Delve into the full archive of blog posts… Everything I’ve written will appear on this page, organised chronologically, giving you a (hopefully interesting) mixture of short stories, travel blogs, or contemporary commentaries.
Feel free to browse, if you’re simply hoping to find something new. Excuse the chaos of some of my earlier posts, as this site represents my first attempt at blogging. I’m always open to comments, and will endeavour to reply quickly if you have any thoughts.
Tension lashed across the courtyard, whipping and cracking against the walls. Nervous onlookers peered through the trembling glass at the mass of protestors below. In turn, the jostling crowd spat frenzied ire at the building, slurring vague demands into their disgusted tirade. Gazing at the assembly from afar, one man beamed outwardly. Alfie Darkson. He… Continue Reading →
The wonder of technological potential is ceaseless. It’s projected that, within the next couple of years, woolly mammoths might be resurrected, to immense consequences. A long-extinct species might once again roam the earth. However bleak today might seem, astounding technological innovations always have the potential to dramatically alter the world. Whether beneficial or not, we’re… Continue Reading →
Forgive the deliberately provocative title, though it is at least relevant. Many have attributed the rise in players ‘taking a knee’ to nothing more than virtue signalling. I’ve always optimistically assumed that claim to be false, but big decisions are on the horizon. The key factor is determining whether substance exists in football’s virtue signalling…. Continue Reading →
Society has endured perhaps the most far-reaching shifts in recent history, certainly of my living memory. The reach of the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly global, and the ensuing responses have touched almost every living human’s lives. So, what of the traditional working week? One such dramatic change was the introduction of stay-at-home orders. Offices… Continue Reading →
I’m honestly perplexed. So many phrases have been introduced in recent years that I simply cannot keep pace. ‘Cancel Culture’. ‘Woke’. ‘Liberal snowflakes’. Who, exactly, do they describe? I partly assume they’ve been adopted in unhappy response to some of the progressive changes we’ve experienced. I’m just not clear on who the actors in this… Continue Reading →
The Olympic Games have concluded, but their legacy lives on. Theoretically, at least. Barely out of their shadow, we can already anticipate the imminent Paralympics, alongside a mere six-month wait for Beijing and three-year gap until Paris. It’s always an exciting time to be a sports fan. For an all-too-brief fortnight, however, the Olympic Games… Continue Reading →
Does it ever feel like we’ve come too far? Climate change is the single greatest issue in our species’ history, yet we’ve consistently exhibited a failing in desire to tackle it. Not the capacity, but the willingness. Which is the greatest tragedy. The ability is within our grasp. We just have to seize it. Climate… Continue Reading →
Who else is voraciously devouring whatever limited Olympic content is available? I certainly am. It has been a colossal shame to discover the broadcasting monopoly sold away by the IOC, but the BBC has certainly tried, if frustratingly. Still, what few, magical moments do percolate from Tokyo have generated some very special Olympic stories. I… Continue Reading →
We’re continuing to witness unnerving developments in this current Conservative government. The blatant yet brash creeping towards authoritarianism has most recently manifested in a proposed bill to silence open journalism. Obsessing over crushing a public voice, the most overt assault against democracy in the UK has now been issued. The incremental stages can be mapped… Continue Reading →
Fairfax blinked away his surprise. I had never asked for help before. Clearly, something was wrong. It had been building for far too long. He might have possessed an inkling of my struggles, but knew far from the entirety. Which, of course, had been a deliberate precaution. In that moment, however, I had resolved to… Continue Reading →
For most fans, both of tennis and Andy Murray, his Wimbledon return was probably met with mixed emotions. More than anything, it was fantastic to watch him in action again. ‘Inspirational’ is vastly insufficient to describe his journey. An infinite number of accolades could be lathered over his career and never do it justice. But… Continue Reading →
Despite the ongoing travel restrictions, I was recently fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica as a solo traveller. It truly is an incredible country, and perfectly suited to travelling, whatever your holiday type. Costa Rica possesses interesting attractions throughout its varied landscape, another feature ensuring travel is fulfilling. It’s possible to uncover hidden gems, exotic… Continue Reading →
Something was very clearly wrong. It was obviously Thomas Fairfax. Solutions were not immediately presenting themselves. Except for one. Flight. The lurking apathy I had battled with so un-apathetically my entire life seemed finally to be winning. Smug in its self-justifications, trending events had been indicating that direction for a while. Presently, I had very… Continue Reading →
Earth day and essential changes: With the conclusion of Earth Day, and the extended three days of climate action, it feels like an important moment for reflection. Amidst the many problems we face, there have been a few solutions proffered, which is positive. More attention than ever is being afforded to vitally important environmental issues… Continue Reading →
With no apparent warning, something breached the otherwise placid waves. Offering no hope of premonitions, the entire scene was hopelessly transformed before it could possibly be comprehended. The perfect sheen over the water had burst, erupting into an ominous fountain, only momentarily concealing from the islanders the emerging threat. For centuries, the great beasts of… Continue Reading →
Cuckmere Haven Beach Visiting Cuckmere Haven beach is a wonderful and easy day out, especially for those based around London or in the south. It’s typically quieter than most alternatives, and what it lacks in reliable sandy stretches it compensates for with spectacular views of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Cuckmere Haven beach, also surrounded by… Continue Reading →
Will Jack Reacher be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Physically, I’m sure he could survive the virus itself (it would certainly be a disappointing end to his legacy). The real question is whether his way of life is resilient enough to withstand new tests. This interesting thought experiment, interesting at least I hope to… Continue Reading →
By way of small update, I wanted to announce the launch of my second website, Tales from a Tent! For any travel or camping fans, this will represent a more focussed exploration of the topic, whereas Tom’s Tales of Woe are considerably more general. It’s taken a fair degree of effort to prepare it, though… Continue Reading →
Visions of future holidays Today, I wanted to write something a little bit different and hopefully fun to explore. With cautious optimism, it’s time to dream a little bit. With the new £5000 fine for attempting to travel out of the UK lurking in the back of my mind, I’m returning to refine my holiday… Continue Reading →
A Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was voted through parliament in its second reading, by 359 votes to 263. Amongst various proposals, particular attention has been drawn towards the controversial plans to increase police capacity to block protests. Since its drafting earlier this month, the bill has sparked heated debate within the commons and… Continue Reading →
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