Child Smart Watches Could be hacked?

22nd October 2017

There seems to be an unfortunate trend of children’s toys being hacked. Not two years ago, toy company VTech was attacked, leading to numerous items from the toy range being defective. They then released a new licence which then made it the owner’s fault, should it be hacked again. Well, now smartwatches designed for children […]

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Carrie Fisher was Metal as Heck

22nd October 2017

As the once proud grandmother of everyone in Hollywood, it was sort of expected that if you were a friend of Carrie Fisher, she was like a mother hawk. Watching over her friends closely. Well, occasionally someone goes a bit too far, don’t they? Heather Ross, who works in the film industry, was a friend […]

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What Annoyed The Internet This Week?

22nd October 2017

Humour is an age-old theory beginning with Plato in ancient Greece. Across cultures and throughout the ages, humour has taken many forms- satirical poetry, vernacular fiction and performing arts. Many people have tried and failed to grasp and master the complex art- from mediocre playwrights to disgraced comedians. Comedy and humour is a creative form that […]

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Brit Awards to Fund Internships

21st October 2017

The BPI is creating a new apprenticeship scheme and will be funded through the Brits’ charity The Brits Trust. They will be giving out paid placements at independent record labels and music companies. These roles could last up to 14 years. Apprenticeships are key to ‘bring new and diverse talent into the industry’, the BPI […]

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Picture of a Liar

20th October 2017

Must be nice being trapped in your own ego. So, wrapped up in your own lies you have no concept of knowing what truth is. Either that or you’re just really stupid. The French impressionist painting is known as Renoir’s Two Sisters (On the Terrace) is currently hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago, where […]

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Social Media Justice

20th October 2017

Picture this. You’re on the run for drink-driving and assault. But you love the game. Like Hannibal or Moriarty, you are one of the greatest criminal masterminds on Earth. You love the chase before the catch. So, what do you do? You set the local police force a challenge on Facebook. Michael Zaydel promised to […]

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Hang on a Minute

20th October 2017

Not sure if it’s due to my lack of sleep or I’m in a fever dream but am I reading this right? A man dressed as Pikachu, Pokémon’s poster pocket monster, was taken into custody on Tuesday, after hopping the border around the White House. The Secret Service apprehended the man, after he dropped his […]

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So, About That Kiss?

20th October 2017

Remember a few months ago, we covered the Emmy’s? Remember that weird moment when Nicole Kidman kissed her co-star Alexander Skarsgård right in front of everyone on live TV? Hollywood made a massive deal out of it then it just disappeared? Well, as you can guess she was obviously asked about it in a recent […]

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Mayim Bialik Sorry for Comments

20th October 2017

The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has apologised after saying ‘non-traditional’ women are ‘over-looked’ by sexual harassers. She wrote an essay for The New York Times last week, entitled, ‘’Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World’. The response from the public was anything but positive, however. Recent allegations against the former producer came forward […]

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(Really Late) Midweek Blues

20th October 2017

I think the internet may be right here. In a video clip with the POTUS that circulated around twitter yesterday, many reporters and people are asking one thing. Are you sure that was Melania? This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV […]

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5 BARGAIN Halloween Outfits

19th October 2017

If you’re on a budget this Halloween, but you still want to get all dressed up, worry no more. Here are our top 5 bargain outfits! ASDA – This supermarket always has some great Halloween costumes, and this year is no different. If you want a cheap costume, but don’t want to worry about its quality, […]

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Snapchat To Make TV Shows?

19th October 2017

Yeah, you read that right. Snap Inc is teaming up with TV giant NBCUniversal to create a new digital content studio based in California. It will work on making original scripted video content for the app, with a team of filmmakers and programmers. The shows are said to be about five minutes long. The app […]

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Durham Lumiere Festival: What’s On?

