Great North Run

Great North Run Cancelled

19th June 2020

This year more than 55,000 people had signed up to take part in the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half-marathon. Due to take place on Sunday the September 13th, this year would have been the race’s 40th anniversary. But due to social distancing, it was decided that it was impossible to run the race. […]

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We are guilty too

5th June 2020

Over the past few days, I have been following the movement and events following George Floyd’s death. I have found myself becoming increasingly passionate about the issue at stake. For those of you who don’t know, George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, who was brutally killed outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after being arrested […]

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George Floyd – How it all started

5th June 2020

On the twenty-fifth of May, George Floyd was murdered by white police officer Derek Chauvin, outside a shop in Minneapolis. Footage showed Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while pinning him to the floor. Chauvin has since been charged with murder, but thousands of people continue to protest on behalf of George Floyd, and anyone […]

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Home vs Hospital

12th May 2020

Many people are struggling through these difficult times because we can’t leave our houses unless absolutely necessary. But imagine being stuck in one room for 3 weeks! That has been my experience, and I would like to share some thoughts with you about it. A few weeks ago I was admitted to hospital because of […]

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Happy Birthday to You

30th April 2020

What an inspiration this man is. Raising £30 million for the NHS by doing laps of his garden, Captain, soon to be Corporal Tom Moore, celebrates his 100th birthday today and here at Beep, we salute you, Sir. This is exactly who a role model should be #inspired #truegent

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Coronavirus: Where lockdown went wrong

29th April 2020

Coronavirus has been, undoubtedly, one of the most shocking and unexpected (unless you’re Bill Gates) things to happen to the world since World War Two. It has shut down normality in one swift, succinct wave – and with this, it has claimed the lives of many thousands. But did as many lives have to be […]

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COVID-19: The Facts

15th March 2020

The COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus has spread all around the globe. Large media outlets have been shamelessly capitalising on the outbreak. This is where B**b comes in. This article will separate the fact from the fiction, and give you the advice you need to keep yourself safe. COVID-19 is a strain from the coronavirus family […]

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Space Trips getting Closer

11th March 2020

On January 19th 2020, SpaceX had their second “Crew Dragon” demonstration mission, launching a Falcon9 rocket whilst carrying the Crew Dragon capsule. However, this particular launch was unlike any other that SpaceX has done before. One minute and 37 seconds in, the Falcon rocket exploded. Now, SpaceX is no stranger to “ rapid unscheduled disassembly […]

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The Benefits of Sports

11th March 2020

Have you ever experienced the wonders sport can do? New skills, new friends, new experiences, why not give it a go? 40% of teens in the UK ages 13-17 are active in sport and evidence shows these teens are more successful in life’s challenges. Why not create a positive life for yourself and enrol in […]

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Vaccinations – Do anti-vaxers have a point?

21st February 2020

A growing trend in recent years has been an increased doubt of vaccines. This doubt has given rise to a group of people calling themselves “Anti-Vaxers”. They claim that vaccinations are bad for us, however, they use incredibly flimsy and easily debuncable arguments. So today, I am going to debunk some of them. “Vaccines cause […]

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Why the Name Matters

13th February 2020

When naming anything, whether it’s a book, an invention, or a nickname for a friend, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Recognition If a name is widely used, whether you like it or not, it’s here to stay. For example, if you decided to start calling toast “grilled bread”, people would […]

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The Oscars 2020

9th February 2020

Here we are again. It’s year three of me putting myself through the ordeal of watching every best picture nominee for the Academy Awards. And this year, boy did they outdo themselves. After the whole race row of a few years ago, you would think they would have learned. But, it turns out, they thought […]

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Sleep Tight

22nd January 2020

A light went out on Monday night here in the North East, a light that shone so brightly and warmed so many people in so many ways. Jack Mitchell was one of the most inspiring human beings I have had the joy of knowing. His lust for making the world a better place was infectious […]

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And we’re back

9th January 2020

After a well-deserved break, b**p is back up and running and keen to bring you topics for discussion and your info in 2020. There will be some changes coming, which we will keep you up to date on as and when they happen, but for now, our writers are getting warmed up once again to […]

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What have we done?

17th December 2019

If the general election has brought light on anything it is the true colours of our beloved Britain; selfish, racist, homophobic, prejudice and foolish Britain. We have voted against everything that we should be proud of: the NHS, council housing, free education, benefits, the list can go on. And why? Because we are scared of […]

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The benefits of bilingualism

17th December 2019

It’s common knowledge that learning a second language can do wonders for your career, but bilingualism is worth much more than a bullet point on a CV. Learning a foreign language often helps you to understand your own. By studying the complexities of a foreign language you learn to identify key features in your own […]

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Gig Review: Sam Fender

10th December 2019

North Shields and north east sweetheart Sam Fender took Newcastle’s O2 Academy by storm for two nights last weekend – and what an impression he made. The north already adores Fender, who grew up on a North Shields council estate with his mam, but this weekend only increased that admiration for the up-and-coming star. He […]

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Social housing: where did it go?

