Film review: Hellboy

19th April 2019

Oh dear 2019. You aren’t doing brilliantly are you. Hellboy is a reboot of the franchise from the mid-2000s and an adaptation of the comics of the same name. It stars Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as the demon who fights for the US government against paranormal threats. And it’s not very good. I’m in three […]

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Arguing: The Dos and Don’ts

18th April 2019

It may have gone unnoticed to you that part of life involves conflict. And with conflict usually comes arguing. While a lot of arguments often end up in tears, they don’t always have to and – surprisingly – there are ways to make your arguments efficient. So, without further ado, here are our dos and […]

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Rebuilding Notre Dame

17th April 2019

Over the past few days, the world has stood alongside Paris in mourning over the tragic fires which have destroyed major parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in one of the capital city’s central districts. Notre Dame: A Tragedy Politicians, celebrities and public figures have sent their condolences alongside kind words to a nation in […]

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Why the elderly are important

17th April 2019

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again. If you don’t get the significance of this, I’m glad you’ve decided to read this piece – you will hopefully find it useful. Vera Lynn is known for being a ‘wartime sweetheart’. During World War Two, her songs would be played by soldiers […]

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Film review: Shazam!

16th April 2019

Is it just me that feels a bit weird about films having punctuation in their title? I can accept a colon. But that’s my limit. Shazam! (see, it’s weird, right?) is the latest film from DC and Warner Brothers. It stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a 14-year-old who gains the ability to transform into […]

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Are Trans People more Prone to Heart Attacks?

16th April 2019

An American study has found that transgender men and women are significantly more likely than cisgender people to suffer from a heart attack. Transgender Men and Women The study was published in Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and is the first of its kind to explore the connection between being transgender and having an increased risk […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

14th April 2019

There was yet another squabble about Ariana Grande’s sexuality on the Internet this week. The reemergence of this ancient debate came after the release of Victoria Monet’s new song MONOPOLY. The song, in which the world of dating and romance is compared to the board game Monopoly, features Ariana Grande singing about liking ‘men and […]

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3 Trilogy endings that aren’t actually that bad

13th April 2019

Hollywood ruddy loves a trilogy. It’s a cool word that people remember the meaning of. Think you know what a four movie series is called? A quadrilogy right? Wrong. It’s a tetralogy and honestly who has time to remember that. Second off, two is the smallest number needed to establish a pattern and so the […]

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Restaurant Review: Tango, Durham

13th April 2019

4.5/5 With the Easter holidays in full swing, lots of families in the northeast will be looking for places to take a day-trip to. The historical city of Durham is a great place for a family day out, and Tango, a burger restaurant located on Elvet Bridge, is the perfect place to stop by for […]

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A Better World: Embracing Differences

11th April 2019

Our world is obsessed with ‘other’ and ‘differences’, to the point that many make it their sole obligation to rid society of people who seemingly don’t belong. Recent differences in opinion over subjects like Brexit have caused division, ultimately leading to nowhere. This, alongside conflicts over religious beliefs and sexuality, serves to do two things: cause […]

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5 Bad Games from Great Series

11th April 2019

We all suffer from the occasional mistake. Whether it’s putting your clothes on backwards, falling asleep in a test, or saying a table is solid mahogany from Oak Furniture Land, none of us are perfect. The same goes for some of our favourite series. Here are 5 games which are the interactive media equivalent of […]

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The Meaning Behind Emojis

10th April 2019

Emojis have effectively become a language of their own, with people using them to communicate thoughts, emotions and even ideologies. If you think about it they are probably, in many respects, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the world of dating apps. Messages going […]

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TV Review: Stranger Things

10th April 2019

5/5 Here at b**p we love a good Netflix series (or two, in this case), and so when we finally sat down to watch Stranger Things, we were totally obsessed. Set in the ’80s in the fictional American town of Hawkins, Stranger Things follows the storyline of Will Byers’ mysterious disappearance. The young boy completely […]

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On people not being who you thought they were

9th April 2019

Life never, ever goes as you had planned. That is a universal law, and one everybody comes to realise at some point in their life. However, something that we never really expect to hit us is when people don’t go as planned. Sometimes in life, we have to deal with people not being who you […]

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Hidden Gems: Azure Striker

9th April 2019

Despite the name, Azure Striker Gunvolt is not about a blue-green football player. It’s actually a fast-paced action-platformer about a superpowered secret agent. It also happens to be pretty amazing. Originally released on the 3DS, the game and its sequel, along with all of the DLC, were later re-released on Nintendo Switch under the rather […]

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TV Review: After Life

8th April 2019

5/5 This spring Netflix has been doing wonders for subscribers, first of all in the form of comedian Ricky Gervais’ After Life, a series about love, loss and life itself. After Life is true British comedy at its finest, with lots of the C-word, fat, bald, middle-aged men, and an all-star British comedian line-up. Ricky […]

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Cop Gets Off On Feeding Homeless Faeces Sandwich

8th April 2019

A police officer from Texas who gave a homeless man a dog faeces sandwich has had his dismissal overturned because of a technicality. San Antonio bicycle patrol officer Matthew Luckhurst won his appeal to have his termination reversed based on a technicality in the law which states that law enforcement cannot discipline an officer for […]

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Review: Durham’s Riverview Kitchen

7th April 2019

5/5 The historical city of Durham is the perfect place for a day-trip in the North East. And if you’re heading there with friends or loved ones, Durham’s Riverview Kitchen is just the place to be if you want breakfast, brunch, lunch or a sweet treat and a cup of tea. Situated right on the […]

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Which uni should I firm on UCAS?

