Why it’s important to check up on your friends

14th July 2019

One thing we repeatedly talk about here at b**p is how important it is to be there for others, especially during difficult times. However, sometimes the struggles others face are not immediately obvious. That’s why it’s important to check up on your friends and to make sure that they’re ok. When we say ‘check up’ […]

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On This Day: Live Aid 1985

13th July 2019

In 1985 came a day in music history that would change live concerts and our expectation of them forever. On this day in 1985, it was time for Live Aid. Live Aid was organised by musicians Bob Geldof and Midge Urie to raise money for the Ethiopian famine horrifying the world at that time. It […]

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What is the meaning of home?

12th July 2019

According to the dictionary, the literal definition of ‘home’ is as follows: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Does that definition truly capture the meaning of ‘home’, though? Is it really a satisfactory explanation for such a thing as important as a home? Is there something […]

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Love Island… The Story So Far

9th July 2019

Love Island 2019 is well underway and, as usual, has captured the attention of millions of viewers for a whole summer. With dramatic fall-outs, re-couplings and U-turns at every corner of the ITV2 TV show, we thought it was time to go through the Love Island 2019 story so far and give it the good […]

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Traumatising Racism in Sport

9th July 2019

Racism is growing rapidly in football, with a 15% increase of reported incidents from 2016 to 2018. It is an issue affecting not just the players of the game, but also the many fans of it too. The main cause of the rise in racism is the high profile football federations like the FA, UEFA […]

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Mastering Politics: The Brexit Party

8th July 2019

Political parties are not the easiest of things to understand – and that’s just speaking for the mainstream ones. The Brexit Party is one of the newest political parties in Britain, and it was officially founded in January 2019. It labels itself as Eurosceptic, meaning it is highly critical of the European Union (EU). The […]

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Top 5 Elton John Songs

5th July 2019

Elton John is undoubtedly one of the greatest performers and artists of all time. His songs will long outlive him, and his stage presence will be felt for a long time after his retirement when the Farwell Yellow Brick Road Tour comes to an end. And, in light of this and the Elton biopic Rocketman‘s […]

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What Annoyed The Internet This Week?

4th July 2019

Following the release of Miley Cyrus’ music video for her latest track Mother’s Daughter, the Internet was arguing with itself about who should truly be included in the body positivity movement. This video features several activists and models from various marginalised communities, namely Aaron Philip, Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint) and Angelina Duplisea. In case […]

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Pride Month 2019

4th July 2019

Pride Month is officially here, and we’re supporting it as always here at b**p. However, as always, there are some who question the relevance and need for a Pride Month. After all, they say, there isn’t any pride for straight people. Regardless of that issue, though, there is a relevance for Pride Month, and there […]

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Why Boris Johnson just can’t be PM

3rd July 2019

As we inch ever-closer to discovering just who will win the Conservative Party leadership race, and thus become Britain’s next prime minister, there’s something seriously bothering me. It has everything to do with the teriffying thought of Boris Johnson becoming PM. You might think that this is terrifying to me – and, I’m sure, millions […]

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Why do girls give up football?

3rd July 2019

Sadly, it has been proven that girls are giving up football when they hit puberty – 75% more than boys do. As you can guess, this is a very upsetting issue for people who want to play and support girl’s football, and it needs to be sorted out straight away. Even though we lost out […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

3rd July 2019

From the moment British rapper Stormzy was announced as the headline act at the Glastonbury festival, we all expected great things. Even before he stepped one foot on stage, he had already made history. A few weeks ago, Stormzy dropped the track ‘Vossi Bop‘- a slick and ice cold rap song which hits out at […]

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5 songs we’re listening to ATM

3rd July 2019

Here at b**p we are truly music lovers, and so there’s little we love more than discovering good, new music. Be it through our Spotify, our friends or family, we are always here for amazing music finds – and so we thought why not share them with you! So, without further ado, here are 5 […]

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Sleeping around: is it okay?

