Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday

18th July 2018

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela. And, unbeknownst to me, he did more for us than just leaving us with a funky tune by The Specials. Mandela was famously imprisoned for 27 years before the public voted him President to end racism. It’s basically Donald Trump […]

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A week in mild amusement

18th July 2018

Something a little different this week. In honour of St. Patrick’s day occurring roughly four months ago (a tenuous link, I know) I’m going full poet. I’m going to attempt to express each of this week’s mildly amusing stories in the form of the greatest incarnation of literature: the limerick.  An AABBA folk poem structure which […]

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B**P REWIND: Supporting the mental health of pregnant women

16th July 2018

Two and a half years ago, we featured the story below. Yet only last week it was announced that a study from Bristol University has proven that depression and anxiety have risen dramatically amongst pregnant women. 25% of pregnant women under the age of 24 have high depressive symptoms. Let’s just hope that this money […]

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A week in mild amusement

12th July 2018

Booked for diving In an incident reminiscent of the 2010 story of the Chilean miners comes the 2018 story of the chilly young minors. 12 young boys and their football coach in Thailand have been rescued from an underwater cave they were trapped in for 17 days. The team is in such a weakened state […]

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Well That’s One Way To Transport a Cow…

10th July 2018

South Wales Police has launched an investigation after photos of a calf in the back of a Volkswagen Passat emerged on Facebook. Despite not being fully grown, a calf can still weigh up to 500kg making this a really dangerous load to transport in a car. Overloading a car can cause issues with braking and steering […]

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Is Bieber Engaged?

9th July 2018

It is usually painfully difficult to discover anything about Justin Bieber’s love life. The star ensures that the media can never be 100% certain about his relationship status or exactly who he is dating and if Selena Gomez is in the picture somehow. Well, supporters of #jelena will be devastated to know that Justin is […]

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Starbucks Employee Sacked

9th July 2018

Despite being crippling for sufferers, speech impediments are one of the few remaining disabilities that people are usually able to mock without consequence. Thankfully that looks to be changing as Starbucks fire an employee who made fun of a customer who stuttered while placing his order. The incident took place at a Philadelphia branch and […]

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Historical North East: Stephenson’s Rocket

5th July 2018

From June until September Newcastle Discovery Museum is hosting Rocket, one of the most renowned Steam Locomotives to ever journey on Britain’s railways. Though not the first steam locomotive, it resembled a culmination of years of engineering innovation and when completed was the most advanced steam locomotive of its day. Rocket was the brainchild of […]

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A week in mild amusement

3rd July 2018

Fridge geezer A South African woman is recovering in hospital after she was discovered alive in a mortuary fridge. Paramedics had declared her dead following a road accident. The ambulance company retains that she had shown ‘no signs of life’, which as a student, is more than can be said for some of the things […]

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GoT Star Says Celeb Cameos are ‘Stupid’

3rd July 2018

Actor Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor in Game of Thrones, said having famous people appear in the show is ‘stupid’. During the several seasons of the show, there have been dozens of musicians and bands appearing on screen. Kristian believes that having these modern well-known faces completely takes you out of the show. ‘I’m not a […]

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M. Night

First Poster for M. Night’s ‘Glass’

2nd July 2018

M. Night Shyamalan has shown the first poster for his upcoming movie, Glass. After directing Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense and The Village all around the start of the century, he became prolific for his plot twists. Some were done better than others, however, he stole the limelight again in 2016 with Split, starring James […]

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Cheryl and Liam announce split

It’s official – all over now

2nd July 2018

So it is official. Liam Payne and Cheryl have announced their break up via social media, the only way to announce to the world these days, that your relationship is over/someone has died/what you had for dinner – delete where applicable. The former X-Factor contestant and the former X-Factor judge were together long enough to […]

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‘Bag Rage’ Taking Over Australia

2nd July 2018

Despite Australia being home to the wondrous Great Barrier Reef which has endured years of pollution resulting in irreversible damage, some Australians seem quite reluctant to take measures to save the planet. (Polluted wildlife in the Great Barrier Reef) Major supermarket chains is all but two states will now be fined if they provide single-use […]

