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What To Do When You’re Sad

15th September 2019

We all have those nights when you go to bed and things just don’t seem right inside. It doesn’t matter what song you put on, none of them are right. It doesn’t matter who you think about texting – nobody is the right person to listen. So you’re at a loss. Do you really know […]

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Low-Cost Airlines: Sky High or Grounded?

14th September 2019

The increase of package holidays across the UK is clearly evident. Low-cost airlines like Thomas Cook and TUI are aware that many Brits are lazy and will sacrifice extra paychecks to ‘queue jump’ the hassle of booking a holiday the old-fashioned way. Instead, all aspects of what previously made booking a holiday stressful have been […]

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It’s Time to Talk About Horse Racing

13th September 2019

Only weeks after the infamous ‘Ladies Day’, the buzz and publicity horse racing encourages is still at a high. The seemingly innocent sport can be easily seen as both fun for the horse, jockey and spectators. However, the sinister realities horse racing couples itself with are becoming more and more evident to the general public, […]

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How to Start Afresh

11th September 2019

Sometimes in life things don’t go to plan and you can get really bogged down in wondering why. The ‘what ifs’ of life are attractive to get lost in, but they are also irrelevant. It is possible to start afresh, and with the steps in this article, you will be able to get there. Change […]

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Why We Need to Go Further Than Banning Straws

10th September 2019

We all know someone who is boycotting McDonald’s because of their new paper straws, and while it seems like a revolutionary step towards a cleaner Earth, the reality is far from it. It appears that a lot of food establishments are ‘eco-friendly’ because of this new trend, but they fail to consider the fact that […]

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Mastering Politics: Prorogation of Parliament

10th September 2019

When it comes to politics, nothing is simple. Let alone the current goings on in Westminster. Recently in the news, there has been lots of talk around the prorogation of Parliament. Of course, any ordinary person has no idea what that means. But don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. Prorogation is the term used […]

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How to Succeed This Upcoming Semester

9th September 2019

It’s September again. The arrival of the new semester or school year can make you feel a crippling dread of things to come over the next 12 weeks. That’s why it’s important to go into the new year armed with a positive attitude and a practical plan on how you’re going to make the best […]

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Brexit: The embodiment of everything wrong

9th September 2019

‘Brexit’: the blatant jargon that has blazed our headlines not-so-graciously over the past three years. Once a foreign concept, the term is now something we are all too familiar with. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Regardless of your stance on the issue, I think we can all agree it has gotten completely out of […]

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The Peculiar Sleeping Habits of History’s Greatest

7th September 2019

For some reason, the sleeping habits of celebrities and the greatest figures throughout history really grabs our attention. Be it Margaret Thatcher sleeping for just four hours each night, or Elon Musk sleeping in the Tesla factory so he can best inspect the new models, sleeping habits are fascinating. So, without further ado, here are […]

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Is animal testing the only option?

7th September 2019

Animal testing is a controversial issue which is avoided by many for reasons such as personal guilt, lack of understanding and ignorance. It’s completely understandable to want to shut out the inhumane and cruel realities of something like animal testing, especially when you’ve been led to believe it’s the only option. Be it testing life-saving […]

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How Your Lifestyle is Causing the Amazon to Burn

6th September 2019

You’ve most likely seen it a million and one times on social media. Photos, videos, campaigns and information about the Amazon Rainforest fire. Though it was a couple of weeks ago now, yet more fires have been sparked in the rainforest. Whether this is another world crisis that you’ve desensitised yourself to, or if you’re […]

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A Year in British Tennis

6th September 2019

2018 was a pretty sore year for British tennis fans. Andy Murray’s hiatus and Johanna Konta’s fall in form meant that both men and ladies’ tennis was slightly lacklustre. For the first time since 1997, we ended the year without a British male or female tennis player in the top 20. How could this happen? […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Free Tuition Doesn’t Work

6th September 2019

Free tuition. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Many young people reading this will be heading off to university very soon, and we all know that with a degree comes that dreaded mountain of student debt. The government has predicted that, by the middle of the century, outstanding student debt will reach an astounding £450 billion, which […]

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Boris was wrong to sack 21 MPs

5th September 2019

British politics at the moment is moving at such a rapid pace it’s hard to keep up. But one particular event has lasted longer than most in the news – and that’s Boris Johnson’s sacking of 21 of his own MPs. Don’t be misled by that statement – the Prime Minister hasn’t just got rid […]

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We’re All Screwed

5th September 2019

It’s 2019. You would think considering the technological advancement over the past 100 years that we, as a ‘smart’ race, could actually safeguard our future. We’ve gone from the industrial revolution – a period in time fuelled by a thirst for knowledge – to now: a time where we’ve all miraculously and unanimously decided to […]

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The Day Democracy Dies

5th September 2019

In four days’ time, we will witness the death of democracy in the UK. The British Parliament will shut down for approximately five weeks and during this time, your MPs will be rendered useless. For five weeks the Chamber of the House of Lords will be empty. For five weeks the voices of MPs in […]

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Whose Fault is the Current Brexit Crisis?

