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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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Why Young Tories Are ‘Too Shy’

14th January 2018

As the great Winston Churchill once said, ‘If a man is not a socialist by the time he is twenty, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is forty, he has no brain’. Despite Churchill’s wisdom, there are some young people who skip the first part and become teenage […]

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YouTube Are Upset by Logan Paul.

10th January 2018

In case you didn’t know, YouTube suck at doing their job of regulating videos, due to the recent content released by Logan Paul. The firm released a statement on Twitter, communicating the fact they had been listening to the community, acknowledging the fact they had taken a long time to respond. YouTube said it was […]

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Why You Should Never Buy the Sun

9th January 2018

The Sun is one of the most problematic newspapers in Britain. Countless campaigns and petitions have been created to ban the Sun but despite this, it still has a readership of 2.7 million Brits. Most shops in Liverpool refuse to sell the newspaper as their city has a particularly bad history with the Sun. I, […]

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8th January 2018

Being teetotal It’s Dry January, but I’m not sure how many people in Year 13 are participating in 31 alcohol-free days. I’m guessing none of them. But what about Dry Life? A whole lifetime of no alcohol. To some, it sounds ludicrous. To me, it’s a life choice. Being teetotal (not drinking alcohol) is not […]

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Should Kids Have to Hug Relatives?

5th January 2018

This week in ‘things-you-never-thought-were-an-issue’ is a fairly new but very topical debate surrounding children and their personal boundaries. Over the festive period, it is custom to visit relatives or attend parties and it is even more common to be expected to show some affection to your family, usually through the means of hugging or kissing. […]

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Mastering Politics: The Conservative Party

3rd January 2018

Political parties are not the easiest organisations to figure out, so if you’re in a bit of a pickle with them, worry not – we’ve got your back. The Conservative Party was founded in 1834 from the Tory Party, hence why the Conservatives are often called ‘Tories’ by people, politicians and the media alike. They […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

2nd January 2018

We’ve all known for a while that Lewis Hamilton can be a bit of a b**p. That’s why it’s completely unsurprising that he has been called out for shaming his young nephew over a certain Christmas present. Oh dear Lewis. You’ve just opened a can of worms… pic.twitter.com/fpsiNeOZrd — Nabeela (@JustNabz) December 25, 2017 The […]

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29th December 2017

Bad relationships Since 2018 is just around the corner, a lot of us are looking back at this year and, quite rightly, reflecting on our decisions and events that have happened. One such decision many of us are replaying in our heads is a bad relationship. I’m talking specifically about ‘love’ relationships, although they don’t […]

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2017: The Year the Women Stood Up

29th December 2017

2017 has been the Year of the Women for sure. We’ve stood tall and we’ve stood strong, coming forward with our painful experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault, be it inappropriate touches, intimidating behaviour or rape – they’re all disgusting and they’re all real scenarios women have had to face not just in 2017, […]

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Mastering Politics: The Labour Party

28th December 2017

Political parties are a bundle of spin and policy and confusion, so we’ve got you covered if you’re trying to find out what’s what. The Labour Party was founded in 1900 and calls itself socialist, meaning they are in favour of nationalisation (public/government ownership of industry), a welfare state and taxing those who are well-off. Currently […]

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Existential Thoughts Explained

23rd December 2017

Ever catch yourself thinking about doing something you know is completely wrong but just in that moment you felt as though it was an option? Don’t worry – we all have. They’re existential thoughts. Everyone thinks about what it would be like to just push someone over right now or to drop your cat right […]

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Are Fat People Victims of Discrimination?

23rd December 2017

Traditionally when one thinks of discrimination, we tend to only consider race, gender and sexual orientation as factors that can be discriminated against. As the world changes, types of prejudice will change too. Now there is a whole movement dedicated to the eradication of ‘fatphobia’- a type of discrimination towards people regarded as fat or […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Political Party?

23rd December 2017

Political parties are often the source of infighting, bitterness and distrust, but also the source of bold, new ideas. And they are quite literally what makes the world of politics go round. Understanding the role of political parties is important and sometimes difficult, especially when they’re all asking for your vote. But don’t worry, here at b**p we’ve got […]

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Things I Wish I Knew During Sixth Form

20th December 2017

To avoid being too hard on myself when it comes to thinking about my time in secondary school and sixth form, I always have to remind myself of the expression ‘hindsight is an exact science’. It’s so easy to think “I could have done this”, “I shouldn’t have been bothered by that” or “if I […]

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20th December 2017

Diplomacy Very much in the Christmas spirit is kindness and friendliness. With this comes tolerance and diplomacy – two skills that everyone should be looking to develop. Diplomacy isn’t easy. It’s something we usually talk about in relation to politicians, but it is really part of everyone’s life. Diplomacy is the ability to be tactful […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

18th December 2017

The story of schoolboy Keaton Jones was probably the wildest of 2017. In the matter of hours, he went from a bullied little boy who had been invited to movie premiers and sports events out of sympathy to a racist conman from a white supremacist family. Anyone that watched the original video couldn’t help but […]

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Could the US Be About to Lose The Internet?