6th April 2019

When it comes to university and UCAS, there’s a whole load of information you’re bombarded with. And then when it comes to firming your offers, there’s a whole load of pressure you’re dealing with. If you haven’t yet confirmed any of your uni offers yet, you have until 1st May to do so. If you’re […]

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Film review: Dumbo

6th April 2019

Look, Disney. I’ve been sort of guiltily fine with the sinister monopoly you’re establishing in Hollywood. But that was when you were making good stuff. Out of the three live-action remakes, Disney is giving us this year, 1941’s Dumbo makes the most sense to make. Firstly, it’s much much older than either Aladdin or The […]

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Merkel: Germany stands with Ireland

5th April 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that in the Brexit negotiations, Germany stands with Ireland “every step of the way”. The revelation comes after Ms Merkel’s talked with Leo Varadka, the Irish prime minister, in Dublin yesterday. It is understood that the talks surrounded the issues with the current Brexit deadlock in Parliament. One of […]

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The World’s Most Expensive Divorce

5th April 2019

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has managed to settle the world’s most expensive divorce this week. Worth at least $35 billion – the equivalent to £27 billion – the divorce beats the previous record set by art dealer Alec Wildenstein and wife Jocelyn, which was settled for $3.8 billion. Bezos […]

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British Gods: The Viking Invasion Part 2

4th April 2019

This article is a continuation from the attack on Lindisfarne, the first place the Viking’s landed in Britain. However, over the next 300 years many other places were attacked by the heathens of Scandinavia. This period of history was one of turmoil for the English, and had lasting effects on British culture, geography and language. […]

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Is Leaving Neverland Inaccurate?

4th April 2019

Leaving Neverland was the documentary that had apparently taken pop king Michael Jackson to court, convicted him and thrown away the key. However, the director of the four-hour documentary shown on Channel 4 in the UK has come forward and said that one of the accusor’s dates are inaccurate. Director Dan Reed admitted that James […]

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Brunei to punish gay sex with death

4th April 2019

The southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei has brought in a new law against gay sex that makes it punishable by stoning to death. Brunei has had very strict views on homosexual relations for many years as part of their devout Islamic culture. The latest move to use such barbaric punishment comes as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah […]

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Review: The Brexit Storm

4th April 2019

4/5 The Brexit process has caused an absolute storm in Parliament and across the whole country. But what’s it like being right at the heart of all the drama? BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg shows exactly what it’s like throughout her new feature programme The Brexit Storm: Laura Kuenssberg’s Inside Story. Tracking through the past […]

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MPs to push for No-Deal to be discounted

3rd April 2019

MPs in the House of Commons are to push for a no-deal Brexit to be discounted as reports suggest Theresa May is ramping up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal. Labour MP Yvette Cooper has presented the bill in the hope that it will be passed by MPs and put into law in […]

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Burger King announces vegan Whopper

3rd April 2019

Vegan, plant-based or plant-powered: whatever you call it, going meat-product-free is becoming increasingly trendy – and a way of bringing in the money. In the latest fast food chain attempt for publicity and vegan-friendly status, Burger King has announced that they have a vegan Whopper burger potentially coming soon. The vegan Whopper, named the Impossible […]

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Theresa May asks Corbyn for help with Brexit

3rd April 2019

In what is being seen as a shocking move politically, Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that she will be speaking to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with regards to how Britain moves on with the Brexit process. Mrs May’s decision follows weeks of deadlock in Parliament with her own MPs and Cabinet refusing to back […]

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A week in mild amusement

2nd April 2019

Hung Parliament A dozen protesters stripped naked in the House of Commons to bring attention to climate change. Because only a naked male body can truly exemplify when there’s a drastic change in temperature. Despite the intent of the demonstration, the MPs continued discussing the enthralling subject of Brexit. You have to give Theresa May […]

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Why we’ll never agree on Brexit

2nd April 2019

Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. In case you haven’t noticed (don’t worry – I know you have), it’s all we talk about nowadays. And, if you want to know the grim truth, here it is: we’re never going to agree on Brexit. Never. Never. Going. To. Agree. If you’re asking why, I’ll forgive you. The way politicians […]

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A Better World: Plastic Waste

30th March 2019

It would be completely futile to delve into why we all need to reduce waste and minimize the impact we have on the environment. From a barely-discernible ocean covered in plastic waste to footage of a lorry-full of refuse being pulled from a whale’s stomach, these images, however often they appear on Facebook and Instagram, […]

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Film review: Us

28th March 2019

Listen, the movie’s great but can we stop with minimalist titles? If I text my girlfriend saying that I want to talk about Us, it sends the wrong message Jordan mate. Us is the second directed film from Jordan Peele, director of Get Out and fair warning, Get Out‘s shadow looms heavy over this review. […]

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Pornography on Tumblr: Popularity Plummets

26th March 2019

As expected, social media platform Tumblr has suffered a real loss in engagement since it took the decision to ban NSFW content. In an attempt to combat the amount of pornography including children and minors, the Tumblr executives rolled out a ban on all sexually explicit content, starting on the 17th December 2018. This ban […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

25th March 2019

I’m going to propose the addition of a new verb to the Oxford dictionary: Pottermourning: Definition: The feeling of sadness when an author creates a much loved and profitable franchise and then single-handedly spoils it for everyone years later. Those of you who are active on Twitter will already know exactly what I mean. Despite coming out with a play, theme parks and a spin-off movie series, […]

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British Gods: The Viking Invasion, Part One

22nd March 2019

Throughout history Britain has been the home of many different peoples. In a culture like today, where immigration is such a hot and heavily debated topic, it’s important to learn about all the cultures that have influenced your own, and how your ancestors arrived at this island we now call home. In this article, we […]

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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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