19th October 2017

Durham’s Lumiere Festival, the UK’s largest light festival, is soon to return. And, to make things even more exciting, the full programme of artworks, illustrations and events have now been revealed. This year’s programme has a strong international influence, with artists from around the world, including Spain, Canada, Sweden and Finland. There is so much […]

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Warning Over Halloween Contact Lenses

19th October 2017

Every year, we are warned about the dangers of wearing ‘spooky’ contact lenses over the Halloween period, and every year people continue to do it. So, this year, DON’T! It’s not worth it. If you don’t know what we’re referring to, they usually look something like this. The coloured cosmetic lenses are sometimes sold illegally […]

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Warframe Goes Open World!

19th October 2017

Yes, after a little bit of waiting, Warframe’s big update, adding new weapons and a massive open world level is finally here. Titled ‘The Plains of Eidolon’, this update is the biggest yet, adding a huge new landscape filled with missions, enemies, old and new. Up to 50 players can get together on a map […]

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SKINNY TAN NOT SO SKINNY AFTERALL

19th October 2017

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) found claims by Skinny Tan that it would ‘tone’ or give ‘less visible cellulite’ could not be proven. The product’s claim it was 100% natural were also false. The ASA said the company’s ads must not appear again without being changed. Skinny Tan launched in 2013, after Louise Ferguson and […]

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Ed Sheeran Cancels Shows in Asia

19th October 2017

To be fair, he did break his arm. Ed Sheeran, everyone’s favourite (or least favourite) ginger performer, has cancelled dates in Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He posted a picture to his Instagram, saying, ‘A visit to my doctors confirmed fractures in my right wrist and left elbow.’ The singer/songwriter has a further […]

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Solo Coming Next Year

19th October 2017

The spin-off movie for Han Solo finally has a name. Solo: A Star Wars Story. This will be the second spin-off movie from the main vein of movies. Director Ron Howard shared the name with the internet today on Twitter, noting that shooting has wrapped, thanking the crew and saying he hopes fans had enjoyed […]

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Anti-Slavery Day: It’s Still an Issue

19th October 2017

I’m sure like many of you, we like to think such archaic and horrible practices like slavery are a thing of the past. That there is no way people could be that low to enslave other human beings. Well, sadly, you’d be wrong. Yesterday, as some of you may know was National Anti-Slavery day. A day where […]

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Now Something Totally Different

18th October 2017

In a rather odd move, Tesco supermarkets will now stock green satsumas and clementines, to cut down on food waste. The chain says the green oranges are still ‘perfectly ripe’ and will be as sweet as orange coloured ones. Higher early season temperatures contributed to the green skin, as it slowed down the natural process […]

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Stormzy Leading Mobo Awards

18th October 2017

Grime MC and rapper, Stormzy, is up for a bunch of nominations, including best male, best grime act, best album, best song and best video. The 24-year-old will be at the awards ceremony along with rapper J Hus, who also has several nominations. The awards show will be held in Leeds on 29th November. J […]

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EA Shuts Down Visceral

18th October 2017

Electronic Arts, games developer and publisher, has shut down one of its oldest studios. EA revealed earlier this morning it had closed Visceral Games, who worked on some huge titles back in the day. As well as this, the single player Star Wars game the company was working on, will be overhauled and moved to […]

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Bearly in its Habitat

18th October 2017

Say what you want that’s a good pun. An Arctic Polar bear has been located in western Russia, some 700km away from its natural habitat. Siberian Times reported that the bear was only ten months old and was found near the Kolyma River, where locals fed the beast throwaway fish. The cub was successfully captured, […]

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Sia Making a Christmas Album?

18th October 2017

When you think of Christmas, you think of a lot of things. Pigs in blankets, trees, presents, but most importantly, the music. Oh yes, the same seven songs on repeat all month. Michael Bublé comes out from his cave, Mariah Carey becomes relevant and that’s that. But this year we could have a new pop […]

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North East Halloween Events For All The Family

18th October 2017

This year, Halloween is set to be a good one. There are so many exciting events all over the North East, and something for all of the family. So, if you want a fun-filled Halloween, keep reading. Evening events at Beamish Museum We LOVE Beamish, so much so that we’ve dedicated an individual post to […]

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Mood Though

17th October 2017

So the Royal Baby was announced today. A due date was set for the next human to be spawned from the Royal Family in April 2018. The announcement follows three months after Kate Middleton was pregnant. The BBC’s Simon McCoy, as to be expected, was perplexed as to why this was breaking news, however. This […]

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Of Penguins and…Cut Outs?

