Where was the national guard?

7th January 2021

On January the 6th Trump supporters stormed the capitol building in Washington, incited by President Trump himself. He told his supporters at a rally in DC on the morning of the event: “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.’’ This speech was extremely […]

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Taken… But Real Life

26th December 2020

‘I will find you, and I will kill you’ is one of the most iconic film lines ever, spoken chillingly by Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in Taken. Well, it seems that the character actually came to life in the form of a Mexican mother who hunted down ten of her daughter’s kidnappers until they were […]

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How Much Sugar is in your Festive Coffee?

22nd December 2020

We all over-indulge a little at Christmas – but do you know how much sugar is in your over-indulgent festive coffee? You’ll be shocked to say the least as some coffees contain as much sugar as seven doughnuts. Cafe Nero’s mint hot chocolate is the main culprit, containing 59.9 grams of sugar, which is the […]

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Sam Fender Launches Petition to Help Homeless

4th December 2020

Local music hero Sam Fender has launched a campaign and petition to provide free helplines for the homeless and vulnerable. The petition – which you can sign here (and we urge you to) – comes after Fender’s work with local homeless charities, including North East Homeless. They have found that of seven councils in the […]

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Bullying: Are we stamping it out?

19th November 2020

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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Joe Biden, 46th President

7th November 2020

After what has been an incredibly tense, unsettling and suspenseful few days in America, the next president has finally revealed himself. Democrat Joe Biden is projected by most media sources to have won the US election and the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to eclipse Donald Trump, making him President-elect and number 46. Despite lawsuits […]

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US Election: What’s going on?

4th November 2020

As promised, we’d be right back with you once we had a clearer picture of what’s actually going on in the US. As for that ‘clearer picture’ – well, there isn’t one, to be honest. All that is clear is exactly what I said in my last article: this election could go on for days […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG

19th September 2020

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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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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George Floyd

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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Captain Thomas Moore

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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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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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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Jack Mitchell

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eminem Questioned over Ivanka Trump Lyrics

28th October 2019

Eminem has been questioned by the US Secret Service over some “threatening” lyrics towards Ivanka Trump. A “concerned citizen” prompted the Service agents to visit the rapper after listening to his 2017 song Framed. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has spoken out against the Trumps in the past. In 2017, he dropped a […]

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Beetle named after Greta Thunberg

28th October 2019

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been given the honour of having a newly-discovered beetle named after her. Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London officially named the beetle Nelloptodes gretae due to the 16-year-old’s “outstanding contribution” to leading the fight towards environmental reform. Although it may seem slightly offensive to some to have […]

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IS leader dead in Syria after raid

27th October 2019

It was announced today by President Trump that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a US-led raid in Syria. The leader of the Islamic State terrorist group detonated a suicide vest as he fled into a tunnel, chased by US military dogs. Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump said Baghdadi was a […]

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EU discusses Brexit extension

25th October 2019

Following predictably dramatic scenes in Parliament this week, EU leaders are discussing the possibility of a Brexit extension as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for a general election. EU ambassadors have come together today to consider how long to give Britain before we leave the Union. It comes after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted that Johnson’s […]

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Large firms ignoring climate change risk bankruptcy

24th October 2019

Bank of England governor Mark Carney suggests he warns that companies which are not aiming towards net zero-carbon emissions are at detrimental risk of going bankrupt due to the efforts of financial investors. Speaking with The Guardian, Carney suggested that the global efforts needed to tackle the current climate crisis could end up in a […]

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High-five for Parkinson’s first home SAFC match

23rd October 2019

Sunderland’s new boss Phil Parkinson sampled the home support of his team for the first time last night, in an impressive 5-0 win for Sunderland over Tranmere Rovers. Goals from five of Sunderland’s starting eleven showed how reassured the whole squad was to get three points. From the get-go, Sunderland were offensively minded, with striker […]

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What the Hell Were: The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

18th October 2019

Glasgow becomes the setting for the inaugural piece of writing in a series which I’ve named ‘What the Hell…’, where I will discuss some of the world’s more interesting affairs which you never knew happened, past and present. The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars happened in the 1980s around the Scottish city of Glasgow. It merely […]

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Extinction Rebellion take over London

18th October 2019

In just two days of protest, 541 arrests were made. Extinction Rebellion is protesting all around the globe and frankly, the government doesn’t have a clue how to stop it. With Johnson’s only compromise being traditional name-calling (originality points for “uncooperative crusties”, Boris), and Section 14 being enforced to stop disruption to communities, it seems […]

