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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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Racism in football must stop, not increase

18th July 2019

In sports today, the issue of racism is still apparent. Recently, 19-year-old Juventus player Kean, took a stand agaisnt racism when celebrating his goal. He stood with open arms facing the opposition crowd, who were making racist chants towards him. After the game, Kean uploaded a photo of himself after scoring the goal to Instagram, […]

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Watch: Naomi Campbell’s plane cleaning routine

17th July 2019

We’ve all been there before. You’re sitting on the plane waiting to go on holiday and you can just sense the grime. That fold-up tray in front of you? Dirty. The space between chairs? Vile. Those laminated sheets in case of an emergency? I wouldn’t pick them up either. That’s why Naomi Campbell’s extreme plane […]

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Trump ‘Go Home’ Comments Explained

16th July 2019

US President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. However, his latest Twitter comments have caused a stir among people and politicians alike due to their racist nature. In a three-thread tweet on Sunday, Trump said that four Congresswomen of colour who have been extremely criticial of his administration, should “go back and help fix […]

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TV Review: Glee

16th July 2019

5/5 As co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan say in the very first episode of Glee, the literal definition of the word is: “open delight or pleasure”. Glee – the show and the word itself – is all about sheer happiness and joy. To be gleeful is to watch Glee – that is […]

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Five Ways to Keep on Top of your Mental Health

15th July 2019

In recent times, the media and the people have been talking a lot about mental health and how best to look after it. We’re collectively making more of a deal about our mental health and consciously choosing to look after it more than ever before. But, sometimes it’s still a struggle. So, that’s why we’ve […]

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Alan Turing to feature on £50 note

15th July 2019

The Bank of England has announced that wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to be featured on the new £50 note. Turing, who was famously portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, cracked the German Enigma code which was key to the Allies’ victory in World War Two. The mathematician was chosen from a list […]

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89-year-old returns to nightclub where she found love

14th July 2019

An 89-year-old woman has returned to the nightclub where she found love and met her husband in Nottingham. 69 years ago, Mary Edgson met her late husband Dennis at what is now the Pryzm nightclub in the university city. Mrs Edgson sat in a booth in the club listening to a special DJ play Vera […]

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Why it’s important to check up on your friends

14th July 2019

One thing we repeatedly talk about here at b**p is how important it is to be there for others, especially during difficult times. However, sometimes the struggles others face are not immediately obvious. That’s why it’s important to check up on your friends and to make sure that they’re ok. When we say ‘check up’ […]

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On This Day: Live Aid 1985

13th July 2019

In 1985 came a day in music history that would change live concerts and our expectation of them forever. On this day in 1985, it was time for Live Aid. Live Aid was organised by musicians Bob Geldof and Midge Urie to raise money for the Ethiopian famine horrifying the world at that time. It […]

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Review: Women’s Football World Cup 2019

13th July 2019

It’s no lie that there is a large lack of excitement when it comes to women’s football, especially when compared to the football fever that struck the nation during the men’s World Cup in 2018. It’s hard to forget the ecstatic feeling of watching England’s finest do their best with a number of chants echoing […]

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What is the meaning of home?

12th July 2019

According to the dictionary, the literal definition of ‘home’ is as follows: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Does that definition truly capture the meaning of ‘home’, though? Is it really a satisfactory explanation for such a thing as important as a home? Is there something […]

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Rotterdam: City of the future

10th July 2019

In recent years Architects have labelled Rotterdam as ‘the city of the future’. It is home to exciting new technological advancements and it is constantly developing new ways of living sustainably One example of Rotterdam’s innovation is the floating farm that opened earlier this year. It is a prime example of urban sustainability; The farm […]

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Review: Johnson v Hunt Debate

9th July 2019

In the one and only Conservative leadership race debate on ITV, hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went head to head on issues from Brexit to the NHS to what it means to be the British prime minister. If you missed the debate, or just couldn’t understand anything other than Boris Johnson talking over everyone, […]

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Love Island… The Story So Far

9th July 2019

Love Island 2019 is well underway and, as usual, has captured the attention of millions of viewers for a whole summer. With dramatic fall-outs, re-couplings and U-turns at every corner of the ITV2 TV show, we thought it was time to go through the Love Island 2019 story so far and give it the good […]

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Traumatising Racism in Sport

9th July 2019

Racism is growing rapidly in football, with a 15% increase of reported incidents from 2016 to 2018. It is an issue affecting not just the players of the game, but also the many fans of it too. The main cause of the rise in racism is the high profile football federations like the FA, UEFA […]

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Tommy Robinson begs US for asylum

9th July 2019

Far-right, anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has appeared in a video asking US President Donald Trump for political asylum. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty of contempt of court for the second time last week and now faces jail. The verdict came after the EDL founder live-streamed himself confronting men accused of […]