12th December 2017

Ever since the invention of the Internet, there have been absolutely no barriers in the way of posting and viewing whatever you want online. Anyone can access any Internet service and anybody can create sites and share information with millions. This basic concept is called ‘net neutrality’. It means that Internet providers have to treat […]

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Is Fairytale of New York Offensive?

11th December 2017

With the exception of a few Victoria’s Secret models, it’s widely accepted that non-black people shouldn’t say the N word while singing along to a song. This year, a certain lyric in an iconic Christmas song is causing a similar debate. In particular, it’s this verse in ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues featuring […]

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Mind your Language: How to Talk about Self-Harm

11th December 2017

It would be so easy to begin this article and call everyone idiots. After all, there are plenty of (deliberately) ignorant people out there who enjoy provoking heated and fragile discussions around self-harm. But I doubt you’re one of those people as you wouldn’t be reading this if you were. First and foremost, it’s good […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

11th December 2017

Who’d have thought that selling a pair of tights could go so badly wrong? As seen with Kendall Jenner’s infamous Pepsi ad, sometimes brands miss the mark when it comes to selling their products. Rather than just hiring a plus sized person to model a pair of plus sized tights, Wish.com chose to do this: […]

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11th December 2017

We’ve got no snow It says something when Newcastle and Gateshead have missed out on the serious snow. Well, when the rest of the country is shutting down schools and suspending flights, anyway. There’s a light covering in some areas, but other than that, we’ve got nothing. Saying that, though, we did have quite a […]

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The Best Xmas Songs Countdown

8th December 2017

In the words of Slade, it’s Christmaaaas! Here at b**p we’re in the festive mood and are cranking up those Christmas songs on the radio and wrapping ourselves in blankets ready for a Christmas film binge. Speaking of Christmas songs, we thought we’d do a classic countdown of the best tunes to get you in […]

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What’s Going on with Northern Ireland?

6th December 2017

Brexit negotiations have been pretty tricky to say the least and they are showing no sign of easing up as Theresa May faces a row with the Northern Irish government. The row is dominating news and opinion at the moment, but it is incredibly difficult to get your head around, however clued-up on politics you are. […]

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One to Play

6th December 2017

Operation White Noise, Ubisoft’s newest update for Rainbow Six Siege is finally out. With the game recently celebrating its second birthday, now would be a pretty good time to get into the tactical shooter. I never did a review for Siege, simply because I didn’t know enough about it. I still don’t know a lot […]

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6th December 2017

Love is not liking There are people in life we cannot stand. They, for whatever reason, are not our friends and certainly not people we’d do favours for. But sometimes in life, we may face a time when we end up having to do something positive for those we don’t like. And that is the […]

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Would There be World Peace if it Weren’t for Religion?

30th November 2017

It is no lie to say that religion has been at the centre of many conflicts around the world for many years. The Iraq War was declared and Blair and Bush believed it was what God would have wanted, the Syrian Civil War has been partly fought as the Assad regime won’t allow religious freedom […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Government?

29th November 2017

As far as politics goes, there are no stupid questions. Even the question ‘what’s the government?’ actually often baffles the most clued-up person on politics you know. So, what actually is the government? Well, the government is made up of a huge number of individuals, many of whom work behind the scenes. You don’t see […]

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28th November 2017

Motivation I won’t lie, I’ve just spent ten minutes staring at the TV with just the word ‘motivation’ written on my computer screen. I could have probably been almost finished this week’s column if I had not procrastinated so much. But here we are. Motivation, as I can vouch for, is sometimes a pretty difficult […]

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British Cities Ridiculed Over Brexit

27th November 2017

Is there any better way to remind the world of the childishness of the European Union than banning the UK from a European that contest that has never required EU membership? A city in the UK is supposed to win the title in 2023 but as the Tories plough on with the negotiations, it’s seeming […]

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What the Budget Missed Out

27th November 2017

Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the 2017 Budget to the House of Commons in what was called “the end of austerity” by the naive and redundant by me. Hammond’s money makes very little difference to many people. His chucking of the stamp duty for homes £300,000 or under will help some people, but not […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

26th November 2017

After being refused service because of ‘inappropriate’ clothing, Geordie Shore’s Marnie has some beef with Miller & Carter Steakhouse. The 25-year-old tweeted this to express her outrage at the situation. not letting one eat food at your @MillerandCarter restaurant at 2 in the afternoon because there wearing a tracksuit is shocking, all because you don’t think […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the House of Lords?

21st November 2017

The world of Westminster is often confusing and overwhelming. And there is a lot to remember if you’re to understand just a portion of what goes on. But worry not – we’ve got the low down on one of the most baffling parts: the House of Lords. In London stands proud the Houses of Parliament, […]

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Just why is Robert Mugabe Bad?

21st November 2017

It has been in the news for the past few of days now that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe is the subject of a military coup, meaning his time as leader of the country, may be coming to an end. Economy Mugabe has been the President of Zimbabwe since 1987 and led the country when he […]

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