Manga

Manga done right

21st March 2019

For non-fans, it may be surprising to learn that Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is the third best selling comic of all time, and the best selling manga – but it’s likely that you’ve heard or seen its impact in one of its 934 chapters, 831 episodes (of the anime) or 51 video games since its […]

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A Better World

21st March 2019

Finding a subject for your first weekly column is tough. After all, what follows is a struggle of sustaining a subject week in week out while maintaining a unique perspective. Heck, I’m already reiterating something Laura said in her first editorial. So, it would, therefore, make no sense at all to write about something so […]

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A limerick in mild amusement

19th March 2019

It’s that time of year again kids. That time being, that in honour of St. Patrick’s Day I will attempt to convey the week’s news in the highest form of art. That being the humble limerick. Count yourself lucky that this is only a couple of days late this year, instead of the three months […]

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Am I Doing this Write?

16th March 2019

I’d like to say I’m not a fan of reality TV, but I’d be lying. I was raised to be a little bit of a television snob, and turned my nose up at these self-indulgent shows for most of my life. Then, I got a taste of it via BBC 3’s Don’t Tell the Bride, […]

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Film review: Captain Marvel

14th March 2019

Let’s be honest, if I was going to turn on Marvel at any point, it wasn’t going to be this movie. Captain Marvel is the newest and most easily branded movie for Marvel Studios. It stars Brie Larson as the titular space soldier/superman surrogate. In it, she must prevent 1990s Earth from an invasion by […]

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Multicultural Britain: The death of a stereotype

12th March 2019

Great Britain is best known for being home to an awful lot of incredibl posh, very polite tea addicts. Ask anone who’s spent any time in the UK and they’ll tell you something very different

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Self Driving Cars Programmed With Racial Bias

11th March 2019

There is a huge diversity problem in the technology sector and it doesn’t just affect revenue and creativity – it actually creates flaws in products that could have been avoided had more women and ethnic groups been involved in the designing. What do the statistics say? Let’s start with some statistics. In 2016, Google’s diversity […]

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What Annoyed the Internet this Week?

9th March 2019

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, this instalment of What Annoyed the Internet will focus on a vaginal product that has enraged, confused and amused women across the world: the ‘Jamu stick’. On the website, the creators claim that the Jamu stick is a part of Indonesian culture and that it helps women to take care of […]

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Anti Bullying Ambassador Training day Part 2

8th March 2019

If you haven’t already, click here to read Part 1 of my experience concerning the Anti-bullying Ambassador training. This was valuable in helping to combat this issue affecting many people. Definition The definition of bullying as given by the Anti-Bullying Alliance is, “The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

8th March 2019

Happy International Women’s Day to you all from us here at b**p. What’s this year’s theme? International Women’s Day is something we take pride in celebrating every year, and this year is no exception. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceForBetter, meaning that we’re pushing for the equal representation of women in all fields of work, […]

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World Book Day 2019

7th March 2019

World Book Day is always one of the best days in the calendar for children in particular. It’s a day that celebrates literature and creativity, encouraging children to embrace their own creative abilities and to really think hard about books and stories and characters. So, of course, we thought we’d share our top five literary […]

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World Leader Oscars

7th March 2019

Do you know who doesn’t get enough appreciation nowadays? Politicians. And with the recent Oscar ceremony, it’s high time they receive the recognition they truly deserve, as they can be in most cases, more entertaining than the movies celebrated in Hollywood last weekend.. So without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s World […]

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Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Day: Part 1

7th March 2019

The Anti Bullying Ambassador training day that I attended was on Wednesday the 13th of February at Kenton school, in Newcastle. I was inspired to take part in this magnificent cause because of a friend, whose story I told in detail in my previous article, Anxiety And Children, who suffers from multiple anxieties. Anti-bullying means […]

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Most (Unintentionally) Cringeworthy Videos

6th March 2019

The most cringeworthy things in life are the things that the majority of people don’t find weird at all. On the surface, the following videos are nothing too bad but if you’re like me, and you even cringe at minor things like children singing and people that play the piano in train stations, you’re in […]

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Pancake Day

5th March 2019

Observed mainly by the Christian faith, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, as it is officially called, is when people literally stuff their faces with pancakes. In previous times it was also an opportunity for people to empty their cupboards in preparation for the fasting of Lent. While there are a number of variations of the […]

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Should chewing gum be allowed in school?

5th March 2019

Chewing gum is great! It has benefits when studying and learning as it has been proven to help you remember information and relieve stress and anxiety, it’s banned in schools. This ban should be removed because it could help out the students and give the school better grades. Can gum improve test scores? In school […]

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Herbalist Sentenced After Diabetic Boy’s Death

4th March 2019

Anti-vax parents have been in the headlines a lot lately following six outbreaks of measles in the USA since the beginning of 2019. These anti-vaxxers falsely believe that vaccines such as the MMR vaccine can cause autism and other conditions in their children. The MMR vaccine has been attacked for decades but now, insulin has […]

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The Chlorinated Chicken Debate

