Top 10 Queen Songs

15th January 2019

Here at b**p we’re still on that Bohemian Rhapsody hype, so we thought that we’d sign ourselves up for an impossible task: naming our top 10 Queen songs. Well, it might not be impossible, because we’ve done it, but it’s as good as. Anyway, without further ado, here are the best from the best. 1. […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th January 2019

Collider Scope Cern is planning to build an even bigger version of the Large Hadron Collider. I remember when the last one was turned on and many feared it would produce a black hole that would destroy the world. I imagine it’ll be identical when they turn the new one on with the exception of […]

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Karma Ain’t No B*tch

15th January 2019

The concept of karma originates from India and the Far East, mainly in Buddhism and Hinduism; it suggests that our current actions have an impact on the future. We’ve all heard the Culture Club classic ‘Karma Chameleon’, but what does it all mean? Is it really a bitch? Everyone, remain karma Fundamentalists of karma believe that our […]

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Let’s talk Doctor Who Series 11

14th January 2019

Since Matt Smith’s 2nd series, I’ve thought of DW as the best bad show on television. Or the worst good show, depending on the episode. Steven Moffat’s writing style often convoluted simple and effective concepts in service of unsatisfying mystery boxes. The new showrunner Chris Chibnall had a lot to improve on for the new […]

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Why Would Anyone Visit Gateshead?

14th January 2019

A tourist arrives at an airport in the south of England. When questioned by immigration officials, she told them she wanted to spend the week in Gateshead. Officials quickly concluded that such a prospect would be so ghastly that it must be a fabrication; so they were denied entry into the country. J.B Priestley once […]

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Emotionally immature people shouldn’t be in relationships

12th January 2019

Relationships are incredibly personal things that shape people’s lives and characters in ways many of us don’t even realise. That’s why there are a lot of people out there who avoid getting into them; they are well aware that hurt at the end of relationships has the ability to overpower all of the good that […]

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Am I doing this ‘write’?

11th January 2019

It’s the new year, which means a whole host of new reasons for me to be stressed. While many could enjoy a week or two off from work, freelancing and university means I just had a bunch of deadlines hanging over my head while I tried my best to enjoy a mince pie. Pile on […]

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First Year Problems #9

11th January 2019

Coming back after Christmas break Hello and welcome back to First Year Problems! Christmas break has been a long one for all of us. Whether you’ve been working to earn some extra cash or sitting binge-watching everything possible on Netflix, I hope you’ve had a good one and that you are feeling re-charged and ready […]

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The Best Break-Up Songs

10th January 2019

Break-ups hurt. And they hurt so much you often think you’ll never get over it. This is especially the case if you’re inflicting horrendously sad music upon yourself in the period after it. So, that’s why I’ve put together this list of the best break-up songs, inspired by one of my very own break-ups! I […]

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Can Young People Afford Housing?

10th January 2019

Towards the end of the 20th century, home ownership in the United Kingdom reached record levels. Margaret Thatcher spent eleven years trying to build a property-owning democracy. One of her successors, David Cameron described ownership as the ‘Conservative Dream’. Today, what was once deemed as a fair reward for aspiration is becoming increasingly unachievable – […]

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Queen: What happened to John Deacon?

9th January 2019

Having been royally entertained by the epic Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ all my mother could do was apologise to me. Apologise that I wasn’t alive to experience their outrageous live concerts during the high times of the 1980s. Exuberant on stage, the private lives of the bandmates were just as colourful, although they were masters […]

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Hyundai unveil ‘Walking Car’

8th January 2019

On January 8th, 2019, a new project released from the company ‘Hyundai’, of foretells of a car able to configure itself to form a quad of legs from underneath allowing it to walk autonomously. The company released a video to show the performance of its current prototype, which surprisingly displays a decent speed of 3mph […]

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Review: House of Cards’ Final Series

7th January 2019

As loyal readers of b**p will know all too well, I have been a House of Cards superfan from the first second I watched the series. My biggest achievement to date (screw the A Levels and getting into uni) is finishing the series in four days. When allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Kevin […]

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The Great Barrier Reef: a bright underwater scene featuring underwater plants and brightly coloured fish.

