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Tom Ward

Sabotaging since 2 Feb 2013

'Tom Ward was raised by wolves in the North of England. For nineteen years he survived by hunting rabbits and picnicking families. After reading Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses, Tom took off to Mexico to become a cowboy. Unfortunately, Tom was neither rootin', nor tootin' enough to carry off the cowboy boots and spurs look. After this failure, Tom ended up spending the next 3 years avoiding the library at Newcastle University. Since then he has been named the recipient of the GQ Norman Mailer Award. His first novel, 'A Departure' has been called 'A SHOCKINGLY GOOD DEBUT' by Tony Parsons, and is available now, via Amazon. Follow him, @RenegadeViper.

My Articles

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Life

Why I Bloody Love Scratch Cards

(But my wallet doesn’t…)

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Film

Golden Brown: A History Of Heroin On The Silver Screen

Hollywood has long been fascinated by the down-and-outs at the other end of the spectrum. Here are some of the best silver-screen depictions of heroin and its effects

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Film

The 10 Greatest Coming of Age Films

It’s a tough job, growing up. Thankfully these cinematic masterpieces are around to give us some insight into it all.

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Film

The 10 Best Dystopias Of The Silver Screen

With Ben Wheatley having just being confirmed to adapt Ballard’ High Rise, we take a look back at the best of dystopian cinema.

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Funny

The Beano Characters: Where Are They Now?

The Beano’s been going strong for 75 years, but how have decades in the limelight affected its stars?

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Film

The Real People Who Inspired Hollywood’s Top Screen Crooks

Hollywood loves a good crime biopic, but what happens to the real-life criminals once the cameras stop rolling?

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Hardware

Driving The Dalmatian Coast In November

I test drove the new Vauxhall ‘four season’ convertible along Croatia’s coast.

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Film

5 Actors Who’ve Drastically Transformed Their Bodies For A Role

Going to the gym three times a week is enough for me, and I have to eat a tub of ice cream to recover after each time, but these thespians are something else…

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Film

5 Ways Leonardo DiCaprio Can Finally Win An Oscar

Another year, another long trophyless walk home for Leo after the Oscars. Many will be asking exactly what he has to do to win one, well here it is….

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Books

The 10 Best Novels About Being Young

They say you’re only as old as you feel, but there are some novels you really need to read in your 20s.

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Film

The 10 Best Road Movies

Before you pack your bags and head out of the door, settle down with these classics…

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Video Games

The Five Greatest Old School Video Games

Everyone bangs on about Goldeneye on the N64, but here are five games equally deserving of a remake

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Film

Christopher Walken’s 6 Best Moments

From watches up arses to the history of the Sicilian people…

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Books

Ten Brilliant British Books You Have To Read

From bleak northern towns, to high rise blocks, via Britain’s finest spy…

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TV

I Just Don’t Get…Friends

Seen the one where they all bore each other to death?

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Books

20 Very British Problems

The best Twitter account ever has gone and done a book…

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Travel

The Very Lonely Planet Guide To Scunthorpe

Heard the one about why birds fly upside down over Sunny Scunny?

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TV

11 Dead TV Characters I Dearly Miss

Heisenberg’s time finally came in the Breaking Bad finale. In tribute, here are the best of our fallen TV friends…

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Music

Ruen Brothers: Meet The Boys Behind Burberry’s New Ad Campaign

Ruen Brothers talk Glastonbury, Harry Nilsson and recording at Abbey Road Studios.

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Fashion & Style

London Fashion Week: Six Underrated Accessories For A/W

Forget what the designers and magazines say the next must-have accessory is. We’ve got a few ideas of our own…

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TV

The Walking Dead: 5 Reasons Why Spin-Off Will Be Rubbish

Breaking Bad is getting a spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’, but does The Walking Dead really need to follow suit?

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Galleries

Kate Garner On Her New ‘Warrior Women’ Exhibition

Photographer Kate Garner talks about inspirations behind her new North London exhibition.

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Books

Alan Moore: ‘There Is Something Dark And Ugly Within The Heart Of Fashion’

The comic book legend talks to us about ‘Fashion Beast’, his 30 year-old screenplay collaboration with Malcolm McLaren.

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Books

The Best Of Roald Dahl’s Adult Short Stories

In honour of Roald Dahl day, we take a look at the great writer’s best short stories…

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Funny

The 25 Coolest Letters Of The Alphabet

I’ve been using the alphabet for a few years now, so thought I’d take a look at its 25 best letters.

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TV

Batman: The Animated Series, An Appreciation

Forget Affleck, forget Christian Bale and forget Val Kilmer (if you haven’t already), the animated Batman is the only one that matters.

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Books

20 Cool Things We’ve Learnt From Comics

Tim Leong knows far too much about superheroes and you should buy his book, ‘Super Graphic: A Visual Guide To The Comic Book Universe’.

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Film

Michael Bay: Idiot Or The World’s Most Underrated Director?

With the imminent release of ‘Pain and Gain’ we ask, ‘Is Michael Bay’ actually a true artist?

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Life

A Dirty Northerner’s Guide To Brixton

From Oop North to south of the river.

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Life

Ben & Jerry, Ice Cream And Near-Death

The first sign that things weren’t going to go to plan was the almighty bang that reverberated around the train, rocking the carriage from side to side, immediately halting all conversation.

