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Paul Virides


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Favourite time of year:

Autumn and Spring - I like the in-betweens as opposed to the extremes

Favourite travel destination:

I'll always have a soft spot for the city of Chania in the Greek island of Crete. It's where my mum was born and where I went on holiday yearly till I was about 14. The view from our balcony in the flat we have there is incredible.

Secret hideout in York:

I love reading on the windowsill in my bedroom. But otherwise, it has to be the not-so-secret Museum Gardens on a sunny day.

Favourite things about living here:

York is so niche! There's so much to find, but it also caters for specialist interests in a unique way, so I love discovering new coffee shops or revisiting architecture like the Minster.

Best bars:

Evil Eye - it feels like parts of North London (home) crammed into one tiny little space. And Dusk, simply for the mystery involved in ordering a "Milky Bar Kid"

Best insiders tip:

There's more to York than what's in the walls - stroll around the suburbs too.


Shakespeare. I'm a walking cliché of a Literature student.

Best view of the city:

Not so much of the city, but the view of the Minster from the Lamb & Lion's beer garden is beautiful.

Favourite shop:

I love the things you can find in Shared Earth up on High Petergate, by the Minster gates.

Best place to eat:

Georgina's or Bettys. Tearoom eating is the way forward.

This time next year I will be:

A graduate of the Uni of York (hopefully), and probably unemployed.

Top 5 bands:

Here's 5 from an extensive list… Ed Sheeran, Gaga, Jamie Cullum, Regina Spektor. I don't listen to Belle & Sebastian nearly enough.

Favourite era:

The late 50s, without them we wouldn't have Mad Men. And the 12th and 13th centuries - we wouldn't get Arthur and his knights otherwise.

If I was an animal I would be a:

Cat. My two seem to have to far too much fun just existing. Maybe I'll be an Aristocat, like the Disney ones.

I’m studying English at the University of York, but originally I’m from North London. I write, I act, I love coffee and think sleep is something best left for old age. I’m also the Deputy Editor of Guardian-nominated York Vision, a student newspaper at uni. I think print media is absolutely not dead, it just needs reviving and rekindling.
Outside of uni, I also spend my time blogging, going to the Edinburgh Fringe and reading magazines like there’s no tomorrow. Hopefully one day I’ll find a way to marry my passion for theatre and media, but for now I’ll happily do both and forget the weekend.
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