Curing the Midweek Blues

20th June 2018

No one likes vegetables or salad as a child. Sprouts are nasty bitter balls of green. Cabbage tastes like water and tomatoes are so nasty you walk around with them in your mouth, so you can spit them in the bin. Seriously. I did that as a child. This week’s edition takes us to Canada, […]

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Coping with Anxiety: The Thought Process

20th June 2018

Anxiety is something everyone feels occasionally, although for those struggling to cope it can be extremely debilitating. Whether we blame society, technology or lifestyle choices, the sheer complexity of the human brain means we’re very much in-the-dark about how the mind works. The Power of Thoughts They say knowledge is power, and this is no […]

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Why Do We Hate the Sound of Our Own Voice?

14th June 2018

Only complete narcissists can stand the sound of their own voice on recordings. Most people absolutely cringe when they watch videos of themselves talking and there’s a reason why. Hating your own voice is a curious phenomenon really, especially when you consider that you’ve heard yourself talk more than anyone else. So why is it […]

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The Newcastle comedy scene

11th June 2018

With Consett-born comic Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy) the freshest face on the mainstream comedy circuit, Newcastle comedy is in the spotlight. But Lee has been known widely amongst comedy-going audiences in Newcastle for years. So we’re here to answer the question of where you go in the city to see the newest and best […]

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Solitude is not loneliness

6th June 2018

Look, I’m not the type for a hugely introspective dive into my own psyche. I sort of just wander around the world hoping that I won’t be hit by a bus by the time I go to bed. Something I do wish to clarify though, on behalf of others who may be like me, is […]

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Stand up for yourself: Audience interaction.

24th May 2018

Despite how smugly pleased I am with the title I came up with for this column, I rarely do it. Because, as still a new stand-up, I don’t really feel it’s my place to give advice on something I’m still figuring out. That said, every time I have a bit of a breakthrough, I can’t […]

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How To Revise With a Cold

24th May 2018

For many GCSE/A-level/university students, the exam period can be the most stressful of the year. As if hours of revision wasn’t hard enough, the unlucky few among us can sometimes can catch one of those irritating minor illnesses during this crucial time. Something like a cold isn’t enough to be excused or have special circumstances […]

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3 Podcasts you should listen to (besides ours)

9th May 2018

The first Beep podcast was released last week and I was honoured to be chosen as the host. The show is the audible adaptation of my regular A Week in Mild Amusement column. Unlike that column though, it features THREE people desperately trying to be funny instead of just me. With this occasion, I felt […]

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What Annoyed the Internet Last Week?

8th May 2018

This week’s ‘what annoyed the Internet’ is a little TMI but it has sparked up a debate about sexual expectations of men and women. It all started with this video of DJ Khaled: ok so I'm convinced he has the mind of a teenage boy pic.twitter.com/epzhPjceny — Got Student Loans Homie Quan (@howcomeyousmell) May 4, […]

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How to Memorise Effectively

24th April 2018

The human memory is an amazing yet unpredictable thing. You may remember a totally irrelevant conversation from 10 years ago word perfectly, but you can’t remember any of the speech you spent hours revising yesterday. The frustrating thing about memorisation is that it often doesn’t matter how much you try to remember something- it’s all […]

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Top 5 Best British Comedy Series

17th April 2018

The time of the sketch show has passed it would seem. In the early 2000s, one couldn’t move for the likes of League of Gentlemen or Little Britain jokes. Luckily, these relics have been preserved thanks to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. So, here are our top British sketch shows and sitcoms. Be […]

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Why Night Owls Die Earlier than Early Risers

16th April 2018

Morning people seem to have all the perks in life. They’re cheerful every morning, they always seem to get 8+ hours of sleep and latest research has shown that they live longer than *normal* people. This research explains that being a morning person is linked to a number of factors including genetics and environment. According […]

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Why Don’t Animals Get Acne?

12th April 2018

Ever been in the middle of a ferocious acne breakout, looked at your pet and wondered what they ever did to deserve an acne free existence? No? Well you’re about to find out anyway. An estimated 80% of all people between 11 and 30 have an acne outbreak at least once in their lives, making […]

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Faecal Matters to Life on Mars

11th April 2018

Many scientists, including the late Stephen Hawking, have researched the possibility of putting humans on Mars. It has been suggested that mankind will have put the first human colony on the planet within the next hundred years. To get there, we will need endless resources including food, radiation shields and tools. One of the problems […]

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Lent Purifies Unholy Computer Viruses

23rd March 2018

Ah Lent, the holiest time of the year. However things are about to get very unholy, very quickly and it’s all because of computer infections. Since the beginning of Lent this year, the amount of computer infections has dropped by 17% across the US, and this number is even higher in US states with large […]

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Midweek Blues

21st March 2018

Ivanka may not be a scientist but by golly, she makes for some good meme material. On Instagram and Twitter, she posted a photo of herself dressed like a scientist and well…the internet being the internet decided to meme it up. Let’s get stuck in, shall we? The image in question was from her visit […]

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7 Most Annoying People on Facebook

7th March 2018

When Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, he probably did not realise he had just unleashed a Pandora’s Box of irritating people onto the world. There are 2.2 billion active Facebook accounts yet somehow, all of the annoying users seem to follow the same behaviour patterns regardless of age, nationality and social status. It doesn’t matter who […]

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Why We’re All Skint

25th February 2018

If you’re around the age as most of us here at B**p, then you’ll probably know the pained feeling of being skint. On the bones of your literal backside, with all of £4 in your bank. So, what do we spend our money on? Out of the 18-21-year-olds we asked, we discovered something you all […]

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Can we still watch Aziz Ansari?