2nd March 2019

The Chlorinated Chicken Debate; Woody Johnson, the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, has published an article defending his country’s agricultural practices whilst discarding the EU’s “museum of agriculture”. His comments come as Washington publishes its negotiating objectives for a US-UK trade deal with the backing of the Trump administration. The document asserts “the […]

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Book Review: Things a Bright Girl Can Do

27th February 2019

1914. The world stands on the edge of change. But women still have no vote. Evelyn is rich and clever, but she isn’t allowed to go to university. Life is set out for her, but Evelyn wants freedom and choice, even if it means paying the highest price alongside her fellow Suggragettes. Meanwhile, May campaigns […]

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The Truth About Loneliness

26th February 2019

Loneliness is an interesting and complex feeling. It is isolating and scary, often leading people into depression and anxiety. Why is it that loneliness has this impact on us, and is it normal to experience loneliness for a while in life? Well, we’ve got the truth about loneliness for you right here, so keep on […]

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National Geographic Teams Up With Barbie

25th February 2019

For many years now, toy brands have been much more conscious about manufacturing toys that perpetuate outdated gender roles and stereotypes. Barbie, a brand owned by Mattel, has been a pioneer in era-appropriate toys. It has sold career themed dolls for decades, including the famous 1989 Unicef ambassador doll (left) and the 1963 executive career […]

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Where Brexit went wrong

25th February 2019

Brexit has quickly become one of the biggest shambles in British history. We have managed to royally screw it up, but we’ve done it so bad that it’s difficult to see where exactly things started. If you’re wondering where Brexit went wrong, strap yourself in… The referendum Many staunch Remainers may argue that Brexit went […]

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Every Oscar movie reviewed in a sentence

24th February 2019

The Oscars ceremony takes place this Sunday – click here for my predictions – and thankfully I’ve finished my homework in record time. Rather than boring everyone with a rapidly produced series of lukewarm 300-word reviews, I found this alternative. So you’re welcome. I’ve tried to pack as much detail as I could into these […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

24th February 2019

PETA must be one of the most frustrating animal rights organisations to exist. On the surface, its intentions are honourable; it wants to end all forms of cruelty towards animals including cosmetic testing, the meat and dairy industry and habitat destruction. For the most part, everyone can acknowledge that animals suffer unnecessarily because of humans […]

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Why owning your problems is important

23rd February 2019

Oftentimes in life, we seem to simply float through, never really pausing to evaluate our experiences – especially the bad ones. This very natural impulse of ours leads to a lot of repressed emotins and thoughts, meaning that our psychology is affected by our lack of dealing with things. In some cases, this can severely […]

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2019 Oscar Predictions

23rd February 2019

It’s crunch time. Time for me to put my meagre reputation on the line and make a half-informed series of guesses at a number of the Academy Award nominations. Last year I got five right out of the eight I guessed but that was a year with a much more predictable climate. The BAFTAS and […]

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TV Review: Sex Education

22nd February 2019

5/5 It’s not often that big media outlets like Netflix manage to create a realistic TV show about what it’s like to be a young person in the modern world. Think 13 Reasons Why and think about how awful a portrayal of suicide and young people it gave to its millions of viewers. However, the […]

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First Year Problems #11

22nd February 2019

Feelings of inadequacy Hello all and welcome back to First Year Problems; it’s been a while again. This week, we’re discussing feelings of inadequacy, which are all too common at university. Feelings of inadequacy at university often happen in first year, and I’ve heard a few people discussing them recently, which has made me think. […]

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Should Shamima Begum be allowed back?

21st February 2019

It’s been a solid few days since Shamima Begum, the British-born ISIS bride, made news headlines for wanting to return to Britain with her newborn son, and discussion about it shows no sign of letting up. The country is divided about whether or not Begum should be allowed back into Britain, and the natural, immediate […]

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Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain?

21st February 2019

As Honda Announces Swindon Plant Closure, Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain? In 1984 Margaret Thatcher personally lobbied the chairman of Nissan Motor Company, Katsuji Kawamata, and the Japanese Prime Minister to come to a deal attracting a 6000+ job manufacturing plant in Sunderland and establishing the UK as the natural outpost in the […]

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The Brits in Brief

21st February 2019

Last night marked the 39th edition of the Brit awards. Held at the O2 in London, it featured show-stopping performances, deserving winners and much more. Here’s a brief summary of what when down during Brits 2019. The ‘Greatest’ Show The show opened and closed with some of the best performances of the night. Hugh Jackman […]

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Book Review: Paula Rawsthorne’s Shell

19th February 2019

What if you thought you had died, only to wake up to find that your brain and eyes had been transplanted into someone else’s body? When Lucy, a teen diagnosed with terminal cancer wakes up cancer-free, it should be a dream come true. But faced with a life she didn’t choose and trapped in a […]

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The Rise of Laura Muir

18th February 2019

Laura Muir is a 25-year-old Scot who likes to run, and she’s a force of nature. Muir specialises in long-distance disciplines as the 2018 European Champion in 1500m and the 2017 European indoor champion winning both the 1500m and 3000m races. On Saturday she broke the 31-year-old British record for a women’s indoor mile to […]

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Book Review: M.A. Griffin’s Payback

16th February 2019

Payback is an enigmatic anti capitalist group staffed by teens, has one mission: to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Its dramatic heists create a sensation. But when excitable Payback fan Tom is recruited, he accidentally brings with him a shady money man, Mr Ruiz. And he’s not the only one on […]

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Who is Christopher Chope?

