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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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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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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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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th April 2018

This week’s ‘what annoyed the Internet’ should really be called ‘what confused the Internet’; or rather, ‘what confused Lord Alan Sugar and everyone else over the age of 45’ on Twitter. It all begins with an Onion article about Taylor Swift. The Onion is a satirical website that posts humorous articles. Recent examples include ‘Experts […]

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William and Kate stand with newborn prince

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24th April 2018

Where the care ends for the Royal Baby In case you missed it under that rock you’re living under, the future King and his wife Kate Middleton had a baby yesterday. Not just any baby, though – a Royal Baby. We should all care about this Royal Baby, apparently, because it was born to two […]

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18th April 2018

Why I do have sympathy for Ant Ant McPartlin, one half of TV’s Ant and Dec, has been part of the nation’s life for as long as people my age (18 now, thanks for asking) can remember. He has been our Saturday nights in the spring and our November nights in, staying up late in […]

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The Windrush Scandal Explained

18th April 2018

You get no prizes if you’ve heard the term ‘Windrush generation’ on the news this week, but a prize if you actually know what it means. That’s why we’ve written up a nifty guide for you to understand the Windrush scandal and work out what exactly is going on. Who are the Windrush generation? The […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

16th April 2018

For the majority of people, Friday the 13th is no more unlucky than any other day. However Arctic Monkeys fans over the age of 18 will now regard Friday the 13th of April 2018 as a day of pure injustice. Tickets for the Arctic Monkeys concerts were released on Friday and as with most major […]

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old-friends

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5th April 2018

The importance of old friends Often overlooked and forgotten about are old friends. The people who you made memories with all through school. The people who you were inseparable from for years. The people who you now don’t think about every day, but whose existence has helped to shape your own. There is an importance […]

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26th March 2018

Toxic lad culture One problem that is not just an issue for Year 13, but one that permeates pretty much all of society is ‘lad’ culture. In fact, it’s toxic lad culture. It’s something that personally sickens me to the core and makes me feel ashamed of some of the people I know. Lad culture […]

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Brianna Brochu’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

19th March 2018

It’s nice to know we live in a world where racially motivated attempted poisonings result in the perpetrator being given jail time and a criminal record. Wait- it seems that in the US, you can get away with doing this if you have a really good lawyer and can turn on the tears in court. […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Whip?

12th March 2018

Politics is a confusing place for many people, not least with all of its terminology to understand. You are forgiven for not having a clue sometimes as even the most experienced political nerds have a hard time getting to grips with the topic. The role of a ‘whip’ in politics is certainly not the most […]

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12th March 2018

Slut-shaming Keeping with last week’s theme of feminism and equality, I thought it was time to address an issue that either affects us, or people we’re close to – slut-shaming. The process by which one girl has sex (or sexual relations with) one or more boys who she isn’t in a relationship with (or has […]

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Can We Say Obesity is Linked to Cancer?

12th March 2018

Last month, comedian Sofie Hagen stirred up a Twitter row with Cancer Research UK over whether it’s harmful to say obesity is linked to cancer.   Right, is anyone currently working on getting this piece of shit CancerResearchUK advert removed from everywhere? Is there something I can sign? How the fucking fuck is this okay? pic.twitter.com/b7eU7lulms […]

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3 Brilliant Women you’ve Never Heard Of

7th March 2018

It’s International Women’s Day, meaning only one thing: we’re talking about all things female. Seeing as British women’s history is not often taught in schools, we thought we’d give you a little bit of a lesson on some of the most amazing women of all time. These women are often women you’ve never heard of, […]

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4th March 2018

International Women’s Day This Thursday is International Women’s Day, and it’s a special one. It’s special because it occurs in the same year that celebrates 100 years since some women in Britain were given the right to vote. So, I obviously have to dedicate this week’s column to such a special day so that, first […]

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26th February 2018

Taking yourself too seriously When I wanted to write this column, I asked my best friend if I took myself too seriously. She said if you didn’t know me, you’d probably think I do. She’s most likely right (as usual), so just to make you aware: I don’t take myself that seriously and I do […]

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What’s happening with the Rohingya Muslims?

23rd February 2018

Depending on what news you watch and read and how often you absorb it, you may or may not know about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Wherever you stand on the continuum of awareness, this article will help gain a wider understanding of the crisis which has been described by the United […]

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Picket Line Etiquette

22nd February 2018

Time has run out for Universities UK to reopen negotiations with University and College Union (UCU) over proposed pension reforms. Last week, I wrote about all the ways in which students can support the strikes. We can write letters, email our lecturers to express our support, or if you feel really strongly, you can join […]

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13th February 2018

Stuff is getting seriously real Hello, happy half-term and all that jazz. If you know me, you know that in real life the ‘stuff’ in the heading of this piece is not what I’d say in person, so read between the lines and pretend this is a conversation. Now that we’ve got the issue of […]

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How Students Can Strike Too

13th February 2018

Staff in 61 UK universities plan to strike for a total of 14 days over proposed pension changes which will leave the average lecturer £200,000 worse off over the course of their retirement. Rather than having a guaranteed income in retirement, Universities UK (UUK) plan to vary staff pensions depending on changes in the stock […]

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Should Non-Black People watch Black Panther?

