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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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 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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Newcastle Bring in Reinforcements

1st February 2019

Newcastle United have finally broken their longstanding transfer record with the purchase of Miguel Almiron from MLS high-flyers Atlanta United. Whilst the fee is officially undisclosed, Newcastle is believed to have paid £20 million for the playmaker. Rafa Benitez has gotten used to having his transfer ambitions cut back by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, […]

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Snow, Snow, Snow: A British Story

31st January 2019

Much of the United Kingdom has been beset by snow this week with weather warnings issued across much of the country. Areas of higher ground can expect “very significant” snow of up to 10cm whilst schools, airports and railway stations have all seen disruption. So that’s the current situation, but what about the bigger picture? Were […]

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Brexit: ‘Super Tuesday’ Showdown

30th January 2019

In what is being dubbed ‘Super Tuesday’ MP’s were asked to vote on seven amendments to set a precedent for the final months of Brexit negotiations. As Brexit continues to tear apart parliament and sever the country in two, Tuesday’s votes have given rise to a fresh mandate for the Prime Minister to take to […]

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Glass For beginners

29th January 2019

Well this franchise snuck under the radar, didn’t it? You could be forgiven for being unaware that Glass is the 2nd in a trilogy at all. Director M. Night Shyamalan sneakily shoehorned the 2016 movie Split into being a sequel to his film Unbreakable from 16 years earlier. Which is where I come in to painstakingly […]

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Move over Millennials!

29th January 2019

2019 has finally rolled in and the first members of Generation Z are now around 5 years into adulthood. As generation Z has grown, so has the world we live in. Massive leaps in technology have brought us from huge computers – that took an age to load a web page – to iPads and laptops […]

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Am I doing this ‘write’?

29th January 2019

We interrupt the scheduled broadcast to bring you a random opinion column which nobody asked for. I made it to the end of a hefty chunk of deadlines this week, and so indulged myself in a well-deserved break from all of life’s responsibilities with a day of binge watching. For this particular session, it was […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

28th January 2019

Anyone that uses social media will have found it impossible to avoid all of the buzz surrounding the ‘Fyre festival’ documentaries on Hulu and Netflix. The Fyre festival was a legendary disaster which stemmed from rapper Ja Rule and former tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland biting off way more than they could chew. To try and […]

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JCB Invests in Johnson and Davis

25th January 2019

Brexit is sending shockwaves throughout the business community; Airbus has publicly branded the government ‘a disgrace’. The prospect of a no-deal or hostile Brexit will undoubtedly bring some severe implications to the way businesses conduct themselves in this country and probably damage our economy too, at least in the short term. It might be expected […]

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Women, putting yourself first is not selfish

24th January 2019

When it comes to society, there are a whole load of stereotypes which prevent individuals from believing they can do certain things. Though the many obvious stereotypes about women staying at home in the kitchen and being baby-making machines have faded considerably, there are some underlying stereotypes that are still detrimental to our functioning as […]

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Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots

24th January 2019

Mary Queen of Scots chronicles the notorious rivalry between Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scotland, which culminated with the Scottish claimant to the English throne beheaded after being found to be implicated in a plot to kill Elizabeth. The cinematic production takes an invariably feminist view of history, portraying two strong-willed women […]

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Marriage: Keeping it in the Family

24th January 2019

There are very few parts of the world where incest is deemed to be a good idea, and this article isn’t going to embrace incestual practices either. I am sorry for any disappointment that causes. Attitudes and legislation regarding incest actually vary enormously around the world. Even in Europe legislation is split, with some countries […]

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Film Review: Colette

23rd January 2019

“The hand that holds the pen writes history” is a powerful turn of phrase that crops up often in Wash Westmoreland’s literary biopic, Colette. It’s originally a means to reassure the titular characters concerns about being liberal, with the truth in her semi-autobiographical novels, but eventually comes to signify her perpetual quest for recognition as […]

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Oscars 2019 Nominations Announced

23rd January 2019

And they’re off! The morbid list of films I’m now going to force myself to sit through is now online. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I sort of hate the Oscars but at the same time, I’m weirdly fascinated by them. So let’s see if there are any real surprises in the […]

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Uni loneliness is real

23rd January 2019

A lot of the time in the media, particularly around the Christmas period, we talk about elderly loneliness. It is estimated that 3.6 million over-75s live alone and 1.9 million older people say they feel alone or invisible. We rightly talk about this: it’s horrific. But we never talk about uni loneliness, which is something […]

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First Year Problems #10

21st January 2019

Going on nights out Hello and welcome back to First Year Problems. This week, we’re talking about going on nights out. As in, going out and getting drunk, which is typically something a lot of university students do; very often indeed. Last term, going out was a huge thing for most of us. Every week, […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

21st January 2019

In days gone by, to become a rich and successful celebrity, you usually had to have some sort of talent such as singing, writing or comedy. Now all you need to do is get yourself a couple hundred thousand Instagram followers, call yourself an influencer and claim you can change someone’s life if they pay […]

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Is it Goodbye from Andy Murray?

20th January 2019

Andy Murray, Scottish sporting legend, has been playing tennis since he was just three years old, and now, at thirty-one, his career on the court may be drawing to a close. Back in 2018, Murray withdrew from two tournaments – the Brisbane International and the Australian Open – due to a hip injury, before announcing […]

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Albinism – A Basic overview

20th January 2019

Albinism is a rare genetic disorder, often characterised by causing a lack, or total absence, of pigment in the eyes, skin and/or hair, affecting all races. This often results in discrimination, alienation and sometimes persecution, and has for many hundreds of years. The disorder also drastically increases the risk of sunburns and skin cancer, as […]

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The Snowflake Generation: A Threat to What?

19th January 2019

You may have heard of a ‘snowflake’, and thought, what does it mean? Naturally, your innate curiosity as a liberal, open-minded individual, makes you investigate this new insult people have been throwing around lately like salted peanuts at a 16th birthday party. Define: Snowflake According to the urban dictionary, a snowflake is someone that ‘thinks […]

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A Media Car Crash

18th January 2019

You will have undoubtedly heard the news of Prince Phillip’s ‘little’ accident less than 24 hours ago. According to The Daily Mail, the car crash happened as he pulled out onto a main road in Norfolk. However, what does this story say about the media’s attention span? We want the 411 before you call 911 […]

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How writing letters can heal wounds

18th January 2019

Sometimes in life, it’s hard to know how to cope and process things. It’s never easy to know where to start if you’re grieving, going through a break-up or dealing with a trauma in your past or your present. However, one great way to deal with emotional distress is through writing letters. You don’t have […]

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On never forgetting who you are

17th January 2019

Life is busy, and it gets in the way of a lot of things. From friendships to families to relationships, life can interrupt everything. Stuff just happens. Stuff is suddenly just there, and before you know it, it’s been two weeks since you last called your mother. Life also gets in the way of you […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th January 2019

Collider Scope Cern is planning to build an even bigger version of the Large Hadron Collider. I remember when the last one was turned on and many feared it would produce a black hole that would destroy the world. I imagine it’ll be identical when they turn the new one on with the exception of […]

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Top 10 Queen Songs

15th January 2019

Here at b**p we’re still on that Bohemian Rhapsody hype, so we thought that we’d sign ourselves up for an impossible task: naming our top 10 Queen songs. Well, it might not be impossible, because we’ve done it, but it’s as good as. Anyway, without further ado, here are the best from the best. 1. […]

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