started was about the weather and the conditions at the farm in Somerset where Glastonbury is held each year. It is clichéd but true that the British love talking about the weather, and no more so than at music festivals. As the 180,000 campers arrived on Wednesday and Thursday the site was covered in thick, sticky mud, making it difficult to walk anywhere. However, it wasn't long before people embraced the mud. I saw crowds gather at the slippiest parts to cheer whenever someone fell over, old wellington boots arranged in to ‘Welly Henge' (above), and people swimming/rolling in the deepest puddles.

Despite the best efforts of the weather though, the main focus of the weekend was of course the music. In three days I saw some of the most eclectic musical performers of pop, dubstep, folk, blues, house...the list is endless at Glastonbury. However, there were certainly some highlights.

Bruges: A Student Travel Guide

One of the best things about living in the UK is how quick, easy and cheap it is to get to mainland Europe. For short weekend breaks there are so many options it can be hard to decide where to go. To help you out we are creating a series of guides to places in Europe that are perfect for short holidays.


Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, in Belgium, is a picturesque town full of original architecture and stunning ancient churches.

Getting There

Bruges is so easy to get to by train. From London St Pancras you can take the Eurostar all the way to Brussels, where you change to get a direct train to Bruges station. The whole journey takes less than 3 hours and is relatively cheap (around £50 return) if you book well in advance. 



The best place to stay in Bruges is probably in one of the dozens of Bed and Breakfasts. For around 40 Euros per person per night, you can find a very comfortable room in the centre of town. You can search for B&Bs in Bruges here.

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