2nd July 2019

The phrase ‘sleeping around’ is banded about like it’s dirty all of the time by so many people – young, old, male and female. It implies that enjoying sex with more than one individual, or with an individual one is not in a committed relationship with, is wrong and has some kind of determiner on […]

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Alcohol abuse among young people is a thing

2nd July 2019

It’s an assumption made by many that it’s normal for young people to binge drink and get hammered on most – if not every – night out they go on. When they head off to university, binge drinking is common, and it’s basically encouraged no matter where you study. However, there is a problem with […]

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How friendships change when you go to uni

2nd July 2019

Heading off to uni is one of the biggest changes in a person’s life. For most, it’s the first time they’ve lived away from their home and consequently their families and friends. The structure of school/sixth form life is no longer there, and finding your feet is not easy. As a result of all of […]

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Advice: Bitterness among best friends

28th June 2019

Our friendships are some of the most important relationships in our lives and they matter a great deal to us all for obvious reasons that need not be explained. But what happens when bitterness among best friends seems to occur? Where do you go and how do you recover from it? While it would be […]

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Five Benefits to Going on Holiday

24th June 2019

So for some exams are over and while you are trying not to think about results day, maybe living life in another place for a couple of weeks is just what you need. But there are other reasons for taking that holiday. It relieves stress! The very idea of a holiday is to relieve people […]

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Nun claims Katy Perry has “blood on her hands”

17th June 2019

A nun involved in a property battle with Katy Perry has accused the singer of playing a part in her friend’s death. 89 year old nun Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died as she prepared to face Katy Perry’s legal team in court along with her best friend Rita Callanan. Sister Callanan, 81, claimed that […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

10th June 2019

In a strange turn of events, it has been revealed that nearly all of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership have hit the bong or snorted a line at some point in their lives. The only candidate who hasn’t had a big drug reveal is Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who actually spoke out about […]

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Bad friends: should you stay or leave?

30th May 2019

Friendships are a huge part of our lives and are often tumultuous things. Everyone has them; we fall in and out of them, and we’ll all remember our friends – good or bad – at the end of our lives. So, when it comes to bad friends, we usually feel quite conflicted. Bad friends cause […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

26th May 2019

This week, a ‘businesswoman’ annoyed the Internet after a dumpster fire thread in which she claimed poor people “have no class at all” because someone didn’t return her Tupperware once. Below, Melissa Jeanine details her interactions with ‘broke people’ and they all seem to centre around her baking something that no one wanted or asked […]

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5 Ways to Push Through That End of Semester Slump

22nd May 2019

It’s nearly June and you’re still working while some of your friends are done for the year. Your friends have Snapchat stories of themselves relaxing and enjoying their free time while you’re sitting in the library colour coding your revision timetable. Many students experience a feeling of exhaustion or a complete lack of motivation at […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

16th May 2019

For those of you who didn’t know, it is currently Mental Health Awareness Week. Running from 13th-19th of May, it’s a chance for us to really consider where we’re at regarding the issue both individually and as a global community. Mental health needs to be addressed like any other health concern, and as long as […]

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Feminism: Ignored or Provoked by the Media?

14th May 2019

It was the summer of 2015. My family and I were on our annual road trip and we had just visited London. As we were on our 6-hour journey coming back home, we noticed that there was a huge traffic jam and commotion occurring on the main road we were travelling on. The reason? A […]

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Could You Be Autosexual?

9th May 2019

The LGBTQ+ community is always expanding as society learns about and accepts more and more sexual identities. In years gone by, the LGBT community was thought of as being exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as the acronym would suggest. More and more letters have been added to include asexual, intersex and poly-amorous […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

7th May 2019

Caster Semenya was born to run. She produces more testosterone than the average woman and has consistently dominated in her event: the 800 metres. A natural advantage such as this is normally called a gift. So why has the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that she must change her own biology to slow her […]

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Light at the end of the tunnel is real

29th April 2019

Chances are, you’ve stared sadness in the face for longer than a few hours during the course of your life. Be it grief, a break-up, family problems, bullying or a huge disruption in your life – you’ve been there. There being a dark place where it’s cold and the sun doesn’t shine. It’s quite a […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

27th April 2019

Greta Thunberg is without a doubt one of the most incredible teenagers to exist today. She has the backing of other well known environmental activists and conservationists including David Attenborough, as well as thousands of schoolchildren who took part in her strikeforclimate and seemingly most of the internet. Oh and she’s been nominated for a […]

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How it feels to be at the end of adolescence

25th April 2019

Adolescence is one hell of a phase. Incorporating the years from the age of ten to 19, it’s a journey that is unlike any other human experience in their lifetime. Adolescence spans the beginning of secondary school, all of those awkward and painful mid-teenage years, right until the end of one’s school days and the […]

