A limerick in mild amusement

19th March 2019

It’s that time of year again kids. That time being, that in honour of St. Patrick’s Day I will attempt to convey the week’s news in the highest form of art. That being the humble limerick. Count yourself lucky that this is only a couple of days late this year, instead of the three months […]

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Multicultural Britain: The death of a stereotype

12th March 2019

Great Britain is best known for being home to an awful lot of incredibl posh, very polite tea addicts. Ask anone who’s spent any time in the UK and they’ll tell you something very different

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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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Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Day: Part 1

7th March 2019

The Anti Bullying Ambassador training day that I attended was on Wednesday the 13th of February at Kenton school, in Newcastle. I was inspired to take part in this magnificent cause because of a friend, whose story I told in detail in my previous article, Anxiety And Children, who suffers from multiple anxieties. Anti-bullying means […]

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Female student sits in classroom blowing bubble with gum looking arrogantly out of the window

Should chewing gum be allowed in school?

5th March 2019

Chewing gum is great! It has benefits when studying and learning as it has been proven to help you remember information and relieve stress and anxiety, it’s banned in schools. This ban should be removed because it could help out the students and give the school better grades. Can gum improve test scores? In school […]

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Herbalist Sentenced After Diabetic Boy’s Death

4th March 2019

Anti-vax parents have been in the headlines a lot lately following six outbreaks of measles in the USA since the beginning of 2019. These anti-vaxxers falsely believe that vaccines such as the MMR vaccine can cause autism and other conditions in their children. The MMR vaccine has been attacked for decades but now, insulin has […]

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The Chlorinated Chicken Debate

2nd March 2019

The Chlorinated Chicken Debate; Woody Johnson, the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, has published an article defending his country’s agricultural practices whilst discarding the EU’s “museum of agriculture”. His comments come as Washington publishes its negotiating objectives for a US-UK trade deal with the backing of the Trump administration. The document asserts “the […]

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The Truth About Loneliness

26th February 2019

Loneliness is an interesting and complex feeling. It is isolating and scary, often leading people into depression and anxiety. Why is it that loneliness has this impact on us, and is it normal to experience loneliness for a while in life? Well, we’ve got the truth about loneliness for you right here, so keep on […]

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National Geographic Teams Up With Barbie

25th February 2019

For many years now, toy brands have been much more conscious about manufacturing toys that perpetuate outdated gender roles and stereotypes. Barbie, a brand owned by Mattel, has been a pioneer in era-appropriate toys. It has sold career themed dolls for decades, including the famous 1989 Unicef ambassador doll (left) and the 1963 executive career […]

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Every Oscar movie reviewed in a sentence

24th February 2019

The Oscars ceremony takes place this Sunday – click here for my predictions – and thankfully I’ve finished my homework in record time. Rather than boring everyone with a rapidly produced series of lukewarm 300-word reviews, I found this alternative. So you’re welcome. I’ve tried to pack as much detail as I could into these […]

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Why owning your problems is important

23rd February 2019

Oftentimes in life, we seem to simply float through, never really pausing to evaluate our experiences – especially the bad ones. This very natural impulse of ours leads to a lot of repressed emotins and thoughts, meaning that our psychology is affected by our lack of dealing with things. In some cases, this can severely […]

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2019 Oscar Predictions

23rd February 2019

It’s crunch time. Time for me to put my meagre reputation on the line and make a half-informed series of guesses at a number of the Academy Award nominations. Last year I got five right out of the eight I guessed but that was a year with a much more predictable climate. The BAFTAS and […]

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Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain?

21st February 2019

As Honda Announces Swindon Plant Closure, Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain? In 1984 Margaret Thatcher personally lobbied the chairman of Nissan Motor Company, Katsuji Kawamata, and the Japanese Prime Minister to come to a deal attracting a 6000+ job manufacturing plant in Sunderland and establishing the UK as the natural outpost in the […]

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Clockwise from top - Brit Awards 2019 logo, Hugh Jackman performing in silver tuxedo, Dua Lipa on red carpet

The Brits in Brief

21st February 2019

Last night marked the 39th edition of the Brit awards. Held at the O2 in London, it featured show-stopping performances, deserving winners and much more. Here’s a brief summary of what when down during Brits 2019. The ‘Greatest’ Show The show opened and closed with some of the best performances of the night. Hugh Jackman […]

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Book Review: Paula Rawsthorne’s Shell

19th February 2019

What if you thought you had died, only to wake up to find that your brain and eyes had been transplanted into someone else’s body? When Lucy, a teen diagnosed with terminal cancer wakes up cancer-free, it should be a dream come true. But faced with a life she didn’t choose and trapped in a […]

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The Rise of Laura Muir

18th February 2019

Laura Muir is a 25-year-old Scot who likes to run, and she’s a force of nature. Muir specialises in long-distance disciplines as the 2018 European Champion in 1500m and the 2017 European indoor champion winning both the 1500m and 3000m races. On Saturday she broke the 31-year-old British record for a women’s indoor mile to […]

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Book Review: M.A. Griffin’s Payback

16th February 2019

Payback is an enigmatic anti capitalist group staffed by teens, has one mission: to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Its dramatic heists create a sensation. But when excitable Payback fan Tom is recruited, he accidentally brings with him a shady money man, Mr Ruiz. And he’s not the only one on […]

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Who is Christopher Chope?

