What Annoyed the Internet This Week

24th September 2018

This week’s Internet feud is a tale of the most amazing sibling rivalry ever. In the fierce world of politics, one would usually expect that a politician would at least have their family on their side but in Senator Paul Gosar’s case, six of his nine siblings have made it very clear he will not […]

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Why Ruth Davidson is inspirational

18th September 2018

Ruth Davidson MSP is the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Yes, that’s right: she’s a Tory. No, I have not gone insane. Ruth Davidson, over the past few months, has actually done a lot of inspirational things. And I have actually found myself admiring her story and her sheer bravery to tell it, especially in […]

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Bronjour: Actually Moving Abroad

18th September 2018

When you anticipate something for years, it can sometimes feel like it’s never actually going to happen. At the time of filling out my UCAS form, I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “This year abroad isn’t even going to happen until my 3rd year of uni, I’m only in my first year of sixth form”. […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

17th September 2018

Like most of the UK, I detest train companies. They treat their staff unfairly which forces them to strike all the time, their customer service is appalling and they charge you ridiculous amounts of money to sit in one of their sub-par trains for a few hours. I am so disgruntled with the train service […]

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Bronjour: How to Avoid Opening a French Bank Account

7th September 2018

This week, we’re going to talk about…. finance! One of my biggest worries for moving to France was having to open a French bank account. It just sounded like such a hassle. First of all, you need to persuade someone French to go with you, then you need to make copies of documents and even […]

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Republican Cuts Nike Logo Off His Socks

4th September 2018

Sports brand Nike has been praised by most today after it made football player and political activist Colin Kaepernick the face of its new ad campaign. Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018 Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice president of branding for North America, said: […]

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Bronjour: Packing

4th September 2018

I only have a few days left in the UK before I head off to Montpellier and I’ve only just decided to think about packing. Honestly, it’s been a bit of a nightmare. Once again, I’ve scoured the internet to try and find extensive lists of things to pack (I’ll copy my own Year Abroad […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

3rd September 2018

Over the last few years, inappropriate casting has been something that people are much more conscious of. We’re much less comfortable with the idea of a straight actor playing an LGBT actor or white actors portraying non-white characters *cough* Scarlett Johansson *cough*. Actors who are part of a minority group in some way rightfully object to […]

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Bronjour: Accommodation

1st September 2018

Last week, I said I was going to talk about finding a place to live in Montpellier, the French town I’ll be living and studying in for a semester. Initially, I had decided to apply for a room in the university student halls. This was all going to plan until approximately 24 hours ago. I […]

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NASA DON’T DO SWEARING

28th August 2018

A newly hired NASA intern lost her golden opportunity after mistakenly insulting a famous NASA engineer and member of the National Space Council. A Twitter user identified as Naomi H tweeted: This seems fair enough. After all, any normal person would be ecstatic after learning they had been accepted to work for NASA. I mean, […]

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Bronjour: Year Abroad Preparation

22nd August 2018

This year, like hundreds of other University students, I’ll be going on my compulsory year abroad as part of my degree. For the next 12 months, I’ll be posting a weekly column exploring different aspects of being an international student. Think of it as a bit of a spin on Lauren White’s #Year10/11/12/13Problems column. Titling […]

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Historical Northeast: The Newcastle Blitz

19th August 2018

No other conflict has left such a scar on world history in the way that the Second World War has. From the titanic struggle raging on the vast steppes of Eastern Europe to the cataclysmic sea battles of the Pacific Ocean. It truly was a global war that impacted the lives of almost everybody alive […]

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How I Handled A-Level Results Day Two Years Ago

16th August 2018

For most 18-year-olds, today will be the last time they ever step foot in their school or college. For some, this moment will be joyful and a confidence boost for the future. For others, the day may be stressful and end up in having to trawl through clearing or securing last minute accommodation at their second […]

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How Are we Really Feeling About Results Day?

15th August 2018

It’s that time of year again: A Level results day. For most students, it’s marked in the calander as D-Day. Why? Because it’s going to be a day that quite literally determines a great deal of our lives. If you fail to meet your offer conditions (or just fail the exams), results day will mould […]

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The Madness of Buying New Cars

9th August 2018

The Madness of Buying New Cars Car Depreciation. If you’re in the market for a new (or even a first) motor then those are two words you need to get in your head. Sometimes we lack the foresight to consider the effects of vehicle depreciation. Either we expect to keep the car longer than we […]

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The Next Tory PM: Jacob Rees-Mogg

24th July 2018

Following the resignation of several ministers including big names such as Boris Johnson and David Davis, Theresa May is in a very precarious position. Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in the PM which could be the beginning of the end if more MPs follow his lead. If Theresa May […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

23rd July 2018

Rich people who don’t realise they’re rich are the worst. This week, a London woman on a £69,500 salary annoyed the Internet as she spoke of her struggle to save money. To put into context just how high this salary is, you should know that the average annual wage for Londoners is £34,473, according to […]

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Vienna: Worth the Trip?

