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Review: Mile Castle Wetherspoon Newcastle

23rd August 2019

4/5 Everyone loves a good Spoons, right? But with so many of them kicking around – all going by different names – sometimes you don’t know which one is best to go to. In central Newcastle alone, there so many different Wetherspoons all dotted around in different locations. If you add the one in the […]

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Product Review: Fitbit Charge 3

23rd August 2019

Priced at £149.95, the Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the most expensive fitness trackers of the modern age. But with its top-of-the-range heart rate tracker and impressively sleek and modern design, is it worth the premium price tag? On the one hand, the display is a dully, grey monotone colour with limited ability when […]

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A Note for GCSE Results Day

22nd August 2019

Good luck and congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results today. It’s a very important day in your life and your journey, so try and soak up all the emotions you’re feeling – good or bad. GCSE results day seems like a lifetime ago for me now, but I still remember feeling disappointed with […]

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Book Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

21st August 2019

4.5/5 Published in 2010, Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero is a great young adult book. Best for those over the age of 13, it is part of a pentalogy of fantasy novels written by Riordan. At the beginning of The Lost Hero, Jason doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school […]

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Top Five DJs of the 2010s

21st August 2019

Whether you’re desperate for some Monday morning running motivation or hitting the town for your mate’s 21st, dance music can lift anyone’s mood, regardless of age. However, looking forward to times when summer festivals are popping up everywhere in the UK, I’m going to discuss the five best DJs that I believe have had the […]

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Guest Blog: Unconventional body confidence

20th August 2019

My experience with sectoral heterochromia and body confidence by Olivia McHale, AKA @thenorthernist When someone says the phrase ‘body confidence‘, what sort of image conjures up in your mind? For me, it’s a host of people in various sizes, because that’s what this phrase has come to mean: positivity surrounding different body sizes. While that’s […]

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Mastering Politics: The Power of the Prime Minister

20th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – let alone trying to understand the role of the most important person in Britain: the Prime Minister. This week’s Mastering Politics is all about the power of the prime minister and how much of it they really have. What is the role of the prime minister? The prime minister’s (PM) […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

20th August 2019

If you work in customer service or any other profession that involves dealing with the public, you’ll have met millions of ‘Karens’. In case you’re not familiar with what a ‘Karen’ is, let us explain. A Karen is a white woman aged between 42 and 60, usually with some sort of cropped hairdo, who exists […]

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Tumblr Sold for $3 million..

20th August 2019

As predicted by the site’s (former) users, Tumblr’s ban on NSFW content has been catastrophic in terms of the value of the platform. In 2013, Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion. At this time, it was a safe space for millions of users who could express themselves via their own blog. Anti-censorship used to be […]

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Book Review: Can You See Me?

19th August 2019

Can You See Me? is a book written by author duo Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott. In the book, we learn about the life of Tally, an eleven-year-old girl with autism. When we first meet Tally, it’s the last day of the summer holidays, and the next day, Tally is going off to secondary school […]

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Film Review: I, Tonya

18th August 2019

I have never been sporty, but discovering ice skater Tonya Harding had me head over skates. Discovering Tonya Harding was a motivational, song-inspiring and empowering experience. It’s thrilling to watch her on ice, making history with her skating by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in a compeition. Before watching I, […]

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Review: No One Is Too Small, Greta Thunberg

17th August 2019

4/5 As the UK experiences a sweltering heatwave which has seen the hottest day on record ever, it’s no wonder climate change is on the agenda. We all know it’s happening – why else would parts of the UK be as hot as Dubai in July? Climate change activist Greta Thunberg hits the nail on […]

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Missing Children and the Media

16th August 2019

With the recent disappearance of Nora Quoirin, there has been a great deal of publicity on news channels to aid the Quoirin family in their quest to find Nora. As much as such press can drastically increase the likelihood for a missing person to be found, for me it has always raised the question as […]

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Why Tuition Fees Aren’t the Problem

16th August 2019

University costs have skyrocketed in the past decade. What was once a free educational institution where a place earned meant genuine hard work and a solid academic background has become a money-grabbing, self-serving machine. Introduced in 1998 by Blair’s Labour government, tuition fees were meant to stay low. Raised to over £9,000 in 2016, they […]

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Bar Review: Jalou, Newcastle upon Tyne

15th August 2019

3.7/5 Newcastle is famous for its exuberant nightlife and the best places to drink in the country. And it’s no wonder – there are a whole host of great places to have a tipple in NCL. Jalou, a bar just down from Newcastle Central Station and right next door to the Royal Station Hotel, is […]

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A-Level Results Day: One Year On

15th August 2019

A-Levels are honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The volume of content is unbelievable and unlike anything you’ll ever have to deal with again. So, you can sigh a relief at that one on A-Level resutlts day. It’s been one year since I collected my A-Level results, and, honestly, so much has […]

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Not Knowing is OK

14th August 2019

It is expected of us all as soon as we turn the ripe age of 18-years-old that we know exactly what we’re going to do with our lives and where we’re going. As everyone who has ever been 18 knows, it’s not this straightforward. And, actually, not knowing is OK. I’ve always been one of […]

