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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Tips for Avoiding Exam Burnout

30th May 2018

As exam season is basically on our doorstep, there are some people who will be working so hard they need to be careful. It’s great to be thoroughly prepared, but not at the expense of your mental health. And plus, you don’t want to overwork yourself too early. That’s why we’ve created this super list […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

29th May 2018

School is officially over Way back when in Year 11, it felt like school was over. I mean, it was, but it wasn’t over in the same way it is now. Now, none of us will ever go back into a classroom to be taught again. We’ll never be able to get back to where […]

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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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Mastering Politics: Theresa May

10th May 2018

Politics is a whirlwind – and nobody expects you to understand most of it. However, it’s always a good idea to sound out what’s what and who’s who. That’s why this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ has all you need to know about our current Prime Minister Theresa May (as of May 2018). Upbringing Theresa May […]

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The Best 1D Memories

9th May 2018

Since One Direction announced their hiatus way back in 2015, things on the 1D side of life have been (in comparison to the warfare years of 2010-15) pretty quiet. Yeah, we’ve had solo music and tours, but we’ve not had the sheer wig-stealing drama we used to. So, here at b**p, we thought we’d head […]

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Hawaii Lava gets even Scarier

8th May 2018

You may have missed the lava eruption in Hawaii over the past few days. It has led to the evacuation of 2,000 people and the promise to those who refuse to leave that they will not be helped when the lava poses an immediate danger to their lives. And the Hawaii lava gets even scarier […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

8th May 2018

This week’s ‘what annoyed the Internet’ is a little TMI but it has sparked up a debate about sexual expectations of men and women. It all started with this video of DJ Khaled: ok so I'm convinced he has the mind of a teenage boy pic.twitter.com/epzhPjceny — Got Student Loans Homie Quan (@howcomeyousmell) May 4, […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

29th April 2018

ABBA is back, back again! Amidst all of the chaos of A Levels, some glorious, brilliant news arrived on our phones on Friday: ABBA is coming back. Prepare for a reunion that beats Take That’s with Robbie Williams, because ABBA is something else completely. ABBA is back, back again. Tell a friend. Though I expect […]

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Korea: Trouble in peace-making paradise?

29th April 2018

On Friday, North and South Korean leaders met at a landmark summit where they discussed finally calling an end to the Korean War which has been going on for decades. It emerged on Saturday, however, that North Korean state media – the only media allowed in North Korea – has downplayed the major pledge given […]

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First Tattoo: All your Questions Answered

28th April 2018

When getting your first tattoo, so many questions and worries usually fill your mind. Ranging from job suitability to pain to choosing the right design, it’s not easy deciding whether to book or not to book. But worry not – after my first tattoo just yesterday, I have the answers to all of those first […]

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