Top Ten Songs of the ’80s

20th June 2018

Here at b**p we love nothing more than a good throwback. And what better to throwback to than the glorious musical era of the 1980s? Answer: nothing. So, without further ado, here are our top ten songs of the ’80s, featuring Foreigner, Cher, Madonna, a-ha and many more. Like a Prayer, Madonna Queen Madge deserves […]

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Film review: Ocean’s Eight

20th June 2018

An all-female reboot of a respected franchise? With no huge online backlash campaign against the creators? Must not be a sci-fi or fantasy property. Ocean’s Eight is the sequel and thinly veiled reboot to the Ocean’s franchise of heist films. It stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of legendary criminal and George […]

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Charts and That

19th June 2018

Hello there and welcome back to another week of Charts and That! Jurassic World reigns supreme, God of War jumps back up to the top spot and Jess Glynne is at number one. Let’s take a look at what else is on the lists. We’ll begin with music this week, where Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be […]

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Good Boy Denied Water for Deeds

19th June 2018

A Caffe Nero branch has sparked outrage after reportedly refusing to give a guide dog water. The store in Exmouth, Devon, told 40-year-old blind man Olliver Gibbons that his seven-year-old guide called dog called Sydney, could not have a drink. Gibbons, who was a customer in the store, accompanied by friend Helen Fox, confirmed that […]

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XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida

19th June 2018

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed after leaving a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday. Police stated he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was facing domestic violence charges at the time. He was hailed by many in the rap community to be a breakthrough talent, with numerous […]

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Is it coming home then?

19th June 2018

So we got a win last night. England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their first game of the World Cup. While the match was a bit stale in parts and chance after chance for the Lions failed to make the back of the net, a win is a win at the end of the day. While […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

18th June 2018

The End! (Is nigh) Welcome to the penultimate #YEAR13PROBLEMS column. Yikes. That is a scary sentence to type (even if I am typing it three columns in advance). The end is nearly upon us – and here are a few reflections from yours truly… For a lot of people, these last few weeks have been […]

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In Defence of Love

18th June 2018

If you’ve read any of my previous work, you’ll know I like to strike a balance between sentimental and sarcastic (at least that’s what I’m going for, anyway). But today I’m afraid it’s a break from tradition: it’s completely sentimental. And for good reason. People keep popping up in my life who think love is […]

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New Music – Beyonce and Jay-Z

17th June 2018

It was only a matter of time before the infamous Mr and Mrs Carter released some sort of music to accompany their current On the Run 2 Tour. Of course, there is nothing subtle about this illustrious duo when they do release their solo projects, so a collaboration from them both was bound to create […]

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Yes, Robbie Williams Did Flip the Bird

17th June 2018

Oh, Robbie Williams. You scamp you. Flipping the bird live on TV, you little ruffian. No this isn’t a joke, Take That star Robbie Williams held up his middle finger right to the camera as he was performing at the World Cup opening ceremony. While UK viewers may not have seen it, the clip has been […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Nutshell

15th June 2018

This is gonna be a beefy one. E3 came and went so we’re going to be checking off the biggest titles that were announced, speedster-style. So, from Bethesda to Sony and Microsoft (we aren’t going to bother with EA, just saying), let’s count them down. Here we go. Bethesda Starting with Bethesda, they gave us […]

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ScotRail

ScotRail Shuts Down Racist Complaint

15th June 2018

Chances are if you’re any decent sort of human, you probably aren’t in any way okay with racism in any form. Well, neither are ScotRail, as shown by a recent Twitter conversation with one of their disgruntled customers. A user named Ali Roberts was attempting to lodge a formal complaint about the ‘seating situation’ on […]

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Russia

Russia Being Taught to Smile

15th June 2018

When you think of Russia, stereotypically, you think of two things. Vodka and the abuse of human rights. Not much room there for smiling is there? However, the proud people of Russia are being taught to be a bit more jovial for the World Cup. In the next month, an estimated 1.5 million citizens from 31 […]

