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A Better World

21st March 2019

Finding a subject for your first weekly column is tough. After all, what follows is a struggle of sustaining a subject week in week out while maintaining a unique perspective. Heck, I’m already reiterating something Laura said in her first editorial. So, it would, therefore, make no sense at all to write about something so […]

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Am I Doing this Write?

16th March 2019

I’d like to say I’m not a fan of reality TV, but I’d be lying. I was raised to be a little bit of a television snob, and turned my nose up at these self-indulgent shows for most of my life. Then, I got a taste of it via BBC 3’s Don’t Tell the Bride, […]

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Self Driving Cars Programmed With Racial Bias

11th March 2019

There is a huge diversity problem in the technology sector and it doesn’t just affect revenue and creativity – it actually creates flaws in products that could have been avoided had more women and ethnic groups been involved in the designing. What do the statistics say? Let’s start with some statistics. In 2016, Google’s diversity […]

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What Annoyed the Internet this Week?

9th March 2019

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, this instalment of What Annoyed the Internet will focus on a vaginal product that has enraged, confused and amused women across the world: the ‘Jamu stick’. On the website, the creators claim that the Jamu stick is a part of Indonesian culture and that it helps women to take care of […]

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Anti Bullying Ambassador Training day Part 2

8th March 2019

If you haven’t already, click here to read Part 1 of my experience concerning the Anti-bullying Ambassador training. This was valuable in helping to combat this issue affecting many people. Definition The definition of bullying as given by the Anti-Bullying Alliance is, “The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

8th March 2019

Happy International Women’s Day to you all from us here at b**p. What’s this year’s theme? International Women’s Day is something we take pride in celebrating every year, and this year is no exception. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceForBetter, meaning that we’re pushing for the equal representation of women in all fields of work, […]

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World Leader Oscars

7th March 2019

Do you know who doesn’t get enough appreciation nowadays? Politicians. And with the recent Oscar ceremony, it’s high time they receive the recognition they truly deserve, as they can be in most cases, more entertaining than the movies celebrated in Hollywood last weekend.. So without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s World […]

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Most (Unintentionally) Cringeworthy Videos

6th March 2019

The most cringeworthy things in life are the things that the majority of people don’t find weird at all. On the surface, the following videos are nothing too bad but if you’re like me, and you even cringe at minor things like children singing and people that play the piano in train stations, you’re in […]

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Pancake Day

5th March 2019

Observed mainly by the Christian faith, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, as it is officially called, is when people literally stuff their faces with pancakes. In previous times it was also an opportunity for people to empty their cupboards in preparation for the fasting of Lent. While there are a number of variations of the […]

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Where Brexit went wrong

25th February 2019

Brexit has quickly become one of the biggest shambles in British history. We have managed to royally screw it up, but we’ve done it so bad that it’s difficult to see where exactly things started. If you’re wondering where Brexit went wrong, strap yourself in… The referendum Many staunch Remainers may argue that Brexit went […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

24th February 2019

PETA must be one of the most frustrating animal rights organisations to exist. On the surface, its intentions are honourable; it wants to end all forms of cruelty towards animals including cosmetic testing, the meat and dairy industry and habitat destruction. For the most part, everyone can acknowledge that animals suffer unnecessarily because of humans […]

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First Year Problems #11

22nd February 2019

Feelings of inadequacy Hello all and welcome back to First Year Problems; it’s been a while again. This week, we’re discussing feelings of inadequacy, which are all too common at university. Feelings of inadequacy at university often happen in first year, and I’ve heard a few people discussing them recently, which has made me think. […]

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Should Shamima Begum be allowed back?

21st February 2019

It’s been a solid few days since Shamima Begum, the British-born ISIS bride, made news headlines for wanting to return to Britain with her newborn son, and discussion about it shows no sign of letting up. The country is divided about whether or not Begum should be allowed back into Britain, and the natural, immediate […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

15th February 2019

On a scale of one to a cis male explaining what a vagina is to a female gynaecologist, how much of a mansplainer are you? This week, the Internet was annoyed by Twitter user @paulbullen, who has since switched his account to private after he created one hell of a media storm. It all started […]

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Am I doing this ‘Write’?

14th February 2019

I kind of get irritated by those daily notifications from Facebook – you know the ones, the relentless cry of, “You have memories to look back on today!” It’s like the social networking site is desperately harking back to a time where it was far more relevant than it is today. The Joy of Gigs […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

4th February 2019

You may not have heard the name Steven Pruitt before but there’s a good chance you couldn’t have passed your A-levels without him.  Priutt is responsible for an entire third of Wikipedia content and has written 35,000 original articles and made nearly 3 million edits to existing ones. It would be fair to say that he […]

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Am I doing this ‘write’?

29th January 2019

We interrupt the scheduled broadcast to bring you a random opinion column which nobody asked for. I made it to the end of a hefty chunk of deadlines this week, and so indulged myself in a well-deserved break from all of life’s responsibilities with a day of binge watching. For this particular session, it was […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

28th January 2019

Anyone that uses social media will have found it impossible to avoid all of the buzz surrounding the ‘Fyre festival’ documentaries on Hulu and Netflix. The Fyre festival was a legendary disaster which stemmed from rapper Ja Rule and former tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland biting off way more than they could chew. To try and […]

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Women, putting yourself first is not selfish

24th January 2019

When it comes to society, there are a whole load of stereotypes which prevent individuals from believing they can do certain things. Though the many obvious stereotypes about women staying at home in the kitchen and being baby-making machines have faded considerably, there are some underlying stereotypes that are still detrimental to our functioning as […]

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Marriage: Keeping it in the Family

24th January 2019

There are very few parts of the world where incest is deemed to be a good idea, and this article isn’t going to embrace incestual practices either. I am sorry for any disappointment that causes. Attitudes and legislation regarding incest actually vary enormously around the world. Even in Europe legislation is split, with some countries […]

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Uni loneliness is real

23rd January 2019

A lot of the time in the media, particularly around the Christmas period, we talk about elderly loneliness. It is estimated that 3.6 million over-75s live alone and 1.9 million older people say they feel alone or invisible. We rightly talk about this: it’s horrific. But we never talk about uni loneliness, which is something […]

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First Year Problems #10

21st January 2019

Going on nights out Hello and welcome back to First Year Problems. This week, we’re talking about going on nights out. As in, going out and getting drunk, which is typically something a lot of university students do; very often indeed. Last term, going out was a huge thing for most of us. Every week, […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

21st January 2019

In days gone by, to become a rich and successful celebrity, you usually had to have some sort of talent such as singing, writing or comedy. Now all you need to do is get yourself a couple hundred thousand Instagram followers, call yourself an influencer and claim you can change someone’s life if they pay […]

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How writing letters can heal wounds

18th January 2019

Sometimes in life, it’s hard to know how to cope and process things. It’s never easy to know where to start if you’re grieving, going through a break-up or dealing with a trauma in your past or your present. However, one great way to deal with emotional distress is through writing letters. You don’t have […]

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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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