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Film

10 Brilliant Films I Just Couldn’t Be Arsed With

Some films are born great, whilst some take time to garner their collections of shiny awards, however, even some of the best movies just don’t do it for me.

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Life

My 4 Beautiful Future Brides

Because who says girls are the only ones who are allowed to have it all planned out?

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Life

Writing in Coffee Shops: Latte Be

People writing in coffee shops get a lot of stick, but I think we should cuddle them instead…

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Film

There’s A Lego Movie In The Works And It Looks Amazing

Sometimes, movies based on beloved childhood toys are a bit crap. This, however, looks like the best film ever made.

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Lists

Father’s Day: What’s The Point of It All?

It must be tough being a dad, thankfully there’s always that one day a year where we can raid the Tesco reduced aisle in appreciation…

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Video Games

The Last of Us Review: The Best Post-Apocalyptic Game Ever

The Last of Us is a terrific achievement that transcends not only the apocalypse gaming tropes, but also the genre as a whole.

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Books

Literature’s Most Prolific Womanisers

Sex is always a catalyst for a good story, but just how horny are the creators of some of literature’s most promiscuous characters?

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Music

Queens Of The Stone Age 20 Greatest Songs

A new Queens of the Stone Age album is always an event and, come June 3rd, ‘Like Clockwork…’, the band’s 6th LP, will be bringing the dark and twisted carnival roaring back into town.

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Film

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

Because when the end comes, you had better be prepared…

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Books

Tom Gillespie Is The Next Dan Brown, But Don’t Hold That Against Him…

Author Tom Gillespie’s novel ‘Painting by Numbers’ has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize, but he’d rather be known as ‘the next Murakami’ than ‘the next Dan Brown’.

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Books

The 7 Best Works Of Dystopian Literature

Some writers seem to spend all day gazing out at the world through dreary, rain-smeared windows. It can’t do much to perk them up, but it has made for some great works of fiction.

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Funny

The Awkward Moment When There’s A Behind Behind You

Little brothers eh? What are they like…

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Music

15 Reasons Why Weezer’s Blue Album Is One Of The Best Records Ever

Weezer’s self-titled debut is almost two decades old. Here’s why it’s still one of the best albums of all time…

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Social Networking

Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson Is Changing Comedy Via The Power Of Twitter

A Twitter Comedy Show sounds like the future, but pushing boundaries doesn’t always work…

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Books

A Departure – An Exclusive Excerpt From England’s Best Young Writer

‘A Departure’ is the first novel from GQ Norman Mailer Award Winner, Tom Ward. ‘A Departure’ is a ‘horror story, road story, love story – a shockingly good debut novel about what happens when one world brutally ends and a new world begins…A cracking good read that has at its black heart hope, humanity and a dream of escape.’ – Tony Parsons.

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TV

Why Dean Cain Will Always Be The Best Superman

The new Christopher Nolan-produced ‘Man of Steel’ looks fantastic, but as far as I’m concerned, there will only ever be one Superman.

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Music

R.I.P George Jones: The Hard-Living Country Legend Who Tamed Tammy Wynette

After a life of booze, the blues and driving lawnmowers, the onetime Mr Wynette has died aged 81…

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TV

The 10 Best Episodes Of Game Of Thrones

George R.R. Martin’s series of books have become a phenomenon as HBO’s groundbreaking show continues to leap from strength to strength.

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Books

6 Brilliant Road Books

The human soul needs travel to grow and be happy. Resisting this urge is like tethering a balloon in a gale. If you need a little help getting started, take a look at these classic novels for inspiration.

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Politics

Live Feed Of Boston Bombings & Shootings

Boston Police are currently in pursuit of the suspects behind the Marathon Bombings…

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Sex

Men Are The Real Victims of The Porn Industry

Trawling through porn is a hard job, a role we’ve all assumed at some point of our lives. Thankfully though, we can leave it to someone else as researcher Jon Millward took one for the team…

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Film

Steve McQueen: A Beginner’s Guide To The Icons Icon

Steve McQueen has been involved with some of the best films ever made, and you need to be familiar with him

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Music

Biffy Clyro – Live In Newcastle: Rock N’ Roll To Blow Your Face Off

While the set list wasn’t perfect and could’ve done with a few more old songs, the Ayrshire trio have just released the album of their career and deserve your indulgence…

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Books

Suffering For Their Art: A History Of Writers And Suicide

Writers are a famously erratic bunch, but occasionally, this creative energy can lead to tragedy…

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Film

10 Reasons Why Fairytale Adaptations Are Pan-Circling Cack

The recent wave of re-imagined childhood classics will never replace the original films. Here’s why Hollywood should throw in the towel and let the literary legends rest easy…

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TV

Parks And Recreation: America’s Funniest Export

There’s some great TV out at the minute with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead continuing their reigns at the top of the pile. The only problem is, they’re all so serious. Thank goodness then for a little Parks And Recreation…

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Film

7 Days Of Brains: The Best Of Zombie Cinema

The Undead are everywhere at the moment, taking over screens both big and small. If you’re one of the uninitiated, this plethora of brains and guts might feel overwhelming. Well, fear not, this list of the best zombie movies ever is here to help. So, stock up on supplies, barricade yourself in the house and turn on your television…

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Books

Thomas Pynchon And The Complexities of Conflict

With Thomas Pynchon’s latest work set to tackle one of the most controversial events in history, how can authors incorporate tragedy without verging on melodrama?

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