Tom Cook is a writer by trade, and a writer by hobby when he can force himself off dumb videos on Youtube. He parades his wordly goods at CALM, a young men's mental health mag. He frickin loves Asian food, hip-hop and soul music, and sci-fi action movies like Aliens. Tom's secret passion is watching other people read books. It gives him a weird warm happy feeling inside.
But we do have a place in the world, there's no need to fashion one out of thin air. We're part of a wonderfully diverse and tolerant society, and an incredibly complex ecosystem. We fulfill our potential by simply living and working, and being nice to each other and the environment.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is magical, more than capable of leaving you entranced if you can ignore the teeming swarms of tourists. Fortunately I booked my break for early October, and so wasn't too overwhelmed despite staying smack bang in the centre, in the epicentre of traffic.
Tired of trudging through endless stats in the vain hope of predicting a strong fantasy premier league team? Bored of following players' fluctuating form throughout the season, and making astute weekly transfers in anticipation of upcoming games? Follow these tips and find success in a different manner.
I've risked major mockery in the last month for asserting confidently amongst friends that England are different this time around, that we can match the fluent approach play of more successful nations, because this time we have the personnel. After watching our 3-0 snooze-fest against Peru, I stand by this marginally fantastical statement.
More likely, the loner is just a normal person who prefers to hang out by themselves either because they really enjoy it or they're not ready for social interaction just yet. Therefore, it's important we practise tolerance and understanding towards them.
Ultimately, I think it might just not be permissible to make an old-school Bond movie in today's social climate. A movie where women are objects of desire, men are either baddies or assistants, and emotions are drowned out by gunfire and martinis. It's sad, because in my eyes Bond is harmless male fantasy, nothing sinister or threatening. I hope the tempering of the franchise's escapist edge is just down to the whim of a certain group of sensitive filmmakers.
I have studiously avoided cool people my whole life. That's not meant as a slight on those I have been friends with. By 'cool' I mean people whose egos are largely driven by them being good-looking, or having a little bit of status.
Drake came across as a simpering, emasculated wreck, as if to appeal to a modern and sexually egalitarian society his record company decided to surgically suck out his machismo. I wouldn't be surprised if he carries his testicles around in a dainty testicles purse.
When the most successful British manager of all time eventually retires (or passes on, having endured yet another Nani dribble down a blind alley), who should he hand over his hairdryer and rock-hard lump of wrigleys to? I run down some candidates.
I hold the same spectator affection for snooker as I do for football, and tennis. It occupies a unique position in a world of frenzied, fast-paced, instantly gratifying sports, and it should be cherished.
Shy people reading this probably think of their social inhibition as a disability. Certainly society seems to view it that way, which is what Simonsen (funny guy, YouTube him) was highlighting. 'Outgoing' is seen as a positive trait on a par with 'generous', 'conscientious', and 'protects tiny animals'.
I was watching Barcelona in the Champions League last season (I forget the game, which tends to happen when the anecdote is made up) and two thoughts flew to mind, with the urgency and clarity of a glass frisbee.
I'm afraid we're currently in a recession time for Hollywood creativity. With the Spider-man 're-imagining' swinging its way into cinemas this summer, it's clear major studios no longer feel it necessary to do its audience the courtesy of introducing new characters and concepts. Couldn't they have had a brainstorming session at Sony Pictures and at least come up with a different 'man'? Scorpionman? Eagleman? Skunkman? Maybe not the last one.
Two high-profile names in American culture revealed themselves to be gay this week; CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, and RnB singer Frank Ocean. In the case of the silver-haired Cooper at least, the USA's improved tolerance for homosexuality was highlighted by the nationwide reaction - "Meh".
09/07/2012 10:26 BST
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