Tom’s Column – October/November 19

Britain Has Changed, And We Should Want It To Keep On Changing by Tom Beasley

Being a freelance entertainment journalist is a weird gig at the best of times. The constant sensation that your work is frivolous is only matched by the sadness of waiting for the money from a job to land in your bank account, filling at least part of the financial black hole created by renting in Greater London. But never is the problem of being an entertainment journalist more obvious than when something really important is happening on the news. […]

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Tom’s Column – August/September 19

Political Debate Has Become Corrosive – But Can We Change It? by Tom Beasley

If you’ve mentioned anything political on Facebook or Twitter since the summer of 2016, you’ll be familiar with the coarse anger and mean-spiritedness that now masquerades as debate. The fact this has happened since the Brexit referendum is not a coincidence, but this isn’t going to be a 500-word rant about how Brexit is the worst thing that has ever happened to the UK. If the referendum had gone the other way, I feel like we’d probably still be in this state. […]

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Bits and Bobs Column – August/September 19

Piece de Resistance by Bob Garlick

Margaret has for many years complained that not only am I clumsy but in being clumsy I end up causing her injury or, at the very least, some measure of discomfort. She recently went through a list of little accidents which I may have had over the years. As they say, in no particular order: […]

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Tom’s Column – June/July 19

Geek Culture Is Now All Culture – And I Love It by Tom Beasley

I remember when it wasn’t cool to be a geek. Once upon a time, superheroes and fantasy epics were the preserve of a very select group of people. Indeed, it wasn’t very long ago that the film and TV shorthand for ‘tragically alone nerd’ was an interest in comic books and dragons. It just so happens, though, that comic books and dragons are now two pretty dominant pillars of popular culture. […]

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Bits and Bobs Column – June/July 19

TV Super Critic by Bob Garlick

I missed the last issue of Your Call as I wasn’t feeling very well, to put it mildly.

Hospitalised again at the beginning of February, I was given some treatment which, they said, ‘Will make you feel very tired.’ Tired? I missed February, March and the first couple of weeks of April! […]

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History Column – April/May 19

How Will We Manage When Brexit Happens? by Val Tonks, Earlswood Historical Society

Like many people I am tired of the scaremongering about how we will manage if we leave without a deal. This is Britain. It wouldn’t be the first time we had to deal with shortages. During the war and after we had to cope with rations, but we coped and made alternative arrangements. We grew our own veg and kept chickens for eggs. We made our own clothes and toys for the children. Everyone made an effort. We did not rely on Europe to provide for us. […]

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Tom’s Column – April/May 19

Have I Really Been Doing This For 10 Years? by Tom Beasley

Ten years ago, a 14-year-old writer made his debut in Your Call magazine. He cracked a couple of jokes about teenage stereotypes and pledged to use his regular column to smash those stereotypes by showcasing a decidedly non-threatening teen in a waistcoat – I have asked Lynne to use that picture on this article; thank me later – who only wore hoodies when it was cold, rather than to intimidate old ladies. […]

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Mind Over Matters – February/March 19

Wooden Legs & Excuses by Richard Nicholls

Have you ever met someone with a wooden leg? Not a real wooden leg, but a metaphorical one? […]

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Tom’s Column – February/March 19

How Coventry Stomped The Film Critic Out Of Me by Tom Beasley

I’m about to do two very tiresome things, and for that I’m going to apologise up top. Firstly, I’m going to talk about films again. Sorry, but as a film journalist these days, it’s something that occupies an awful lot of my mental real estate. Secondly, I’m going to talk about Christmas which, as you’re probably reading this in February, is about as timely as a pool party in November. However, I have very specific reasons for bringing up both of those subjects this time. […]

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Bits and Bobs Column – February/March 19

The Fountain of Youth by Bob Garlick

I reckon I was in my early fifties and, although being predominantly dark haired, I had started to go grey at the temples and more obviously, had developed a grey streak running through the middle of my hair. I kept looking but shied away from those ‘get rid of the grey’ products but was always tempted to try. […]

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