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Mental Health Awareness Week

16th May 2019

For those of you who didn’t know, it is currently Mental Health Awareness Week. Running from 13th-19th of May, it’s a chance for us to really consider where we’re at regarding the issue both individually and as a global community. Mental health needs to be addressed like any other health concern, and as long as […]

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Feminism: Ignored or Provoked by the Media?

14th May 2019

It was the summer of 2015. My family and I were on our annual road trip and we had just visited London. As we were on our 6-hour journey coming back home, we noticed that there was a huge traffic jam and commotion occurring on the main road we were travelling on. The reason? A […]

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Could You Be Autosexual?

9th May 2019

The LGBTQ+ community is always expanding as society learns about and accepts more and more sexual identities. In years gone by, the LGBT community was thought of as being exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as the acronym would suggest. More and more letters have been added to include asexual, intersex and poly-amorous […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

7th May 2019

Caster Semenya was born to run. She produces more testosterone than the average woman and has consistently dominated in her event: the 800 metres. A natural advantage such as this is normally called a gift. So why has the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that she must change her own biology to slow her […]

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Light at the end of the tunnel is real

29th April 2019

Chances are, you’ve stared sadness in the face for longer than a few hours during the course of your life. Be it grief, a break-up, family problems, bullying or a huge disruption in your life – you’ve been there. There being a dark place where it’s cold and the sun doesn’t shine. It’s quite a […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th April 2019

Greta Thunberg is without a doubt one of the most incredible teenagers to exist today. She has the backing of other well known environmental activists and conservationists including David Attenborough, as well as thousands of schoolchildren who took part in her strikeforclimate and seemingly most of the internet. Oh and she’s been nominated for a […]

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How it feels to be at the end of adolescence

25th April 2019

Adolescence is one hell of a phase. Incorporating the years from the age of ten to 19, it’s a journey that is unlike any other human experience in their lifetime. Adolescence spans the beginning of secondary school, all of those awkward and painful mid-teenage years, right until the end of one’s school days and the […]

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Monopoly Mother Boycotts McDonalds

24th April 2019

A mother-of-three from Hull was left outraged after her misunderstanding of the McDonald’s Monopoly T&Cs meant her children couldn’t claim their prizes. She claims she will “never return” to the restaurant after her children aged 5, 11 and 13 were denied free meals they had won by collecting Monopoly stickers. In order to redeem Monopoly […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

24th April 2019

Diane Abbott gets a ridiculous amount of stick from the press. Every time she even slightly bends the rules or makes a mistake, every trashy newspaper in the country has a field day. Some voters haven’t quite forgiven her for that time she got a statistic wrong on the radio. The same voters are likely […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Pancake Day

5th March 2019

Observed mainly by the Christian faith, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, as it is officially called, is when people literally stuff their faces with pancakes. In previous times it was also an opportunity for people to empty their cupboards in preparation for the fasting of Lent. While there are a number of variations of the […]

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Where Brexit went wrong

25th February 2019

Brexit has quickly become one of the biggest shambles in British history. We have managed to royally screw it up, but we’ve done it so bad that it’s difficult to see where exactly things started. If you’re wondering where Brexit went wrong, strap yourself in… The referendum Many staunch Remainers may argue that Brexit went […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

24th February 2019

PETA must be one of the most frustrating animal rights organisations to exist. On the surface, its intentions are honourable; it wants to end all forms of cruelty towards animals including cosmetic testing, the meat and dairy industry and habitat destruction. For the most part, everyone can acknowledge that animals suffer unnecessarily because of humans […]

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First Year Problems #11

22nd February 2019

Feelings of inadequacy Hello all and welcome back to First Year Problems; it’s been a while again. This week, we’re discussing feelings of inadequacy, which are all too common at university. Feelings of inadequacy at university often happen in first year, and I’ve heard a few people discussing them recently, which has made me think. […]

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Should Shamima Begum be allowed back?

21st February 2019

It’s been a solid few days since Shamima Begum, the British-born ISIS bride, made news headlines for wanting to return to Britain with her newborn son, and discussion about it shows no sign of letting up. The country is divided about whether or not Begum should be allowed back into Britain, and the natural, immediate […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

15th February 2019

On a scale of one to a cis male explaining what a vagina is to a female gynaecologist, how much of a mansplainer are you? This week, the Internet was annoyed by Twitter user @paulbullen, who has since switched his account to private after he created one hell of a media storm. It all started […]

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Am I doing this ‘Write’?

14th February 2019

I kind of get irritated by those daily notifications from Facebook – you know the ones, the relentless cry of, “You have memories to look back on today!” It’s like the social networking site is desperately harking back to a time where it was far more relevant than it is today. The Joy of Gigs […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

4th February 2019

You may not have heard the name Steven Pruitt before but there’s a good chance you couldn’t have passed your A-levels without him.  Priutt is responsible for an entire third of Wikipedia content and has written 35,000 original articles and made nearly 3 million edits to existing ones. It would be fair to say that he […]

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Sex Education Still

Am I doing this ‘write’?

29th January 2019

We interrupt the scheduled broadcast to bring you a random opinion column which nobody asked for. I made it to the end of a hefty chunk of deadlines this week, and so indulged myself in a well-deserved break from all of life’s responsibilities with a day of binge watching. For this particular session, it was […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

28th January 2019

Anyone that uses social media will have found it impossible to avoid all of the buzz surrounding the ‘Fyre festival’ documentaries on Hulu and Netflix. The Fyre festival was a legendary disaster which stemmed from rapper Ja Rule and former tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland biting off way more than they could chew. To try and […]

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Women, putting yourself first is not selfish

24th January 2019

When it comes to society, there are a whole load of stereotypes which prevent individuals from believing they can do certain things. Though the many obvious stereotypes about women staying at home in the kitchen and being baby-making machines have faded considerably, there are some underlying stereotypes that are still detrimental to our functioning as […]

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Marriage: Keeping it in the Family

24th January 2019

There are very few parts of the world where incest is deemed to be a good idea, and this article isn’t going to embrace incestual practices either. I am sorry for any disappointment that causes. Attitudes and legislation regarding incest actually vary enormously around the world. Even in Europe legislation is split, with some countries […]

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Uni loneliness is real

23rd January 2019

A lot of the time in the media, particularly around the Christmas period, we talk about elderly loneliness. It is estimated that 3.6 million over-75s live alone and 1.9 million older people say they feel alone or invisible. We rightly talk about this: it’s horrific. But we never talk about uni loneliness, which is something […]

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First Year Problems #10

21st January 2019

Going on nights out Hello and welcome back to First Year Problems. This week, we’re talking about going on nights out. As in, going out and getting drunk, which is typically something a lot of university students do; very often indeed. Last term, going out was a huge thing for most of us. Every week, […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

21st January 2019

In days gone by, to become a rich and successful celebrity, you usually had to have some sort of talent such as singing, writing or comedy. Now all you need to do is get yourself a couple hundred thousand Instagram followers, call yourself an influencer and claim you can change someone’s life if they pay […]

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How writing letters can heal wounds

18th January 2019

Sometimes in life, it’s hard to know how to cope and process things. It’s never easy to know where to start if you’re grieving, going through a break-up or dealing with a trauma in your past or your present. However, one great way to deal with emotional distress is through writing letters. You don’t have […]

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On never forgetting who you are

17th January 2019

Life is busy, and it gets in the way of a lot of things. From friendships to families to relationships, life can interrupt everything. Stuff just happens. Stuff is suddenly just there, and before you know it, it’s been two weeks since you last called your mother. Life also gets in the way of you […]

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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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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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