• Editorials The gender health gap: How the medical system treats women
    As a young adult, I know that the realities of healthcare can sometimes cause failure in looking after patients. What if you found out that half of the world’s population is being failed? It’s well-established that your race, class and wealth can affect your quality of healthcare. But one of the less obvious ways, and […]
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  • Editorials Understanding the gender discussion
    Train Operator LNER has recently set twitter alight after a non-binary rail union representative complained about the gender language a conductor chose to use. Passengers were greeted with ‘good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’. LNER’s apology has caused a lot of debate, with some praising them on their response, and some calling it […]
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  • News Radio One Big Weekend 2021
    Live music has become a distant memory. Standing alongside other music lovers singing lyrics back to your favourite artist word for word, in a baking hot arena or club a thing of the past. But Radio One may be about to change that. Hopefully, by June 21st, the curtain will once again be up on […]
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  • Editorials Will you miss anything about lockdown life?
    Every cloud has a silver lining. And in this pandemic era, that silver lining has arguably been the copious amount of time we’ve all had for self reflection. Lockdown life has given a lot of us time to focus on things we’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time to get around to.  […]
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  • Politics Mastering Politics: Israeli air strikes
    Mastering Politics is back with an explanation of the Israeli air strikes currently happening in Gaza City. As a little disclaimer, we know that this issue is far more complex than just what’s happening today. A more in-depth look at the Israel-Palestine conflict will be coming to Beep in the next few weeks. What’s happened? […]
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  • Food Best Greggs Pasties Ranked
    With the news that Greggs sales have beaten pre-pandemic levels, we thought it would only be fair to rank their best pasties that have been a staple of North East cuisine for decades. The bakery chain saw profits looking healthier after what it called “pent-up demand” for non-essential retail items. So, which pasties are best? […]
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  • health Mental health: pandemic has hit poorest the hardest
    The link between mental health and the poorest in society has been recognised for years. The link is often bi-directional, meaning, essentially, that it goes both ways. You can find yourself unemployed because of your mental ill health, or in mental ill health because you are unemployed. It is this link that has been brought […]
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  • Fashion Women’s Fashion Trends for Summer 2021
    It is hard to imagine rocking a crop top or even going out without a big coat at the minute. May temperatures plummeted to below zero in many places around the country with snow and hail battering us here in the North East. But here we are with some of the trends to expect when […]
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  • Politics Local elections 2021: What’s happening to the Red Wall?
    Last night was quite an eventful one for the Labour Party in England at the local elections. By eventful, I mean terrible for their so-called Red Wall. Keir Starmer’s Labour was “under new leadership”, he promised, and it was going to be all about winning back voters who’d turned Tory for the first time at […]
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  • News NHS warns of ‘dangerous’ Instagram weight-gain drug
    NHS England has written to Instagram urging the platform to clamp down on sales of a “dangerous” weight-gain drug. The drug, Apetamin, is unlicensed but is sold and promoted on Instagram as a way of achieving the currently popular hour-glass figure. Recommended Reading: A message to Kim Kardashian about young women NHS England said in […]
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  • Education Student left voicemail on Education Secretary’s mobile about exams
    If you cast your mind back to last summer, you will remember weeks of fury from students, their teachers and parents about the exams fiasco. Well, it turns out that one student used some pretty forward-thinking initiative, found Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s phone number on Google, and left him a voicemail. Writing in the Mail […]
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  • Politics £96bn given to non-NHS healthcare providers in a decade
    In the past ten years, more than £96 billion worth of health service funding has gone to non-NHS care providers. These include private firms such as Virgin Care – owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group – and for-profit healthcare providers. For the sake of clarity, the NHS is a not-for-profit service. It is not […]
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  • Editorials Top 5 ways to handle exam stress
    It’s that time of year. You’ve learned what you need to have learned, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting better and here we are: consumed by exam stress. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed at the thought of doing a test right now, especially after a year of online learning. […]
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  • News Hugging could be allowed this month
    In our good news reporting trend this week, the news that hugging could be allowed on 17th May certainly fits the bill. According to The Times, ministers are expected to plough ahead with the third step of the ‘unlocking’ roadmap set out by the government. This includes approval for people to make physical contact with […]
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  • health Oxford scientists find highly effective potential malaria vaccine
    For the first time in history a malaria vaccine has achieved the World Health Organisation-specified (WHO) 75% efficacy goal. The vaccine, developed by researchers from Oxford University and their partners, reported a 77% effectiveness among African children. Trials took part with 450 participants aged between five and seventeen months. They were recruited from the catchment […]
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  • Music The top five Hozier songs
    Irish singer-songwriter Hozier rose to fame in 2013 after a smash-hit debut EP (named below). Since then, his career has gone from strength to strength: his debut album has been certified platinum six times in his home country, multi-platinum around the world; and have been nominated for a Grammy. So we’ve whittled down the top […]
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  • News Just 490 North East youth jobs from government scheme
    The government’s Kickstart scheme – intended to create 250,000 jobs for young people following the devastating impact of the pandemic – has led to just 490 jobs in the North East, according to figures from the Observer. The North East entered lockdown with the highest unemployment rate of any region in England and a recent […]
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  • Politics ‘Let the bodies pile high in their thousands’ – Boris Johnson?