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A Complete and Uber Disaster

14th October 2019

The nightlife in Newcastle is believed to be the best available in the UK. On any given night you can find somewhere that’s buzzing with students until the sun rises. Despite this, I have never witnessed anybody enjoy a night out so much so that they end up 100 miles from their home after an […]

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Man Hires Emotional Support Clown for Redundancy Meeting

14th October 2019

If you know you’re going to get sacked from your job, the only way to soften the blow is often to pull a spectacular leaving stunt. A New Zealand man took this to a whole new level as he chose a professional clown as his representative for his redundancy meeting. Copy writer and part-time comedian […]

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First Person Diagnosed with ‘Brexit Psychosis’

13th October 2019

A doctor has warned of the effect on mental health that a hostile political climate can have after a man was diagnosed with acute psychosis that was triggered by the EU referendum. The man, who is in his forties, found that his mental health rapidly deteriorated not long after the results of the referendum were […]

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Lizzo vs Iggy Azalea: The Beef Explained

9th October 2019

Snoop Dogg. Bhad Bhabie. Eminem. Papa Johns. These are just a few of the many iconic figures that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has feuded with during her career. Now, Iggy‘s focusing her wrath on Lizzo after the Truth Hurts singer failed to credit her as the main artist of Fancy featuring Charlie XCX. Lizzo is […]

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Longstaff nets on debut to give Newcastle home win

8th October 2019

Newcastle United and Manchester United have been a mirror image of each other so far this season. Both teams have a former Red Devil’s legend in charge, both teams have spent money on players yet to perform, and both teams are struggling to get points on the board. Hence, their meeting last Sunday evening was […]

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Europe continue unbeaten Laver Cup streak

27th September 2019

After Europe’s recent triumph in the Solheim Cup, attention this weekend was diverted to Geneva, which hosted the third annual Laver Cup – named after the Aussie tennis legend Rod Laver. The former world Number 1 was courtside all day and night to see Team Europe and Team World battle it out over the course […]

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Migrant Camp in Dunkirk Cleared

23rd September 2019

As of last week, French police began to evacuate the Dunkirk migrant camp near the northern port of the city. Dunkirk is one of the closest French ports to England. Authorities have already attempted to clear the camp in the past in October 2018 when around 1,800 people resided there. The gymnasium there was opened […]

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Was Piers Morgan right on fat-shaming?

23rd September 2019

This week, Piers Morgan took a break from his usual antics of asking if he can identify as a neutrois penguin and spoke out in support of US comedian Bill Maher.  Maher came under scrutiny after his scathing monologue about overweight Americans on his live show Real Time with Bill Maher went viral. Well, it […]

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Sarah Thomas swims four lengths of the English Channel

22nd September 2019

Strong motivation stems from within, with individuals having different types and varying strengths. It can propel people to accomplish achievements that they never thought were possible. As Sarah Thomas was completing a 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain back in 2017, it “occurred to her” that there was no limit to what she could do. Soon […]

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Greta Thunberg: The Face of Our Generation

20th September 2019

If you don’t know the name Greta Thunberg, you must be living under a rock. Recently she graced the headlines after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to New York for a UN Climate summit meeting. At 16, she is enthralling the minds of millions across the globe, inspiring the School Strike for Climate Change movement […]

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Michael Owen and Alan Shearer Spat Explained

12th September 2019

Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are two of the greatest forwards of their days, with the latter being the Premier League’s all-time top goal-scorer, finding the back of the net 260 times over the course of his career. Of those 260, one hundred and forty-eight came for his home club, Newcastle United. It’s clear that […]

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MPs to force No. 10 to release texts

10th September 2019

In a shock move last night, MPs voted to force the government to release some of their no-deal planning documents and private messages from No. 10 officials. The vote came as the fifth defeat of five votes within a week for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It also followed the resignation of former Work and Pensions […]

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Missing Children and the Media

16th August 2019

With the recent disappearance of Nora Quoirin, there has been a great deal of publicity on news channels to aid the Quoirin family in their quest to find Nora. As much as such press can drastically increase the likelihood for a missing person to be found, for me it has always raised the question as […]

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McDonald’s paper straws can’t be recycled

6th August 2019

Fast food giant McDonald’s has come under fire after it was revealed that their self-proclaimed “eco-friendly” paper straws cannot be recycled. Just last year McDonald’s ditched plastic straws in aid of helping with the environmental crisis. It led the way for other companies – big and small – to scrap their plastic straws too. In […]

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