Coral Reefs: Poachers in the Ocean?

7th January 2019

Coral Reefs are, without a doubt, one of nature’s most fascinating places. Accounting for less than 0.1% of the ocean, they are not only breathtakingly beautiful but incredibly rare (and becoming rarer). The rainforests of the sea, as they are often referred to, are incredibly delicate ecosystems and subject to immense damage from humans. More […]

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Film review: Bumblebee

5th January 2019

We finally did it, folks. We finally collectively stopped supporting the Transformers franchise with our money. Shame we did it with the first good one. Bumblebee is a spin-off/prequel/potential reboot of the Transformers movies. I say potential because this film ignores and actively contradicts the events of those films, however so does each successive entry […]

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Film review: Aquaman

4th January 2019

Hey did anyone else see Black Panther? Because DC did. Aquaman is the latest effort from Warner Bros to cash in on their DC characters. James Wan of Fast and Furious fame directs and Jason Momoa stars as the titular king. In this film, Aquaman must unite the seven sea kingdoms by finding a magical […]

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Time to go ‘Limitless’

4th January 2019

At the time of writing, we are two days into 2019 and I’ve already seen two new releases at my local cinema. That’s a 100% attendance record so far! For the previous twelve months, I recorded a measly one visit to watch a film, yet the beginning of a new year has instilled me a […]

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Stephen Hawking (top-left), orangutang on Christmas tree (top-right) and Robbie Rotten from Lazytown (bottom)

Goodbye 2018: What and Who?

30th December 2018

What with Brexit ruffling feathers all over Europe, Trump upsetting the world in general, and the year of prevailing political correctness, 2018 has been a turbulent one. The turn of the year is a time of mixed emotions. We feel sadness for lives lost, relief at having left things behind and live in hope for change […]

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Twas a week in mild amusement

29th December 2018

Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the land Not a person was voting, as Theresa had planned. The public was off. They were all flying home, Unless airport security couldn’t locate a drone. The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While Dominic Raab quietly sold off their meds. And Melania in her […]

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Am I doing this ‘write’?

20th December 2018

Disaster struck this week. Something I share with most slightly rebellious twenty-something-year-olds is my fondness for pin badges, especially pin badges on denim jackets. Sporting a selection on your clothing always carries a certain risk, but it’s a risk many of us think will never happen to them. Alas, it happened to me on Tuesday: […]

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Film review: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

19th December 2018

Well, folks, when mid-December arrived, I thought my 2018 top ten was basically locked-in. How wrong I was. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is an animated movie from Sony. I know, I thought the same thing. It features Miles Morales, a young man who involves himself in an inter-dimensional adventure with different versions of Spider-man from […]

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Top Five Christmas Songs

18th December 2018

Here are some of the best Christmas songs of all time, which by the 25th of December we will be sick of hearing. 5. Winter Wonderland This was originally recorded by Doris Day but has wowed fans of Michael Buble with his more recent version.   4. Santa Baby This song was recorded by Eartha […]

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Why we need the Grinch more than Jesus

18th December 2018

Mediocre recent adaptations aside, I really like the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s a fable of the dangers of self-isolation, superiority complexes and shunning joy. The Grinch is a symbol equalling Ebenezer Scrooge in cultural ubiquity during December. And he’s better than Scrooge. Because he’s green and looks better on an ironic Christmas […]

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Christmas No. 1: Then and Now

18th December 2018

Who will be in the running? An X-Factor hopeful, a tired old queen with a classic, or the newest queen on the block? With a history spanning 65 years, the UK’s Christmas No.1 is an annual institution, and the race is on to see who will secure the coveted spot. Likely Contenders Ariana Grande has […]

