Tom Cook
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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.

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Roy May Be Holding Us Back

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (00:00)

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...

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All By Myself: A Loner's Soliloquy

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2013 | (19:47)

The image of a loner tends to be split in one of two camps. Either you'll see him/her in a romanticized, Hollywood way - the silent, mysterious hero with a tough front belying his sensitive and poetic nature. Wandering through the streets, contemplating the dark truths of life, perhaps brooding...

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I'm Happy to Sacrifice James Bond to the Gods of Change

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2012 | (16:51)

Goodbye 007. It's been great knowing you.

I've always loved Bond, ever since my grandma sent me the entire video collection when I was 7 (giving appropriate presents was never my grandma's forte). I'd watch James Bond movie marathons (each one in succession, none left out). I'd hold James Bond...

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Why I Avoid Cool People, and My Vision of an Impossible Utopia

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (17:17)

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.

The problem with such people is that...

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Why J Cole is Hip-Hop's Last Hope

(8) Comments | Posted 29 September 2012 | (00:00)

Hip-hop is in its twilight, and has been for some time. A dearth of a classic albums in the last decade suggests the genre has reached the end of its creative tether. Drake's 'critically acclaimed' 2010 release Thank Me Later pretty much sounded its death knell, in my eyes.

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Who Should Replace Sir Alex?

(22) Comments | Posted 25 September 2012 | (00:00)

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? Here, I run down some candidates.

1. Pep Guardiola

The man most capable...

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The Perks of Being Shy

(3) Comments | Posted 22 September 2012 | (00:00)

Inspired by a stand-up sketch by comic Daniel Simonsen, in which he posited the unlikely event of a flatshare advert seeking out a "shy and insecure person, stays in his room and never comes out, if you're interested please email, I don't like to talk on the phone", I've decided...

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In Support Of Snooker

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2012 | (12:36)

As the furore over our relentless medal-winning at the Olympics/Paralympics dies down, the excitement at Murray vanquishing his Serbian foe in the US open (thus guaranteeing himself a slightly chavvy range of trainers in 70 years time) extinguishes, the sports enthusiasts among us will have sombrely returned to our weekly...

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Is Football Evolving?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2012 | (18:21)

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.

1. Lionel Messi is so damn good because he has cheated...

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The Meaning of Life (Maybe)

(1) Comments | Posted 5 September 2012 | (23:01)

What is the meaning of life? The eternal question. Technically, there is no meaning to anything. If you're a rational person who doesn't feel the need to insert a superior, infallible being into their lives for comfort, you will have realised that the universe doesn't have to exist at all....

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Who Cares About Frank Ocean?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2012 | (00:26)

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".

Time will tell whether...

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Era of the Pointless Remake

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2012 | (15:00)

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...

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