• 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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  • 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    There is a timely, outdated belief that has parents wanting their sons to go to mixed-sex schools to benefit from the civilising influence of girls, and for their daughters to go to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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Editorials How Coronavirus favours the wealthy
    This week, a study was released by Sheffield council suggesting that the working poor has been the worst hit by Coronavirus. The study shows people in low-paid jobs, with insecure contracts and thus unable to afford to take time off work to isolate, have been hardest hit by the disease in the city. The council […]
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  • Editorials Reflecting on Durham’s vigil for Sarah Everard
    This past week has seen an outpouring of grief for so many victims of sexual harassment and assault. The kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard, a woman who was just trying to walk home, and who did everything that she could to keep herself safe, has incited such anguish in response to her treatment. Her […]
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  • Editorials Could the school day be changing?
    Earlier this month, Gavin Williamson called for a “transformative” reform to the school’s system following the pandemic. What this can be assumed to mean is lengthening the school day and altering holidays to make room for catch up lessons and the missed hours of in-person teaching that has come as a result of the pandemic. […]
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  • Editorials The Interview and The Aftermath
    As the country reels after the Oprah interview on Monday night with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Nicholas offers up his opinion on what effect the interview has had on him. My views Before having seen the interview, I believed the media narrative that Meghan was the sole reason for Harry abandoning his royal […]
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  • Editorials ‘If I were PM, I’d fire all men’ – does Amber Rudd have a point?
    Former Conservative MP Amber Rudd has recently stated in an interview with ITV’s Acting Prime Minister Podcast that she would “fire all men” if she was Prime Minister, and instead put in place an all-female Cabinet. This recent comment is part of a plethora of comments Rudd has made regarding the blatant inequality of the […]
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  • Editorials Stories of Endometriosis: Persistence and Pain
    Endometriosis is a condition affecting one in ten females of reproductive age in the UK, and 176 million worldwide. It has the potential to devastate the lives of sufferers and their families, not least because this chronic, intensely painful condition takes on average eight years to be diagnosed. As March is endometriosis awareness month, Beep […]
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  • Editorials Dealing with Lockdown: Annie’s Story
    As part of Beep’s ‘Dealing with Lockdown’ series, Annie shares her experience as a student at the University of Manchester – from rent striking to starting a brand new university in a pandemic. September 2020. The beginning of a new academic year, which meant for many students a reunion with people actually in their age […]
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  • Editorials International Women’s Day 2021
    It’s International Women’s Day and here at Beep, as we do every year, we’re celebrating women around the world, past and present. This year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’, meaning that it’s up to every one of us to call out gender bias and inequality. Wherever we see it – be it in the workplace, […]
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  • Editorials NHS workers’ 1% pay rise is a national disgrace
    It’s not difficult to believe I’m sitting here writing this, given that it is Boris Johnson’s government we’re talking about. What have they done this time? Proposed that NHS workers should get a 1% pay rise. That’s right: 1%. Considering the government’s arms had to be bent to give doctors and nurses free parking at […]
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  • Editorials Harry and Meghan: The definition of doing what you want
    Around 99% of all people in the world have no idea what it is like to be famous. Obviously there are benefits to the situation, such as a platform to speak, virtually no worries concerning money, and a constant, special treatment wherever you go. However, the ability to escape the limelight and maintain some level […]
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  • Editorials What to expect from new Demi Lovato documentary
    The recent announcement from Demi Lovato of a new documentary, Dancing with the Devil, has definitely left fans speculating. Just how will the YouTube original differ from her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated? What to expect In the new documentary, we expect to hear more information about Demi’s 2018 drug relapse, and its impact on her […]
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  • Editorials Rent refunds for students are needed
    As a student myself, this subject really hits home, as I’m sure it will do for a lot of people my age. Due to the pandemic, there are student houses all over the country that are empty as a result of the travel restrictions.  As if isolation wasn’t enough stress being induced, students are being […]
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  • Editorials Priti Patel refusing to take the knee is dangerous