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Mental Health at Christmas

17th December 2018

The festive period is, if not the ‘most wonderful’ time, a slightly more joyous one than the rest of the year. With gatherings of family and friends, work parties and days off to celebrate the holidays, most people look like they are in a good headspace. However, the pressure to be ‘in the festive spirit’, as well as […]

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TV Review: Ozark

12th December 2018

It’s been [unjustly] hailed as a ‘dark drama that wants to be Breaking Bad’ that isn’t ‘quite up to par‘. I am talking about the Netflix Original series everyone should be talking about: Ozark. The series follows Marty Byrde as he attempts to launder money for Mexico’s second-largest drug cartel. As you might expect, this […]

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No More Lynx Sets

11th December 2018

There must be at least one person out there who agrees. It’s Christmas day. You delve halfway into a pile of presents – significantly smaller in size than last year – and you find yourself opening…please, no! It’s a Lynx set, again! To make matters worse, it’s either the abhorrent ‘Dark Temptation’ or every pubescent schoolboy’s […]

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English Heritage – Should I Join?

11th December 2018

How many landlords can compete with a portfolio that includes 66 castles, 23 historic gardens and one (very famous) battlefield? Not many. In excess of 400 sites of national significance are managed by English Heritage, the government-funded organisation entrusted to care for England’s protected heritage collection, or – as they put it – ‘telling England’s […]

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A tweak in mild amusement

10th December 2018

I dunno about you, I feel like I’ve been away a long time. I was beginning to feel a semblance of happiness before I committed to staring down this week’s ‘amusing’ news. But with my mental wellbeing returned to a satisfactorily trudging internal scowl, let’s dive in. Serkis act If Theresa May just released a […]

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Bronjour: Protests in France

10th December 2018

96 days down, 12 more to go… not that I’ve been counting or anything. To break up the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much travelling as possible. Montpellier isn’t far from several famous towns and cities and getting from A to B is fairly straightforward in France. At least, it […]

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First Year Problems #8

7th December 2018

Being sad at uni Sadness is inevitable. Nobody in the history of the world has existed without getting sad at some point, but that doesn’t always seem to matter when you’re at uni. Since you’re generally well out of the way of your comfort zone, family, friends and home comforts, being sad at uni is […]

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3 Reasons Why Fortnite Battle Royale is Dying

6th December 2018

Just what is leading to the demise of Fortnite? Too Expensive The item shop in Fortnite was really welcomed by the community and still has its benefits. However, the cheapest ‘skin’ is 800 vBucks which is equivalent to about £8.00 in real money and the most expensive is 2,000 vBucks which is £20.00. With up […]

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The Rise of the Superbugs

4th December 2018

An epidemic of antibiotic resistance is sweeping across the globe and taking thousands of lives yet somehow very few people have even heard of the threat So, what actually is Antibiotic resistance? The World Health Organization says that: “Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in […]

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Am I Doing this Right?

3rd December 2018

Writing for an audience is far from new to me. I’ve been writing music and culture reviews for a little over two years now, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to write something like this – a personal piece with my own voice – to an audience who may just be […]

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Film review: Creed 2

3rd December 2018

Toxic masculinity: The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren and it’s bloody fantastic. Creed 2 is a sequel to both 2016’s amazing Creed and also to 1985’s Rocky IV. It features the return of the latter film’s antagonist Ivan Drago, who killed Adonis Creed’s father Apollo, with his monstrous son Viktor. […]

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A beginners guide to… Creed

1st December 2018

It occurred to me when excitedly explaining the premise for Creed 2 that unthinkably, some people haven’t seen Rocky IV. Now, I’m a man who believes that Creed is enjoyable without having seen any previous movies. That said, I also recognise that a film assuming knowledge can be a tad distracting. So despite this series being […]

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Rubicon Moment: Who was Jesus of Nazareth? (Part I)

30th November 2018

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is almost upon us. Christmas is my favourite time of year, it’s the time to reconnect with loved ones, eat Cadbury’s out of business and spend the cold winter nights sat in front of the fire watching the TV until you fall asleep. Of course, we all know […]