17th October 2017

A penguin to fell in love with a cardboard cut-out of an anime character passed away this week. That is the weirdest thing I have ever said on this site. Ever. Grape, a 21-year-old penguin who lived in Tobu Zoo in Miyashiro, Japan, became incredibly enamoured with an anime cut-out after being rejected by another […]

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Charts and That

17th October 2017

Yes, it’s another week of charts and such, where we show you how the most popular pieces of media are doing. From Blade Runner to some new blood in games, let’s take a look. To start, we’re looking at movies! The Lego Ninjago Movie is doing pretty dang well it would seem, sitting atop the […]

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Newcastle For Sale

17th October 2017

Once again. Mike Ashley is selling Newcastle United and people are overwhelmed with joy it would seem. Since Ashley’s reign began ten-years ago, the team has been relegated twice from the Premier League. The club said in a statement: ‘Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future’ The […]

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NHS-1 Racists-0

17th October 2017

So Twitter is basically a swirling pit of darkness, in which you will find some of the most detestable people imaginable. Something light-hearted or good-natured can be turned vile by one person’s retweet or reply. The NHS apparently knows this. On 19th June, the Twitter account @GivebloodNHS put up a tweet saying: ‘Black people with […]

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Black Panther Looks Really Good

17th October 2017

Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube channel has released a new trailer for the upcoming Black Panther trailer, providing us all with a proper look at the Wakanda, T’Challa’s home. Wakanda is a fictional country in Africa, that holds the legend of the Black Panther, a mantle passed down from king to king. As well as being the […]

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Moore Honoured by Pinewood

17th October 2017

A soundstage has been named after the late Sir Roger Moore has been opened by Countess of Wessex at Pinewood Studio in London. Dame Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine and 007 producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were all present at the private event on Sunday. Lady Moore and the Bond actor’s three children […]

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Looking the Other Way

17th October 2017

As some of you may know, a terrorist attack hit Mogadishu this weekend, taking the lives of over 300 people. The Somali capital was attacked on Saturday, after a truck, loaded with explosives, was detonated at the KM5 junction in Mogadishu, injuring more than 500 people. People on Twitter have been pleading for media coverage, […]

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There is Only One Side

17th October 2017

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a game about shooting, stabbing, hurting, burning and destroying Nazis and their relative regimes. If this offends you, developer Bethesda has a simple message for you. There is only one side. #NoMoreNazis #Wolf2 pic.twitter.com/7Ctu265Mus — Wolfenstein (@wolfenstein) October 15, 2017 This new […]

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Wildfires Spread Over Spain & Portugal

16th October 2017

At least 31 people have died in a swathe of wildfires in Portugal, the civil protection service has said. A spokeswoman has said that firefighters are still tackling 145 separate fires, dozens of which are still considered serious. Across the border in Spain’s Galicia region, at least three people have died, with more than 50 […]

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Don’t Go Chasing Chocolate Bars

16th October 2017

‘Super-sized’ chocolate bars are to be barred from being sold in hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, the NHS has said. The head body has said that sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be under 250 calories. ‘Grab bags’ are also to be banned, wish hospitals being incentivised by a cash boost for facilitating […]

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Hurricane Ophelia Hits Ireland

16th October 2017

Thousands are without power, a woman in her 20s has lost their life and a man from Tipperary has also died trying to clear a tree with a chainsaw, as the remnants of the Hurricane Ophelia have hit the British Isles. The Irish Republic has been hit the hardest, with 120,000 homes without electricity. The […]

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Why is the sky yellow?

