• Editorials The Assassination of Harvey Milk
    Harvey Milk was elected as an official for California in 1978. He was the first openly gay man to achieve this and, as a result, Milk encouraged people to come out and be proud of their sexuality. He was a pioneer for equal rights, but was assassinated in the same year he was elected. And […]
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  • Editorials How literature has shaped the feminist movement
    From the Bronte sisters to Virginia Woolf,  female authors and the presentation of women in literature have arguably helped shape and promote the feminist movement.  What is feminism?  A commonly misconstrued concept, feminism at its core is the belief that both men and women should have equal rights. The different types of feminism are often […]
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  • Editorials Eric Lomax: An Unsung Hero
    Eric Lomax was a British soldier during the Second World War who experienced extreme violence as a Prisoner of War in Japan. After years of his life were spent battling his trauma alone, he secured help and forgave one of his torturers. His story is fascinating, and he’s even had a film made about him […]
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  • Editorials Five Women in History Robbed of Their Legacy
    History textbooks are full of men, completely ignoring the courageous actions of countless women. Here, we have managed to whittle down this seemingly never-ending list of forgotten women to just five who have been robbed of a legacy. 1.  Mary Seacole Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse who did outstanding work during the Crimean War. […]
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  • Editorials Advertising to Children – Is it right?
    This question occurred to me last month as I was appalled to see one of my younger cousins watching a video online. It was one of those family channels, and the mother was simply running around the house, showing her children going crazy over hundreds of Hot Wheels toys. My cousin was laughing along with […]
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  • Editorials The Maternity Death Gap Explained
    Pregnancy and Childbirth are considered among the most precious times in a person’s life. But for some women, it can be a scary occasion. In the UK, compared to white women, black women are four times as likely to die in childbirth and during the post-partum period. Asian women are twice as likely. For years, […]
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  • Editorials The Sidelining of Women of Colour in the Labour Party
    The Labour Party has always prided itself on its diversity and its commitment to liberalism and social justice. But recently, I have noticed that women of colour within the Party – many of whom are the reason for Labour’s popularity – have been sidelined. And the issues pertaining to ethnic minority women are all but […]
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  • Editorials The Tour That Went Wrong
    Royal Tours are usually done to show the monarchy in their element – shaking hands, doing fun little stunts so we can see they are human and giving speeches to uplift a cause. But the Caribbean Tour, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was, to put it lightly, a disaster. It was already known that […]
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  • Editorials Reality TV – Damaging to teens?
    What does Reality TV mean to you? Do you associate it with the concept of truth? Or perhaps screaming celebrities bent on jealousy and arrogance? Either way, I’ve watched reality television for a while now, and have grounded myself in real life enough to know that there are no two things with a greater difference. […]
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  • Editorials Representation in Period Dramas
    Bridgerton season two is here and the period drama has received wide praise yet again. But what really excited many about this season is the introduction of the Sharmas – Kathani ‘Kate’ Sharma, her younger sister Edwina Sharma and Mary Sharma. It was exciting for many to see the details of Indian culture – from […]
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  • Editorials TERFs are the Final Bosses of White Feminism
    Another day, another J.K Rowling tweet. Yay. The highly successful children’s author has criticised Labour leader Keir Starmer for saying trans women are women, under the Equalities Act. Starmer also added in this interview that a “more considered, respectful, tolerant debate about these issues” is needed. I’m guessing Rowling saw that part and also objected […]
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  • Editorials Breaking the Bias
    This year’s International Women’s Day was focussed on breaking the gender bias. The organisers called on us all to imagine a world free of prejudice. A world that is free of biases, stereotypes and discrimination against women. The UN’s theme is gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, focusing on advancing gender equality in the […]
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  • Editorials The Ukraine Invasion and Racism in Europe
    We are six days into the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. While a lot of effort is being made to help Ukraine – from economic sanctions to aid – some efforts have been rather unhelpful. The British Home Office is not waiving visa requirements for all Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, which isn’t surprising. But they […]
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  • Editorials University and Sexual Harassment
    This week in the beautiful town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an ugly yet familiar tale of abuse in universities emerged. Three Harvard graduates are suing the university for allegedly ignoring the sexual harassment of students by a professor who they said threatened their academic careers if they reported him. The professor, John Comaroff, was sanctioned by […]
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  • Editorials The Burden of Proof and Abuse Allegations
    Manchester United football player Mason Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of rape, with further investigations into sexual assault and threats to kill ongoing. It came after footage was posted on social media alleging incidents of violence. There is a focus on how Mason Greenwood’s career has been ruined by these allegations. It looks at how […]
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  • Editorials Children are the Teachers of Creativity
    I am sure that everyone has some recollection of the carefree days of their own childhood; when days would seem longer, our imaginations were endless and when our ideas seemed “awesome” all of the time despite it sometimes being a tiny bit dangerous. In a way, it was as if every day was a new […]
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  • Editorials The Truth Behind BrewDog
    One of the most loveable beer brands, BrewDog, is facing fresh scrutiny after BBC’s Disclosure documentary revealed many shocking things about the company. It seems a revolutionary Scottish beer brand that has posed itself as the rockstars of craft beer and an amazing place for many young people to work, is nothing more than a […]
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  • Editorials “She Was Just…”: The Problem with the Phrase
    Yet another young woman has been murdered. Ashling Murphy was a 22-year-old school teacher and strangled to death last week on the banks of the Grand Canal, Tullamore, County Offaly. The phrase “she was just…” has been a notable slogan used in response to the murders of women. “She was just walking home,” echoed after […]
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  • Editorials Molly-Mae: A mindset for happiness?