16th February 2019

Sir Christopher Chope is the sitting Conservative MP for Christchurch since 1997. A qualified barrister, Chope was inexplicably bestowed a knighthood for “political and public service”. In many ways, Chope is a fairly run of the mill (although of the type that is becoming less common) Conservative backbench MP. He’s socially conservative, voting consistently against […]

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A week in mild amusement

12th February 2019

This week I’ve set myself the challenge of doing AWIMA without mentioning the BLT words. In this context, clearly, B is for Brexit. T is for Trump. And L could honestly stand for anything but this week lets say it’s for Liam Neeson. God knows I’m not touching that burning skip of hot takes. Please […]

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True Story:Anxiety and Children

11th February 2019

Just like anyone, children feel worried and anxious; and with the added concern of school, kids can worry about normal things, like going out in public, leaving their parents and talking to their peers. But it really becomes a problem when it affects a child’s day-to-day life: severe anxiety can harm young people’s mental and […]

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Mother of victim (left), Jan (victim - middle) and father of victim (right).

Response to Abducted in Plain Sight

6th February 2019

After watching Abducted in Plain Sight, it seems that a normal review will not reflect how this one-part documentary has affected all those who’ve seen it. In an attempt to do it justice, we have reviewed not only the film itself but people’s response to this truly unforgettable story. Bizarre, disturbing and downright sick Just […]

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Top Twenty One ’21 Savage is British’ Memes

4th February 2019

It’s been a crazy few days for rapper 21 Savage. He hit the headlines during the 2019 Superbowl as authorities in the US arrested him as part of a targeted operation relating to drug charges. According to officials, the 26 year old, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 as a 12 […]

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ADHD

ADHD – A Basic Overview

4th February 2019

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The cause of this disorder is unknown but the disorder usually is discovered in early childhood, made more prominent by certain events like staring school. A possible cause is a genetic link with premature birth, brain damage and […]

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Newcastle Bring in Reinforcements

1st February 2019

Newcastle United have finally broken their longstanding transfer record with the purchase of Miguel Almiron from MLS high-flyers Atlanta United. Whilst the fee is officially undisclosed, Newcastle is believed to have paid £20 million for the playmaker. Rafa Benitez has gotten used to having his transfer ambitions cut back by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, […]

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Snow, Snow, Snow: A British Story

31st January 2019

Much of the United Kingdom has been beset by snow this week with weather warnings issued across much of the country. Areas of higher ground can expect “very significant” snow of up to 10cm whilst schools, airports and railway stations have all seen disruption. So that’s the current situation, but what about the bigger picture? Were […]

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Brexit: ‘Super Tuesday’ Showdown

30th January 2019

In what is being dubbed ‘Super Tuesday’ MP’s were asked to vote on seven amendments to set a precedent for the final months of Brexit negotiations. As Brexit continues to tear apart parliament and sever the country in two, Tuesday’s votes have given rise to a fresh mandate for the Prime Minister to take to […]

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Move over Millennials!

29th January 2019

2019 has finally rolled in and the first members of Generation Z are now around 5 years into adulthood. As generation Z has grown, so has the world we live in. Massive leaps in technology have brought us from huge computers – that took an age to load a web page – to iPads and laptops […]

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JCB Invests in Johnson and Davis

25th January 2019

Brexit is sending shockwaves throughout the business community; Airbus has publicly branded the government ‘a disgrace’. The prospect of a no-deal or hostile Brexit will undoubtedly bring some severe implications to the way businesses conduct themselves in this country and probably damage our economy too, at least in the short term. It might be expected […]

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Oscars 2019 Nominations Announced

23rd January 2019

And they’re off! The morbid list of films I’m now going to force myself to sit through is now online. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I sort of hate the Oscars but at the same time, I’m weirdly fascinated by them. So let’s see if there are any real surprises in the […]

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A depiction of Donald Trump and protesters with pickets about human rights.

The Snowflake Generation: A Threat to What?

19th January 2019

You may have heard of a ‘snowflake’, and thought, what does it mean? Naturally, your innate curiosity as a liberal, open-minded individual, makes you investigate this new insult people have been throwing around lately like salted peanuts at a 16th birthday party. Define: Snowflake According to the urban dictionary, a snowflake is someone that ‘thinks […]

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Front view into Land Rover driver by Prince Phillip with Queen Elizabeth in passenger seat.

A Media Car Crash

18th January 2019

You will have undoubtedly heard the news of Prince Phillip’s ‘little’ accident less than 24 hours ago. According to The Daily Mail, the car crash happened as he pulled out onto a main road in Norfolk. However, what does this story say about the media’s attention span? We want the 411 before you call 911 […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th January 2019

Collider Scope Cern is planning to build an even bigger version of the Large Hadron Collider. I remember when the last one was turned on and many feared it would produce a black hole that would destroy the world. I imagine it’ll be identical when they turn the new one on with the exception of […]

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Cartoon of a man sat pushing over dominoes in a circle that leads back to fall on him.