4th September 2019

As we see our most recent Prime Minister Boris Johnson rack up a 100% defeat rate in the House of Commons, we are all beginning to lose the plot. Every news story is about Brexit, and every news story calls it a ‘crisis’. Every news story is pretty much right. But whose fault is this […]

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Is the vegan diet really as eco-friendly as we think?

4th September 2019

Many people choose to eradicate animal produce from their diet to try and save the planet. But are they doing more harm than good? Here we explore whether the vegan diet is really as eco-friendly as we think. The vegan illusion Growing crops is often not the perfect method of food production that many people […]

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Top Tips for Freshers’ Week

2nd September 2019

Freshers’ Week is one of the scariest weeks you’ll probably ever experience if you are going to university this month. It’s filled with a bunch of people you’ve never met from all around the world trying to make friends that are going to last for life. It’s not easy. That’s why we’ve curated this list […]

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How we Made an EP: Part Two by Magnus Dahlstrøm

2nd September 2019

Magnus is a musician from Noway currently studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he met fellow musician Tilly Louise and helped make her EP, ‘VHS‘ Last week my friend and fellow musician Tilly Louise wrote her side of the story on how we made her band’s EP. This week, I’m sharing my […]

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Best Songs from Musicals

29th August 2019

Musicals are one of our favourite things the world these days. From productions of Mamma Mia! to The Lion King to Les Misérables, there are some absolute bangers to come out of musicals too. But what are the very best songs from musicals? We’ve narrowed it down to our top seven. 1. They Live in […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

28th August 2019

Food poverty undoubtedly exists in the UK and anyone who says otherwise need only spend a few minutes researching charities such as The Trussell Trust. This week, the internet was annoyed by a man who said that food poverty was caused by idleness. Luckily though, everybody’s favourite activist and chef, Jack Monroe, was quick to […]

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What Really Makes a Good Film?

27th August 2019

Aspiring film journalist and student from Newcastle Sarah Storer explains how to make a good film As a frequent cinema-goer and film critic, I’ve watched a lot of films over the years. I find that I tend to enjoy films of a similar style and genre and I will branch to them rather than seeing […]

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How we Made an EP: Part One by Tilly Louise

26th August 2019

My name is Tilly Louise. I’m a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, musician and producer from Liverpool and I was asked by the lovely Lauren White if I’d write an article on what it’s like to make an EP. This is because my friend Liam and I have just released our debut EP VHS with our band Clementine. […]

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Why Capitalism Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word

24th August 2019

It seems dangerous merely daring to use the words ‘capitalism’ and ‘fair’ in the same sentence, doesn’t it? But why? Maybe it’s the pipe dream being sold to the masses – especially today’s youth – that communism will one day swoop in to solve all of our problems. Ah, yes – communism, the ideology-in-shining armour […]

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A Note for GCSE Results Day

22nd August 2019

Good luck and congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results today. It’s a very important day in your life and your journey, so try and soak up all the emotions you’re feeling – good or bad. GCSE results day seems like a lifetime ago for me now, but I still remember feeling disappointed with […]

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Top Five DJs of the 2010s

21st August 2019

Whether you’re desperate for some Monday morning running motivation or hitting the town for your mate’s 21st, dance music can lift anyone’s mood, regardless of age. However, looking forward to times when summer festivals are popping up everywhere in the UK, I’m going to discuss the five best DJs that I believe have had the […]

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Guest Blog: Unconventional body confidence

20th August 2019

My experience with sectoral heterochromia and body confidence by Olivia McHale, AKA @thenorthernist When someone says the phrase ‘body confidence‘, what sort of image conjures up in your mind? For me, it’s a host of people in various sizes, because that’s what this phrase has come to mean: positivity surrounding different body sizes. While that’s […]

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Mastering Politics: The Power of the Prime Minister

20th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – let alone trying to understand the role of the most important person in Britain: the Prime Minister. This week’s Mastering Politics is all about the power of the prime minister and how much of it they really have. What is the role of the prime minister? The prime minister’s (PM) […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

20th August 2019

If you work in customer service or any other profession that involves dealing with the public, you’ll have met millions of ‘Karens’. In case you’re not familiar with what a ‘Karen’ is, let us explain. A Karen is a white woman aged between 42 and 60, usually with some sort of cropped hairdo, who exists […]

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Tumblr Sold for $3 million..

