Tom Ward
Tom Ward is the author of 'A Departure', a novel bestselling author Tony Parsons called 'a shockingly good debut'. He has written for Esquire, GQ, VICE, Marie Claire and Sabotage Times. He is also the recipient of the 2012 GQ Norman Mailer Award and is represented by the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency.

Tom's first novel, 'A Departure' can be found here and Tom can be found on Twitter at @TomWardWrites

Entries by Tom Ward

R.I.P Front Magazine

(1) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (16:54)

Britain's best alt-magazine joins Loaded and Maxim in the lad's mag graveyard.

I first read Front Magazine in 2007. I was on a train coming back from Paris after a holiday with my girlfriend's family. I spent the entire journey covering my mouth in case my girlfriend's mum heard me...

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The Commitments: A West End Review

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (13:00)

Roddy Doyle's all singing show brings the feckin' soul to London...

I've got a confession to make: I don't like musicals. I used to enjoy the pantomime as a kid, but musicals have never done it for me. I think I was put off these all-singing, all-dancing love-ins by my...

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Five Things You Need to Know About Vauxhall's Made in England Film

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (12:48)

In celebration of 110 years of car manufacturing, Vauxhall has commissioned Katy England, one of the world's leading fashion stylists, to create a short film, Made In England, exploring all that is great about British style and design. The video follows a lone driver as he travels across...

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Winter at the Tip of Cape Cod

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2013 | (11:19)

Cape Cod's Provincetown may have a reputation as a summer-time party town, but there's still plenty to once winter comes around and the hordes of tourists have migrated to warmer climes.

In summer time, the 4000-plus population of Provincetown is augmented by a few extra visitors in the form of...

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Vauxhall Vice President of Design Talks 'Made in England'

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (11:50)

As Vauxhall approach 110 years of car manufacturing, I sat down with Mark Adams, Vice President of Design to talk making cars and the new 'Made In England' video, shot by stylist Katy England.

What's the concept for the Made in England video, and how did it come about?

We've been sponsoring this to try and get into the youth culture, the pulse of the youth. We've been thinking about how we can use that going forwards and how that would influence design. For my team, the opportunity to mix with the people, you can really pick up a lot of things. We're exploring how we can get a deeper understanding of what's happening so we can build a Vauxhall that's more relevant going forward.

We have great products and we want to make sure that people are exposed to them and understand them and that we connect to people in the right way.

The film focuses on fashion, what's Vauxhall's link to fashion?

Well, the automotive industry is the fashion business on wheels. It really is. If you think about how much emotion is connected to the purchase of a vehicle and the relative expense of a vehicle, compared to going out and buying a shirt or dress, that's significant. We want to use that and connect the brand to things that are cool.

Also, the fashion industry is very quick and vibrant, and that's what we want to be. Quick, vibrant. We want to react and be early responders to trends. We're a dynamic brand with dynamic brands.

How much did director Katy England bring to the project?

She brought a very dynamic spirit to the project. We're all about finding people who fit the right spirit and character that fit how we want to push the brand forward. Katy is a great fit, she really challenges some of those things.

It's great to bring in someone who's got so much experience in the style world. She's styled Kate Moss. She brings a lot to the project, but it's something new for her, so it's good to push each other. In this business it's good to feel a bit uncomfortable. If you don't explore new things you have to question whether you're doing enough.

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) is Katy's husband wrote the soundtrack, did that help bring the project to another level?

Absolutely. If you get someone of that pedigree it brings a whole new level of integrity to the project, without a doubt.

In terms of the youth tribes in the film, how much influence did Vauxhall have in choosing who would be featured?

That was really Katy. For me, that's about learning and seeing things from other people's perspective. Giving Katy free reign helps us to really explore these different areas of Britain. You see places you've seen before, you see places you've never seen, so that's real. It spreads your horizons and really pushes things.

It can be hard to predict the next youth movement, the next trend. When you're designing a vehicle, it doesn't come to the road for at least two to three years so we've got to be thinking a lot further out, 3,4, 10 years ahead. The danger of a lot of people is to look in the rear-view mirror. 'What's happened already and where are we now?' That's irrelevant. The world changes so quickly, so if you want to be relevant, you've got to do a lot of predicting. You have to take bets. The companies that predict and get close, they're the companies that create something very powerful.

If we're wrong, that's hundreds of millions in investment that we've wasted. You have to gamble, but the risks have to be well educated. If you have a good feel of how things are going to be, it helps to reduce the risk.

With this in mind, what would be the three things you keep in mind when designing a car?

The first thing would be the demographic. 'Who is this car for?' What's interesting is that doesn't mean that's everyone who's going to end up buying the car. What you tend to find is you have a bandwidth of people who eventually buy the car, but only a specific group you want to target. The ADAM was a great example of that.

The second thing is, 'What are we doing for our brand?' Ten years ago we were a bit inconsistent. There wasn't enough to tie these cars together and say they represented the Vauxhall brand. Today, from the design perspective, we're really thinking about consistency. What the shapes are like, the materials etc. There's a DNA link, but with different personalities, much like the different groups in the film.

Thirdly, we try to get the technology as on the ball as possible. Recently we've had the smart phone explosion. In the last five years we've had that take over, so who knows what'll happen in ten years? It's a really exciting time for technology and we want to make the most of it.