    Recently, social media influencer Molly-Mae Hague has come under fire for her beliefs on hard work and material wealth. In a podcast episode of Diary of a CEO, Hague shares shares that she believes “we all have the same 24 hours in a day” and, therefore, the onus of how our lives shape up to be […]
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  • Editorials Failed your New Year’s Resolution? Here’s why
    As with every new year, 2022 has brought with it an onslaught of hope and motivation for self improvement. Energised by this fresh start, 1 in 7 of us have decided to set ourselves a new year’s resolution or two. Right now, in the middle of January, we’re witness to the rare sliver of time […]
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  • Editorials Why do colours make us feel?
    Colour is everywhere. Aside from those who are legally blind or monochromatically colour blind, the overwhelming presence of colour may seem obvious. That is how light works after all. However, a lot of the colours we see in everyday life are not accidental – someone engineered them for a purpose. The bold, energetic colours of […]
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  • Editorials Should masks really be mandatory in schools?
    The Department for Education announced on 1 January that masks will be mandatory in classrooms for secondary school students. While people were expecting new rules after the Christmas break, many are angry about this new measure, and perhaps rightly so. While mask-wearing is something we’ve all had to get used to over the last two […]
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  • Editorials Ghislaine Maxwell: Privilege and the Press
    Last week, Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of trafficking and grooming multiple young women, assisting the notorious paedophile and child trafficker Jeffery Epstein. This trial was the culmination of her dodging the police and FBI after Epstein’s death and accusations that she had been his right-hand woman in his trafficking of young, vulnerable girls. But […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten Beep Stories of 2021
    Here at Beep/Bringing Words to Life, we pride ourselves on providing a platform for young writers to nurture their writing skills, which obviously encouraged our final list to feature our top stories of the year. Whether it be reviewing the latest blockbuster or tackling issues that really resonate with our writers and in turn educate […]
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  • Editorials The South College incident was never about free speech
    As you have all heard by now, at the South College, Durham University, Christmas Formal, principal Tim Luckhurst invited columnist Rod Liddle to speak, with little warning to students. In his speech, Liddle is reported to have made a number of statements that were transphobic, racist and classist. Very festive. In response to student concerns, […]
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  • Editorials Last minute gift ideas to save you this Christmas
    It’s best to tackle Christmas gifts early, making lists and budgeting, or even scheduling time to make homemade gifts. But if Christmas has suddenly crept up on you, no need to fear, here are some last minute gift ideas to save you some stress.  1 – Sweets or chocolates Found literally everywhere and with lots […]
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  • Editorials Ten things you didn’t know about Finland
    With Christmas soon approaching, many people may be picturing Finland’s Lapland in their heads. Though a small country by population, Finland has a large global presence. This list aims to showcase ten things you didn’t know about Finland, 10. F1 Drivers Despite having a small population, Finland has produced a number of Formula One drivers. […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten People of The Year
    Plenty of people have hit the headlines this year. But here’s the ten who made them for all the best reasons. 10. Regé-Jean Page Actor Regé-Jean Page had us all talking about him – for the right reasons – back in January after the release of Netflix Original series Bridgerton. Starring as The Duke of […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten Pop Culture Moments of 2021
    Here are Beep’s top ten most iconic pop culture moments of 2021. 10. Pete Davidson’s Dating History Davidson’s dating record this past year has been interesting: Phoebe Dynevor, Kate Beckinsale, and Kim Kardashian. The Saturday Night Live star is clearly the heartthrob of Hollywood. I am in full support. It certainly added a bit of […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten Mistakes of 2021
    2021 wasn’t without its viral mistakes, gaffes and scandals. There are so many to choose from, but here are the top ten of the year. 10. The Suez Canal blockage A ship called the Ever Given got itself stuck in the narrow space of the Suez Canal, disrupting the global supply chain for six days. […]
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  • Editorials Understanding Anxiety
     Anxiety is a feeling of unease that can last a short period of time or a long period of time. It can cause many problems for people who suffer from anxiety. Generalised anxiety disorder is estimated to affect almost 5% of the population in the UK. As well as this, it is believed that most […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists Of Christmas: Top Ten Memes of the Year
    As bleak as 2021 was for many, the constant, hilarious and enlightening barrage of memes across the internet forced a smile on many of our faces, keeping us in a better mood throughout the day. Below are ten of them that dominated this year. They never ceased to be funny, had boundless creativity and some […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Top Ten Villains of the Year
    2021 has been full of villains, some worse than others. So here, we break them all down for you, from the bad eggs to the very bad eggs. 10. James Corden The general distaste in the air for James Corden has prevailed in 2021. There’s no real reason for this dislike, but it’s a thing. Can […]
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  • Editorials 12 Lists of Christmas: Ten Trends we Should Leave in 2021
    Some popular things get better with age, while others are best left in 2021. So, here’s our list of ten trends we’d like to say goodbye to. 10. Jackets with shoulder pads Many blazers and coats have started coming with large shoulder pads and surely no one looks better in these than without? Now, I […]
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  • Editorials How the ‘Rough Sex’ Defence Fails Women
    Sophie Moss was killed during sexual intercourse with her partner, Sam Prybus, in February. He told the police and the court that she had asked him to strangle her during sex. The sentencing judge then said because Prybus seemed “remorseful”, he was charged with manslaughter, and will only serve four years and eight months in […]
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  • Editorials Men’s Mental Health in Numbers
    In November, men’s mental health is focused on with a more keen eye than ever. Despite being prevalent all year round, movements such as Movember have worked to shine a light on the mental health of men which is slowly becoming more normalised now. Here are some of the facts and figures regarding the mental […]
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  • Editorials Who is Amanda Staveley?