20th August 2019

As predicted by the site’s (former) users, Tumblr’s ban on NSFW content has been catastrophic in terms of the value of the platform. In 2013, Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion. At this time, it was a safe space for millions of users who could express themselves via their own blog. Anti-censorship used to be […]

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Missing Children and the Media

16th August 2019

With the recent disappearance of Nora Quoirin, there has been a great deal of publicity on news channels to aid the Quoirin family in their quest to find Nora. As much as such press can drastically increase the likelihood for a missing person to be found, for me it has always raised the question as […]

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Why Tuition Fees Aren’t the Problem

16th August 2019

University costs have skyrocketed in the past decade. What was once a free educational institution where a place earned meant genuine hard work and a solid academic background has become a money-grabbing, self-serving machine. Introduced in 1998 by Blair’s Labour government, tuition fees were meant to stay low. Raised to over £9,000 in 2016, they […]

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A-Level Results Day: One Year On

15th August 2019

A-Levels are honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The volume of content is unbelievable and unlike anything you’ll ever have to deal with again. So, you can sigh a relief at that one on A-Level resutlts day. It’s been one year since I collected my A-Level results, and, honestly, so much has […]

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Not Knowing is OK

14th August 2019

It is expected of us all as soon as we turn the ripe age of 18-years-old that we know exactly what we’re going to do with our lives and where we’re going. As everyone who has ever been 18 knows, it’s not this straightforward. And, actually, not knowing is OK. I’ve always been one of […]

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The Benefits of Veganism

13th August 2019

With hundreds upon hundreds of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes in this social media-orientated era being spread like wildfire, it’s hard to not scoff at the idea of veganism. As veganism is such a daunting change that disregards traditions that go back hundreds and hundreds of years, it’s no wonder people find the idea of […]

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Mastering Politics: Communism

13th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy, let alone trying to understand something as complex as communism. With so much opinion clouding this part of politics, you’re forgiven for being clueless. That’s why we’re explaining communism without opinion and in simple terms right here. What is communism? First and foremost, communism is an ideology. This means it’s a […]

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My b**p Journey: Sophie Ogle

8th August 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I am so excited to be writing a little something for b**p again! My name is Sophie Ogle, and I have recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 2:1 in Marketing Management. I was lucky enough to secure post-graduate employment before my course finished, and […]

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The Rise of British Tennis

7th August 2019

From a British point of view, we’ve had little to cheer about of recent times where tennis is concerned, due to several factors. However, the youngsters who have broken (literally) onto the tour this summer are injecting some life into British tennis, and as a nation, this is promising. For over a year now, former […]

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Mastering Politics: Capitalism

6th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – and that’s why we have our own ‘politics put simply’ column, Mastering Politics. This time, we’re explaining the meaning of capitalism. What is capitalism? Capitalism is, first and foremost, an ideology. This means that it’s a system of ideas and beliefs about the economy and social aspects of running a […]

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Why Priti Patel is Dangerous

5th August 2019

When Boris Johnson was announced as the new Prime Minister, there were no prizes for guessing who’d be sent straight into the Home Office. It was always going to be Priti Patel, the loyal BoJo Brexiteer. Priti Patel, born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family, has been in politics for a while now. Originally, she […]

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Molly-Mae Online Abuse is too Far

4th August 2019

Love Island finished earlier this week and has left us with nothing to do when it hits 9pm these days. Though it seems that horrid Twitter and Instagram trolls have found a way of busying themselves – by harassing star Molly-Mae Hague who placed second in last Monday’s final. Molly-Mae, who was coupled up with […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

4th August 2019

Despite having lived in the UK for my entire life, I always seem to be discovering strange new things about this island. One of the weirdest facts I’ve learned is that Scouse men apparently don’t use wallets. Instead, they just have loose coins and cards rattling around in their pockets. I found this out on […]

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Musical Theatre: is the Golden Age over?

3rd August 2019

Musical theatre is a very controversial topic. Some people believe it isn’t as relevant as it was in what is called the ‘Golden Age’. But is this really true? No. Over the past couple of years, new musicals have been made which have made it big – and fast. For example, musicals like Hamilton, which […]

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Top 3 Cities in Europe

1st August 2019

Europe is frequently becoming the place to go on your summer holidays. You can get cheap flights, hotels and hostels – not to mention an interrailing ticket that allows you to travel basically the whole continent. But with so many cities to choose from, I thought I’d narrow it down to the top 3 cities […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

30th July 2019

How do I even begin to choose between the many Internet-annoying events of last week? It feels like longer than just a few days ago, but in the space of seven days, we had a record-breaking heatwave, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ridiculous list of banned words and a new Prime Minister. Of course, Twitter had a lot […]

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10 Signs You’ve Become A Cliché Year Abroad Student

29th July 2019

For those of us that have just finished the last chapter of our experience living outside the UK, the post year abroad life can be a bit of a challenge. Not only because the adventure is over but because you have to deal with the fact that whether you know it or not, you’re probably […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th July 2019

It has been a while since PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) last upset everyone. The latest hill PETA is willing to die on is the idea that human beings are of exactly the same importance as animals. The organisation has annoyed the Internet this week by inferring that pigeons can be […]

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Theresa May: a goodie or a baddie?

27th July 2019

Theresa May has undoubtedly had one of the most trying and frustrating premerships of all prime ministers. And the worst part is that it was all caused by her own Party. The instability caused by members of Theresa May’s own Party in itself shows that she was not a masterful leader at all. Instead, it […]

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The Three Stages of a Break-Up

24th July 2019

Break-ups are not easy, and they happen for a multitude of different reaons. Everyone deals with them in different ways, too. Some people feel the need to be with someone else immediately straight after, some people shut themselves away from the world for a while, and some people decide to go out and get absolutely […]

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