Stand up for yourself: Audience interaction.

24th May 2018

Despite how smugly pleased I am with the title I came up with for this column, I rarely do it. Because, as still a new stand-up, I don’t really feel it’s my place to give advice on something I’m still figuring out. That said, every time I have a bit of a breakthrough, I can’t […]

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How To Revise With a Cold

24th May 2018

For many GCSE/A-level/university students, the exam period can be the most stressful of the year. As if hours of revision wasn’t hard enough, the unlucky few among us can sometimes can catch one of those irritating minor illnesses during this crucial time. Something like a cold isn’t enough to be excused or have special circumstances […]

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Two for One Movie News

24th May 2018

What up, we have two stories that we’re going to mush into one. Mission Impossible got its latest trailer and The Lego Movie is getting a sequel! Sweet. Starting with Tom Cruise’s longest-running acting gig, Mission Impossible is getting its sixth film in the series. Mission Impossible: Fallout has had a new international trailer and […]

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Charts and That

24th May 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Charts and That where Infinity War has finally hopped off the top spot, in favour of Deadpool 2. Games and music-wise there are a few changes so, come, sit and let’s look at some titles of stuff for about 300 words. We’re going to start with games this week. […]

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Mastering Politics: English education system

24th May 2018

Politics is often a confusing and noisy place, filled with random terms you’ve probably never even heard of. In this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’, we’re explaining the English education system and the types of schools within it. Don’t worry, we’re friendly here, so you’ll leave more informed than confused – promise! State comprehensive school The […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

24th May 2018

Making the most of study leave Now that the full reality of A Levels have finally kicked in, study leave has happened and suddenly all of the work is down to us. The end is in sight, and its final result depends on how we use the next few weeks of social isolation and major […]

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Is Theresa May really Christian?

24th May 2018

Politics and religion are those two subjects you just don’t bring up at dinner parties or when you’re drunk. Thankfully, this occasion involves neither, so we’re going to discuss Prime Minister Theresa May and whether or not she is really Christian in her politics. Before we begin, let’s take a look at what Theresa May, […]

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Why Do The Royal Family Dislike the BBC’s Royal Correspondent?

23rd May 2018

Nicholas Witchell: Royal Correspondent may seem like one of the cushiest jobs at the BBC. After all, you get to follow the Royal Family around the world, enjoy privileged access to Britain’s most treasured institution and spend most of your time covering births and weddings. How idyllic! You would also think that as royal correspondent […]

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Farage

Curing the Midweek Blues

23rd May 2018

Nigel Farage. A name we seldom see now after the Brexit vote came out and it was revealed he completely lied his ass off on the way to that vote. Well, like a troll emerging from under a bridge made of closeted racism and unbrushed teeth, a post of his has been gaining traction. For […]

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Newburn

Newburn Bridge Closed After Burst Water Pipe

23rd May 2018

After a water pipe burst early Monday morning in Newburn, the bridge connecting the small village to the likes of Ryton and Blaydon will be closed for the foreseeable future, while inspections take place. Water shot metres into the sky and flooded 20 homes at the height of the burst. Fire crews were called to […]

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Manchester Memorial

22nd May 2018

Hundreds of people have gathered to commemorate those who died in last years bombing of the Manchester arena. 22 people were killed, and hundreds were injured at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd May 2017. Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined the families of the victims and the Manchester […]

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Another week in mild amusement: The Royal Wedding

22nd May 2018

I’ve never done this before but if you’ve already seen this weeks AWIMA (official acronym, get hashtagging) you’ll see its already far too long. And I can’t work for a UK media outlet without talking about the sodding wedding can I?! So, here’s part 2 of this week’s mild amusement solely focusing on the wedding […]

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A week in mild amusement

22nd May 2018

Whey Eye pet Plans to build Europe’s biggest observation wheel on the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle have been revealed. The “Whey aye” would be 140 metres tall. That’s 5 metres taller than the London eye. So take that, the south. You may have increased funding for education, housing and employment but our hypothetical […]

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran Song Used for Pro-Life Campaign

22nd May 2018

Ed Sheeran has come out to say he does not ‘approve’ of anti-abortion campaigners using his song Small Bump to promote their ideals. He put on his Instagram story a short statement stating that this was not the intent of the song. The song is actually about a miscarriage and discusses the trauma around it. […]

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Pupil Caught Cheating Charged With 14 Felonies

22nd May 2018

Most students would do anything to get a few extra marks but not all would go quite as far as Ygnacio Valley High School student David Rotaro. The 16-year-old hatched a cunning plan which allowed him to access his school’s IT network and alter data inputted on the grade system. He was later arrested by […]

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Deadpool 2 Makes Less than the First

21st May 2018

Deadpool 2 opened last weekend and made quite a bit of money at the box office. Pulling in $125 million in the US and Canada it has finally pushed Marvel Studios’ Infinity War off the top spot. However, it has made slightly less than the original movie’s first box office haul. The movie’s first-week performance […]

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Bereaved to Speak at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

21st May 2018

Those bereaved in the awful Grenfell Tower fire will be attending the enquiry into how the blaze began, almost a year ago in June of 2017. The public inquiry will begin soon and the hearings are expected to last for up to two weeks. There will be no limit for how long each person can […]

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Cumberbatch Takes on Pay Gap

20th May 2018

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has vowed to take on the gender pay gap by refusing to accept work in which female co-stars are not paid equally. The move has been praised by international women’s rights organisations, such as HeForShe, and feminists around the world. Cumberbatch, of Sherlock and Marvel’s Doctor Strange, fame made the comments in […]

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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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Why we need an equal education system

13th May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced that she is ploughing extra funding into grammar and faith schools, while local comprehensives are choking for cash. That is part of the reason we need an equal education system, though the main issue runs deeper. In England in particular, the variety of education is too vast and uneven […]

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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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