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Mastering Politics: The Brexit Party

8th July 2019

Political parties are not the easiest of things to understand – and that’s just speaking for the mainstream ones. The Brexit Party is one of the newest political parties in Britain, and it was officially founded in January 2019. It labels itself as Eurosceptic, meaning it is highly critical of the European Union (EU). The […]

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Top 5 Elton John Songs

5th July 2019

Elton John is undoubtedly one of the greatest performers and artists of all time. His songs will long outlive him, and his stage presence will be felt for a long time after his retirement when the Farwell Yellow Brick Road Tour comes to an end. And, in light of this and the Elton biopic Rocketman‘s […]

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Putin official poses nude for Playboy, loses job

5th July 2019

A state official in Vladimir Putin’s government has allegedly been fired after she posed nude for Playboy. 27-year-old Anna Anufrieva is said to have caused “public discord” across Russia with her photos due to her position in the government’s civil service. Her photos were entered in Playboy’s Woman of the Year competition in the hope […]

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Labour MP leaves son at No. 10 amid school cuts

5th July 2019

Labour MP Jess Phillips yesterday left her son at Number 10 Downing Street during a protest about school cuts in her constituency in Birmingham. King’s Heath Primary in Birmingham told parents that due to budget cuts, they would be closing their doors to students on Friday afternoons. The decision sparked fury among parents in the […]

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Review: Spotify

5th July 2019

Okay – I’ve got something to say. I was wrong. On 18th April 2017, I said that Apple Music was better than Spotify. Having been a loyal customer since then, I have since changed my mind. Yes – I have converted. I’m a Spotify streamer. Finally, at long last, I can connect with my friends […]

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What Annoyed The Internet This Week?

4th July 2019

Following the release of Miley Cyrus’ music video for her latest track Mother’s Daughter, the Internet was arguing with itself about who should truly be included in the body positivity movement. This video features several activists and models from various marginalised communities, namely Aaron Philip, Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint) and Angelina Duplisea. In case […]

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Pride Month 2019

4th July 2019

Pride Month is officially here, and we’re supporting it as always here at b**p. However, as always, there are some who question the relevance and need for a Pride Month. After all, they say, there isn’t any pride for straight people. Regardless of that issue, though, there is a relevance for Pride Month, and there […]

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Why Boris Johnson just can’t be PM

3rd July 2019

As we inch ever-closer to discovering just who will win the Conservative Party leadership race, and thus become Britain’s next prime minister, there’s something seriously bothering me. It has everything to do with the teriffying thought of Boris Johnson becoming PM. You might think that this is terrifying to me – and, I’m sure, millions […]

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Why do girls give up football?

3rd July 2019

Sadly, it has been proven that girls are giving up football when they hit puberty – 75% more than boys do. As you can guess, this is a very upsetting issue for people who want to play and support girl’s football, and it needs to be sorted out straight away. Even though we lost out […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

3rd July 2019

From the moment British rapper Stormzy was announced as the headline act at the Glastonbury festival, we all expected great things. Even before he stepped one foot on stage, he had already made history. A few weeks ago, Stormzy dropped the track ‘Vossi Bop‘- a slick and ice cold rap song which hits out at […]

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Alex From Glasto: A True Legend

3rd July 2019

Glastonbury Festival is usually a place headlines are made – and this year’s festival was no exception. With artists such as The Killers, Kylie, Miley Cyrus and many more making an appearance on the legendary Pyramid Stage, Glasto made the headlines this year to say the least. But so did a young man named Alex, […]

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5 songs we’re listening to ATM

3rd July 2019

Here at b**p we are truly music lovers, and so there’s little we love more than discovering good, new music. Be it through our Spotify, our friends or family, we are always here for amazing music finds – and so we thought why not share them with you! So, without further ado, here are 5 […]

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Song Review: Sam Fender, Will We Talk?

3rd July 2019

4.5/5 North Shields singer Sam Fender yesterday evening released a new single on BBC 1 to the delight of fans. Will We Talk? is yet another smash-hit from the young singer who received the Brits Critics’ Choice Award this year. Will We Talk? – as usual with Fender – is totally irresistible. It has everything you […]

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Mastering Politics: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

2nd July 2019

The name Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe probably rings a bell in your mind. It’s the name of a British-Iranian woman who has been detained in Iran since 2016 after she headed out there to visit family with her young daughter. Why was she detained? According to Iranian authorities, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “plotting to topple the Iranian government”. […]

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Sleeping around: is it okay?

