The worst superhero roommates

20th May 2018

Many of us know the struggle of trying to organise friends into finally getting the deposit down on that flat. The search for housemates at uni is arduous and taxing. Except for council-tax, obviously. It’s understandable why some impressionable young people would decide: “you know what, screw it. I’m gonna live with a superhero”. I […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

20th May 2018

Time pressure Hello and welcome to what is perhaps the most ironic #YEAR13PROBLEMS column I’ve ever written. This column is written (usually) on a Monday. It’s now Sunday, and it’s basically a week late. So I thought: what better thing to talk about than time pressure? Welcome to the irony. In all seriousness, though, there […]

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John Wick 3 Teased on Twitter

19th May 2018

Last week, it was reported that John Wick would be returning to screens in Chapter 3 and had started filming. It will be released exactly a year from now in May 2019. A short teaser was tweeted to herald its coming. That was a weird sentence. It essentially just features Keanu Reeves as Wick looking […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Shellnut

19th May 2018

It’s been a bad week for game delays. Metro Exodus, Ubisoft’s next big title, and Shenmue 3 have all been pushed to a 2019 release window. Plus, a Black Ops 4 trailer and the Rage 2 reveal. So…wooo? Developer 4A games released a tweet regarding the delay for the upcoming Metro Exodus. The title was […]

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It’s All Kicking Off in Japan

17th May 2018

A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds earlier than expected. This is the second time in months that this has happened. The operator said it was a ‘great inconvenience we placed upon our customers’ and ‘was truly inexcusable’. A train last November left 20 seconds early and they […]

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YouTube Reveals Music Streaming Service

17th May 2018

YouTube has announced it will be launching its own music streaming service, offering both videos and audio, in an effort to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple.  YouTube Music will combine millions of official tracks including remixes and rare songs. It will offer a paid subscription and a free version. The subscription will […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

17th May 2018

As Mental Health Awareness Week is in full swing, we thought that here at b**p we should create a whole list of reasons as to why mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. We’ve been supporting mental health awareness for a long time now, and this week is the perfect week to keep […]

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Curing the Midweek Blues

17th May 2018

Those monsters. A change to the system will mean that American Airlines will no longer allow emotional support hedgehogs on flights. New rules stretch further than these small spiky creatures, however, with a whole array of woodland creatures being banned. Ferrets, rodents, anything with tusks, horns or hooves have been denied access to flights. Or […]

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Gambino

This Ought To Be Good

17th May 2018

Remember when we mentioned that meme-ing Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover’s This is America might be the whole point of the song, to begin with? Well, someone made a woman’s edit, which we also mentioned in that article. While feminism is something we here at B**p align ourselves with, this may not be the best way […]

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Queen

‘It Goes on Forever’

17th May 2018

The first trailer for the upcoming Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody has been released and it looks legit. The movie will star Mr Robot’s Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The film will chronicle the band’s rise to fame and their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The film will place an emphasis on Mercury, Queen’s larger […]

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Film review: Deadpool 2

17th May 2018

I’d like to do a fourth wall breaking joke here where I talk directly to the reader referencing pop-culture. But I sort of do that anyway so… Hi everyone… the spice girls were good weren’t they? Deadpool 2 is the sequel to 2016’s unexpected box-office steamroller and features more of the trademark shtick. Irreverent humour, […]

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Charts and That

16th May 2018

Welcome to this week’s edition of Charts and That, a comprehensive look at all things in the charts…and that. This week, at the top we have God of War, Avengers and One Kiss. Let’s count them down. Starting with movies, Avengers continues to make all the money ever, raking in another £6 million this week […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th May 2018

National Wealth service Prince William has praised the ‘wonderful’ NHS staff in a video message to be played at an awards ceremony. The ceremony coincides with the anniversary of the formation of the NHS. The service turns 70 this year and like many 70-year-olds, it’s crumbling under its own weight, struggling to function and neglected […]

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Rita Ora Apologises for ‘Girls’

15th May 2018

After the response Rita Ora’s recently released Girls got from the LGBT+ community, she has issued an apology on Twitter. Several LGBT+ artists criticised the lyrics openly, calling them harmful. In her apology the singer said: ‘I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone. I have strived to be a contributor […]

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Film Review: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

15th May 2018

5/5 It’s not all that often in 21st Century all-star casted films that you get a piece of drama that actually touches you in a way only the old stuff does. But Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  bucks that 21st Century trend incredibly well, and that’s why it’s more than worth watching. Released in […]

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Labels that Lie

15th May 2018

Ever stared at a label and been completely hypnotised by its bold claims? Whether it’s putting our minds at ease over animal welfare concerns or encouraging us to part with more money, people are employed to deliberately mislead us into feeling good about buying things. Consumers have been duped by advertising labels since the game […]

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Game for the Week? Sorted

14th May 2018

If you fancy getting your hands on a decent game for next to nothing, you are in luck, as Bethesda’s Prey has seen a price slash this week on every platform. It was massively overlooked when it came out last year, simply due to the amount of stuff that was released around it. The bulk […]

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This is 2018

14th May 2018

Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover’s This is America essentially broke the internet last week, after hitting over 99 million views in the first few days of it being on YouTube. The music video addresses America’s ongoing inner conflict with things like racism, gun violence and police brutality. People quickly began to hail the video as […]

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Does Rita Ora’s ‘Girls’ Trivialise Bisexuality?