10th December 2019

Social housing is housing provided by the government to people with low income or particular needs. These houses, also known as council houses, have much lower rent than regular houses, and usually provide long-term tenancy to help tenants focus on improving their lives. However, in recent years, there has been nowhere near enough social housing […]

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Review: Flat White, Durham

28th November 2019

3.5/5 As I’ve said many times before in my restaurant reviews, the small city of Durham provides a hub of places to eat for foodies and those who just want a belly full. Flat White is one of the most popular brunch restaurants in Durham for both types of people – so popular, in fact, […]

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Dealing with Wanting to Drop Out

28th November 2019

University can be one of the most challenging times in an individual’s life. Suddenly, you’re all away from home and the friends and family you love with a bunch of people who are so utterly different from you. You might not like your course, your ‘friends’ or the city you’re in. And suddenly you find […]

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Review: Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle

27th November 2019

4/5 If you’re on the hunt for the most-grammable food you can find, The Great British Cupcakery should be at the very top of your list. With the most dreamy aesthetic in the shop itself, and the most gorgeous-looking cupcakes and shakes you’ve ever seen, it is unbeatable. I have had my fair share of […]

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Never Take a True Friend for Granted

27th November 2019

True friends are probably the most valuable thing you can have in life. They know your deepest secrets, your past traumas, all your jokes, all your memories. They’re in all your photos, all your thoughts and all of your future plans. And most importantly, they’re there for you in any time of need. That’s why […]

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Review: Slug and Lettuce, Durham

26th November 2019

4/5 Although Durham is home to many independent restaurants, cafes and bars, sometimes it’s nice to step inside of a big chain like Slug and Lettuce. Slug and Lettuce is one of the brand new restaurants in the historical city of Durham, situated next to the Champagne Bar and the Gala Theatre. From the moment […]

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Why a No-Deal Brexit Should be Ruled Out

26th November 2019

Brexit has quickly become the bane of pretty much every British person’s life. The news, every TV programme, articles, comedy – you name it, they’re all talking about Brexit. And even though nobody can agree on anything, I propose there’s one thing we should agree on. It’s that no-deal should be ruled out entirely as […]

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Top 5 Music Artists of the 2010s

25th November 2019

After reviewing the top five DJs of the 2010s, I’ve decided to tackle the past 10 years of music as a whole. Therefore I’m going to explain, in-depth, why I believe that the following five artists have had the most influence across the globe since 2010. 5. Bruno Mars A close call for the fifth […]

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Facebook Should Ban All Political Ads

25th November 2019

When it comes to election time, tensions run high. They run high within households, cities, workplaces – and even the highest of companies. A couple of weeks ago, demands were made to have Facebook ban all political ads. And just this week, Google has announced they will ban them. This news comes after the EU […]

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Good Riddance to Prince Andrew

24th November 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past couple of weeks, you’ll know that there’s been uproar surrounding Prince Andrew – the Queen’s favourite son. The whole Prince Andrew scandal is centred around the fact that he had a long and close friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted child sex trafficker. And when this […]

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How is technology altering the way we see the world?

24th November 2019

Augmented reality is a rapidly growing technology capable of changing the world around us. While it’s sister tech, VR, transports the user to entirely different worlds, AR focuses on modifying your world. It is defined as “a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite […]

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Beware of the Tories – they are lying to you

23rd November 2019

The headline of this piece may come as absolutely no surprise to you. Yes, the Tories are lying. Again. To you. Except, the problem is that, this time, they are lying to you during an election campaign where things like lies really do matter. The first strike was during the ITV debate between Prime Minister […]

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Mastering Politics: Labour Manifesto 2019

23rd November 2019

Politics is never easy – and neither is cutting through all of the noise around it. But that’s why we’re here, and we’re explaining the key points of the Labour Party‘s manifesto for the 2019 general election. First of all, what’s a manifesto? Basically, a manifesto is a document produced by the political party with […]

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British orphans in Syria returned to UK

22nd November 2019

A group of orphaned British children in Syria have been returned to the UK, it has been announced. The children are the first to be repatriated to Britain from north-eastern Syria where Daesh formerly held control. It was announced that the Foreign Office had been asked to bring the children to Britain after they became […]

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Must Watch: This Country

22nd November 2019

I’ve always watched the British version of The Office and have absolutely loved it. Stephen Merchant was able to bring a completely different medium of comedy to our screens and it’s never really been matched. However, the new BBC mockumentary sitcom This Country came highly recommended to me by my mother and Rotten Tomatoes, and […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Voting Age Shouldn’t be Lowered

12th November 2019

In recent years, young people across the country have become seemingly more politically active than ever before. This is, for the most part, down to the two ‘doomsday’ events that had a seismic impact on the political landscape across the globe: the election of Donald Trump as President and the UK’s decision to leave the […]

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What the Hell Are: Fake Online Influencers

11th November 2019

Online influencers are a great way for advertisers to reach a young audience. Through a quick Instagram story, or a five minute YouTube video, a product can get more attention than a New York City billboard. However, a recent phenomenon in this influencer ordeal is that some don’t actually exist. Fake online influencers are a […]