Karma Ain’t No B*tch

15th January 2019

The concept of karma originates from India and the Far East, mainly in Buddhism and Hinduism; it suggests that our current actions have an impact on the future. We’ve all heard the Culture Club classic ‘Karma Chameleon’, but what does it all mean? Is it really a bitch? Everyone, remain karma Fundamentalists of karma believe that our […]

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Why Would Anyone Visit Gateshead?

14th January 2019

A tourist arrives at an airport in the south of England. When questioned by immigration officials, she told them she wanted to spend the week in Gateshead. Officials quickly concluded that such a prospect would be so ghastly that it must be a fabrication; so they were denied entry into the country. J.B Priestley once […]

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Can Young People Afford Housing?

10th January 2019

Towards the end of the 20th century, home ownership in the United Kingdom reached record levels. Margaret Thatcher spent eleven years trying to build a property-owning democracy. One of her successors, David Cameron described ownership as the ‘Conservative Dream’. Today, what was once deemed as a fair reward for aspiration is becoming increasingly unachievable – […]

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Hyundai unveil ‘Walking Car’

8th January 2019

On January 8th, 2019, a new project released from the company ‘Hyundai’, of foretells of a car able to configure itself to form a quad of legs from underneath allowing it to walk autonomously. The company released a video to show the performance of its current prototype, which surprisingly displays a decent speed of 3mph […]

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The Great Barrier Reef: a bright underwater scene featuring underwater plants and brightly coloured fish.

Coral Reefs: Poachers in the Ocean?

7th January 2019

Coral Reefs are, without a doubt, one of nature’s most fascinating places. Accounting for less than 0.1% of the ocean, they are not only breathtakingly beautiful but incredibly rare (and becoming rarer). The rainforests of the sea, as they are often referred to, are incredibly delicate ecosystems and subject to immense damage from humans. More […]

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Stephen Hawking (top-left), orangutang on Christmas tree (top-right) and Robbie Rotten from Lazytown (bottom)

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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Twas a week in mild amusement

29th December 2018

Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the land Not a person was voting, as Theresa had planned. The public was off. They were all flying home, Unless airport security couldn’t locate a drone. The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While Dominic Raab quietly sold off their meds. And Melania in her […]

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Top left Ava Max, bottom left Spice Girls in Santa Claus outfits, right Ariana Grande on thank u, next cover

Christmas No. 1: Then and Now

18th December 2018

Who will be in the running? An X-Factor hopeful, a tired old queen with a classic, or the newest queen on the block? With a history spanning 65 years, the UK’s Christmas No.1 is an annual institution, and the race is on to see who will secure the coveted spot. Likely Contenders Ariana Grande has […]

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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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No More Lynx Sets

11th December 2018

There must be at least one person out there who agrees. It’s Christmas day. You delve halfway into a pile of presents – significantly smaller in size than last year – and you find yourself opening…please, no! It’s a Lynx set, again! To make matters worse, it’s either the abhorrent ‘Dark Temptation’ or every pubescent schoolboy’s […]

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A tweak in mild amusement

10th December 2018

I dunno about you, I feel like I’ve been away a long time. I was beginning to feel a semblance of happiness before I committed to staring down this week’s ‘amusing’ news. But with my mental wellbeing returned to a satisfactorily trudging internal scowl, let’s dive in. Serkis act If Theresa May just released a […]

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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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A week in mild amusement

27th November 2018

Missionary position Now, you know me. I’m not a man who likes to laugh at the misfortune of others. I swear I’m not, or my name isn’t Kieran Schadenfreude Macfadzean. But when someone gets themselves killed in such a hilariously avoidable fashion for a similarly laughable reason, I allow myself a chuckle. This was the […]

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Gazza charged with sexual assault

19th November 2018

Former footballer and north east icon Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexual assault after an incident occured on a train from York to Durham in August. Gascoigne was arrested at Durham station following the incident and he will now appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on 11th December to face the charge against him. […]

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Draft Brexit deal: All you need to know

15th November 2018

It has been over eight hundred days since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Late yesterday evening, it was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May that the cabinet had finally agreed on a draft Brexit deal ahead of this country’s withdrawal from the Union in March next year. With over 500 pages of […]

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

15th November 2018

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ makes for stirring television. It was public broadcasting at it’s finest designed to showcase the harrowing experiences of nearly six million Brits in a more intimate manner than ever before. Jackson’s film – four years in the making – was by no means a history of the first […]

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A leak in mild amusement

13th November 2018

Long may he rain It’s a new week and its AWIMA. You know what that means. Time to type Trump’s name into Google and see what he’s done this time. The US president has refused to attend a WW1 memorial service amidst poor weather conditions. The weather was described as ‘near-zero visibility’ so Donald opted […]

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Pacer Trains to Disappear

7th November 2018

If you live in the north of England you’ll no doubt be familiar with the much maligned, nodding donkey ‘Pacer’ trains. With the introduction of new rolling stock across the Northern Rail network, they are due to be phased out between the end of this year and the beginning of 2020. A saving grace for […]

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