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Filled with More Than Helium

1st July 2018

There’s also the racism, sexism and general stupidity. People don’t like Trump, as any talk show or late-night show host would have you believe. But with the president’s visit just around the corner, the people of the UK want to show their appreciation of the orange buffoon with a huge balloon. Activist Leo Murray launched […]

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Dungeons Offering Redheads Free Entry

29th June 2018

Doesn’t get more British than this does it? With the UK basking in a heatwave currently, where better to spend it than underground in the Dungeons of Blackpool. Especially if you’re of the ginger disposition. No disrespect, heat can be troublesome when all you do is turn a bright shade of red. We’ve all been there. […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Review Roundup

29th June 2018

The first reviews for Ant-Man and the Wasp are rolling in before ahead of its release very soon. Starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the superhero duo as they take on an all-new villain. Many saw the first Ant-Man as a welcome breather from the slog that was Age of Ultron, which helped its […]

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DC

DC Streaming Service Details

28th June 2018

Since the announcement that DC would be creating its own streaming service, fans have wondered just what that would entail. In the past few months, details have been incredibly rare, aside from a few announcements of shows that would feature on the service. The company announced it would feature comics, movies and series’ on the […]

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Live Firearms Exercise Causes Fires

28th June 2018

Two grass fires at a military training area in Northumberland were caused by sparks from bullets, the Ministry of Defence has stated. The two fires, 15km apart, have been burning since Sunday in Otterburn. The area contains possible unexploded ordinance, so the Ministry has made no attempt to extinguish the fires yet. The fires, each […]

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Spain

Curing the Midweek Blues

28th June 2018

It’s not easy restoring ancient artworks. From tapestries to statues we as humans love preserving all of our old junk don’t we? Well, one town in Spain, famous for botching one restoration is back at it again. Well, one parish in Spain asked a local workshop to give their statue of St. George slaying the […]

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8am lectures..really?

28th June 2018

Students at Durham University are angry at plans that could require them to start at 8 am to attend lectures. To put it another way, an institution whose purpose is to prepare young people for work is asking those young people to get up at a fairly standard working time. To put it another way, Kieran […]

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Pride Month: Stonewall Anniversary

28th June 2018

June is the month of LGBTQ+ Pride – and rightly so. It is the same month during which the Stonewall Riots in Greenwhich Village, New York City took place. In fact, in 1969 on this day, the Stonewall Riots broke out after police were too rough with one customer in a known gay bar in […]

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50 Cent Mocks Terry Crews Over Harassment

27th June 2018

Famous rapper 50 Cent has met with backlash after mocking Terry Crews for speaking out on sexual-harassment. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star talked about claims a few months ago, that he had been groped at a party he and his wife had attended. Crews had recently given a speech to US politicians talking about being groped […]

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Spider-Man Sequel Titled Revealed by Star

27th June 2018

Tom Holland just can’t keep a secret, can he? While Marvel traditionally plans out its titles several years again, the studio has been oddly secretive about anything beyond 2019. This is most definitely due to the events of Infinity War, Disney’s highest grossing movie to date. Well, thanks to Marvel’s least discreet actor, we now […]

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Charts and That

27th June 2018

Another Tuesday another bunch of lists. Welcome back to Charts and That where Mario Tennis Aces, Ocean’s 8 and Clean Bandit are all at the top. First up, movies, where Jurassic World has been succeeded by Ocean’s 8, the all-female reboot of the heist franchise. With decent reviews, we’re going to guess this isn’t moving […]

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heat

Health Warnings Issued as Heatwave Continues

26th June 2018

The Met Office has issued a yellow health warning from Tuesday to Thursday, meaning there is an 80% chance of heat being a risk to health. Fears that the heat could potentially buckle train tracks pushed Network Rail to introduce speed restrictions. The hot weather is expected to last until the weekend, where temperatures are […]