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Monopoly Mother Boycotts McDonalds

24th April 2019

A mother-of-three from Hull was left outraged after her misunderstanding of the McDonald’s Monopoly T&Cs meant her children couldn’t claim their prizes. She claims she will “never return” to the restaurant after her children aged 5, 11 and 13 were denied free meals they had won by collecting Monopoly stickers. In order to redeem Monopoly […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

24th April 2019

Diane Abbott gets a ridiculous amount of stick from the press. Every time she even slightly bends the rules or makes a mistake, every trashy newspaper in the country has a field day. Some voters haven’t quite forgiven her for that time she got a statistic wrong on the radio. The same voters are likely […]

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Arguing: The Dos and Don’ts

18th April 2019

It may have gone unnoticed to you that part of life involves conflict. And with conflict usually comes arguing. While a lot of arguments often end up in tears, they don’t always have to and – surprisingly – there are ways to make your arguments efficient. So, without further ado, here are our dos and […]

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Why the elderly are important

17th April 2019

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again. If you don’t get the significance of this, I’m glad you’ve decided to read this piece – you will hopefully find it useful. Vera Lynn is known for being a ‘wartime sweetheart’. During World War Two, her songs would be played by soldiers […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

14th April 2019

There was yet another squabble about Ariana Grande’s sexuality on the Internet this week. The reemergence of this ancient debate came after the release of Victoria Monet’s new song MONOPOLY. The song, in which the world of dating and romance is compared to the board game Monopoly, features Ariana Grande singing about liking ‘men and […]

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embraces muslim woman surrounded by crowd

A Better World: Embracing Differences

11th April 2019

Our world is obsessed with ‘other’ and ‘differences’, to the point that many make it their sole obligation to rid society of people who seemingly don’t belong. Recent differences in opinion over subjects like Brexit have caused division, ultimately leading to nowhere. This, alongside conflicts over religious beliefs and sexuality, serves to do two things: cause […]

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Emojis superimposed on people's heads who are standing on their phones. From left to right: wink emoji, purple devil emoji, cry emoji.

The Meaning Behind Emojis

10th April 2019

Emojis have effectively become a language of their own, with people using them to communicate thoughts, emotions and even ideologies. If you think about it they are probably, in many respects, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the world of dating apps. Messages going […]

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On people not being who you thought they were

9th April 2019

Life never, ever goes as you had planned. That is a universal law, and one everybody comes to realise at some point in their life. However, something that we never really expect to hit us is when people don’t go as planned. Sometimes in life, we have to deal with people not being who you […]

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Which uni should I firm on UCAS?

6th April 2019

When it comes to university and UCAS, there’s a whole load of information you’re bombarded with. And then when it comes to firming your offers, there’s a whole load of pressure you’re dealing with. If you haven’t yet confirmed any of your uni offers yet, you have until 1st May to do so. If you’re […]

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Why we’ll never agree on Brexit

2nd April 2019

Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. In case you haven’t noticed (don’t worry – I know you have), it’s all we talk about nowadays. And, if you want to know the grim truth, here it is: we’re never going to agree on Brexit. Never. Never. Going. To. Agree. If you’re asking why, I’ll forgive you. The way politicians […]

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Young boy stands with a plastic bag as a cape with hand in the air towards the sun.

A Better World: Plastic Waste

30th March 2019

It would be completely futile to delve into why we all need to reduce waste and minimize the impact we have on the environment. From a barely-discernible ocean covered in plastic waste to footage of a lorry-full of refuse being pulled from a whale’s stomach, these images, however often they appear on Facebook and Instagram, […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

25th March 2019

I’m going to propose the addition of a new verb to the Oxford dictionary: Pottermourning: Definition: The feeling of sadness when an author creates a much loved and profitable franchise and then single-handedly spoils it for everyone years later. Those of you who are active on Twitter will already know exactly what I mean. Despite coming out with a play, theme parks and a spin-off movie series, […]

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British Gods: The Viking Invasion, Part One

22nd March 2019

Throughout history Britain has been the home of many different peoples. In a culture like today, where immigration is such a hot and heavily debated topic, it’s important to learn about all the cultures that have influenced your own, and how your ancestors arrived at this island we now call home. In this article, we […]

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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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