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Film review: Robin Hood

28th November 2018

Hey, I didn’t know we were getting a remake of Batman Begins this year. How come no one told me? Except now Bruce Wayne is calling himself Robin of Loxley and Ra’s al Ghul is Arthur from Peaky Blinders. Robin Hood is 2018’s version of that King Arthur movie from last year, in that, I’ll […]

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A week in mild amusement

27th November 2018

Missionary position Now, you know me. I’m not a man who likes to laugh at the misfortune of others. I swear I’m not, or my name isn’t Kieran Schadenfreude Macfadzean. But when someone gets themselves killed in such a hilariously avoidable fashion for a similarly laughable reason, I allow myself a chuckle. This was the […]

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What Annoyed The Internet This Week?

27th November 2018

Ingratitude or materialism? Why this letter about a handmade bedspread annoyed the internet. Sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts have very little to do with money. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right? Well, this mother-in-law caused outrage after she took offence at being gifted a ‘lovely bedspread’, and the reason for her discontent is […]

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Film review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald

21st November 2018

I wasn’t going to write this review. Someone else was going to have to cover this because I doubted my ability to think objectively due to my deep unconditional love of all things Harry Potter. I needn’t have worried about that. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where […]

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First Year Problems #7

21st November 2018

Housing arrangements When it comes to housing arrangements for second year, things aren’t ever straightforward. It’s very obvious when you’re thinking about moving in with a bunch of new friends that the world isn’t actually fair and that there are some limits on what you can and cannot achieve with your housing arrangements. There are […]

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Year Abroad Options: The Reality of British Council

20th November 2018

When choosing what you’re going to do for your year abroad, you’re normally faced with three options: do an internship, take part in an Erasmus exchange or become an English language assistant with the British Council.  Most students are instantly drawn towards the British Council and it’s easy to see why: decent monthly pay, practical […]

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Gazza charged with sexual assault

19th November 2018

Former footballer and north east icon Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexual assault after an incident occured on a train from York to Durham in August. Gascoigne was arrested at Durham station following the incident and he will now appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on 11th December to face the charge against him. […]

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Album Review Rewind: Malibu

17th November 2018

Anderson Paak’s 2016 hip hop hit Malibu has to be one of the most entertaining, intelligent and genuinely enjoyable albums of its genre. It’s poppy and funky, creating a bridge for fans of the Top 40 and most mainstream pop from the past to walk along and enjoy, which is credit to Paak’s crafty musical […]

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Film review: The Grinch

16th November 2018

Kudos to the genius who had the idea to release a film about a being who hates Christmas in November. That’s a finger on the zeitgeist right there. The Grinch is the latest 86-minute adaptation of a 69-page children’s book. It depicts Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch as he plans his dastardly scheme while Whoville prepares for Christmas. […]

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First Year Problems #6

16th November 2018

Contact hours When it comes to university, the amount of time you actually spend being taught something depends massively on what subject(s) you’re studying. For those doing science degrees – in particular engineering ones – you can expect to have five hours a day for four days a week. But if you’re studying a humanity, […]

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Draft Brexit deal: All you need to know

15th November 2018

It has been over eight hundred days since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Late yesterday evening, it was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May that the cabinet had finally agreed on a draft Brexit deal ahead of this country’s withdrawal from the Union in March next year. With over 500 pages of […]

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

15th November 2018

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ makes for stirring television. It was public broadcasting at it’s finest designed to showcase the harrowing experiences of nearly six million Brits in a more intimate manner than ever before. Jackson’s film – four years in the making – was by no means a history of the first […]

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Stan Lee

Stan Lee: The Real Marvel

14th November 2018

Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber, on 28th December 1922 in the Big Apple. New York City. Home to a number of now well-known heroes like; Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, and was the birthplace of Captain America (in Brooklyn). It serves as a hub for many of his stories. With different heroes crossing […]

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