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Tips for Body Confidence

15th June 2018

In a world where both women (and men) are told that you are only valid if you look a certain way, body confidence is not the easiest thing to have in one’s possession. However, in a world where you can be anything, body confidence is something we can achieve. It’s often a slow process, but […]

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Wonder Woman 2 Titled Confirmed

15th June 2018

After an image cropped up last week of Wonder Woman 2 revealing the film’s logo, production on the sequel is now underway. It has been confirmed that the movie will be titled Wonder Woman 1984 and Patty Jenkins has teased the return of one of the first film’s characters. Jenkins took to Twitter for the […]

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Government relaxes immigration rules

14th June 2018

In a surprise change of policy, the Conservative government has relaxed some of its immigration rules. Recently-appointed Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the change in immigration laws so that more doctors and nurses outside of the European Union can come to live and work in the UK. The policy on skilled immigration now excludes doctors […]

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Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank nurse dies

14th June 2018

Holocaust survivor and the nurse of Anne Frank Gena Turgel has passed away aged 95. Described by the Holocaust Educational Trust as a “shining light”, Mrs Turgel was also known as the Bride of Belsen after she married a British soldier who liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in which she was held by the Nazis. Mrs Turgel married […]

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Silent Procession Marks Grenfell Anniversary

14th June 2018

Hundreds of people have taken part in a silent procession, to honour the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago. This follows the memorial service held at St Helen’s Church in west London. Labour MP David Lammy said it was ‘bittersweet’ that the community had celebrated their unity […]

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Ivanka

Ivanka Trump Tries Proverbs

14th June 2018

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the worst president in the world and proud user of some of his ‘best words’. Ivanka tried to use a generic ‘Chinese Proverb’ and subsequently nearly every Asian person on Twitter had some wisdom of their own to depart. Ahead of her father arriving in Singapore for the historic meeting with […]

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World Cup 2018: Russia and LGBT Rights

14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has officially begun. The first match, between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia, prompted a tweet which got us thinking. Its #WorldCup kickoff day! Russia v Saudi Arabia! Which human rights abusing regime are you supporting? — Sam Forster (@MrSamueelll) June 14, 2018 It got us thinking about the lack […]

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Why Do We Hate the Sound of Our Own Voice?

14th June 2018

Only complete narcissists can stand the sound of their own voice on recordings. Most people absolutely cringe when they watch videos of themselves talking and there’s a reason why. Hating your own voice is a curious phenomenon really, especially when you consider that you’ve heard yourself talk more than anyone else. So why is it […]

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Addiction is Addiction – Regardless of Age

13th June 2018

Parents of an unnamed primary school pupil revealed they had admitted their daughter into rehab after she became addicted to the online phenomenon Fortnite. The Mirror reported that the girl exhibited several obsessive behaviours, including secretly playing at night until mornings and sleeping in school. She also hit her dad after he tried to confiscate […]

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Incredibles 2 Review Roundup

13th June 2018

While the release date may be sneaking up on us, critics have seen The Incredibles 2 the sequel to Disney’s 2004 superhero movie, before it was cool. Here’s what critics are saying about the second movie, which has spent 14 years in the making. The Hollywood Reporter, to begin with, stated it was definitely ‘worth […]

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Robinson

Curing the Midweek Blues

13th June 2018

Tommy Robinson, far-right activist and all round not swell guy, had thousands of fans cheering for him in the capitol, after he was arrested for contempt of court earlier this month. Oh, how they cheered and…hang on a minute. That’s not what happened at all. The left want this picture taken down because it shows […]

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Charts and That

12th June 2018

Hello there, welcome back to this week’s Charts and That, your one stop shop for all things chart-wise. This week, Vampyr is topping the physical sale charts with games, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is sitting pretty at the box office and Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are still at number one for the 9th week […]