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reported to have said he would rather “let the bodies pile high in their thousands” than order a third lockdown during a heated exchange with his No 10 advisors. The Daily Mail led its front page today with the exclusive, which is said to have come directly from those who […]
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  • Politics Funding for disadvantaged North East students cut by £7m
    Schools in the North East are set to lose between five and seven million pounds worth of funding after the government changed an administrative rule about how money is allocated, according to figures from Schools North East. The money would have been spent on helping pupils from lower-income families who qualify for the government’s Pupil […]
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  • Music Annie Mac Bids Farewell
    After almost two decades at Radio One, acclaimed DJ and music extraordinaire Annie Mac announced her departure this week. The Northern Irish Mac took over the infamous evening drive-time spot from Zane Lowe six years ago. She has throughout her career launched the presence of some of today’s top stars. With an illustrious deejaying career […]
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  • Editorials Helen McCrory’s most iconic roles
    Helen McCrory, the prominent big sister of Thomas Shelby in the BBC cult show Peaky Blinders, lost her battle with cancer last week. Having kept her illness secret, the 52-year-old actress appeared to battle the dreaded disease with as much determination as she did her roles on screen and stage. Comments from fellow thespians and […]
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  • Books From Child Hunger to Child Literacy
    Never one to see a person sit on the bench for long, Marcus Rashford is now ready to take on literacy after tackling child hunger last year. Teaming up with powerhouse publisher, Macmillan, the England footballer is launching a book club that will provide books to disadvantaged children in 850 primary schools across England and […]
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  • News Monet Water Lilies painting under the hammer
    Claude Monet is renowned the world over for his Water Lilies painting series, captivating minds for many years. Now one of his “monumental” paintings from that series is set to be auctioned in New York for around £29 million. Le Bassin aux Nympheas, a 40 inch x 79 inch work was painted from 1917 to 1919 […]
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  • Reviews Initial Review of the AirPods Max
    Apple announced the release of their new over ear AirPods Max on the 8th of December 2020. Having purchased the headphones only yesterday, this review will include my initial impressions of the product, and a more in-depth review will follow in the weeks to come.  Apple price the AirPods Max at £549, offering five different […]
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  • Editorials What I’ve Learned in 21 Years
    In case the headline isn’t clear, let’s just say it: I’m 21 today. That’s 7,665 days, or 183,960 hours, alive on this random planet in the Milky Way. When you put it like that, 21 years seemingly doesn’t equate to much at all. But, as every person who has lived to this point will testify: […]
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  • Politics Mastering Politics: David Cameron and Greensill scandal
    You might have heard a lot about David Cameron in the news recently but not quite know the details of why, and what has happened. Worry not – that’s why Mastering Politics is here today. Let’s get into it. What has David Cameron done? Greensill Capital, a now insolvent financial services company, is at the […]
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  • Books Book Review: Triple Cross by Tom Bradby
    Well, the first thing I have to say about this book is that it is an absolute cracker. Tom Bradby returns on top form for the final instalment of his spy thriller with Triple Cross and I was, in no uncertain terms, hooked from the off. Triple Cross picks up where Double Agent left off. MI6 […]
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  • Editorials Are single-sex schools the safest prevention of sexual harassment?
    There is a timely, outdated belief that has parents wanting their sons to go to mixed-sex schools to benefit from the civilising influence of girls, and for their daughters to go to single-sex schools, to protect them from the corrupting influence of boys. Or, as reported now, to protect them from sexual harassment. Of course, […]
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  • Music Album Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
    Taylor Swift’s second album, Fearless, released in 2008, received critical acclaim and established Swift as one to watch. Now, almost 13 years later, Swift has become one of the most successful artists of the 21st century, and her re-recordings have stood the test of time – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) showcases Swift at her best, with […]
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  • Environment Capitalism and the Climate: Who Will Win Out?
    A recent Sky News report has detailed that a wealthy minority of people are responsible for the majority of global air travel, with frequent leisure flights rather than the average family holiday. In the last few years, there appears to have been a surge in climate change activism: figures such as Greta Thunberg and organisations […]
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  • Reviews Documentary Review: Dancing with the Devil
    The highly anticipated release of Demi Lovato’s Youtube original documentary Dancing with the Devil has allowed fans a candid, unfiltered look at drug use and other traumatic experiences the star has faced throughout her life. When originally writing about my expectations for the documentary, I couldn’t have ever foreseen how brutally honest Demi would be […]
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  • Books Book Review: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
    Well, here I am at ten to one in the morning having completed Three Women. Before I proceed, this book – and so this review – is not suitable for a younger audience. Three Women is at its core, a reportage-novel hybrid about sex and power, which manifests itself in the following trigger warnings: rape, […]
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  • News Labour opposes vaccine passports
    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said that vaccine passports are essentially “a digital ID card” and that Labour cannot support them in their current form. Boris Johnson announced yesterday that vaccine passports – or ‘Covid status certificates’ – will be trialled this month at upcoming events, including the FA Cup final and a range […]
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  • Editorials Is Keir Starmer doing a good job as Labour leader?