14th May 2018

For many bisexual people, the B in LGBT+ often feels like a silent letter. Both heterosexual and homosexual people are guilty of erasing bi visibility, by claiming that bisexual people in relationships with people of the opposite gender are not truly LGBT+ or that they just ‘haven’t decided’ on their preferred gender. One of the other main […]

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4 movies to talk about at a job interview

14th May 2018

They say that at a job interview, you should talk about what you know. Avoiding areas where your knowledge is sketchy. For me though, that’s difficult. When 60% of your brain space is taken up by film opinions, trivia and upcoming release dates, it’s hard to appear employable. The other 40% is ABBA lyrics, by […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

13th May 2018

Motivation Monday: your dream job In the midst of all this horrific revision and exam prep, it can be easy to lose sight of the final goal, and then lose all of your motivation. That’s why I thought that with just two weeks to go before study leave begins and our lives end for a […]

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Mastering Politics: Jeremy Corbyn

13th May 2018

Politics can be a confusing and noisy place for anyone, regardless of how clever you are. That’s why this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ is everything you need to know about the current Labour leader (as of May 2018), Jeremy Corbyn. Upbringing Jeremy Corbyn was born in 1949 in Chippenham to a maths teacher mother and […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

13th May 2018

Rich people love to flaunt their diamond encrusted jewellery and lavish mansions for us poor people to look upon with admiration and envy. Who can blame them? Rich people who(se parents) have worked hard enough to be able to afford yachts and designer handbags for themselves have every right to buy these items. You can […]

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First Gym Session: A How to Guide

12th May 2018

Visiting the gym for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Not only do you have to get comfortable swimming in sweat, you also have to manage any embarrassment that comes with working out in front of strangers. Read on for my tips on navigating your first gym session. Remember that you’re not out […]

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Review: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

12th May 2018

A story about the death of an icon, Gianni Versace’s assassination remains very much within living memory. His distinctive brand lives on today, and the circumstances around his death have once again been brought to life in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (ASGV). It has already  been broadcast on BBC, but is […]

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Little Spoons Are Just Better

12th May 2018

Everyone likes to be the little spoon at some point. It’s more comfortable and you don’t have hair in your grill while trying to sleep. If you live under a rock, ‘spooning’ is the act of hugging side by side lying down, with one person acting as a ‘big spoon’. It’s like a big human […]

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A message to Kim Kardashian

12th May 2018

All of the time we hear people banging on about body confidence and whatever empowers one woman is great for all women. But there’s something I need to say. And I need to send a message to Kim Kardashian. Before I begin my long-winded episode of I Don’t Want to Keep up with the Kardashians […]

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cancelled

11th May 2018

Cast members of the cult classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV show have thanked fans for their support, as it was revealed that Fox would not be renewing it for another season. The network has said that the final season will air later this month. The show starred the likes of Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero […]

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Apologies to Beckham

11th May 2018

In what will be the last bit of Deadpool 2 news before the film releases next week, we have something pretty funny. In the first movie, there was a joke at the expense of famous footballer David Beckham, pertaining to how he speaks. Deadpool is here to apologise. Star Ryan Reynolds tweeted the skit, saying: […]

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Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

11th May 2018

The A Series of Unfortunate Events book series was one of my favourite reads as a child. It was darkly mature, funny and utterly distinct from anything else at the time. When I heard Netflix was producing a TV series, then, it naturally intrigued me. Long form storytelling is really the only way to tell […]

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drones

US Drones Projects Given Green-Light

11th May 2018

Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and even deliver defibrillators have been given the green light to start testing in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for the unmanned craft to be integrated into the skies. This includes Zipline, which offers a blood delivery service in […]

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Fining Parents ‘Has No Effect’

11th May 2018

A report released a few weeks ago, showing parents across the UK racking up fines of £24m, for taking their children out of school during term time, may not have deterred parents as much as hoped. A review has found that fining parents has no overall effect on absence rates. It showed the number of […]

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Mastering Politics: Theresa May

10th May 2018

Politics is a whirlwind – and nobody expects you to understand most of it. However, it’s always a good idea to sound out what’s what and who’s who. That’s why this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ has all you need to know about our current Prime Minister Theresa May (as of May 2018). Upbringing Theresa May […]

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PM meets Grenfell campaigners

10th May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May met Grenfell campaigners with a warning on Thursday. Nabil Choucair lost six family members in the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster in June last year and met with the Prime Minister in an effort to make her improve the inquiry into the disaster. Mr Choucair watched the tower burn in the early […]

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Charity Skin Available in Overwatch