16th October 2017

We love a good conversation concerning the weather here in the UK, don’t we? If you live in the North East and you’ve either ventured outside or even looked out of the window today – hopefully that includes everyone – then you’re likely to have been greeted with a slightly sombre looking sky. You probably […]

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Suffragette movie poster featureing Meryl Streep Cary Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter

Film Review: Suffragette

16th October 2017

5/5 I could absolutely kick myself for not watching Suffragette sooner. Released in 2015, it has taken me a long while to get round to watching it – mainly due to not being in the “right” mood to watch it. Turns out I’d been putting it off for no reason. You don’t have to be in a […]

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Keep James Corden, America

16th October 2017

For most Brits, the United States’ love of ‘comedian’ James Corden is deeply baffling. From being the most irritating character on Ruth Jones’ iconic sitcom Gavin and Stacey, to being criticised for being arrogant and rude at the 2009 Baftas, we Brits have all known he was a bit of a prat for about 8 […]

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Storm Ophelia Rages Over Ireland

16th October 2017

Today all schools and educational institutions in Ireland will be closed to prevent any casualties caused by Storm Ophelia. The Department of Education said the decision had been made “following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Eireann on this unprecedented storm.” The […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

16th October 2017

Let’s talk about language I don’t mean foreign ones or any A Level subjects, I mean your language. The words you personally use. Yes, you as a person. Think about it: what kinds of words do you use on a daily basis? Do you swear a lot? Do you talk people down a lot? Do […]

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X-Men Horror Movie?

15th October 2017

The first trailer for the next X-Men movie has been released, called The New Mutants. This movie will have a very different direction than the other movies, looking more horror than ‘superheroish’. Directed by Josh Boone, he stated that the movie would be a ‘horror movie’ and the trailer certainly looks that way. It looks […]

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Last Week in Politics

15th October 2017

Last week in politics was nowhere near as turbulent as the week before, but it has been busy nevertheless. If you’ve missed bits of it or have no clue what went on, you have come to the right place. Everything you need to know about last week in politics is right here, explained simply and […]

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170 Years of Jane Eyre

15th October 2017

Here at b**p we love a good novel and we love to celebrate them too. Today marks 170 years since the publication of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, or, as she was known at the time, Currer Bell. In those glorious 170 years, there have been film adaptations of the novel, period dramas telling its story and plays touring the […]

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Obesity in Children.

14th October 2017

Given that one in ten young people, aged between five and 19 is obese, we thought it might be a good idea to look at how you can keep healthy. Obviously, it’s a difficult thing to do, to either admit you’re overweight or tell your child they’re overweight. Even slimmer people are bigger than they […]

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Denise Welsh and Scarlett Moffatt to be Auctioned

14th October 2017

Two of our favourite Geordie lasses, Denise Welsh and Scarlett Moffatt, are soon to be auctioned at a local charity ball. Tonight,  Saturday, October 14, the two TV stars will go under the hammer in aid of the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre, based in Benton. The charity supports children with disabilities and additional needs, providing […]

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Police Launch Campaign About Terror Safety

14th October 2017

If you find yourself caught up in a terrorist attack, run away to safety immediately and do not attempt to film the event. Following the recent attack at Parsons Green, images of the partially exploded bomb were shared online within minutes, with those involved potentially risking their safety by taking such images. So, in an attempt […]

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IKEA to Sell Online

14th October 2017

Who doesn’t love a trip to IKEA? Sneaking through all the little alleyways, finding your ideal bedroom, and pretending that you’ve just bought a brand new house – it’s a place of dreams! However, for many of us, it can be quite a trek to get to your nearest shop. So, you’ll be pleased to […]

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Uber Appeals Over Licence Ban

14th October 2017

Uber, after last month’s loss of its private licence, have appealed against the decision by Transport for London. This comes after talks with Mike Brown, who runs TfL. The appeal could take months, during which time Uber can continue to operate in the capital. It was suspended due to concerns over the ride-hailing firm not […]

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