    Amanda Staveley is a name most people in Newcastle have come to know well. She is responsible for some of the biggest business deals in the UK, including the ground-breaking acquisition of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Wealth Fund. So, who exactly is Amanda Staveley? Staveley was born on 11 April 1973 in Yorkshire. […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Italy
    Renowned for its food and culture, Italy has some of the largest influences on the global food scene. With a large historic background as well, this article will look at ten things you didn’t know about Italy. 10. Ageing population In terms of European countries with the oldest populations, Italy has the oldest. 23.4% of […]
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  • Editorials The Life and Career of Adele
    Recently returning to the spotlight after releasing her fourth studio album 30, we rewind time to where Adele Adkins’ career began. Born and raised in London, Adele became engaged with music from a young age, just like many other artists. Throughout her childhood, Adele spent large periods of time performing for friends in London’s Brockwell […]
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  • Editorials 20th Century Dictators
    It comes as no surprise to anyone but the 20th century was one of the most horrific and cruel periods of time in world history. Part of that comes due to the rise of the modern dictator. What is a dictator? An individual who rules a country or countries with absolute power, where nobody comes […]
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  • Editorials How the Bombe machine cracked Enigma
    Despite the horrors of WWII, it is hard to dispute that it was pivotal in the evolution of modern science and technology. The creation of the Bombe machine is without question one of the most important inventions to come from the war. Developed and implemented by Alan Turing, the Bombe machine was pivotal in the […]
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  • Editorials The Durham Uni Sex Work ‘Scandal’ Explained
    Durham University is back in the news – this time, for something they didn’t even do. On Friday, The Times published an article titled: “Durham University trains its students to be sex workers”. This was a surprise to me, as a student, because I missed those classes on my timetable. Recommended Reading: Racism: What more […]
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  • Editorials Five Must-Watch Netflix Originals
    Netflix Originals have proved to be some of the best televised experiences of recent times. Here, we name the top five of Netflix’s original series and films to watch. 5. Extraction In what comes across as Netflix’s answer to the growing popularity of John Wick, Extraction is a fast-paced action movie with exceptional combat scenes throughout. Though […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Scotland
    Scotland, my home country, is a funny little place. In the midst of its chaotic and vibrant social sphere, it is easy to forget just how interesting and beautiful its landscape and history are. Some of these facts listed below were completely unknown to me before researching them, so here’s hoping that you learn something […]
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  • Editorials The Kennedy Curse
    There are a number of phenomenons that hover over the role of President of the United States. From the Tippecanoe curse, where presidents who are elected in a year that ends in 0 all die in office, to the Clinton body count, where those who apparently have dirt or connections to the Clinton family mysteriously […]
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  • Editorials The life and career of George Lucas
    When it comes to cinema, George Lucas is arguably one of the most important visionaries to ever exist. From his involvement in the development of special effects technology to crafting of some of the biggest franchises on the planet, his contribution is immense. Though best known for his large-scale epics, George Lucas began his career […]
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  • Editorials Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Canada
    With some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Canada is a nation loved by many millions of people. Sprawling landscapes and a vast selection of wildlife mean it isn’t hard to see why the nation is so highly regarded. This list breaks down ten things that you may not know about the nation. […]
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  • Editorials Are vaccine passports fair?
    As the world responds to life with Covid, vaccine passports are going to be an essential tool in maintaining safety. While these passports seem necessary, are they an objectively fair system? The vast majority of people in the UK have embraced and accepted the usage of vaccine passports, but there are some who believe that […]
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