23rd February 2018

I threw on Parks and Recreation the other night as a comfort watch. It’s my favourite US sitcom and my go-to for a few easy laughs mixed in with a healthy touch of gooey sentiment. However, as I chuckled at the cringey antics of MVP-wannabe Tom Haverford, a pang of guilt struck me. I thought […]

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Last Minute Revision Crash Course

19th February 2018

As somebody who leaves most things in life until the last minute, I am very experienced in the art of last minute revision. Yeah it’s not ideal and I don’t deny that it’s better and far less stressful to revise over a few weeks rather than the night before, but we’ve all been in this situation before. During my […]

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Inquiry into Nelly Sexual Allegations

14th February 2018

Claims that RnB artist Nelly sexually assaulted a fan in the UK at a gig, have been reported to the police and are under investigation. Allegedly, the attack occurred after a show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on 5th December last year. An Essex Police spokesperson said the service had started the investigation after a […]

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Weird Interview Questions: SpaceX Edition

13th February 2018

Job interviews are the worst. In a small time period, you have to prove to a complete stranger why you’re better than the other complete strangers who also want the job. The nerves, the interview etiquette and the fear of the unknown all make interviews one of the most uncomfortable parts of modern life. Usually, […]

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Uni Struggles: Weird Habits

6th February 2018

What will strike you the most about living in student halls is other people’s routines and lifestyles. We’re all different and come from a whole variety of backgrounds but this is amplified when you’re all living in such close proximity. The way some people choose to live can sometimes shock you or you may even […]

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Aussie Crows Smarter than Humans

5th February 2018

One of the most famous examples of a plan massively backfiring is the cane toad situation in Australia. In 1935, the state of Queensland introduced these poisonous amphibians from the Americas as a means of controlling pests that were eating and destroying sugar cane crops. This went about as well as you’d imagine. The number […]

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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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Uni Struggles: Five Stages of Washing

3rd February 2018

Doing laundry is the simplest yet most mundane household chore. Literally all you have to do is put the dirty clothes in a big machine, press some buttons and then remove them 30 minutes later to put them in the dryer. The whole process (including sorting and putting away) takes about two hours. However it’s […]

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PETA’s Problematic Posters

1st February 2018

Look. I totally get why PETA is the way they are. If you think someone is murdering or exploiting sentient beings, it’s perfectly reasonable to be angry about that. That said, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals don’t help themselves. They approve ridiculous campaigns and posters that actively encourage people to eat meat […]

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Midweek Blues

31st January 2018

Sometimes, we just need some support from a peacock okay? Don’t judge, peacocks are great and deserve better rights. A female traveller was recently banned from taking her ‘emotional support peacock’ on board a United Airlines flight. She offered to purchase the bird a ticket according to travel blog ‘Live and let Fly’. The airline […]

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Weird…we think so

29th January 2018

If you’re just about to eat your dinner, I’d maybe hold off reading this article because you’re about to see something truly disgusting. Rosemount High School in Minnesota played an odd ‘prank’ in which blindfolded students were told to expect a kiss from a ‘special someone’. Unfortunately for students, the kiss came from over-enthusiastic parents, […]

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Sharing Bags of Sweets Could Be Banned

28th January 2018

Everybody’s favourite campaign group Action on Sugar has called for ‘sharing bags’ to be banned after realising that in most cases, the word ‘sharing’ is used incorrectly. Already this month, the group has whinged on about kids drinking energy drinks in schools. Rather than let everybody look after their own health, AoS is calling for a […]

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Midweek Blues

24th January 2018

Minnie Mouse has finally gotten her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! 40 years after her male compatriot got a star, she’s finally ben inducted. Katy Perry was there because let’s face it, it’s not like she has albums to worry about and she commented on how long this had taken. Her words were: […]

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Uni Struggles: The Bathroom Situation

22nd January 2018

For many prospective students, choosing accommodation can be just as challenging as choosing an actual uni for a number of reasons. Cost is often the main reason but in some cases, the most important factor can be the bathroom situation. Back in Spring 2016 when I was approaching the end of Year 13, all anybody […]

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Wolf Spotted in Belgium After 100 Years

15th January 2018

A wild wolf has been spotted in Belgium for the first time in more than a century. It made its way from Germany, showing population growth. Conservationists were excited to see wolves starting to spread out. Wolves once roamed around much of Europe, but populations dwindled after over-hunting, industrialisation and urbanisation. This also comes from […]

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Would Your City Survive a Nuclear Blast?

