UK Shrimps Testing Positive For Cocaine

21st May 2019

Researchers from King’s College London and and the University of Suffolk have made a shocking discovery about freshwater shrimp populations in Suffolk. While testing for evidence of chemical micro-pollution in rural England, researchers found traces of cocaine, ketamine and banned pesticides in all 15 samples they collected. The findings were surprising, given that the sample […]

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Tips for Learning a Language

17th May 2019

Learning a language is a fantastic way to expand your world and also improve your memory and cognition. A few weeks ago, I began learning Japanese, and I have some tips that may help you if you are thinking of also learning a new language. Don’t pay someone to teach you what you can teach […]

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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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The Smartest Countries in the World

10th May 2019

As humans, we’ve accomplished a lot of great things throughout the course of history. Questions asked are now answered faster than the speed of light, and with the recent 30th Anniversary of the internet, technology has never been more advanced! However, there are some countries who surpass the intelligence of your everyday person, and maybe […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th April 2019

Who’s your Baghdadi The leader of Islamic State has appeared in a video for the first time in five years. His newest release declared war on the infidel western world and all of its wretched citizen’s suckling at the teat of heathen democracy before urging viewers to like and subscribe and click the bell icon […]

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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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Rebuilding Notre Dame

17th April 2019

Over the past few days, the world has stood alongside Paris in mourning over the tragic fires which have destroyed major parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in one of the capital city’s central districts. Notre Dame: A Tragedy Politicians, celebrities and public figures have sent their condolences alongside kind words to a nation in […]

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Are Trans People more Prone to Heart Attacks?

16th April 2019

An American study has found that transgender men and women are significantly more likely than cisgender people to suffer from a heart attack. Transgender Men and Women The study was published in Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and is the first of its kind to explore the connection between being transgender and having an increased risk […]

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3 Trilogy endings that aren’t actually that bad

13th April 2019

Hollywood ruddy loves a trilogy. It’s a cool word that people remember the meaning of. Think you know what a four movie series is called? A quadrilogy right? Wrong. It’s a tetralogy and honestly who has time to remember that. Second off, two is the smallest number needed to establish a pattern and so the […]

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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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Hidden Gems: Azure Striker

9th April 2019

Despite the name, Azure Striker Gunvolt is not about a blue-green football player. It’s actually a fast-paced action-platformer about a superpowered secret agent. It also happens to be pretty amazing. Originally released on the 3DS, the game and its sequel, along with all of the DLC, were later re-released on Nintendo Switch under the rather […]

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Cop Gets Off On Feeding Homeless Faeces Sandwich

8th April 2019

A police officer from Texas who gave a homeless man a dog faeces sandwich has had his dismissal overturned because of a technicality. San Antonio bicycle patrol officer Matthew Luckhurst won his appeal to have his termination reversed based on a technicality in the law which states that law enforcement cannot discipline an officer for […]

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Merkel: Germany stands with Ireland

5th April 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that in the Brexit negotiations, Germany stands with Ireland “every step of the way”. The revelation comes after Ms Merkel’s talked with Leo Varadka, the Irish prime minister, in Dublin yesterday. It is understood that the talks surrounded the issues with the current Brexit deadlock in Parliament. One of […]

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The World’s Most Expensive Divorce

5th April 2019

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has managed to settle the world’s most expensive divorce this week. Worth at least $35 billion – the equivalent to £27 billion – the divorce beats the previous record set by art dealer Alec Wildenstein and wife Jocelyn, which was settled for $3.8 billion. Bezos […]

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British Gods: The Viking Invasion Part 2

4th April 2019

This article is a continuation from the attack on Lindisfarne, the first place the Viking’s landed in Britain. However, over the next 300 years many other places were attacked by the heathens of Scandinavia. This period of history was one of turmoil for the English, and had lasting effects on British culture, geography and language. […]

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Is Leaving Neverland Inaccurate?

4th April 2019

Leaving Neverland was the documentary that had apparently taken pop king Michael Jackson to court, convicted him and thrown away the key. However, the director of the four-hour documentary shown on Channel 4 in the UK has come forward and said that one of the accusor’s dates are inaccurate. Director Dan Reed admitted that James […]

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Brunei to punish gay sex with death

4th April 2019

The southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei has brought in a new law against gay sex that makes it punishable by stoning to death. Brunei has had very strict views on homosexual relations for many years as part of their devout Islamic culture. The latest move to use such barbaric punishment comes as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah […]

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MPs to push for No-Deal to be discounted

3rd April 2019

MPs in the House of Commons are to push for a no-deal Brexit to be discounted as reports suggest Theresa May is ramping up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal. Labour MP Yvette Cooper has presented the bill in the hope that it will be passed by MPs and put into law in […]

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Burger King announces vegan Whopper

3rd April 2019

Vegan, plant-based or plant-powered: whatever you call it, going meat-product-free is becoming increasingly trendy – and a way of bringing in the money. In the latest fast food chain attempt for publicity and vegan-friendly status, Burger King has announced that they have a vegan Whopper burger potentially coming soon. The vegan Whopper, named the Impossible […]

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Theresa May asks Corbyn for help with Brexit

3rd April 2019

In what is being seen as a shocking move politically, Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that she will be speaking to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with regards to how Britain moves on with the Brexit process. Mrs May’s decision follows weeks of deadlock in Parliament with her own MPs and Cabinet refusing to back […]

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A week in mild amusement

2nd April 2019

Hung Parliament A dozen protesters stripped naked in the House of Commons to bring attention to climate change. Because only a naked male body can truly exemplify when there’s a drastic change in temperature. Despite the intent of the demonstration, the MPs continued discussing the enthralling subject of Brexit. You have to give Theresa May […]

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Pornography on Tumblr: Popularity Plummets

26th March 2019

As expected, social media platform Tumblr has suffered a real loss in engagement since it took the decision to ban NSFW content. In an attempt to combat the amount of pornography including children and minors, the Tumblr executives rolled out a ban on all sexually explicit content, starting on the 17th December 2018. This ban […]

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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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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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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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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 – 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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