20th July 2018

When heading to Europe it’s not always obvious where you should go. There’s the obvious places like Madrid and Paris and Venice, but often people miss out one of the most special cities, Vienna. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is by a mile one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. It is rich in […]

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Auschwitz Tour Review

20th July 2018

When on holiday you don’t often expect to find yourself in a concentration camp used by the Nazis. However, when holidaying in Kraków, Poland, a trip to Auschwitz is necessary and important. Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was used by the Nazis in World War Two to murder and exploit their enemies and opponents, mainly Jewish citizens as […]

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Don’t Antagonise Trump

9th July 2018

Donald Trump is certainly a larger than life character. With his overly confident personality, dubious looking tan, and a haircut that no man is likely to aspire to copy, he gives those protesting against his government policy plenty of ammunition to fire. Protesters love a good effigy, and the effigy planned for Trump’s visit is […]

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The Importance of Saying No

8th July 2018

In life we often get told to grab every opportunity possible, which means saying ‘yes’ a lot of the time to a lot of things. Even the things that scare you and push you right out of your comfort zone. What we don’t often hear in life is someone telling us about the importance of […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

6th July 2018

Despite movie production being impossible without them, actors act as though they have no control whatsoever over decisions made with regard to casting. This week, Scarlett Johansson has come under fire again for ‘stealing’ a role in a movie from a marginalised person. Two years ago, she played Major Motoko Kusanagi in the live-action version […]

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What to Buy for University

6th July 2018

While it’s July and university seems such a while away, it’s not a bad idea to start getting ready for it. Even if you only begin collecting a few bits and bobs now, it saves you from having to go out on a mad dash after results day to gather everything you need for your […]

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How to Show Appreciation for Others

5th July 2018

Showing others affection is one of the most human things you can do. But sometimes a birthday card and a present isn’t really enough, so we thought we’d put together a few ideas on how to show appreciation for others in little, but important, ways. Cook them a meal People love feeling appreciated, and nothing […]

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Tips for Planning a Long Travel Holiday

5th July 2018

While most 18-year-olds head off to Magaluf or Zante for their summer holidays, some choose to do something a little different and disappear from the UK for a month or so. Guess which one I ended up doing? Yeah, the disappearing for a month one. Such trips aren’t as easy to plan as ones to […]

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The Most Jobsworth-y Jobs

4th July 2018

Defined by the dictionary as ‘an official who upholds petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense’, everyone has had the misfortune of encountering a jobsworth. You may work with one or you may have had a bad run-in with one while trying to go about your daily life. Certain professions attract […]

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The Best Pre-Paid Travel Card for Young People

4th July 2018

More young people than ever are going travelling than ever before and so the need for pre-paid travel cards is expanding. Pre-paid travel cards are great ways to keep your money safe while abroad as you load money onto them straight from your bank and they’re converted into the currency of your choice. You can […]

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Update: Katy Perry Hasn’t Flopped

2nd July 2018

When Katy Perry released her latest album Witness, it was a huge disappointment, not just to pop music, but to her loyal fans too. It was far too ‘aimed’ at a certain audience and just didn’t reflect the emotion, lyrical genius and genuine fun of all of Perry’s other records. I was disappointed and disillusioned […]

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Why I’m No Longer Teetotal

2nd July 2018

The first thing people used to say to me when I told them I didn’t drink was ‘oh, you’ll grow out of it’. It used to drive me absolutely mad. But for good reason, even if I am a now seasoned gin drinker. Since I wrote about why I was teetotal a little while ago, […]

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Danny Dyer and Brexit: Finally Some Sense?

1st July 2018

Since the airing of ITV’s Good Morning Britain’s one-off show Good Evening Britain, featuring guests ranging from Jeremy Corbyn to Pamela Anderson to Ed Balls and Danny Dyer, a clip of the latter has been doing the rounds on social media. During a panel interview with Dyer, Corbyn and Anderson, led by hosts Piers Morgan […]

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Pride Month: Stonewall Anniversary

28th June 2018

June is the month of LGBTQ+ Pride – and rightly so. It is the same month during which the Stonewall Riots in Greenwhich Village, New York City took place. In fact, in 1969 on this day, the Stonewall Riots broke out after police were too rough with one customer in a known gay bar in […]

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Women and the World Cup

26th June 2018

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know the World Cup is in full swing at the moment and it’s making a lot of people happy. It’s also making a lot of people (really, we mean ‘men’/boys) quite bitter. Exhibit A: Girls jumping on the ‘it’s coming home’ bandwagon when last week they thought rashford […]

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Best Things to Do This Summer

25th June 2018

For all Year 13 students, this summer is a summer of freedom. It’s super long and super final – it’s going to be the last summer you’ll have with all of your school mates before uni and life sets in forever. So, here’s our list of the best things to do this summer to make […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

25th June 2018

The final column For the very last time, hello and welcome to the #YEAR13PROBLEMS column. From Year 10’s problems of uniforms, ignorance to suicide and to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction to Year 11’s problems of ageism against young people to the GCSE English exam and to female superheroes, it has been a wild ride. […]

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Coping with Anxiety: The Thought Process

20th June 2018

Anxiety is something everyone feels occasionally, although for those struggling to cope it can be extremely debilitating. Whether we blame society, technology or lifestyle choices, the sheer complexity of the human brain means we’re very much in-the-dark about how the mind works. The Power of Thoughts They say knowledge is power, and this is no […]

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What’s in a Rockstar?