    Following the Corbyn era, the position of Labour leader was going to be difficult to fill. Low and behold Sir Keir Starmer. Starmer has noticeably reached out to former Labour voters who turned their backs on the party in 2019 by wrapping himself in a union jack. When making a speech, he will often emphasise […]
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  • Environment Netflix’s ‘Seaspiracy’ reveals dark secrets of the fishing industry
    The problem of climate change is out of control, and Netflix’s new documentary Seaspiracy explains why.  Having watched my fair share of animal-agriculture related documentaries, it is Seaspiracy which has truly shocked me to the core. I have avoided eating meat and fish for several years now, and have always been aware of how damaging […]
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  • News George Floyd murder trial so far
    Many need little reminder about the death of George Floyd last May. It sparked a worldwide anti-racism movement when police officer Derek Chauvin was videoed by onlookers kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he pleaded with the officer, telling him, “I can’t breathe”. Now the man accused of George Floyd’s murder, […]
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  • Editorials Netflix vs Disney+
    Following Netflix’s recent announcement that there will be limitations set on device sharing between households, a huge question has been posed in my mind as to whether or not my Netflix subscription is actually worth it. Other services, such as Disney+, Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV have been gaining a lot of traction recently. […]
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  • health The reality of young people’s mental healthcare today
    Roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. In 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for young people, both male and female, aged between five and 19. But what is it like for young people who are trying to access support from the NHS? The picture, tragically, is […]
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  • News North East domestic abuse reports rise in lockdown
    Domestic abuse reports in the Northumbria Police region have risen by over 1,000 (5%) in lockdown, according to a Freedom of Information request filed to the force by Beep. 33,118 reports of domestic abuse were made during the period of 30th March 2020 to 30th January 2021, compared to 31,524 during the same period in […]
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  • Editorials Should the Royal Family be abolished?
    It comes as no surprise that the Royal Family is a controversial topic. Drama from every drop of the bloodline. Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit — and crucially, the couple’s allegations that their son was subjected to racism from within the royal household— begs the question […]
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  • Editorials Netflix cracking down on password sharing
    Netflix has begun to test a feature that asks viewers whether or not they live in the same household as a Netflix account holder. This feature is intended to crack down on those who share passwords between family and friends. It is reported that some users of the streaming service have encountered a message asking […]
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  • Environment Should the climate change crisis be taught in schools?
    In short: yes. Climate change should absolutely be taught in schools. This should not be up for debate, but sadly here I am writing an article regarding the continued discussion surrounding climate change and the curriculum. Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address […]
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  • News Myanmar: seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit shot dead
    On Tuesday in Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay, seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit was shot and killed by the military, who staged a coup to overthrow the country’s elected government in February. Khin’s family told Sky News how the military junta broke down the doors to their house and began shooting inside. U Maung Ko Hashin Bai, […]
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  • Music Review: Chemtrails over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey
    Lana Del Rey has recently released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, titled Chemtrails over the Country Club, which continues to explore the Americana aesthetic she has carefully crafted throughout her career. At first, I’ll admit, I felt almost let down by the album as it felt so similar to her previous work, but as […]
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  • Editorials Easing into life after Covid
    I can guarantee that we have something in common. Regardless of background, age or interests. We’re all sick of Covid. This Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the UK lockdown and, honestly, it was nice to have some new way to keep track of time. We’ve all gone through so much in the past […]
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  • Editorials National Day of Reflection: An Avoidable Disaster
    Today marks one year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the decision to put the UK into its first lockdown. Since then, we’ve had a tiered system, a summer free-for-all which likely contributed to the increase in cases throughout August and September, and another full-force lockdown. But as we pause today to remember the 146,487 […]
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  • Editorials Why is there still no law against street harassment?
    Sarah Everard’s tragic story has sparked such a valuable conversation, with many women sharing their experiences surrounding sexual harassment and discussing how vulnerable they feel walking the streets alone. According to a survey from UN Women UK, 97% of women between the ages of 18-24 said they had been sexually harassed, with 80% of women […]
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  • Books Book Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
    I don’t think I have visited the delights of New York City in a novel since Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so Brooklyn has been a lovely, warming return to the one location that literature never fails to personify. In other words, I’ve been in a tiny village hardly seeing anyone for a year and I read […]
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