Ed Sheeran Announces Engagement

22nd January 2018

It’s a happy day for Sheeran, but a sad day for us, as he announces his engagement to childhood friend and model, Cherry Seaborn. We’re just a little bit jealous… Announcing the engagement on Instagram, Ed shared a photo of the pair together, writing: “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy […]

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Football Round Up

22nd January 2018

This weekend’s premier league action started with Brighton against Chelsea. The game ended 0-4 to the away side. William, Moses and two from Hazard ensured the three points, a relief for the side after the lack of scoring in previous matches. Arsenal had twenty minutes of magic against Crystal Palace in which they scored four […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

21st January 2018

Linear A-Levels are the worst thing since sliced bread After last week’s lack of column, I thought I’d do a piece this week on the reason why. Linear A-Levels. That’s why. Now, if you don’t know what linear A-Levels actually are, that’s fine. They are the exams in which everything we learned in Year 12 […]

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Latest Tomb Raider Trailer is Here

21st January 2018

2018’s attempt at a video-game movie is incoming, with Tomb Raider getting a new trailer, showing Lara Croft digging up the past. Releasing in March, Alicia Vikander will star as the iconic character, as she explores tombs (duh), fights bad guys and falls over a lot. The first trailer was released in September, which took […]

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Lorde and Charlie XCX Lead NME Awards

21st January 2018

New Zealand singer Lorde and Charlie XCX lead the NME awards with four nominations each, joined by Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy. Dua Lipa is included on the best British solo artist shortlist, alongside Liam Gallagher and XCX. Weirdly, Jeremy Corbyn is nominated for hero of the year, which is unorthodox for a music […]

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Mastering Politics: The Liberal Democrats

21st January 2018

Political parties aren’t the easiest part of politics to understand. But don’t worry, here at b**p we’ve got you covered. The Liberal Democrats were formed in 1988 as a merge of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party and subscribe to the ideology of liberalism. Liberalism is a broad term, but in the context of the […]

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Fire and Fury Heads to TV

21st January 2018

The bestselling novel Fire and Fury, centred around America’s worst president to date, will reportedly become a TV show soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the author Michael Wolff has sold television rights for a seven-figure sum. Trump has condemned the book, which depicts chaos in the White House and a president unfit for duty. […]

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US Wildcat Saved from the Brink

21st January 2018

The smallest cat in the Americas, the güiña wildcat, is no longer at risk after being able to survive on agricultural land. It was listed as vulnerable to extinction, due to most of its habitat being converted into farmland or being chopped down. Like many carnivores, humans are the primary concern, due to fears that they […]

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The Greatest Showman: Review

21st January 2018

As a movie that spends a heap of its runtime exploring the distinction between authentic and fake, I’m sure The Greatest Showman will appreciate me being in two minds which side of the ring this musical fantasy falls. On the one hand, the film never really managed to trapeze over the initial hurdle of sucking me […]

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L’Oreal Model Wears Headscarf

21st January 2018

A UK beauty blogger said she is delighted to be part of the ‘game-changing’ L’Oreal advert, which features her wearing a headscarf. Amena Khan is the first woman to wear a hijab in a mainstream ad campaign for hair care. She told Newsbeat: ‘It’s a platform for diverse voices and women who don’t fit the […]

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Coldplay Joins Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours

19th January 2018

Billboard’s highest grossing concert chart can go years without any huge changes. Well, Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses have broken the mold. Coldplay have jumped to No.3 overall with a gross of $523 million, from the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour which wrapped up in November after stretching over a year and a half. […]

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Malaysian Flight Has Shaky Landing

19th January 2018

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert back to Australia after a technical issue caused the aircraft to ‘shudder’, say passengers. Flight MH122’s journey was from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, when it turned back to the north-west of Australia. The plane, which was carrying 224 people, landed in Alice Springs Airport safely, […]

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UFC 220

19th January 2018

  This weekend, we see the Ultimate Fighting Championship late on Saturday night. It involves the Heavyweight title fight between Miocic vs. Ngannou. Both fighters are undefeated bringing excitement to the fight and a strong air of tension between both fighters. Miocic from the United States is the fan’s favourite to keep his belt, however, […]

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YouTube Wash out Tide Pod vids.