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A week in mild amusement

26th June 2018

*Rubs eyes* I only took a couple of weeks off, I wonder what I missed. *Checks news* Oh Christ. Arbeit Macht cry So Trump was keeping children in camps at the border without their parents. Constant clips of crying younglings, distraught at the removal of their loved ones, shocked the world. The last time a […]

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82 Chihuahuas Found in Birmingham House

26th June 2018

82 chihuahuas have been discovered at a house in Birmingham after police were called to investigate a death. The house was reported as ‘[looking] like an earthquake had hit [it]’. The RSPCA were called to the property in Birmingham after police raised concerns about conditions. Some had matted coats and fleas, with others having burns, […]

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Ed Sheeran Stopped Concert For a Wee

26th June 2018

Imagine, you’re on stage, doing a set of your most famous songs, but you’ve had one too many waters. So you stop the set (twice), go for a well-needed pee and then continue on. Yep, Ed Sheeran stopped his gig after performing Galway Girl on Saturday night, because he ‘needed a pee’. Three songs later, […]

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Should Criminals’ Families Lose Their Homes?

25th June 2018

Since the beginning of 2018, 1300 stabbings have taken place in London and gang violence is becoming more severe. Rather than allocating the police and local councils a budget that allows them to combat rising crime, Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins believes that families of gang members should have their council houses taken away to […]

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Film review: Hereditary

24th June 2018

A modern wide-release horror that doesn’t rely solely on jump scares? Next, you’ll be telling me it features a creepy and well-done performance from a child. What’s that? Oh well, now you’ve got me. Hereditary is the first feature film from writer/director Ari Aster. It’s an intense horror that centres on a grieving family after […]

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Terminator 6 – It’s Coming Back

24th June 2018

After the spectacular disappointment that was Terminator Genisys, there had been some speculation if the franchise was finally dead. But, the sixth movie in the franchise is in production with the return of James Cameron and Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fans are hopeful that this means things could get back on track. The first […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Nutshell

24th June 2018

So, after the mess that was E3 last week, we finally have some tame-ish news to have a gander at. PUBG continues to annoy all its players, Steam’s Summer Sale has begun and Fortnite wants to switch up its endgame. Starting with Steam, there are tons of games getting discounts for the annual Steam Summer […]

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Ed Sheeran Ticket & Travel Warnings for Cardiff

21st June 2018

Ed Sheeran fans have been told to plan ahead of his concert in Cardiff city in the coming weeks, amid concerns over traffic and heightened ticket scrutiny. The Grammy-winning songwriter will become the first to perform four successive nights at the Principality Stadium, starting on Thursday. There will be no trains running to London after […]

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Burger King Russia Offends Literally All Women

21st June 2018

Burger King Russia has been forced to apologize after issuing an advert offering women a large cash prize should they get busy with one of the nation’s footballers at the World Cup. No this is not a bit or a goof. The Russia national team are doing incredibly well at their own World Cup, with […]

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Sophie Gradson

Former Love Island Star Dies at 32

21st June 2018

A former contestant on the TV show Love Island and former Miss Great Britain has died at age 32. Sophie Gradon was found in Medburn, Ponteland earlier on Thursday. She appeared on the 2016 season of the ITV dating show, where strangers are put on an island and they attempt to find a partner. Sophie […]

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New Music: Tom Odell

21st June 2018

This has been in the b**p email box now for a week and it was only when I heard it on Radio One yesterday I thought, ‘Oops I did it again.’ So here we are posting, possibly one of Odell’s best tracks to date, later than we should be. ‘If You Want to Love Somebody’ […]

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Theresa May – Detention Pictures are ‘Disturbing’

20th June 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the forced separation of migrant children from their families at the Mexico border by US officials but has dismissed calls to cancel the president’s trip to the UK. The PM stated that the images of children in what appeared to be caged were ‘deeply disturbing’ and ‘wrong’. But she […]

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Charts and That

19th June 2018

Hello there and welcome back to another week of Charts and That! Jurassic World reigns supreme, God of War jumps back up to the top spot and Jess Glynne is at number one. Let’s take a look at what else is on the lists. We’ll begin with music this week, where Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be […]

