Tom’s Column – February/March 21

We Might Be Locked Down, But We’ll Soon Get Back Up Again by Tom Beasley

So that was Christmas. Weird, wasn’t it? I live in the heart of what was Tier 4 and so spent the Saturday before the big day foraging in the aisles of a supermarket for whatever scrap of turkey was left on the shelves, having had my plans for a return to Coventry scuppered at the last moment. The day itself was, thankfully, a lot of fun – albeit more subdued than normal – and New Year similarly passed in an enjoyable flurry of booze, Zoom quizzes and internet-facilitated Mario Kart races. When the clock ticked over into 2021, social media filled swiftly with optimism, as if the horrors of the last 12 months would disappear the moment we hung our new calendars on the wall. […]

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Tom’s Column – December 20/January 21

The Feline, Festive Feel Of A Very Non-2020 Christmas Movie by Tom Beasley

My job allows me to do a lot […]

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Tom’s Column – October/November 20

Face Masks Are The Most Unlikely Political Football Of Our Lifetimes by Tom Beasley

I find myself wondering a lot about how the humble face covering became such a divisive political issue. It’s not as if there isn’t enough going on, even without the whole pandemic unpleasantness. Britain is heading towards a kamikaze break from the EU, America is rampaging into an election in which the incumbent President seems primed to contest a hypothetical defeat well beyond polling day and racially-charged unrest over police brutality is still bubbling under the surface. But the world is getting worked up over a little bit of fabric in front of your face that might save the lives of everyone’s gran. […]

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Tom’s Column – August/September 20

Lockdown Is Easing, As Long As You Like A Pint by Tom Beasley

By the time you read this, the government will have deemed it safe for you to go back to the pub. I’m writing this in the dying days of June, after the prime minister announced that a raft of entertainment venues would be able to open from 4th July. It’s a date no doubt chosen for the deluge of “Super Saturday” headlines that, by the time you read this, will have almost certainly greeted the big day, with pints of golden beer undoubtedly gracing most of the front pages. There were probably a few charming images of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel “Man of the People” Johnson grinning while holding a lager as well. […]

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Tom’s Column – June/July 20

Quarantine Is Hard For Everyone, Even At The Ice Cream Factory by Tom Beasley

There’s a skit from the brilliant noughties BBC sketch show That Mitchell & Webb Look that discusses the difficulties experienced by an ice cream taster who lives with a paediatric doctor. The ice cream taster, played by Robert Webb, really wants to vent about how hard his day has been, but his problems always seem frivolous next to the fact that the doctor, played by David Mitchell, has to struggle with a ward full of dying children. […]

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Tom’s Column – April/May 20

Local Facebook Groups Paint A False, Hysterical Picture by Tom Beasley

This month’s column is inspired by something bizarre and ridiculous on Facebook. I appreciate that doesn’t particularly narrow the field of potential topics, given that Facebook presents a near-constant churn of absurdity, horror and acquaintances posting uncomfortably racist memes. My particular experience, though, took place in the increasingly common arena of the “local area gossip group”. […]

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Tom’s Column – February/March 20

New Year, New You…Or The Same You…Honestly, It’s Fine by Tom Beasley

As I write this latest column, we’re still in the first week of a new year and indeed a new decade. We never quite came up with a good name for the 2010s, but we now don’t need to spend time worrying about that for another hundred years. Lucky us, that will free up at least enough time to catch up on a few Netflix shows. We’re now back in the 20s, which presumably won’t be as ‘roaring’ as they were a century ago. In fact, Terrifying Twenties feels far more likely at this point. […]

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Tom’s Column – December 19/January 20

From Gangsters To Divorce, Here’s your Festive Netflix Viewing…by Tom Beasley

It feels odd to be writing this in the first week of November, but Merry Christmas to all of you. By the time this magazine lands on your doormat, you will almost certainly be firmly ensconced in the season of mince pies, pigs in blankets – pending Brexit-induced shortages – and trying to remember the lyrics to the only Slade song anybody remembers. Sorry Noddy. […]

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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. […]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Magazine Articles, Regular Features|Comments Off on Tom’s Column – October/November 19

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. […]

By |August 6th, 2019|Magazine Articles, Regular Features|Comments Off on Tom’s Column – August/September 19
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