19th January 2018

People are stupid. They’re eating tide pods and YouTube isn’t too happy about that. Expect your video to be removed. Tide is an American brand of laundry detergent, wrapped in plastic, which dissolves in the washing machine. It goes without saying that these pods are highly toxic and anyone who eats them is a moron. […]

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Katy Perry: Victim of Social Media

19th January 2018

Katy Perry has said she is a ‘victim’ of social media, due to society’s pressure to share everything online. The singer and upcoming American Idol judge, says that Instagram and Twitter are contributing to the ‘decline of civilisation’. Which is a bit of an overstatement. She also encouraged her fans to not care about social […]

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More Weather Warnings in Place

18th January 2018

24,600 homes and businesses are without power as severe winds batter the UK. Weather warnings have been put in place. A further 130,000 properties in eastern England have had power restored after winds of up to 83mph damaged powerlines, the UK Power Networks said. Across the country, extreme winds brought down trees and power cables, […]

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Spawn Movie ‘More R-Rated Than Deadpool’

18th January 2018

What better time to revitalize Todd McFarlane’s Spawn than in an age where R-rated movies actually make lots of money? Comic book legend and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has been trying for years now to get a movie depicting his iconic hero Spawn on the ground. Last year, it was reported that Blumhouse Film, the […]

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The Standstill Dead

18th January 2018

After AMC’s The Walking Dead saw its lowest ratings since Season 2, the show is seeing a mix up in show-runners. Scott Gimple will leave the role he has occupied since 2013. He will be replaced by Angela Kang, who previously worked on the show as a writer. The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Gimple will […]

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YouTube Cracks Down

18th January 2018

YouTube will be introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from ad revenue on its platform. In addition, staff will manually review all clips before they enter the premium service that pairs big brand advertisers with popular content. This follows a series of advertiser boycotts on the site and a certain […]

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‘Racist’ Hoodie Banned by eBay

18th January 2018

After a hoodie depicting a black boy as a ‘monkey’ was criticized by celebrities, H&M have removed the item from their stocks, and eBay has even banned the item. It has also taken down some listings for the item after some were apparently put up for sale. H&M has apologised for the backlash, which was […]

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Just No!

18th January 2018

A woman was harassed by a Just Eat delivery driver, who asked if she had a boyfriend. In the company’s ‘appalling’ response they offered her a £10 voucher. Michelle Midwinter (excellent name by the way), recently posted screenshots of the conversation on Twitter, of a delivery driver who called her ‘baby’ and was being generally […]

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Fantastic Beasts 2 First Images Released

17th January 2018

After the success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, it proved that there can be more movies about the magical world without  Harry Potter. In the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we see the returning cast of characters, featuring young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), Newt […]

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Flashpoint To be Directed by Spider-Man Writers

17th January 2018

DC’s cinematic universe hangs in the balance currently, with three movies scheduled, but in various stages. Flashpoint being one of them. The standalone Flash movie, which will focus on the Flashpoint comic books, has already lost two directors, but has reportedly found replacements. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, that John Francis Daley and […]

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Star Wars: The Last Misogynist

17th January 2018

Some man online thought things would be a bit better if all the main female parts weren’t there in TLJ, in what we’re calling The Last Misogynist. This one person cut out the majority of the female parts in the movie. This reduced the run time to about 46 minutes total. The film’s cast responded […]

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Hot ‘n’ then Tepid

17th January 2018

Capitol Records boss said he’s had ‘tough conversations’ with Katy Perry, after her most recent albums sales fell well below the mark. Perry released her fourth album last year, but despite appearances on Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, it failed to have the same affect as some other artists last year. In 2017 we […]

