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Step into our World

16th September 2020

Looking to add something to your UCAS form? Wanting to impress your future uni? Why not volunteer to write content for our website? Not only will it give you some work experience, but it may also land you a paid position within our organisation, creating and promoting content. Here are just some of the things […]

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What was it like at the first ever socially distanced gig?

19th September 2020

Yes, it was a while ago. But what was it really like at the world’s first ever socially distanced gig? I’ll tell you – I was there. Now that Virgin Money’s Unity Arena has had to cancel all remaining shows, it feels appropriate to reflect on what I think was the saviour of the summer. […]

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What to Do in Lockdown… Again

18th September 2020

With the news today that the North East is going to be put in lockdown again, we’ve come up with a little list of things to do to keep you occupied. While a lot of folks are still working throughout this bout of tighter COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a lot of elderly and young people who’ll […]

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Review: Tynemouth Surf Cafe

17th September 2020

5/5 When we were eventually let out of the house, there was one place I wanted to go: Tynemouth Surf Cafe. After originally hearing about them via the social media whispers of local singing hero Sam Fender in the midst of lockdown, I kept an eye on the beachfront venue. I’m glad I did. The […]

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Eat Out To Help Out – Now Don’t Go Out

17th September 2020

It seems awfully strange, doesn’t it, that just last month we were vigorously encouraged to go out, spend money at restaurants and do, as The Sun (and thus the Tories) put it, our ‘civic duty’? Even stranger when, now, a matter of weeks later, I can’t go inside of my grandmother’s house because the North […]

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Just who is Princess Anne?

11th August 2020

As someone who only has a passing interest in the royal family, I had only vaguely heard of the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne. However, I recently watched the debut of the 90-minute documentary: Anne: The Princess Royal at 70. Filmed over the course of more than a year, the documentary discusses the princess’s fascinating life. […]

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A Basic Overview of Amnesia

10th August 2020

Amnesia is a condition that almost everyone has heard of. Commonly used as a trope in many forms of media, the condition has been poorly portrayed. It is a form of memory loss, and there are four distinct types: retrograde, anterograde, transient global, and infantile. Retrograde amnesia: The most well-known form. It involves the loss […]

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A Basic Overview of Teenage Acne

29th July 2020

Teenage acne is something nearly all of us have to deal with. Over 95% of people develop acne at some point in their lives, usually, but not exclusively, during puberty. The condition is most common between the ages of 14 -19. It is caused by certain hormones over stimulating the oil-producing glands in your skin.  […]

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Social Media: Is it really worth it?

27th July 2020

In the modern-day, it feels like there is more and more pressure to join social media. However, despite the interconnectivity, social media might not be worth it for everyone.  Toxicity Because of the optional anonymity, many people can become rude or even abusive when they disagree with someone online. Many people have been seriously mentally […]

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Album Review: folklore

26th July 2020

9/10 It’s a Sunday morning when I connect to my speaker to begin the journey of folklore, Taylor Swift’s lockdown brain-child. Also known as: her latest album. Bon Iver has contributed to this one – and you can tell. Mainly because every single song doesn’t begin with a capital letter. The album cover is black […]

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10 Years of One Direction

23rd July 2020

Ten years ago on this very day, a very special band was formed. If you’ve been with us at b**p from the start, you’ll know we’ve covered the band’s highs, lows and albums over the years. So it’s only right that we have our turn on such a momentous occasion. Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall […]

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A Basic Overview of Teenage Sleep

22nd July 2020

If you’re anything like me, then you will often find yourself going to sleep far later than midnight, and waking up in the late morning or early afternoon of the next day.  This isn’t exactly healthy for your body but isn’t too hard to fix within a few weeks.  During the teenage years, the body […]

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Never trust a Tory

22nd July 2020

They’ve done it again. Another promise broken. Thousands of people put their trust in Johnson’s government for the first, and it’s been let down after let down ever since. On the 20th of July New Clause 17 was debated in the House Of Commons. The new clause was intended to protect the NHS from any […]

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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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