To use an analogy, Vauxhall is like my family. I know that sounds corny, but my three children each have a bit of me and a little bit of my wife. Looks, personality, habits. They're got our DNA but they're all individuals. They look and act differently, but they have things that tie them together. That's what I want our cars to be like. Different cars tied together by the Vauxhall DNA.

Finally, what do you most enjoy about driving?

I like to have fun. I like to drive down a country road with no cars about. I hate automatic transitions. I like to be connected to the car. I like to feel the road. That's...

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Treating a Southerner to a Trip Oop North

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (21:17)

It's a strange one, thinking about why we go home. The underlying reason must be homesickness, a desire to see friends and family again, even if we've just left them, but for a young lad just moved down to London, it's hard to admit this. Christmas is approaching too, so...

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Plant Village Is Reclaiming Control of Our Crops

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2013 | (15:46)

Plant Village is a unique social media site, enabling agriculturalists to easily and freely share information on crop disease in real time. With monthly page views of almost 170,000 unique visitors from 190 countries, Plant Village might just revolutionise the way we produce crops and the way we...

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Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll

(2) Comments | Posted 2 August 2013 | (15:01)

As they say in hip-hop, 'haters gonna hate' and as they say on the internet, 'trolls gonna troll.' It's been a big week for trolls; all those countless thousands of people who vent their frustrations anonymously online. Hopefully, the online community will now be less tolerant of people posting hurtful...

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An Interview With Dr. David Hughes, The Zombie Ant Expert Behind PS3 Phenomenon 'The Last of Us'

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2013 | (10:24)

If you don't know about The Last of Us by now, where have you been? The new, PS3 only, offering from Naughty Dog games takes on that most familiar of scenarios- the apocalypse- and turns it on its head. It's a fantastic game, and I urge you to...

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Apocalyptic Appeal

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (10:11)

Zombies, Aliens, natural disasters, they're everywhere at the moment, but just what exactly is their appeal? Why exactly does the apocalypse hold such appeal to normal, everyday people? Are apocalyptic works of fiction just a reflection of current climates, or something more?

Recently, I had the huge pleasure of...

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The Books I Love and How They've Shaped Me

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (15:03)

I never made a conscious decision to become a 'reader'. It was just something I did. I remember being in the first few years of primary school, and being excited to take a new book home to read. How could reading a story be homework? It was fun to let...

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Ways of Escape: Procrastination

(3) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (00:00)

Whether you're writing an essay, editing a novel, or just cleaning the flat, procrastination is always sure to rear its ugly head. Procrastination occupies the middle ground between work and play, but doesn't really count as either. Like watching an Adam Sandler film, you've got to work hard to pretend...

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Bukowski and the Down-and-Outs

(3) Comments | Posted 6 April 2013 | (00:00)

It was Charles Bukowski who said, "the worst men have the best jobs, the best men have the worst jobs or are unemployed or locked in madhouses". These days, with a 42% graduate unemployment forecast for 2013, any man, good or bad, would be lucky to have a...

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Jennifer Lawrence: Tumblr Queen

(1) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (23:00)

Jennifer Lawrence is a cool customer. Any actor/actress who can fall over whilst collecting an Academy Award, and elicit empathy rather than malice/cheap giggles from TV audiences, has a bright future ahead of them. Can you imagine the headlines if Brad Pitt or Katherine Heigl had tripped? I...

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Utopian Failings

(2) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (23:00)

Naming your show Utopia puts you on the back foot from the start. As parents, school teachers and commiserating friends the world over will tell you, 'nobody is perfect'. The idea of the perfect TV show, then, is clearly a myth (as is the concept of perfection itself). Some shows...

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Skyfall: James Bond has Returned

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (16:29)

Monday 18 February sees the release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, on DVD. After the film's BAFTA and SAG awards, there should be no need to convince you that this is a film worth checking out, Bond fan or not. Before the film was released, I was lucky enough...

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The Underrated Side-Projects You Should Know and Love

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2013 | (18:20)

Sometimes, being a member of a world-beating band is just not enough for certain musicians. Thankfully, this is why, on the eighth day, God created side-projects. Here are four side-project gems that you need to be aware of. If you don't have at least one record by one of these...

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Films We Wanted To Love

(1) Comments | Posted 25 January 2013 | (13:45)

The news that JJ Abrams is all but signed on to direct Star Wars Episode VII has set the internet alight with chatter. Despite George Lucas' insistence, you can't hear blasters or exploding X-Wings in space. What you can hear are the sounds of a bloody battle between Trekkies and...

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Why I Loved HMV

(26) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (00:12)

As you'll have heard by now, music retailer HMV is on the brink of falling into administration. Unless a buyer can be found for the high street giant, the company (which opened in 1921 on London's Oxford Street) will be forced to close its doors for good. This will mean...

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Action Bronson's 30 Best Songs (Part Two)

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (11:48)

Without further ado, here is the second half of Action Bronson's 30 best tunes. At the rate Bronson releases music, there's sure to be some changes soon, but right now, these are the hottest tracks he's been involved in.

15. Brunch - Sampling Frijid Pink's Boozin' Blues, Brunch is...

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