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Restaurant Week: Top Five

17th January 2018

Admittedly it’s a little late, but there’s still plenty of time to grab some cheap-eats for Newcastle Restaurant Week. The fact that it’s January means many are still feeling the post-Christmas-pinch. However, it’s still possible to dine out without spending a fortune with offers to take advantage of up until Sunday. Here’s my top five […]

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New Gotham By Gaslight Clip

17th January 2018

DC’s next animated, Gotham By Gaslight movie comes out next month on DVD and Blu-Ray. But until then, we have one more clip to show. Gotham By Gaslight will be based on the 1989 comic, set in an alternate DC universe. In a Victorian-era Gotham City, Bruce Wayne has been falsely blamed for the murders […]

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Game of Thrones Spin-Offs in the Works

16th January 2018

While it was originally the plan to end Game of Thrones at Season 8, plans have now been set for up to five prequels. The eighth series is set to release in 2019, however HBO has plans reaching far beyond that now. Last year, it was reported that the channel was indeed working on prequels. […]

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Ford to Invest £8bn in Electric Cars

16th January 2018

Car company Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn), more than double its previous commitment. Chairman, Bill Ford, said the carmaker would have 40 hybrid and electric vehicles in its vast car range by 2022. This comes after countries around the world have put more pressure on carmakers to […]

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Charts and That

16th January 2018

Hello there and welcome back to Charts and That! We have another few lists of movies, games and music! Grand Theft Auto V, Darkest Hour and Ed Sheeran dominate this week! We’ll start with games this week, where not much has shifted. Grand Theft Auto V has taken the top spot from FIFA 18 with very […]

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UKIP Leader Ends Relationship with Racist Girlfriend

16th January 2018

After a series of racist comments towards Megan Markle were released from his girlfriend Jo Marney, Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP has dumped her . Jo Marney sent texts claiming that black people were ugly and Prince Harry’s recently revealed fiancé would ‘taint’ the royal bloodline. Bolton said the couple’s relationship was ‘obviously quite […]

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British Vogue Ends Relations with Photographers

15th January 2018

Vogue UK has ended its relationship with two photographers after multiple allegations of sexual exploitation of male models in the US. Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have both had ties severed with the company. The magazine confirmed this after Anna Wintour, the New York-based artistic director of Conde Nast, said they would not be commissioning […]

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MLK Jr. Day Tarnished by Trump

15th January 2018

Weirdly however, this blunder comes from Melania Trump, after she tweeted out during Martin Luther King Jr day. Trump was too busy golfing.  Almost as tone deaf as her husband, she said: Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & his service to this great country. I am honored to be First Lady of […]

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Wolf Spotted in Belgium After 100 Years

15th January 2018

A wild wolf has been spotted in Belgium for the first time in more than a century. It made its way from Germany, showing population growth. Conservationists were excited to see wolves starting to spread out. Wolves once roamed around much of Europe, but populations dwindled after over-hunting, industrialisation and urbanisation. This also comes from […]

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Florida Man Wins $451m Jackpot

15th January 2018

A 20-year-old from Florida says he plans to ‘have some fun after being named the sole winner of the $451m (£330m) jackpot. Shane Missler matched five numbers and a bonus ball to grab the fourth largest pot in the US game’s history. He opted to received a one time payment of $282 million, instead of […]

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A Week in Mild Amusement

15th January 2018

  Ex Lib-dem leader Tim Farron has stated that he regrets saying gay sex is not a sin during the run-up to last years general election. Farron expressed disappointment at how the media had seemed to only be interested in his Christian beliefs and less in the policies of the party. Apart from the fact […]

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Dua Lipa Makes Brit Award History

15th January 2018

Dua Lipa has been nominated for five Brit Awards, including best album and best video. Until now, no other female artist has received five nominations in one year. She tweeted as the short lists were announced: Lol how is this real — DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) January 13, 2018 Ed Sheeran is also up for multiple […]

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UK Teething Problems

15th January 2018

Over recent years, the UK has had a serious problem with sugar consumption. Though ignored by many, this has led to a huge increase in hospital tooth extractions for under-18s. According to research in 2012-14, the average amount of sugar consumed for those aged between four and 10 was 13.4% of daily calories and 15.2% among […]

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Would Your City Survive a Nuclear Blast?