20th June 2018

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a shift in the kind of music we listen to. Soundcloud hits like Post Malone, 21 Savage and the late XXXTentacion have revolutionised the term ‘rockstar’. Popping pills and partying with all your gains is now the entry fee for being a rockstar in 2018. How come? There […]

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Top Ten Songs of the ’80s

20th June 2018

Here at b**p we love nothing more than a good throwback. And what better to throwback to than the glorious musical era of the 1980s? Answer: nothing. So, without further ado, here are our top ten songs of the ’80s, featuring Foreigner, Cher, Madonna, a-ha and many more. Like a Prayer, Madonna Queen Madge deserves […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

18th June 2018

The End! (Is nigh) Welcome to the penultimate #YEAR13PROBLEMS column. Yikes. That is a scary sentence to type (even if I am typing it three columns in advance). The end is nearly upon us – and here are a few reflections from yours truly… For a lot of people, these last few weeks have been […]

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In Defence of Love

18th June 2018

If you’ve read any of my previous work, you’ll know I like to strike a balance between sentimental and sarcastic (at least that’s what I’m going for, anyway). But today I’m afraid it’s a break from tradition: it’s completely sentimental. And for good reason. People keep popping up in my life who think love is […]

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Tips for Body Confidence

15th June 2018

In a world where both women (and men) are told that you are only valid if you look a certain way, body confidence is not the easiest thing to have in one’s possession. However, in a world where you can be anything, body confidence is something we can achieve. It’s often a slow process, but […]

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World Cup 2018: Russia and LGBT Rights

14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has officially begun. The first match, between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia, prompted a tweet which got us thinking. Its #WorldCup kickoff day! Russia v Saudi Arabia! Which human rights abusing regime are you supporting? — Sam Forster (@MrSamueelll) June 14, 2018 It got us thinking about the lack […]

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Intelligent People Less Likely to Be Homophobic

12th June 2018

Happy pride month! Our contribution to the LGBT community this month is an article about an Australian study which found that the dumber you are, the more likely you are to be homophobic. No shock there but it is nice to have scientific confirmation. The study found that people with high cognitive ability were less […]

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Google Loses Egg to Promote Inclusion

11th June 2018

Inclusion in tech is important and underrated. This story about a racist soap dispenser proves that the technology industry needs to recruit a wide variety of engineers and scientists to make sure no one is excluded. To be successful, products and services need to accessible to men and women of every race, age and ability. […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

10th June 2018

Coping with life during exams Happy Monday all. I hope your exams are going well (as well as they can be at least) and that you’re feeling average. This week I thought I’d talk about coping with life during exams, especially because it’s not always that easy. This week’s column is for those who struggle […]

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‘No Gays Allowed’

10th June 2018

A hardware store in Tennessee has caused a stir after news of a sign saying ‘No gays allowed’ broke out. Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies, also displayed this sign: For many LGBT people, everyday tasks that most straight people can do without any difficulty are often made difficult by homophobes. This particular homophobe […]

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Why exam factory schools don’t work

5th June 2018

We’re in the swing of GCSE and A-Level examination season now, but there’s just something I’ve got to say: exam factory schools don’t work. Let’s think rationally. In what sane world does making kids sit down and learn two years of content for one and a half hours of their life work? The two years […]

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Mastering Politics: Voting

5th June 2018

Politics can be a confusing place with a lot of noise and ego. However, it is worthwhile and deserves your attention when it matters. And this week’s Mastering Politics will explain why it’s important to vote, no matter who you vote for. People died for your right The most obvious reason to vote, especially if […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

3rd June 2018

Best of luck in exams Although some of you have already started Year 13 exams (if you’re in BTEC subjects, you’ve been going for quite a while), but the bulk of the dreaded tests begin this week. That’s why I wanted to dedicate this week to wishing you all the best of luck with your […]

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Lush’s Anti Police Campaign Hits a Nerve

2nd June 2018

Most of the time, Lush is one of those companies that stays completely clear of all controversy. If it has a campaign, it’s usually something we can all agree on like anti-animal testing or advocating for human rights. This time, the cosmetic store has hit a nerve with its bizarre campaign that claims police officers […]

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What if you want an abortion in Northern Ireland?

2nd June 2018

The Republic of Ireland voted last week to repeal the 8th amendment in a landmark vote, meaning the country has decided that abortion should be legal in the country. Until that point, it was only possible to get an abortion in the Republic if the woman’s life was at risk due to physical illness or […]

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