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

Jenna Marbles and Shane Dawson apologise for past racism

Jenna Marbles and Shane Dawson apologise for past racism

Older YouTubers are distancing themselves from videos that made them big names ten years ago - it’s a vital step toward genuine progress for racial representation. YouTube will turn fifteen years old this year. Back in 2005 the site was full of snappy videos of cats, quirky millennials making cringy loud-mouth content, and funny dance crazes that are horrendously dated now. It was not the Gen Z content powerhouse that...

By London, UK
How Cole Bennett became the Gen Z director of hip hop

How Cole Bennett became the Gen Z director of hip hop

Cole’s YouTube channel and home grown brand ‘Lyrical Lemonade’ has become synonymous with top tier music video quality – and he’s only 23. When Eminem first dropped the video to his recent single ‘Godzilla’, many were surprised to see it wasn’t posted by VEVO, the typical outlet for top tier pop stars. It was instead released by Lyrical Lemonade, the hip hop music video channel that’s celebrated by avid fans...

By London, UK
Zuckerberg loses $7 billion as advertisers abandon Facebook ads

Zuckerberg loses $7 billion as advertisers abandon Facebook ads

Advertisers are pressuring Facebook to be more rigorous with its approach to hate speech and misinformation as they abandon the platform with the hashtag #StopHateForProfit. Does anyone remember when Facebook wasn’t a hot bed of dodgy memes and uninformed political opinions? Zuckerberg is once again in hot water with advertisers over Facebook’s ongoing problem with self-moderation and hate speech. If you’ve checked the site at all in the last few years...

By London, UK
Insomniac Games sexual harassment case the latest in a surge of new allegations

Insomniac Games sexual harassment case the latest in a surge of new allegations

Based on the outpouring of women’s stories this week, it’s clear the gaming industry has a deep rooted problem with sexism and harassment. Change is desperately needed. Insomniac Games is the latest games developer to face new sexual assault and harassment allegations this week. Former employee Sol Brennan tweeted that he left last year due to the company’s mistreatment of women. He states that Edgar Vargas, a human resource co-ordinator...

By London, UK
China’s new Hong Kong security law threatens to destroy protest efforts

China’s new Hong Kong security law threatens to destroy protest efforts

The new law has caused Hong Kong protest groups to disband and journalists are deleting articles for fear of their lives. The past year has been hugely turbulent and significant for the people of Hong Kong. Pro-democracy demonstrations and protests have taken over the region and caused political upheaval after a now-rejected Chinese extradition bill was proposed in September. Despite the pandemic and other social justice movements such as Black...

By London, UK
Gen Z are mocking millennials online

Gen Z are mocking millennials online

If you’re over 25 and you’ve been using the phrase ‘OK boomer’ online, you’re about to have a reality check. The generational wars have truly begun, people. No longer are we simply aiming our tweets at dismissive and judgemental boomers, we’re now attacking each other in what can only be described as a social media civil war. Well, kind of. Over the last few weeks, Gen Zers have begun to...

By London, UK
All the new iOS 14 features that will shake up Apple’s UX

All the new iOS 14 features that will shake up Apple’s UX

Apple’s iOS 14 will be bringing new widget possibilities to the home screen and can even be used to unlock your car. Because keys are old school. Some things in life are guaranteed – death, taxes, and fresh iPhone products. Apple showcased its latest iteration of iOS for the first time at the WWDC 2020 keynote event yesterday, which was an online only stream due to current social distancing regulations....

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
Emptying Trump rallies is useless if we don’t take to the voting booths

Emptying Trump rallies is useless if we don’t take to the voting booths

K-Pop fans and TikTok users reserved seats at Trump’s latest rally and deliberately left them empty. It’s a great start but it’s the people’s votes that really count. Trump has always been a man of hyperbole, so intertwined with his own warped sense of reality that it’s hard to know when he’s being deliberately misleading or just completely delusional. How he has managed to remain in office for four years...

By London, UK
Daughter of Michigan candidate says not to vote for her father in viral tweet

Daughter of Michigan candidate says not to vote for her father in viral tweet

Stephanie Regan has garnered over 150,000 likes for a tweet that urges Americans not to vote for her father. It’s the most concise representation of the generational divide thus far. Trying to argue with parents about political matters is tough enough as it is, but imagine how much harder it would be if they were trying to bag themselves a seat in the Michigan state house. This is the reality...

By London, UK