14th January 2018

Hawaiian officials made a colossal blunder on Saturday. This text message was sent to Hawaiian mobile phones 08:07 (18:07 GMT): “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” It took 38 minutes to correct the error, meaning that for nearly 40 minutes there was chaos in the state. “There […]

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Brandon Lewis Calls for Respect

14th January 2018

After receiving what can only be described as a good and thorough online roasting during last year’s snap election, it’s no wonder the Tories are looking to get the Labour Party to sign a ‘Respect Pledge’. New Conservative Chairman Brandon Lewis has urged Labour to sign up to set of guidelines that could see party […]

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Uni Struggles: Unpleasant Flatmates

14th January 2018

In a similar way to TV shows such as Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity, it is near impossible to put a group of complete strangers together and expect them all to get along with no drama. Most university accommodation houses about 4-10 people per flat and it’s all completely random. The first semester of […]

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Apple Health Data Used in Murder Trial

14th January 2018

Here at B**P, we’re always discussing technology and the impact it has on our everyday lives. Though there’s no denying that new technology can sometimes be a little frightening, it’s often pretty useful too. That’s certainly the case with this story, where a suspect’s Apple health data was used as crucial evidence in a murder trial. […]

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Why Young Tories Are ‘Too Shy’

14th January 2018

As the great Winston Churchill once said, ‘If a man is not a socialist by the time he is twenty, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is forty, he has no brain’. Despite Churchill’s wisdom, there are some young people who skip the first part and become teenage […]

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Steel City Derby

12th January 2018

Tonight we see one of the most highly passionate derbies’ in English football – the game between rivals Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. The Sheffield derby seems to be forgotten by some football fans due to the five- year break since United gained promotion. United has the most win in the derby with 49 since […]

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Dark Souls Remastered Confirmed

12th January 2018

Bandai Namco has confirmed that a Dark Souls Remastered is being released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on 25th May this year. This is in addition to the Nintendo Switch version that was revealed during a surprise Nintendo Direct event. According to the press release, Dark Souls Remastered is being developed by From Software. […]

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Justice League: Dark – Film Review

12th January 2018

Remember ages ago, we shared a promo for Justice League: Dark? Well, I had a watch and have come to a verdict. Read on my friend. Magic is something of a mystery when it comes to comics. There are plenty of famous characters who hold powers beyond just super-powers. Magic has been a force in […]

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PUBG Not eSport Ready

12th January 2018

2017’s runaway hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is not ready for the eSport scene, according to the creator. Brendan Greene says that: ‘Battle Royale could be an amazing eSport, but we have to get it right.’ This is even though tournaments have already been held around the world, and eSports award in a cabinet and an active […]

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Trump Cancels February Visit

12th January 2018

President Trump has cancelled a planned visit to the UK that was scheduled in February, where he was expected to open a new US embassy. The $1bn building was supposed to be graced by Trump’s ghastly appearance later next month, but tweeted (obviously) that he was ‘not a big fan’ of the new embassy. It […]

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Black Panther

Advance Ticket Sales Sore for Black Panther

12th January 2018

Advance sales for Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther are the highest for any Marvel movie, topping the likes of Civil War within 24 hours. Sales launched at the beginning of the week for the February bound movie. Out of most of the Marvel movies to date, this has been the most anticipated, clearly. Chadwick Boseman stars as […]

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Facebook Plans Major News Feed Changes

12th January 2018

Facebook has unveiled planned changes to how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that promotes conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasized, explained by Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive. The firm acknowledged organizations on Facebook may see the popularity of their […]

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