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The Benefits of Veganism

13th August 2019

With hundreds upon hundreds of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes in this social media-orientated era being spread like wildfire, it’s hard to not scoff at the idea of veganism. As veganism is such a daunting change that disregards traditions that go back hundreds and hundreds of years, it’s no wonder people find the idea of […]

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Mastering Politics: Communism

13th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy, let alone trying to understand something as complex as communism. With so much opinion clouding this part of politics, you’re forgiven for being clueless. That’s why we’re explaining communism without opinion and in simple terms right here. What is communism? First and foremost, communism is an ideology. This means it’s a […]

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Film Review: Grown Ups

12th August 2019

Grown Ups is explosively funny, unforgettable and comedy gold. Fans of Adam Sandler films believe that this is one of his best films ever, even though there is some crude humou in there. Grown Ups doesn’t disappoint and it gives us a strong, memorable message: that family is the most important thing. Co-writer Sandler, who […]

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Product Review: Blue Light Glasses

11th August 2019

When you think of blue light glasses, you think of the huge, chunky, yellow-lens glasses which look like they’re straight out of a scientist’s cupboard! Well, you aren’t wrong in thinking that to a certain extent. Just like most technologies, everything has improved drastically since their first creation. It is the same for blue light […]

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Book Review: Say Her Name

10th August 2019

Juno Dawson’s Say Her Name, published in 2014, offers a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat classic horror book experience. This book is an intriguing page-turner for young teenagers and one that must be read by all. Mary Worthington, a student at Piper Hall, is at the centre of Say Her Name. Mary Worthington is the real name of […]

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Song Review: Small Talk, Katy Perry

9th August 2019

Pop superstar Katy Perry has dropped her latest single Small Talk today – and people are loving it. The song follows the release of smash-hit Never Really Over, which was loved by critics all over the world. And by me too. Never Really Over signalled the Teenage Dream Katy Perry coming back. And, to some […]

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Review: Alton Towers Theme Park

9th August 2019

After many visits to Alton Towers, I can safely say that I have a fairly good concept of the UK’s number one theme park. Alton Towers is centred around a centuries-old castle which belonged to the old Duke of Alton, who had a supernatural encounter with a witch. The story goes that the witch cursed […]

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Review: Booking.com

9th August 2019

3.5/5 When it comes to organising a holiday, or a lengthy stay away, you need reliability and transparency when booking your accommodation. It’s not always the case that you get this when booking online, though with the website Booking.com, you can be guaranteed both of these… most of the time. I was planning a month-long […]

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My b**p Journey: Sophie Ogle

8th August 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I am so excited to be writing a little something for b**p again! My name is Sophie Ogle, and I have recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 2:1 in Marketing Management. I was lucky enough to secure post-graduate employment before my course finished, and […]

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Are AirPods Really Worth It?

8th August 2019

You might be thinking: how are a pair of headphones worth £159? Well, trust me, I thought the same. However, I soon realised these headphones – Apple‘s AirPods – are magical. First of all, the box AirPods come in is compact and can fit anywhere, whether it’s in your bag, or even your pocket. Secondly, […]

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The Rise of British Tennis

7th August 2019

From a British point of view, we’ve had little to cheer about of recent times where tennis is concerned, due to several factors. However, the youngsters who have broken (literally) onto the tour this summer are injecting some life into British tennis, and as a nation, this is promising. For over a year now, former […]

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TV Review: Black Mirror, S2:E1

7th August 2019

Netflix and Channel 4 series, the award-winning Black Mirror, opens its second series looking at an aspect of life that is so frightening, yet inevitable: death. Be Right Back, which is episode one of the new series, tells the story of Martha and Ash, a couple who move into a new cottage. The next day, […]

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Mastering Politics: Capitalism

6th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – and that’s why we have our own ‘politics put simply’ column, Mastering Politics. This time, we’re explaining the meaning of capitalism. What is capitalism? Capitalism is, first and foremost, an ideology. This means that it’s a system of ideas and beliefs about the economy and social aspects of running a […]

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McDonald’s paper straws can’t be recycled

6th August 2019

Fast food giant McDonald’s has come under fire after it was revealed that their self-proclaimed “eco-friendly” paper straws cannot be recycled. Just last year McDonald’s ditched plastic straws in aid of helping with the environmental crisis. It led the way for other companies – big and small – to scrap their plastic straws too. In […]

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Why Priti Patel is Dangerous

5th August 2019

When Boris Johnson was announced as the new Prime Minister, there were no prizes for guessing who’d be sent straight into the Home Office. It was always going to be Priti Patel, the loyal BoJo Brexiteer. Priti Patel, born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family, has been in politics for a while now. Originally, she […]

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Molly-Mae Online Abuse is too Far

4th August 2019

Love Island finished earlier this week and has left us with nothing to do when it hits 9pm these days. Though it seems that horrid Twitter and Instagram trolls have found a way of busying themselves – by harassing star Molly-Mae Hague who placed second in last Monday’s final. Molly-Mae, who was coupled up with […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

4th August 2019

Despite having lived in the UK for my entire life, I always seem to be discovering strange new things about this island. One of the weirdest facts I’ve learned is that Scouse men apparently don’t use wallets. Instead, they just have loose coins and cards rattling around in their pockets. I found this out on […]

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Review: Cineworld Newcastle

4th August 2019

4.5/5 It’s not often you go to the cinema and actually rate the venue itself rather than the film. However, I was so impressed by Cineworld Newcastle upon Tyne in The Gate that I thought I’d give it a review. For way too long in Newcastle, we’ve been stuck with Odeon – the German cinema […]

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Musical Theatre: is the Golden Age over?