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Intelligent People Less Likely to Be Homophobic

12th June 2018

Happy pride month! Our contribution to the LGBT community this month is an article about an Australian study which found that the dumber you are, the more likely you are to be homophobic. No shock there but it is nice to have scientific confirmation. The study found that people with high cognitive ability were less […]

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Game of Thrones Spin-Off Prequel Details

12th June 2018

As mentioned before, Game of Thrones will be getting a spin-off show. It has been revealed that the first of possibly five spin-offs will be a prequel series. George RR Martin has created the new series alongside Jane Goldman, a British screenwriter. HBO has ordered a pilot episode of the show, set thousands of years […]

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Demi Lovato Cancels Show in London

11th June 2018

Mere hours before she was supposed to appear on stage, Demi Lovato cancelled her show last night, in London’s O2 arena. Doors were due to open at 18:00 BST, but after a tweet sent out at 17:17, she cancelled the show. She feared that performing on Sunday could injure her vocal chords, claiming she was […]

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Mondays

Starting Monday Off Right

11th June 2018

We don’t often start Mondays with anything positive so…here’s something that’s legitimately heart-warming. Occasionally, your parent will do something incredible. Swatting a massive bug for you, shouting you a tenner to get through the week, or getting up on stage to dance next to you, to ease your discomfort for example. Yes, father of three, […]

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The Newcastle comedy scene

11th June 2018

With Consett-born comic Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy) the freshest face on the mainstream comedy circuit, Newcastle comedy is in the spotlight. But Lee has been known widely amongst comedy-going audiences in Newcastle for years. So we’re here to answer the question of where you go in the city to see the newest and best […]

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Google Loses Egg to Promote Inclusion

11th June 2018

Inclusion in tech is important and underrated. This story about a racist soap dispenser proves that the technology industry needs to recruit a wide variety of engineers and scientists to make sure no one is excluded. To be successful, products and services need to accessible to men and women of every race, age and ability. […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

10th June 2018

Coping with life during exams Happy Monday all. I hope your exams are going well (as well as they can be at least) and that you’re feeling average. This week I thought I’d talk about coping with life during exams, especially because it’s not always that easy. This week’s column is for those who struggle […]

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‘No Gays Allowed’

10th June 2018

A hardware store in Tennessee has caused a stir after news of a sign saying ‘No gays allowed’ broke out. Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies, also displayed this sign: For many LGBT people, everyday tasks that most straight people can do without any difficulty are often made difficult by homophobes. This particular homophobe […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Shellnut

10th June 2018

This week, Batista wants to play a role in a Gears of War movie, Valve is doing its best by doing very little and Rainbow Six Siege welcomes its biggest update yet. All right here, in one big Shellnut. First up, Dave Batista went to visit Gamespot Universe to do a Q&A, where he revealed […]

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Michael McIntyre Performs After Mugging

9th June 2018

Comedian and show host Michael McIntyre said he was ‘OK’ after he was mugged by two men on a moped in London. He laughed off the incident at his latest show in Dublin. He said it was ‘touch and go’ whether he would perform after he was targeted near his children’s school on Monday. He […]

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So Many Trailers

9th June 2018

How to Train Your Dragon and The Lego Movie are all getting trailer treatment this week. The third instalment of HTTYD will release later this year, along with The Lego Movie 2 getting its reveal. Plus Wreck it Ralph 2. How to Train Your Dragon began as a book series, in which an unfortunate Viking […]

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Chef, TV Host Anthony Bourdain Found Dead

8th June 2018

US celebrity chef and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain has been found dead at the age of 61 in his hotel room, of a suspected suicide. The chef was near Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series titled Parts Unknown on CNN. The cable network confirmed it was indeed Anthony who they had found. […]

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Louis Walsh to Leave X-Factor

