Charlie Coombs

Senior Writer London, UK

I’m a Senior Writer and Editing Specialist at Thred. I originally studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham and as a music and gaming enthusiast, I’m a nerd for new pop culture releases. Follow me on Twitter and drop me some ideas/feedback on email.

Hi, I’m Charlie, and I’m a Senior Writer at Thred. I briefly ventured northward to study English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham before promptly returning to the south to pursue a creative career in London.

As the Gaming and Music editor of Thred I’m a bit of a nerd, particularly for console news and album releases, and whenever I’m not making knock-off socials for Elliot or sub-par article images for Jamie I can usually be found wolfing down a cheese sandwich.

A proud tea binge-drinker who’s worn my habits off on the rest of the office, I’m never one to say no to an edgy aesthetic in all areas of life.

   

Latest Stories from Charlie

Matrix director confirms the film is a transgender allegory

Matrix director confirms the film is a transgender allegory

Lilly Wachowski, co-director of the Matrix films, says the film originally intended to reflect transgender experiences more explicitly - but the ‘world wasn’t ready for it’.   The Matrix was considered a sci-fi classic almost instantaneously when it was released in 1999. Neo’s journey from average office worker to all-seeing oracle within a simulated reality was considered ground-breaking for its visual designs, cyberpunk aesthetic, and wildly imaginative narrative. If you weren’t...

By London, UK
Disney, LiveNation, and others are making huge losses in 2020

Disney, LiveNation, and others are making huge losses in 2020

The live entertainment industry has been hit extremely hard by coronavirus, so much so that it’ll likely take years to fully recover - though streaming is on the rise. Disney has reported that it made a net loss of $4.72 billion in the last financial quarter, a rare dip in profits for the company. In the same period last year it earned $1.43 million in net income, making this an...

By London, UK
Spotify’s latest revenue figures prove it’s not fairly paying artists

Spotify’s latest revenue figures prove it’s not fairly paying artists

Over 90% of streams on Spotify are only generated by a pool of 43,000 artists, making it impossible for millions of others to ever receive fair compensation. Is it time for a change? Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek has been hit with criticism in the last week for telling artists that they can no longer afford to record an album ‘once every three to four years’ if they want to stay...

By London, UK
Meet Lavinya Stennett: 23 years old and tackling Britain’s racial education

Meet Lavinya Stennett: 23 years old and tackling Britain’s racial education

At only 23-years-old, Lavinya Stennett is the CEO of The Black Curriculum, a new initiative that’s fighting to improve teaching of Black British history and culture. If you grew up in the UK like I did, then you might feel that your formal education on Black British history was somewhat lacking. Aside from a surface level rendition of the slave trade’s abolition, very little in-depth discussion of Black rights or...

By London, UK
Understanding carbon calories could be the key to reducing our footprint

Understanding carbon calories could be the key to reducing our footprint

We now have the data and technology to track our carbon usage. Companies such as Carbon Calories are using this information to spur individuals to combat climate change. If you’ve ever gone on a diet or paid attention to your daily calorie intake, you’ll no doubt have studied the labels of countless food products to help get a better understanding of what you’re eating. It’s become an expected practice of...

By London, UK
Coronavirus causes huge growth in demand for trustworthy news

Coronavirus causes huge growth in demand for trustworthy news

Questionable news sites have seen a drop in clicks while more traditional outlets have enjoyed fresh popularity, though whether it lasts after the pandemic remains to be seen. The Economist has published new figures that show many of us flocked to mainstream news websites from early March onward at the height of the Coronavirus panic, suggesting that demand for less legitimate sites slows down in moments of crisis. These figures...

By London, UK
Twitter’s new audio feature will transform it, for better or worse

Twitter’s new audio feature will transform it, for better or worse

Heated political discussion is no longer confined to your phone’s keyboard, as Twitter begins to test out new audio tweet features for iOS. You only need to browse Twitter for five minutes to notice that it’s a very political space where anyone can argue via aggressive tweeting and reactionary gifs. This defining quality is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While it’s useful to keep informed via other perspectives outside of your...

By London, UK
Recycled pianos used to create new theatre space in Glasgow

Recycled pianos used to create new theatre space in Glasgow

Pianos have been dismantled and sliced in a hut in Springburn to create a brand new theatrical and musical space. They might not be the first thing you’d associate with construction, but it turns out pianos can be very useful when creating new spaces for the arts. A steel hut in Springburn that was intended to be demolished has instead been transformed into a new theatre space for town residents...

By London, UK
Halo Infinite’s reveal proves that Xbox isn’t doing enough

Halo Infinite’s reveal proves that Xbox isn’t doing enough

The big reveal for Halo’s next instalment showed off lacklustre graphics and dated gameplay. It’s clear that Microsoft isn’t keeping up with Sony. Microsoft premiered eight minutes of brand new campaign gameplay from its upcoming Halo reboot, Halo Infinite, yesterday evening as part of a livestreamed reveal event. We also got a glimpse of a handful of new smaller, indie titles, as well as the announcement of a new...

By London, UK
How the Big Mac Index helps to value currency

How the Big Mac Index helps to value currency

Economics can be a tricky thing to get your head around, but comparing prices of Big Mac’s around the world can help. This week, The Economist published its yearly Big Mac Index, which compares prices of McDonald’s favourite burger between countries and values their currencies accordingly. The report suggests that New Zealand’s currency is weaker than it should be and that China’s GDP is bigger than the World Bank...

By London, UK