3rd August 2019

Musical theatre is a very controversial topic. Some people believe it isn’t as relevant as it was in what is called the ‘Golden Age’. But is this really true? No. Over the past couple of years, new musicals have been made which have made it big – and fast. For example, musicals like Hamilton, which […]

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Top 3 Cities in Europe

1st August 2019

Europe is frequently becoming the place to go on your summer holidays. You can get cheap flights, hotels and hostels – not to mention an interrailing ticket that allows you to travel basically the whole continent. But with so many cities to choose from, I thought I’d narrow it down to the top 3 cities […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

30th July 2019

How do I even begin to choose between the many Internet-annoying events of last week? It feels like longer than just a few days ago, but in the space of seven days, we had a record-breaking heatwave, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ridiculous list of banned words and a new Prime Minister. Of course, Twitter had a lot […]

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10 Signs You’ve Become A Cliché Year Abroad Student

29th July 2019

For those of us that have just finished the last chapter of our experience living outside the UK, the post year abroad life can be a bit of a challenge. Not only because the adventure is over but because you have to deal with the fact that whether you know it or not, you’re probably […]

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The Truth About Reality TV

29th July 2019

Reality TV is a massively popular genre, with shows such as Love Island attracting millions of viewers for each episode. For many, it’s rapidly becoming a tradition to spend time on an evening watching our favourite programmes. But is our fascination with reality TV as innocent as it appears? As it becomes even easier to […]

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Film Review: The Devil Wears Prada

28th July 2019

4/5 Classic 2000s films are hard to beat, though the first time I watched The Devil Wears Prada, it didn’t strike me as such. I turned it off halfway through. However, upon giving it another go, I can confirm that this 2006 star-studded Hollywood dramatisation of the book by the same name, is a classic […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th July 2019

It has been a while since PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) last upset everyone. The latest hill PETA is willing to die on is the idea that human beings are of exactly the same importance as animals. The organisation has annoyed the Internet this week by inferring that pigeons can be […]

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Theresa May: a goodie or a baddie?

27th July 2019

Theresa May has undoubtedly had one of the most trying and frustrating premerships of all prime ministers. And the worst part is that it was all caused by her own Party. The instability caused by members of Theresa May’s own Party in itself shows that she was not a masterful leader at all. Instead, it […]

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Film Review: The Lion King

26th July 2019

I mean, couldn’t they have just let Beyoncé and Childish Gambino make a cover album and avoided all this? Hello. I’m back. I have descended from my mountain cave at the whisper on the winds of a new Disney ‘live-action’ remake to get annoyed at. This time, it’s not even live-action at all. The Lion […]

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Five tips to fight your hay fever

25th July 2019

It is estimated that hay fever affects 10 million people in England. As a hay fever sufferer, I know that there is nothing worse than seeing everyone else enjoy the glorious sunshine while your nose runs and your eyes itch. To help the 10 million that spend their summer sniffing and rubbing their eyes to […]

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The Three Stages of a Break-Up

24th July 2019

Break-ups are not easy, and they happen for a multitude of different reaons. Everyone deals with them in different ways, too. Some people feel the need to be with someone else immediately straight after, some people shut themselves away from the world for a while, and some people decide to go out and get absolutely […]

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Boris Johnson announced as prime minister

23rd July 2019

It was announced this morning that Boris Johnson is to be Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson, who was always tipped to win the Conservative leadership race, beat opponent Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of Tory members. During his campaign, he was endorsed by a number of high-profile Conservative MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove and […]

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Mastering Politics: Socialism

20th July 2019

Understanding specific political terms is not an easy task. It doesn’t help when the Internet is full of people with opinions and overly-long sentences trying to explain stuff either. So, Mastering Politics is back and is here to explain socialism. What is socialism? Socialism is an ideology first and foremost, which means it’s a system […]

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Write for Us

19th July 2019

b**p is looking for brand new and inspired young writers to join our team. If you’re young, looking for journalism experience, or just have something to say – get in touch with us. We can offer you a platform to express yourself and do what you love. At b**p, you can send us opinion pieces, […]

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FaceApp Could be Spying on You

18th July 2019

A privacy warning has been issued regarding the latest social media craze: FaceApp. The app, which allows users to submit pictures of themselves to have changed to make them look elderly, was developed in 2017 but has only just gone viral. Celebrities such as Drake and the Jonas Brothers have taken part in the craze, […]

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