Tom’s Column – June/July 22

Twitter’s Getting Musky, So Why Can’t We All Just Leave? by Tom Beasley

As someone who spends an awful lot of time on the internet, I’ve been forced to care far more than I would like to about the life and work of Elon Musk recently. The billionaire CEO of the Tesla electric car company is the wealthiest man in the world and an infuriating blowhard prone to shooting his mouth off about crypto-currencies, politics and all manner of other things. He’s usually easy enough to ignore, but Musk has recently agreed a deal worth more than £30bn to buy the social media website Twitter. […]

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Tom’s Column – April/May 22

The Joy Of Lying…As Long As You’re A Movie Star by Tom Beasley

For this month’s column, I wanted to speak out in favour of lying. Now obviously, this comes with a great deal of caveats. Most lying is awful and wrong, whether it’s coming from me, you, or a senior figure within government who doesn’t seem to understand their own public health rules. However, I’d like to sing the praises of a very specific kind of lying – famous people refusing to spoil movies while on press tours. I mention this because of a very recent, high-profile example. […]

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Tom’s Column – February/March 22

DiCaprio Meets Cannibalism As 2022 Begins… by Tom Beasley

One of the first movies I watched this year was set in 2022. In fact, a lot of you will be familiar with it and might have seen it many years ago. The film is the 1973 sci-fi thriller Soylent Green, starring Charlton Heston. It has been sat on my DVD shelf for a few years now and, having seen some chatter on Twitter about its 2022 setting, I decided to pop it in and have a watch. […]

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Tom’s Column – December 21/January 22

Sky Blue Success Is A Tonic After Two Awful Years by Tom Beasley

One of the best days of my journalism career so far was 21st August 2014. Those of you with keen memories will recall that as the day that Coventry City made the announcement that the club would return to what was then known as the Ricoh Arena, after a season at Sixfields in Northampton. I was doing work experience at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire at the time and spent the morning interviewing jubilant Sky Blues fans in the city, before travelling down to the stadium for a live outside broadcast in the afternoon. It’s fair to say a certain ELO track kept coming up on the playlist. […]

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Tom’s Column – October/November 21

I’m Not Sure I’m Ready For Normal Yet by Tom Beasley

Normality is a funny sort of idea at the moment, right? We all want to get back there, and none of us is particularly sure how close to it we’re supposed to be right now. For some people, the government’s incredibly successful vaccine programme and the removal of the remaining social contact rules was enough. When I leave the house at the moment, many people seem to have simply called time on the whole thing, happily rubbing shoulders on public transport and in supermarkets, having consigned their face coverings to the nearest wheelie bin. It seems that for a lot of us the daily figures around new cases, hospitalisations and deaths have begun to lose all meaning. […]

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Tom’s Column – August/September 21

‘It’s Coming Home’ Was About Far More Than Football by Tom Beasley

We needed this, right? After 18 months of being mostly confined to our homes watching Line of Duty and trying to avoid ordering takeaways just for the novelty of seeing another person, what we all needed was the collective joy of England going deep into an international football tournament. […]

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Tom’s Column – June/July 21

Was The Line Of Duty Finale Really That Disappointing? by Tom Beasley

One of the biggest trends of the last decade or so in popular culture has been the diffusion of TV audiences. Once upon a time, millions of people would tune in to the same channel at the same time to watch Dennis Taylor pot the crucial climactic black ball of a snooker final. Even more strikingly, half of the entire population would watch an EastEnders character hand over divorce papers on Christmas Day. But, with hundreds of channels and dozens of streaming services available at the click of a button, that communal experience is now mostly gone. […]

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Tom’s Column – April/May 21

The Light At The End Of A Very Long Tunnel by Tom Beasley

When I last wrote a column for this magazine, things looked pretty bleak in terms of the coronavirus pandemic. Christmas had been tossed away like an unwanted pair of novelty socks when travel restrictions were imposed at the very last moment, and England was entering its third national lockdown. At the time of writing, in early March, we’re still in that lockdown, but the outlook is decidedly less gloomy than it was at the beginning of the year. […]

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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. […]

By |February 17th, 2021|Magazine Articles, Regular Features|Comments Off on Tom’s Column – February/March 21

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 […]

By |December 18th, 2020|Magazine Articles, Regular Features|Comments Off on Tom’s Column – December 20/January 21
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