2nd July 2019

The phrase ‘sleeping around’ is banded about like it’s dirty all of the time by so many people – young, old, male and female. It implies that enjoying sex with more than one individual, or with an individual one is not in a committed relationship with, is wrong and has some kind of determiner on […]

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Alcohol abuse among young people is a thing

2nd July 2019

It’s an assumption made by many that it’s normal for young people to binge drink and get hammered on most – if not every – night out they go on. When they head off to university, binge drinking is common, and it’s basically encouraged no matter where you study. However, there is a problem with […]

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How friendships change when you go to uni

2nd July 2019

Heading off to uni is one of the biggest changes in a person’s life. For most, it’s the first time they’ve lived away from their home and consequently their families and friends. The structure of school/sixth form life is no longer there, and finding your feet is not easy. As a result of all of […]

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Advice: Bitterness among best friends

28th June 2019

Our friendships are some of the most important relationships in our lives and they matter a great deal to us all for obvious reasons that need not be explained. But what happens when bitterness among best friends seems to occur? Where do you go and how do you recover from it? While it would be […]

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The Anti-Vax Movement goes too far

27th June 2019

Did you know that around 100,000 children worldwide didn’t get vaccinated last year? No? Not a lot of people really know what the Anti-Vax movement is or what it’s really about, as it’s not really found in the UK; it started in the UK but moved to the USA and here’s why. It all started […]

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BNOCs: important or irrelevant?

26th June 2019

When you go to university, you expect to leave behind the pettiness of popularity and status in school. No more should there be a popular group or popular people; there’s no need for the ‘cool’ group or the important group. Or so you think. Suddenly when you go to uni, the importance of popularity can […]

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7 things I learned in my first year of uni

26th June 2019

First Year is one of the most important years of your life – even if it is mostly irrelvant to your actual degree. It is a year of so much change, personal growth, academic challenge and it is a year in which you can either flop or surivive. Some people are swallowed whole by freshers’ […]

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Five Benefits to Going on Holiday

24th June 2019

So for some exams are over and while you are trying not to think about results day, maybe living life in another place for a couple of weeks is just what you need. But there are other reasons for taking that holiday. It relieves stress! The very idea of a holiday is to relieve people […]

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Combatting Exam Stress

20th June 2019

Exam results. They wreak havoc among the world in students everywhere. After revising, remembering to sleep, and then taking your exams, there is a lot of pressure to get a good mark-particularly if you are taking key exams in your life like your GCSEs or A-levels. These supposedly life-defining results could affect your job, your […]

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Hidden Gems: Enter the Gungeon

17th June 2019

For some reason, most of my favourite games have bad puns for titles. But never before have I played a game where the entire game is centred around such a terrible joke. Enter the Gungeon, the debut game by Dodge Roll, spends 90% of its time obsessing over its namesake weapon. Since the final update, […]

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A Basic Overview: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

17th June 2019

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long-term disorder, primarily defined by persisting extreme tiredness that can’t be relieved by sleep, that isn’t related to other disorders. The main symptom is persistent tiredness and a general unwell feeling: however, there are other symptoms including: Headaches Sore joints and muscles A sore throat Problems thinking, remembering or […]

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Nun claims Katy Perry has “blood on her hands”

17th June 2019

A nun involved in a property battle with Katy Perry has accused the singer of playing a part in her friend’s death. 89 year old nun Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died as she prepared to face Katy Perry’s legal team in court along with her best friend Rita Callanan. Sister Callanan, 81, claimed that […]

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Film review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

12th June 2019

Of all the attempted cinematic universes trying to copy Marvel, who would have thought Godzilla and King Kong would be the ones to succeed. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie which everyone either thought was great or boring. I thought it was both. This time around, it stars […]

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Philippines Adopt Tree Planting into Education

10th June 2019

The House of Representatives in the Philippines has passed a bill which requires all students leaving primary school, high school and further education to plant at least ten trees in order to graduate. The bill which has been titled the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act” was passed after its third reading. The students can […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

10th June 2019

In a strange turn of events, it has been revealed that nearly all of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership have hit the bong or snorted a line at some point in their lives. The only candidate who hasn’t had a big drug reveal is Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who actually spoke out about […]

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Film reviews: Aladdin, Rocketman & Brightburn

6th June 2019

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve seen four movies, only one of which I feel I can actually talk about for any length of article. So I thought, I’d save myself the stretching and do some quick-fire reviews for the first three. Aladdin Aladdin is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney […]

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Song Review: Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’

5th June 2019

Pop sensation Katy Perry has been quiet for a bit recently, though her personal life hasn’t been. Since the release of her last album Witness, Perry has been a judge on hit TV show American Idol, gotten engaged to Orlando Bloom and released two singles, 365 and Never Really Over. Perry’s latest single Never Really […]

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The Difficulty of Decisions

4th June 2019

Whether it’s a new job, a relationship or even deciding what you’d like from the midweek Happy Hour menu, decision making can be difficult. According to scientists at Cornell University, adults make up to 35,000 remotely conscious decisions a day, depending on their level of responsibility. It can often seem like there’s a lot at […]

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