James Ashford

James Ashford is a writer and freelance journalist

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Goal-oriented: What 'Football Manager' can teach you about the graduate job hunt

From negotiation skills to spreadsheet management, is this a case of art imitating life?

Wot I learned at university

Graduation is a time for introspective leavers to take stock of all they've learned from their time at university. For James Ashford, it didn't take all that long

Scenes from a film that didn't happen: James Ashford (second from left) channels Bruce Willis

Doing the 50: How to finish with a whimper, not a bang

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford completes the last of the 50 tasks we once told him he (and you) had to do before he left uni. The anticlimax is palpable

James Ashford, barbecutie

Doing the 50: Flattery will get you everywhere

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford accepts a coffee from his editor and calls it a date, the creep.

Doing the 50: Down and out in Edinburgh

This week, Sheffield third-year James Ashford engages in some sharp practice on his way to Edinburgh, reminisces about criminal damage and, against explicit instructions, fails to win a pub quiz

Our hero James Ashford (front) experiences duress from Banter Claus and the Archbishop of Banterbury at the rugby club social

Doing the 50: 'Epic banter', slightly less epic karaoke and still no actual studying...

This week, intrepid Sheffield bantersaurus James Ashford engages in a spot of bants with the #LADS and attempts a night of 'epic karaoke', all in the name of an authentic university experience

Britain gets its first 'Professor of Morality'

The University of Birmingham has appointed Professor Randall Curren as Britain’s first ‘Professor of Morality’.

Artisan oenophile James Ashford does it like they do in the Dordogne

Doing the 50: The devil makes work for idle minds

This week, indolent Sheffield third-year James Ashford sets up an illicit moonshine still using his stash of fruit cordial and wastes perfectly good champagne.

James Ashford, patroniser of the arts

Doing the 50: I would do anything to finish this list... but I won't hand an essay in on time

Sheffield third-year James Ashford is determined to do all 50 things The Independent once witlessly suggested all students should do before they leave uni. The results are... just as you might imagine

Village people: just another Halloween party for our hero (left, with chum)

Doing the 50: There ain't no party like an entirely sober conga-line in Sheffield on a Wednesday night

Sheffield third-year James Ashford is determined to do all 50 things The Independent once witlessly suggested all students should do before they leave uni. The results are... cruel and unusual

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?