16th February 2019

Sir Christopher Chope is the sitting Conservative MP for Christchurch since 1997. A qualified barrister, Chope was inexplicably bestowed a knighthood for “political and public service”. In many ways, Chope is a fairly run of the mill (although of the type that is becoming less common) Conservative backbench MP. He’s socially conservative, voting consistently against […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

15th February 2019

On a scale of one to a cis male explaining what a vagina is to a female gynaecologist, how much of a mansplainer are you? This week, the Internet was annoyed by Twitter user @paulbullen, who has since switched his account to private after he created one hell of a media storm. It all started […]

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UK School to Remove Slave Trader Name

14th February 2019

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol has made headlines this week after it announced it will be changing the name of one of its 5 houses to “reflect diversity”. Until now, one of its houses was named after Edward Colston, whose ships transported 80,000 slaves from Africa to the Americas between 1672 and […]

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Am I doing this ‘Write’?

14th February 2019

I kind of get irritated by those daily notifications from Facebook – you know the ones, the relentless cry of, “You have memories to look back on today!” It’s like the social networking site is desperately harking back to a time where it was far more relevant than it is today. The Joy of Gigs […]

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A week in mild amusement

12th February 2019

This week I’ve set myself the challenge of doing AWIMA without mentioning the BLT words. In this context, clearly, B is for Brexit. T is for Trump. And L could honestly stand for anything but this week lets say it’s for Liam Neeson. God knows I’m not touching that burning skip of hot takes. Please […]

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Does Mixing Drinks Make Hangovers Worse?

12th February 2019

There are loads of tips and tricks that people use on a night out to avoid feeling hungover the next day. Having a big meal before heading out, not wearing clothes that are too tight and drinking raw eggs the next morning are just some things people do to beat the hangover. [It’s funny how […]

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Film Review: Green Book

11th February 2019

“So if I’m not black enough and if I’m not white enough, then tell me what am I?” Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ is inspired by the true story of Dr. Don Shirley – a black American classical pianist – who hires Tony “Lip” Vallelonga as his driver and bodyguard for a concert tour of the […]

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True Story:Anxiety and Children

11th February 2019

Just like anyone, children feel worried and anxious; and with the added concern of school, kids can worry about normal things, like going out in public, leaving their parents and talking to their peers. But it really becomes a problem when it affects a child’s day-to-day life: severe anxiety can harm young people’s mental and […]

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Album Review: Dodie – ‘Human’

7th February 2019

HUMAN is a seven-track album from singer-songwriter Dodie released on January 18th. The EP, which is the third from the singer, was preceded by the songs ‘Human’ and ‘If I’m being Honest’. Dodie is known for her mixture of acoustics, piano and soft electronic music, and her innovative use of rhythms. Dodie has always stood […]

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Mother of victim (left), Jan (victim - middle) and father of victim (right).

Response to Abducted in Plain Sight

6th February 2019

After watching Abducted in Plain Sight, it seems that a normal review will not reflect how this one-part documentary has affected all those who’ve seen it. In an attempt to do it justice, we have reviewed not only the film itself but people’s response to this truly unforgettable story. Bizarre, disturbing and downright sick Just […]

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Book reviews

Book Review: Payback

6th February 2019

Payback, an enigmatic anti-capitalist group staffed by teens, has one mission: to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Its dramatic heists create a sensation. But when excitable Payback fan Tom is recruited, he accidentally brings with him a shady money man, Mr. Ruiz. And he’s not the only one on their tail. […]

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Top Twenty One ’21 Savage is British’ Memes

4th February 2019

It’s been a crazy few days for rapper 21 Savage. He hit the headlines during the 2019 Superbowl as authorities in the US arrested him as part of a targeted operation relating to drug charges. According to officials, the 26 year old, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 as a 12 […]

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ADHD – A Basic Overview

4th February 2019

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The cause of this disorder is unknown but the disorder usually is discovered in early childhood, made more prominent by certain events like staring school. A possible cause is a genetic link with premature birth, brain damage and […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

4th February 2019

You may not have heard the name Steven Pruitt before but there’s a good chance you couldn’t have passed your A-levels without him.  Priutt is responsible for an entire third of Wikipedia content and has written 35,000 original articles and made nearly 3 million edits to existing ones. It would be fair to say that he […]

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Film review: Glass

2nd February 2019

I mean someone’s done every ‘glass half empty’ joke by this point, hasn’t it? Glass is the sequel to 2016’s Split which was a shadow sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable. Series creator M. Night Shyamalan directs and it is the story of the three main characters from the first two movies meeting in an insane asylum. […]

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Were There Black People in Tudor England?

1st February 2019

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ recently stood out by casting a black actor (Adrian Lester) in the role of Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador to Scotland. “I was really clear, I would not direct an all-white period drama,” said director Josie Rourke. Whilst it can’t be doubted that Lester, an accomplished star of stage and screen, played the part […]

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