8th June 2018

Louis Walsh, long-time co-host of the talent show, The X Factor, has decided to leave the show after 13 ‘fantastic’ years. Walsh is the show’s longest-serving judge, missing out only once in 2004. Thames, the company behind the show, thanked him for the ‘huge part’ he played in the show’s success. Simon Cowell will return […]

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Film review- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

7th June 2018

I tell you what they didn’t half waste Jeff Goldblum. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the sequel to the 2015 megahit which was itself the fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise. In this film, the heroes need to evacuate dinosaurs from an exploding island and get them to a safe haven. And obviously, at some […]

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H&M To Make Bigger Clothes Sizes

7th June 2018

H&M will be changing its measurements and the fit of a size 12 will now be a size 10. Many customers stated that sizes were smaller than other high street shops. A spokesperson said: ‘We are taking the steps to change our womenswear measurements to be in line with the UK sizing.’ A number of […]

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Greggs

Newcastle to Get Drive-Thru Greggs

7th June 2018

This is not a goof. Newcastle, the veritable jewel of the north, will be blessed with its first Greggs drive-thru after the idea was approved by planning officers. The plan is to open the branch at Tyneside Autoparc, North Gosforth, off the A1056. The project was drawn up by The Kay Group UK and will also […]

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All-Male Job Listings Removed from PwC

7th June 2018

PwC has banned all-male shortlists for positions in the UK, in an attempt to increase the number of women roles in the firm. This move was prompted by the recent pay gap reports, which showed men earned, on average 43.8% more than women. The company stated that recruitment was one of the areas it was […]

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4 worst universes to move to

7th June 2018

With all that’s going on in our world, it’s easy to see the grass as greener on the other side. Trump, Brexit and the incoming barrage of tweets concerning Love Island are enough to make me want to steal Rick’s portal gun and jump ship. That said though, we could definitely have it worse. Here […]

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Into the Spiderverse Official First Trailer

6th June 2018

Sony’s upcoming animated take on Spider-Man is shaping up nicely if this Into the Spiderverse trailer is anything to go on. The story will follow Miles Morales, being taught by an older, albeit shiftier looking Peter Parker, as he learned to become Spider-Man. The stunning visual style is far removed from your average animated movie […]

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And the Word Is…

6th June 2018

‘Plastic’ has been determined as the children’s word of the year after an analysis of the stories submitted by five to 13-year-olds in the UK. These stories were examined by Oxford University Press. The stories were sent to the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show’s 500 Words contest. Plastic apparently appeared 3,359 in the whopping 134,790 stories […]

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Solitude is not loneliness

6th June 2018

Look, I’m not the type for a hugely introspective dive into my own psyche. I sort of just wander around the world hoping that I won’t be hit by a bus by the time I go to bed. Something I do wish to clarify though, on behalf of others who may be like me, is […]

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A week in mild amusement

5th June 2018

BGLee The North-East’s own Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy, won Britain’s Got Talent. The comedian, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak uses a voice synthesiser to tell his gags. This places him as just the latest on Simon Cowell’s list of acts with electronically aided voices. The comic from Consett will perform […]

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Why exam factory schools don’t work

5th June 2018

We’re in the swing of GCSE and A-Level examination season now, but there’s just something I’ve got to say: exam factory schools don’t work. Let’s think rationally. In what sane world does making kids sit down and learn two years of content for one and a half hours of their life work? The two years […]

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Mastering Politics: Voting

5th June 2018

Politics can be a confusing place with a lot of noise and ego. However, it is worthwhile and deserves your attention when it matters. And this week’s Mastering Politics will explain why it’s important to vote, no matter who you vote for. People died for your right The most obvious reason to vote, especially if […]

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Jurassic World Alive is Kinda Neat

4th June 2018

If Pokémon Go isn’t your thing or you just prefer giant reptiles, Jurassic World Live might be up your alley. Or you could have an addictive personality and play both. You’ll be delighted to hear, that it’s actually: Jurassic World Live begins with Chris Pratt (because he’s in the movies) telling you how to play […]

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