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

Gen Z diversity could swing the 2020 US elections

Gen Z diversity could swing the 2020 US elections

Gen Z are more ethnically and racially diverse than the generations before them which could have big ramifications for the coming US elections - if we turn up to vote. Last night the US held the first of three presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The immediate aftermath on social media was a mix of dismay, bewilderment, and fear. There was also a lot of shouting. But despite...

By London, UK
Disney responds to lockdown loneliness with GroupWatch

Disney responds to lockdown loneliness with GroupWatch

Disney Plus will now offer users the ability to share screens with up to seven viewers, giving it a significant advantage over Netflix. Despite its rocky launch and recent Mulan controversy, Disney Plus continues to enjoy huge subscriber numbers and viewing figures. In April of this year it managed to surpass 50 million paying users which will have likely increased significantly since then, making it a serious competitor to Netflix. It...

By London, UK
Kiss the Ground offers hope with regenerative agriculture

Kiss the Ground offers hope with regenerative agriculture

Woody Harrelson narrates this unusually optimistic film about the climate crisis, arguing that regenerative agriculture could be the key to turning things around. Netflix has released its latest documentary on the climate crisis called Kiss the Ground, which takes an extensive look at the use of soil and regenerative farming to reverse the effects of climate change. The film, which is narrated by Woody Harrelson, explains the emergence of industrial...

By London, UK
Why we shouldn’t celebrate China’s carbon pledge just yet

Why we shouldn’t celebrate China’s carbon pledge just yet

China has promised that it will begin lowering emissions by 2030 and will be carbon neutral by 2060, but is it all just political posturing? Xi Jinping has stated that China will aim to be completely carbon neutral by 2060 in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York. He also pledged that the country would hit peak emissions by 2030 at the very latest and called for...

By London, UK
Gen Z are lessening the flow of fake news

Gen Z are lessening the flow of fake news

Younger social media users are less likely to spread misinformation than their parents according to new research, which could help to slow fake news. Gen Z are able to detect misinformation and dodgy articles much better than older generations, new expert polling suggests. This shouldn’t be surprising given that teens and young adults understand the nuances of most social media platforms inside out.  This is reflected in their behaviour online,...

By London, UK
Greenpeace urges supermarkets to halve plastic use by 2025

Greenpeace urges supermarkets to halve plastic use by 2025

The environmental organisation is pressuring the UK to rethink its supermarket packaging, pushing for new refill services to halve plastic production. Greenpeace has created a lengthy proposal report that asks the government to put new measures in place to halve how much plastic we use by 2025, focusing on refill services and halting the sale of unnecessary items. Plastic has become one of the biggest enemies of the climate crisis...

By London, UK
How the Ellen scandal exposed the toxic workplace problem

How the Ellen scandal exposed the toxic workplace problem

Ellen DeGeneres has returned to TV promising significant ‘changes’, but this scandal brings to light a persistent problem across our workforce, not just in Hollywood and entertainment. Ellen DeGeneres has returned to TV for the first time since she was hit with allegations of abuse, bullying, and creating a toxic work environment on her popular talk show. Speaking at the beginning of the first episode of the newest season, she said...

By London, UK
The rise of ‘dark social’ is changing brand marketing

The rise of ‘dark social’ is changing brand marketing

Gen Z is one of the biggest drivers of dark social traffic, often blurring the line between private and public social media activity - it’s only set to increase. Dark social is commonly used to describe any online interaction or click that can’t be traced by third parties or marketers. This applies to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger chats, private emails, or Snapchat photo sending, for example. It means that web...

By London, UK
IKEA to launch first ever sustainable second-hand store

IKEA to launch first ever sustainable second-hand store

Old furniture will be repurposed and resold in the first ever second-hand IKEA store. It’ll be ready to visit by the end of 2020. I’m sure you’ve probably bought and tried to build a flat-pack IKEA furniture set at least once in your life. They’re cheap, cheerful, and end up looking half decent most of the time, unless you accidentally lose a screw or stick parts together upside down....

By London, UK
The unlikely rebirth of the drive-in cinema

The unlikely rebirth of the drive-in cinema

Drive-in cinemas were widely associated with cheesy retro romcoms from a bygone era but now, thanks to coronavirus, they’re back like never before. You may have noticed that drive-in cinemas have starting popping up across the world over the last few months. 2020 has seen our idea of ‘normal’ flipped upside down. Where once we would cram ourselves into packed out stadiums and concert halls, we’re now extremely mindful of coming...

By London, UK