10th May 2018

Blizzard’s powerhouse FPS game Overwatch is helping fund breast cancer research in its limited-time event. The centrepiece for the effort will be a skin for the hero Mercy, with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Blizzard has committed to a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 and will update players with a final tally […]

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BMW Accidentally Promotes Dangerous Driving

10th May 2018

A BMW advert designed to show off the vehicle’s four-wheel drive has been banned from further screening due to ‘faster, dangerous and irresponsible driving’. In short, they done messed up. The UK’s advertising watchdog feared that the mix of fast-paced scenes would encourage dangerous manoeuvres on the road. The 30-second-long advert was originally shown last […]

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DC’s Harley Quinn Movie to be R-Rated

10th May 2018

Despite the overall negative response to Suicide Squad in 2016, most agreed that Harley Quinn, portrayed by Margot Robbie was one of the best things in the movie. There have been rumours flying everywhere about where we’ll see the character next but now we may have some answers. In an interview with Collider, it was […]

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The Best 1D Memories

9th May 2018

Since One Direction announced their hiatus way back in 2015, things on the 1D side of life have been (in comparison to the warfare years of 2010-15) pretty quiet. Yeah, we’ve had solo music and tours, but we’ve not had the sheer wig-stealing drama we used to. So, here at b**p, we thought we’d head […]

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3 Podcasts you should listen to (besides ours)

9th May 2018

The first Beep podcast was released last week and I was honoured to be chosen as the host. The show is the audible adaptation of my regular A Week in Mild Amusement column. Unlike that column though, it features THREE people desperately trying to be funny instead of just me. With this occasion, I felt […]

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Hawaii Lava gets even Scarier

8th May 2018

You may have missed the lava eruption in Hawaii over the past few days. It has led to the evacuation of 2,000 people and the promise to those who refuse to leave that they will not be helped when the lava poses an immediate danger to their lives. And the Hawaii lava gets even scarier […]

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Boris Johnson: Trump worthy of Nobel Prize

8th May 2018

In what is perhaps the best example of political flattery in quite some time, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said President Trump is worthy of a Nobel Prize for peace. Speaking to the President’s favourite TV show Fox News last night, Johnson highlighted the bonuses of the Iran nuclear deal which Trump has announced he […]

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A week in mild amusement

8th May 2018

Gnome country for old men Scottish police have appealed to the public after someone stole 37 garden gnomes from a front garden in Angus. Against all odds, this doesn’t even appear to be guerrilla marketing for that Sherlock Gnomes movie that’s, for some reason, coming out. Police describe the kidnapped collectables as the ‘usual gardening […]

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Charts and That

8th May 2018

‘Sup and welcome back to Charts and That. That’s right. We’re hip, and we use abbreviations of words in order to connect with a younger audience. This week we have God of War (again), Infinity War (again) and Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris (again). Neat. We’re going to start with music this week, where again, […]

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Jessica Jones Writer Brought on for Witcher

8th May 2018

Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher universe is going to be turned into a TV show for Netflix in case you didn’t know. While the show is a long way off, fans will be happy to know that things are moving forward swimmingly. Lead writer Lauren Hissrich announced the show’s writer’s room officially opened today, while she announced […]

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Sherlock Holmes Gets 2020 Release Date

8th May 2018

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have announced the release of a new Sherlock Holmes 3 on Dec 25, 2020. It is confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law will be returning to the franchise. Downey Jr. and Law first played Holmes and Watson respectively in 2009, with the release of Sherlock Holmes. It […]

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Harry Potter and the Money Grabbing Game

8th May 2018

The prospect of a Harry Potter themed smartphone app has long been anticipated and now, it’s finally here. With graphics that are a great improvement but still reminiscent of the original Harry Potter PlayStation games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery should be every Potterhead’s dream- should being the operative word. For the first half an hour or so, […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

8th May 2018

This week’s ‘what annoyed the Internet’ is a little TMI but it has sparked up a debate about sexual expectations of men and women. It all started with this video of DJ Khaled: ok so I'm convinced he has the mind of a teenage boy pic.twitter.com/epzhPjceny — Got Student Loans Homie Quan (@howcomeyousmell) May 4, […]

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5 funniest box office failures

5th May 2018

Schadenfreude is a German word meaning ‘pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune’. As such, it’s my middle name, my planned tombstone and my tinder bio. Sometimes studios, actors or even fans just make you beg for a movie to flop. Sure, it’s mean spirited but, in my opinion, those are the funniest type of spirits. […]

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DC Turning to Horror

5th May 2018

DC, because it wants a piece of all the pies, has announced its own streaming service, DC Universe, and has revealed its first exclusive live-action series, Swamp Thing. Even better, the team behind the series has created some of the best horror movies in the last few years. We have Mark Verheiden (Ash vs. Evil […]

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Han Solo Movie Expected to Break Box Office

5th May 2018

Hello there and May the fourth be with you. In some rather appropriate Star Wars news, it is expected that the upcoming Solo movie is predicted to break a record, domestically in the US on opening weekend. It opens on Memorial Day weekend and could well beat the previous record holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: […]

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