12th February 2018

Film and television have always been dominated by white actors. Characters that should really be portrayed by black/Hispanic/Arabic etc people have been inappropriately handed to white actors. Now that the general public is savvier to the film industry’s attempts to ‘whitewash’ everything, there is a huge demand for more diversity in movies, and roles to […]

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Fake Tan: Dos and Don’ts

7th February 2018

Whether you’re going for a ‘regular bronze’, ‘toffee’ or ‘after dark’ shade of fake tan, you’ve got to be careful. Not only do you have to worry about the shade, you need to consider the application process and the cost of your new skin tone too. That’s why we’ve put together this nifty little guide […]

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The Suffragette Movement

6th February 2018

Yesterday marked a very special one in history: it was 100 years since some women in Britain were given the right to vote. Up until the 1918 Representation of the People Act, women could not vote at all. Some men were entitled to vote, though not a majority, like we see today. But women’s access […]

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Dear Doritos…

5th February 2018

It seems as if the universe is pulling some kind of April Fool’s joke. Well, Doritos – not the universe. And in February. Doritos announced that they are to launch a version of their crisps for women. It will be specifically designed so that the packet can fit into a handbag and so the tortilla […]

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Meditations on Valentine’s Day

5th February 2018

Valentine’s Day is becoming an increasingly controversial holiday with regards to the secular population who celebrate it. There is a culture of pressure surrounding it for many people, irrespective of their relationship status, and what exactly for? Geoffrey Chaucer and his inner circle made Valentine’s Day a ‘thing’ for lovers. It has always been special […]

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The Flu Guru

5th February 2018

You know what’s awful? Flu. You know what’s even worse? Not knowing how to cope with it when it inevitably creeps up on you. Basically, I have flu and I’m incredibly salty about it so we’re going to be having a look at some of the things you should (or shouldn’t) be doing when you […]

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2nd February 2018

Class privilege This week’s column is a little later than usual, but, to be honest, I’m glad about that, because there’s something important to talk about. Class privilege. I’ve spoken here about white privilege before and how we should all check our own privileges (myself included, obviously), but class privilege is something else that I […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

28th January 2018

If you’ve ever worked in hospitality, you’ll know there are many varieties of annoying customer. Some varieties include customers who leave rubbish all over their table, customers who don’t say thank you or ones who let their kids run around screaming. One thing that probably doesn’t bother the average hospitality employee is the use of […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Cabinet?

28th January 2018

If you sometimes get lost in the world of politics and have no idea what’s what, you’re in the right place. Here at b**p we’ve got you covered, this time with everything you need to know about the Cabinet. The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is extremely important in British politics. It is at the […]

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Mastering Politics: UKIP

22nd January 2018

Political parties are quite difficult to get to grips with in detail. But worry not – here at b**p we’ve got your back, this time with the low-down on UKIP, also known as the United Kingdom Independence Party. UKIP was founded in 1993 after originating as the Anti-Federalist League in 1991. The organization became UKIP […]

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Mastering Politics: The Green Party

21st January 2018

Political parties are not the easiest organisations in the world to get to grips with. But here at b**p we’ve got you covered, so don’t worry. The Green Party was founded in 1990 after it was originally the PEOPLE Party, founded in 1973. In 2010, it gained its first Member of Parliament (MP), Caroline Lucas, who represents […]

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What it’s Like to be Writing a Book

21st January 2018

Writers around the world are sitting at their desks writing. Because it’s what they do. Some writers write articles, some write poetry, some write songs and some write novels. Some do all of these; some do others; some do just one. A specific type of writing which usually captures people’s attention is novel-writing. As soon […]

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21st January 2018

Linear A-Levels are the worst thing since sliced bread After last week’s lack of column, I thought I’d do a piece this week on the reason why. Linear A-Levels. That’s why. Now, if you don’t know what linear A-Levels actually are, that’s fine. They are the exams in which everything we learned in Year 12 […]

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Mastering Politics: The Liberal Democrats

21st January 2018

Political parties aren’t the easiest part of politics to understand. But don’t worry, here at b**p we’ve got you covered. The Liberal Democrats were formed in 1988 as a merge of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party and subscribe to the ideology of liberalism. Liberalism is a broad term, but in the context of the […]

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Uni Struggles: Unpleasant Flatmates

14th January 2018

In a similar way to TV shows such as Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity, it is near impossible to put a group of complete strangers together and expect them all to get along with no drama. Most university accommodation houses about 4-10 people per flat and it’s all completely random. The first semester of […]

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