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Good Boy Denied Water for Deeds

19th June 2018

A Caffe Nero branch has sparked outrage after reportedly refusing to give a guide dog water. The store in Exmouth, Devon, told 40-year-old blind man Olliver Gibbons that his seven-year-old guide called dog called Sydney, could not have a drink. Gibbons, who was a customer in the store, accompanied by friend Helen Fox, confirmed that […]

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XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida

19th June 2018

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed after leaving a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday. Police stated he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was facing domestic violence charges at the time. He was hailed by many in the rap community to be a breakthrough talent, with numerous […]

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Yes, Robbie Williams Did Flip the Bird

17th June 2018

Oh, Robbie Williams. You scamp you. Flipping the bird live on TV, you little ruffian. No this isn’t a joke, Take That star Robbie Williams held up his middle finger right to the camera as he was performing at the World Cup opening ceremony. While UK viewers may not have seen it, the clip has been […]

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This Week’s Game News in a Nutshell

15th June 2018

This is gonna be a beefy one. E3 came and went so we’re going to be checking off the biggest titles that were announced, speedster-style. So, from Bethesda to Sony and Microsoft (we aren’t going to bother with EA, just saying), let’s count them down. Here we go. Bethesda Starting with Bethesda, they gave us […]

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ScotRail

ScotRail Shuts Down Racist Complaint

15th June 2018

Chances are if you’re any decent sort of human, you probably aren’t in any way okay with racism in any form. Well, neither are ScotRail, as shown by a recent Twitter conversation with one of their disgruntled customers. A user named Ali Roberts was attempting to lodge a formal complaint about the ‘seating situation’ on […]

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Russia

Russia Being Taught to Smile

15th June 2018

When you think of Russia, stereotypically, you think of two things. Vodka and the abuse of human rights. Not much room there for smiling is there? However, the proud people of Russia are being taught to be a bit more jovial for the World Cup. In the next month, an estimated 1.5 million citizens from 31 […]

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Government relaxes immigration rules

14th June 2018

In a surprise change of policy, the Conservative government has relaxed some of its immigration rules. Recently-appointed Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the change in immigration laws so that more doctors and nurses outside of the European Union can come to live and work in the UK. The policy on skilled immigration now excludes doctors […]

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Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank nurse dies

14th June 2018

Holocaust survivor and the nurse of Anne Frank Gena Turgel has passed away aged 95. Described by the Holocaust Educational Trust as a “shining light”, Mrs Turgel was also known as the Bride of Belsen after she married a British soldier who liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in which she was held by the Nazis. Mrs Turgel married […]

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Silent Procession Marks Grenfell Anniversary

14th June 2018

Hundreds of people have taken part in a silent procession, to honour the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago. This follows the memorial service held at St Helen’s Church in west London. Labour MP David Lammy said it was ‘bittersweet’ that the community had celebrated their unity […]

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Ivanka

Ivanka Trump Tries Proverbs

14th June 2018

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the worst president in the world and proud user of some of his ‘best words’. Ivanka tried to use a generic ‘Chinese Proverb’ and subsequently nearly every Asian person on Twitter had some wisdom of their own to depart. Ahead of her father arriving in Singapore for the historic meeting with […]

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Addiction is Addiction – Regardless of Age

13th June 2018

Parents of an unnamed primary school pupil revealed they had admitted their daughter into rehab after she became addicted to the online phenomenon Fortnite. The Mirror reported that the girl exhibited several obsessive behaviours, including secretly playing at night until mornings and sleeping in school. She also hit her dad after he tried to confiscate […]

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Incredibles 2 Review Roundup

13th June 2018

While the release date may be sneaking up on us, critics have seen The Incredibles 2 the sequel to Disney’s 2004 superhero movie, before it was cool. Here’s what critics are saying about the second movie, which has spent 14 years in the making. The Hollywood Reporter, to begin with, stated it was definitely ‘worth […]

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