    It is a dangerous time for England. With the Home Secretary publicly refusing to take the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement, she is also refusing to support the numerous lives who have saved so many in the COVID-19 pandemic. Patel is also not supporting the mental health professionals, or the Black lives that […]
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  • Editorials Mastering Politics: India farmers protest
    Welcome back to Mastering Politics – the column where we break down complex issues into simple explanations. This time, we’re looking at the India farmers protest, which has been happening since September 2020. What’s going on? At the moment, India is living through its largest agricultural protest in history, with tens of thousands of farmers […]
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  • Editorials The tragedy of Caroline Flack and the media
    This week marks a year since the tragic death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Flack, 40, died at her flat in London on the 15th of February 2020, just weeks before she was due to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. She had taken her own life after learning that the hearing would […]
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  • Editorials Culture Guide: The Inuit of Canada
    Inuit culture has recently come under the spotlight thanks to the new wave of TikTok influencers, as well as Inuit controversy in Alaska towards the end of Trump’s presidency. This article will give you the information you need to join the discussion. The history of Inuit Inuit have lived in Canada for 1000 years. They […]
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  • Editorials Musicians vs Brexit
    When considering the impacts of Brexit on the UK, my personal first thoughts were about fishing, trade and holidays abroad. It wasn’t until the lovely Elton John appeared on a BBC interview via zoom that I realised there would be huge implications for musicians. As if Covid-19 hadn’t disrupted the careers of upcoming artists enough, […]
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  • Editorials Mastering Politics: Myanmar military coup
    Welcome back to an edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ – the place where we explain something complex in politics in a way that’s easy to understand. This time, we’re looking at the Myanmar military coup. First things first: what’s a coup? Yes, we know, nobody is born knowing what a military coup is. And, in case […]
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  • Editorials Mental health without exercise
    A day never goes by without us hearing, watching or seeing someone on the news, in The Guardian or on Instagram preaching about how running, yoga and swimming helps their mental health. It’s great that exercise helps people (obviously) keep on top of their mental wellbeing, but what about if you have a disability, or […]
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  • Editorials The Decline of the Social Media Influencer
    According to Google, a social media influencer “is a user on social media who has established credibility in a specific industry. A social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue of their authenticity and reach.”  Okay, what’s the big deal about them? As a result of Covid-19 in […]
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  • Editorials The Dogs, Rats and Cats of Insta
    I love animals -probably an understatement. I have six beautiful cats and a Staffordshire Terrier mix called Buster, so it is quite the mad-house at times. I love Instagram. So you should know what’s about to go down. This article is dedicated to the animals of Instagram I have grown to love over the years. […]
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  • Editorials The demise of the Tech Titans?
    Google. Over 56% of the world’s population use the search engine alone on a monthly basis. The company undoubtedly plays a key role in twenty-first-century life. We access the online world through Youtube, Gmail, the Google Play Store. People see targeted ads based on data gathered by Google. The population use Google fonts, Google docs, […]
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  • Editorials Our Top Stories of 2020
    Beep has been here all through this year in one form or another. We’ve even re-launched a YouTube channel. But, of course, our love of the written word prevails and we have collated our top stories of 2020. Believe it or not, they aren’t all about C*VID-19. So, without further ado, here are Beep’s top […]
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  • Editorials An Ode to 2020
    When we sat around television last year on New Year’s Eve watching the fireworks boom in London at 12am on 1st January 2020, there was a sense of hope. I remember hoping that this would be a good year – that things would be a little bit brighter for everyone than they had been before. […]
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  • Editorials The Crucial Next Stage of COVID
    Boris Johnson and his government have come under serious fire over the course of the pandemic because of their response (or sometimes lack of) to the severity of rising cases of COVID-19. Now that a new variant of the virus has been discovered, and its transmission rate is faster than the original variant, there is […]
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  • Editorials What I Learned This Year
    Disclaimer: I am not here to talk about the pandemic. Even though everyone wants to talk about it, we don’t need to. Instead, I’m here to share with you a nugget of wisdom that I learned this year. It is this: you know yourself better than anyone else – and don’t be convinced otherwise. As […]
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  • Editorials Brexit: Deal or No Deal?
    Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson travelled to Brussels to meet Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Union. It has been viewed as a last-ditch attempt to secure some kind of deal between Britain and the EU as negotiations reach yet another sticky point. The sticky point in question is actually a […]
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  • Editorials 6 to follow on Insta Part 2
    Due to the increasing influence of social media platforms, there is now a rich and varied range of content online. Instagram is one of the most popular social networks worldwide, with over 1 billion monthly active users sharing photos and videos with vast audiences. Unlike other sites such as Facebook, Instagram uses an entirely visual […]
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  • Editorials 6 People to Follow on Twitter
    Twitter is a place for the people who don’t really fit the Insta gang or the Facebook mothers, so they pile in on the blue bird and share 280 characters of thoughts on literally anything. It’s a place for fangirls, it’s a place for politicos and it’s a place for diaries. And memes. So who […]
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  • Editorials 6 to follow on Instagram Part 1
    I love Instagram. It’s one of the things I didn’t realise I loved until tasked with writing an article regarding accounts that I love.  Narrowing my ‘loves’ down to a list of six was difficult, but here we are! Instagram, a platform for not only selfies and cute dog photos, but also for telling stories […]
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  • Editorials Bullying: Are we stamping it out?
    It is a common misconception that bullying exists only in the schoolyard. It is easy to stereotype bullies as the wedgie-giving big kid stealing your lunch money. Or perhaps the malicious ‘mean girl’ spreading rumours behind your back. However, the circumstances are often much more complex. For us to fully appreciate the concept of it, […]
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  • Editorials Logging out of online learning
    Getting my A level results this year was disappointing. In the time of COVID 19, it just felt so insignificant in the context of the world around me. The grades in themselves were OK, and I am very lucky that they were. They got me into Durham University who had also set a low offer […]
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  • Editorials What do women want?
    What do women want? This question has been asked by millions of men (and women) over and over again. It seems to be something so complex and confusing, worthy of in-depth study and deliberation. Here’s the simple answer: balance. You wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but women actually just want to be treated […]
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  • Editorials Use COVID to save the planet
    David Attenborough‘s witness statement, A Life on Our Planet, is strong stuff. It always is from the 93-year-old TV veteran, but with his most recent documentary now available on Netflix, you can sense there’s an urgency to Attenborough’s message this time. He is serious – he’s almost desperate. For many years now, we have known […]
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  • Editorials Exclusive: Durham Uni’s attitude to Northern students
    Six days ago, I wrote an article about my experience of prejudice and discrimination targeted at my Northern background/accent at Durham University. The response has, to say the least, totally overwhelmed me. Over fifty people have contacted me with messages of support, and 2,000 people have read my article. But the depressing thing is this: […]
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  • Editorials The Simple Pleasures of a Record Player
    Once upon a time, a record player was as common as a Spotify Premium subscription. Everyone had one because that’s how you got to listen to your music. Once upon a time, you also paid about £3 for an album on vinyl. And that leads me to what I’m here to talk about: the simple […]
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  • Editorials Things Posh People Have Said to Me
    Everyone warned me before I went to Durham University that it was full of posh people. Everyone said to me that I wouldn’t like them. Everyone implied that it wouldn’t be easy. Turns out everyone was right. And here I am, just a girl, writing an article for you about the things posh people have […]
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  • Editorials Exploring the Derwent Reservoir
    Just west of Consett and on the border of County Durham and Northumberland lies the Derwent Reservoir – a spot of true national beauty basically right on our doorstep. With the rambling hills, still anglers and rafts of ducks, the Derwent Reservoir is a calming spot for a long walk and a good old picnic. […]
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  • Editorials Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG
    It is not often that an individual leaves such a mark on a society. It is not often that an individual can symbolise so much for a society. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, after all, an extraordinary woman. It was announced today that this powerhouse of the American Supreme Court has passed away, aged 87. […]
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