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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Time to go ‘Limitless’

4th January 2019

At the time of writing, we are two days into 2019 and I’ve already seen two new releases at my local cinema. That’s a 100% attendance record so far! For the previous twelve months, I recorded a measly one visit to watch a film, yet the beginning of a new year has instilled me a […]

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Goodbye 2018: What and Who?

30th December 2018

What with Brexit ruffling feathers all over Europe, Trump upsetting the world in general, and the year of prevailing political correctness, 2018 has been a turbulent one. The turn of the year is a time of mixed emotions. We feel sadness for lives lost, relief at having left things behind and live in hope for change […]

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Am I doing this ‘write’?

20th December 2018

Disaster struck this week. Something I share with most slightly rebellious twenty-something-year-olds is my fondness for pin badges, especially pin badges on denim jackets. Sporting a selection on your clothing always carries a certain risk, but it’s a risk many of us think will never happen to them. Alas, it happened to me on Tuesday: […]

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Mental Health at Christmas

17th December 2018

The festive period is, if not the ‘most wonderful’ time, a slightly more joyous one than the rest of the year. With gatherings of family and friends, work parties and days off to celebrate the holidays, most people look like they are in a good headspace. However, the pressure to be ‘in the festive spirit’, as well as […]

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TV Review: Ozark

12th December 2018

It’s been [unjustly] hailed as a ‘dark drama that wants to be Breaking Bad’ that isn’t ‘quite up to par‘. I am talking about the Netflix Original series everyone should be talking about: Ozark. The series follows Marty Byrde as he attempts to launder money for Mexico’s second-largest drug cartel. As you might expect, this […]

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English Heritage – Should I Join?

11th December 2018

How many landlords can compete with a portfolio that includes 66 castles, 23 historic gardens and one (very famous) battlefield? Not many. In excess of 400 sites of national significance are managed by English Heritage, the government-funded organisation entrusted to care for England’s protected heritage collection, or – as they put it – ‘telling England’s […]

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Bronjour: Protests in France

10th December 2018

96 days down, 12 more to go… not that I’ve been counting or anything. To break up the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much travelling as possible. Montpellier isn’t far from several famous towns and cities and getting from A to B is fairly straightforward in France. At least, it […]

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First Year Problems #8

7th December 2018

Being sad at uni Sadness is inevitable. Nobody in the history of the world has existed without getting sad at some point, but that doesn’t always seem to matter when you’re at uni. Since you’re generally well out of the way of your comfort zone, family, friends and home comforts, being sad at uni is […]

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Am I Doing this Right?

3rd December 2018

Writing for an audience is far from new to me. I’ve been writing music and culture reviews for a little over two years now, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to write something like this – a personal piece with my own voice – to an audience who may just be […]

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What Annoyed The Internet This Week?

27th November 2018

Ingratitude or materialism? Why this letter about a handmade bedspread annoyed the internet. Sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts have very little to do with money. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right? Well, this mother-in-law caused outrage after she took offence at being gifted a ‘lovely bedspread’, and the reason for her discontent is […]

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First Year Problems #7

21st November 2018

Housing arrangements When it comes to housing arrangements for second year, things aren’t ever straightforward. It’s very obvious when you’re thinking about moving in with a bunch of new friends that the world isn’t actually fair and that there are some limits on what you can and cannot achieve with your housing arrangements. There are […]

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Year Abroad Options: The Reality of British Council

20th November 2018

When choosing what you’re going to do for your year abroad, you’re normally faced with three options: do an internship, take part in an Erasmus exchange or become an English language assistant with the British Council.  Most students are instantly drawn towards the British Council and it’s easy to see why: decent monthly pay, practical […]

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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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