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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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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Bronjour: Travelling France Cheaply and Easily

7th November 2018

One of the most important things to try and do during your time abroad is to explore. Depending on your financial situation, this can either be fairly straightforward or near impossible. There’s no denying that France is an expensive country but if you’re smart about it, there’s no reason why you can’t see a bit […]

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Rubicon Moment: Just who is Guy Fawkes

5th November 2018

The story of 5th of November 1605 and the Gunpowder plot is one of the most famous in British history. Following years of Protestant rule and suppression of their faith, a group of Catholic dissidents planned to commit regicide against Protestant King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne of England. In […]

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Teaching isn’t a Route to Power

5th November 2018

Teaching is not a route to power; teachers should stop pretending it is one. The power trip that so many teachers seem to be on amounts to no less than the systematic bullying of children and young adults. Teaching is rarely seen as a desirable route for young people to go into; some see teaching […]

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First Year Problems #5

29th October 2018

Trying new things Hello and welcome to a (late) First Year Problems column. It seems getting into a uni routine, despite the fact I think I have one, is more difficult than it first appears to be. However, that’s not what we’re talking about at all. In fact, we’re talking about trying new things which, […]

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Rubicon Moment: The Power of Propoganda

28th October 2018

Propaganda is everywhere and like death and taxes, is unavoidable. It is the leviathan that informs us of the goings on in our world and is the principal force in influencing our thoughts, beliefs and behaviour. While in recent decades the term has become associated with manipulation, historically it has been a descriptively neutral term. […]

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Top Tips for a Good Uni Routine

27th October 2018

University promotes laziness in so many ways. You are forced to attend three hours a week of seminars and tutorials, and can optionally attend six hours a week of lectures. Most of these things begin at three o’clock in the afternoon, so you don’t even need to pull yourself out of bed at a reasonable […]

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Bronjour: Having an Active Social Life

24th October 2018

Everyone says that your year abroad will be the best year of your life and so far, I could not agree more. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen some amazing places, experienced weird and wonderful French customs, met the most interesting people and fully immersed in an alien but exciting new world. […]

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Hindsight really is a wonderful thing

20th October 2018

As someone who has spent most of her life terrified of absolutely everything I’ve ever done, hindsight is often a wonderful thing for me. It’s always there after you accomplish something you thought you never would or whenever you’re proven right about something you forecasted earlier. So, hindsight really is a wonderful thing. Right now, […]

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First Year Problems #4

20th October 2018

Visiting home The university bubble is always different from uni to uni. Hence why visiting home is actually quite difficult. At Durham, it’s a huge thing. You get sucked straight into the collegiate system and genuinely feel like you never want to leave. There is always so much to do, so much to see and […]

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Do we have a problem with hate crime?

12th October 2018

Does the North East of England have a problem with hate crime? If so, why? The North East has one of the lowest levels of immigration in the UK. The Non-UK born population in Northumberland is just 2% and 4% in County Durham yet Northumbria Police has reported a staggering 69% increase in recorded hate […]

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Why being working class is part of my identity

11th October 2018

Since being at university, the number of people in my social circle has increased quite dramatically. Suddenly, I know a whole bunch of people, most of them from the south, who have lived (and are living) very different lives to me. By this I mean there are some people who are incredibly wealthy, or at […]

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First Year Problems #3

11th October 2018

Being a first-generation student Going to university is one of the most daunting things you can do in life. Throwing yourself into a different city with a bunch of random people you’ve never even met before and studying something full-time for three years is not easy to adjust to straight away. However, one thing which […]

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Bronjour: Struggling With the Language

11th October 2018

[Disclaimer: The only people I’ve met here from the UK who aren’t struggling a lot with speaking and understanding the language, are the ones whose parents have a holiday home in France or who have been going skiing in the Alps twice a year since they were two. Languages is a very elitist course sometimes so if you’re a working-class student who hasn’t had the […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

8th October 2018

I’ve been spoilt for choice this week when deciding what to make the focus of this column. The last few days have really been a week of rage for the Internet and the Tories have been the focus of a lot of it. We’ve had some questionable dance moves at the Conservative Party conference, members […]

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First Year Problems #2

7th October 2018

Freshers’ week Freshers’ week is (sadly) over now, and what a week it has been. Going into it, I genuinely believed that I’d make zero friends and have a pretty average week. Instead, I’ve had one of the best weeks of my life and have met some amazing people. Everything about making friends, however, is […]

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Rubicon Moment: The Robot Revolution

7th October 2018

Humans have always amazed me with their ingenuity, and yet baffle me with their paradoxes. For thousands of years, humans have looked to the stars to find solutions to their problems, believing that all things on earth were the makings of divine creators who have shaped and moulded us; as well as the events that […]

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Bronjour: University in France vs the UK

3rd October 2018

Unlike the UK, France isn’t particularly renowned for having world-class universities. On the QS World University Rankings list, the first French university to make the list is ranked 50th, behind dozens of American, British and South Korean institutions. Honestly, it’s not hard to see why. Since starting my placement at a French university, I’ve been […]

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Theresa May’s best/worst moments

3rd October 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has had some, er, memorable moments during her tenure at the top of British politics. And as the Conservative Party Conference approaches, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look through the PM’s best/worst moments in office. 1. Her shoulder laugh While in the House of Commons […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

2nd October 2018

This week, Kanye West annoyed the Internet by having yet another Donald Trump Twitter rant. It’s not just Kanye who misses the old Kanye, it’s the entire Internet. Just as everyone seemed to forget about his last Twitter rant a few weeks ago where he loudly professed his love for President Trump, Ye is right […]

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Could Boris Johnson be prime minister?

1st October 2018

Boris Johnson has been making headlines for many years now. At first, though, the headlines were all jokes. There was his wild helmet hair. Then there was that time he got stuck on a zip wire. And that time he managed to rugby tackle a kid to the ground. But recently, the headlines about Boris […]

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First Year Problems #1

28th September 2018

Hello there! Welcome to b**p‘s latest weekly column, First Year Problems. With a swanky new graphic and a brand new layout, I’m hoping that this re-vamped and re-vitalised column will be just as successful – if not more – as my old friends Year 10-13 Problems. Oh, in case you didn’t realise, it’s me (Lauren) […]

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Essay Mills – What Are They All About?

27th September 2018

According to the Guardian Newspaper, cheating at British Universities has risen by 40% in the last three years and professional essay writing services (or ‘essay mills’) are behind the rise. Why do an ever-increasing number of students feel the need to cheat their way through a degree? Is it because they’re simply lazy and irresponsible; […]

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Bronjour: French Bureaucracy

26th September 2018

I knew what I signed up for when I decided to go to France. The country is notorious for its never ending cycles of forms and heaps of pointless paperwork. I’ve been here two weeks and it feels like all I’ve done is just chase people up for signatures and print my bank statement everyday. […]

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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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Saying goodbye to good luck charms

21st September 2018

Good luck charms are often things we hold very dear to us for a whole lifetime. They are items of clothing and jewellery, sometimes toys and teddy bears that have been with us since we were born or arrived slightly later on in life. They provide us with comfort and confidence, which begs the question: […]

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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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