14th January 2018

Hawaiian officials made a colossal blunder on Saturday. This text message was sent to Hawaiian mobile phones 08:07 (18:07 GMT): “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” It took 38 minutes to correct the error, meaning that for nearly 40 minutes there was chaos in the state. “There […]

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Midweek Blues

10th January 2018

Milly Bobby Brown wore black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, in response to the ‘Weinstein affect’ and the #MeToo campaign. Ariana approves. The Stranger Things star was up for a  Primetime Emmy Award, for Outstanding Actress in a Dram Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama […]

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How to Remove Toxic People From Your Life

10th January 2018

The last thing anybody needs is a “friend” who makes you feel mentally exhausted, inferior or stressed. Life is difficult enough as it is without surrounding yourself with people who don’t have your best interest at heart. A toxic person is somebody who makes you feel you’re not good enough and brings unnecessary negativity into […]

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A week in mild amusement

9th January 2018

Theresa May, in a blistering display of chastisement not seen since you laughingly called your dog a ‘bad boy’ while snapchatting him chewing up kleenex, has said she’s ‘not impressed’ with Toby Young’s scintillating Twitter history. She said Young has been assured that if he talks that way in the future, his shiny new job […]

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What is The World’s Most Dangerous Drug?

3rd January 2018

Love. Just kidding. If you didn’t think of love at first, your mind probably went straight to heroin or amphetamines. While these are deeply addictive and deadly, they are not actually the most dangerous. To discover the most dangerous drug, researchers had to define the word ‘danger’. Their interpretation of the word included economic factors, […]

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In Case You Missed It

2nd January 2018

We don’t need to remind you – but it’s bloody freezing. Even more so in Canada, where the gorgeous Niagara Falls reside. Wait, what? What do you mean it froze? An arctic blast has hit the falls, freezing over the surrounding area. The tourist attraction sees over 14 million people a year and the deep […]

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New Year Blues

2nd January 2018

Hello there and a happy New Year to you. 2017 was an odd year. While it seemed tame compared to 2016, some serious stuff happened. From America’s gun problem reaching a focal point to the growing concern over the so-called ‘alt-right’ and why the hell everyone was so shocked that we want to punch Nazis. But […]

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The UK’s Most Googled Terms in 2017

2nd January 2018

As the year comes to a close, everyone is beginning to reflect on the past 12 months. One great, modern day way to summarise the year is to look at the most Googled terms. This year, people in the UK searched for these things the most: Meghan Markle iPhone 8 Hurricane Irma Fidget spinner Manchester […]

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Alternative cold cures from an idiot

24th December 2017

As a man who is currently throwing off the last remnants of quite a severe bout of flu, I’ve been grasping around all week for solutions. The traditional methods of bed-rest, wrapping up warm and binge-watching House of Cards didn’t appeal to me due to reasons of inconvenience, geography and a recent feeling of severe […]

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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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Oily Skin Remedies

20th December 2017

There are many different skin types and many different types of skin conditions. Excessively oily skin is a really common problem that a lot of people struggle with and it can lead to other issues such as acne if it isn’t treated. It can make you feel self conscious and constantly worrying about whether your […]

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Drop In Suicide Rate in the UK

18th December 2017

Suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest decrease in 20 years, according to officials. There were 3.6% fewer suicides registered in 2016 than 2015. This shows a decrease in 223 deaths, from 6,188, the Office for National Statistics data shows. The rates account for both men and women, however, men account for three-quarters […]

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Vodafone Offers Early Contract Exits

15th December 2017

After Ofcom warned customers about additional charges overseas, Vodafone is letting people end theirs early. In April, Vodafone introduced new roaming charges for over 60 countries, outside the EU. They told customers via text. Ofcom intervened as it was concerned about the ‘clarity of that text message’. In a statement, Vodafone said its customers ‘like’ […]

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How To Revise Over Christmas

13th December 2017

Now that all the lights have been switched on in every town centre, the Christmas music is on loop in the shops and nearly the whole country has seen some snow, the last thing anybody wants to be doing over Christmas is revising. However, January mocks and exams don’t care that you’d rather be watching […]

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A Brief History of Parliament

8th December 2017

The Houses of Parliament has a long and varied history spanning nearly 1000 years. From the Gunpowder Plot to the first televised House of Commons, many pivotal historical moments have taken place in or around this iconic building. Here is a timeline of Parliament, from the very beginning to the present day: 1045- Edward the […]

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We Found Santa!

6th December 2017

But he’s been dead for hundreds of years. Sorry kids. A bone fragment, which was supposedly St Nicholas, the inspiration for Father Christmas, has been carbon dated by the University of Oxford. The test found the relic dating way back to around 343AD, which was about the time St Nicholas was supposedly from. While it […]

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Thomas The Tank Engine but It’s Lit

6th December 2017

You ever wonder what would happen if Red Bull sponsored Thomas the Tank Engine? Well, I think we’ve found the next best thing. This video that shows off a Thomas track toy has gone viral this week for the right reasons. Thomas is pulling off some sick stunts and jumps before he backs up into […]

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