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How One Man’s Blunder Prompted Fall of Berlin Wall

10th November 2019

The 9th of November this year marked 30 years since the night West Germans and East Germans celebrated atop the Berlin Wall after a Socialist Unity Party official mistakenly confirmed that the border would be open for crossing. On the 9th of November 1989, Günter Schabowski was to lead a press conference which was supposed […]

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Why you should just wear a red poppy

10th November 2019

November means one thing, mainly: it means it’s poppy season. Remembrance Day falls in this month, and it is always a time of great reflection for the nation. Yet this November, there is quite a stir on social media about the red poppy, with a few individuals equating it with supporting racism and homophobia. This […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week

8th November 2019

‘No good turn goes unpunished’ is an expression that might be quite close to home for US rapper Kanye West at the moment after he was falsely accused of providing sub-par catering at an event he performed at on the 1st of November. Kanye and his Sunday Service team performed at a fundraising event called […]

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Friendships of Convenience

6th November 2019

It is estimated that we meet around 80,000-100,000 people in our lifetime. Of these people, some become our closest friends, some become enemies and some fall into a strange category: friendships of convenience. Most people experience friendships of convenience at work, where it is, generally speaking, convenient to be on good terms with everyone. It […]

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Tory candidate: Benefits Street stars should be ‘put down’

6th November 2019

It’s not every day you catch a prospective MP candidate who said that the people starring in Channel 4 TV show Benefits Street should be “put down”. Yet Conservative candidate Francesca O’Brien said this in 2014 on Facebook, it was revealed. O’Brien, who is running to be MP for Gower in South Wales, was selected […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Climate Activists are Doing it Wrong

5th November 2019

Besides the murder, corruption and countless other happy goings-on in the world, two words seem to stand out. By now, they are words capable of striking fear into the hearts of even the youngest children. Words describing something that, according to some, is going to wipe us from the face of the earth in just […]

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UK Terror Threat Downgraded

5th November 2019

The terror threat in the United Kingdom has been downgraded to “substantial”, according to the Home Office yesterday. Although this means the UK is still at a “high level of threat” according to Home Secretary Priti Patel, it is the lowest threat level since 2014. During the course of the past five years, the threat […]

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Unpaid Internships are Supporting Inequality

4th November 2019

It’s the time of year when students up and down the country are applying for internships at firms all over the place. The bankers, accountants and computer whizzes all have one thing in common: there are plenty of opportunities out there, up and down the country, and all of it is paid. The media, journalism, […]

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Private Jets: A Necessity for All Apart from Everyone

31st October 2019

It’s unlikely that you or I will ever experience the feeling of being the only person on a plane as it crosses borders 30,000 feet up. Contrastingly, for some, the only way to enter a new country is by privately jetting off in a swanky Bombardier jet. Private jet sustainability has been threatened in the […]

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Response to: The Wage Gap Isn’t Down to the Patriarchy

30th October 2019

‘The wage gap’ is phrase which has floated around for years in society, encompassing the fact that women are paid less than men. It cannot be denied that the wage gap exists: it’s a fact. Yet more often than not the phrase is perceived as simple, when indeed it is not and the wage gap […]

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Dealing With Feelings of Dread

30th October 2019

Feelings of dread are acutely different from feelings of anxiety. The root of dread is probably the same as anxiety, though it’s not quite the same. Dread is more of an overwhelmingly dulling feeling, while anxiety is much more hyper-active, making you alert to everything that is happening and that could possibly happen. Dread is […]

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MP to stand down due to abuse

29th October 2019

We often hear about how toxic things have become in politics. Be it Brexit, immigration, the NHS – all of these issues are highly emotive and have, without a doubt, caused tensions to run high with those holding public office. However, MP Heidi Allen has announced she is to stand down due to abuse she […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Child Transitions are Harmful

29th October 2019

You may have seen the recent news story making waves across the US this past week: a Texas jury ruled against a father trying to win sole custody of his twin seven-year-old sons, one of whom is due to begin hormone replacement therapy in order to begin the transition from male to female. This transition […]

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Zimbabwe droughts raise elephant sales

29th October 2019

After the recent droughts in Zimbabwe, over 50 elephants starved to death due to severe food shortages in national parks. The biggest drought in years has come at a bad time, with the economy of the Southern African country collapsing right before our very eyes. In the midst of it all, further controversy has surrounded […]

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The Best Ways to Make New Friends at Uni

29th October 2019

Now that the immediate buzz surrounding the infamous Freshers’ Week is over, and students are starting to settle in, things can start to get a little bit more overwhelming. Suddenly you’re alone in the world with a bunch of random people you’ve known for just a few short weeks, and yet it feels like the […]

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Brexit extension agreed by EU

28th October 2019

It has been announced today by the European Union that the UK has been granted a further Brexit extension – 31st January 2020. EU Council President Donald Tusk said the extension is more of a “flextension”, meaning that the UK government can take us out of the EU before that deadline if they wish to […]

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