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T_William_Cook
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I was a geek long before it became fashionable - Doctor Who, retro sci-fi and horror films, moping over coffee, self-pity, surrounding oneself with a barrier of books, 1980s computer games, been there, still doing that, but now I write about it more. I'm shy and don't always enjoy travelling or being part of a crowd, prefering books, cats and the melancholy and exploration of beautiful things.My interests, apart from fostering delusions of literary grandeur, include soccer, cats, walks in the park, daydreams, radio, libraries, flying saucers, indie rock, cricket, cycling, astronomy, running, philosophy, bad movies and classic novels. 
I live in the city of Norwich (UK) and we suit each other just fine.

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Technology
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
The Isaac Asimov Story That Predicted Our Social Media Society

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest...the ways we record our lives and those of others seem endless. But did an Asimov short story predict our obsession with social media nearly 60 years ago?

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Cult Movies: 'The Weird World of LSD' (1967) Part Two

Death by nosebleed, kitten fondling, running along a street and overdosing on roast turkey. What other horrors is LSD capable of inflicting upon its users?

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
The 5 Scariest Theme Tunes of British TV Shows for Kids

Childhood, an innocent carefree time of cheerful TV shows made just for your entertainment and, if you grew up in the UK in the Seventies or Eighties, to chill your soul for the rest of your life.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
America's Great Paintings: 'Fur Traders Descending the Missouri' (1845) by George Bingham

A painting that looks both forwards and backwards, and from west to east, capturing a moment in time that also capture the present-day viewer.

Lifestyle
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
4 More Cocktails You Should Not Try at Home

For best results, consume in a park from an empty lemonade bottle that's fooling nobody.

History
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
4 Ordinary Things that Caused Awful Tragedies

Not all disasters involve airplanes or ships, or even volcanoes or earthquakes. Here are four sad events caused by innocuous items.

Beauty
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
A Brief Guide to Stopping the Signs of Aging

Worried about wrinkles? Here's a few pointers.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Classic Film Review: 'The Undying Monster' (1942) Part Two

Does the Undying Monster die? Is it actually a monster? Will this summary end with a third question?

Travel & Places
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Following Jane Austen: A Visit to Box Hill

Box Hill, in Surrey, England, is the setting for a dramatic scene in Jane Austen's novel 'Emma.' But can you really walk in Austen's footsteps at this famous beauty spot?

Lifestyle
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
5 English Craft Beers Reviewed

Craft beer is growing in popularity in the US, but boozy gourmets are truly spoiled for choice in the UK. Here are 5 favorites.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Classic Film Review: 'The Undying Monster' (1942) Part One

Horror films declined in popularity during World War Two, but studios still made interesting excursions into this derided genre. Is 'The Undying Monster' one of them?

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Cult Movies: 'The Weird World of LSD' (1967) Part One

Countless artists, writers and actors have turned to LSD to enhance their creative powers. No such people were involved in the making of 'The Weird World of LSD.'

History
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
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The Congress of Cultural Freedom: The CIA's Role in Postwar American Art (Part Five)

Did the Congress of Cultural Freedom succeed in its mission and win the minds of Western Europe?

History
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
The Congress of Cultural Freedom: The CIA's Role in Postwar American Art (Part Four)

Discover how the CIA-backed Congress of Cultural Freedom adopted Abstract Expressionism, and artist Jackson Pollock, to help win over the intellectuals of postwar Europe.

History
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
The Congress of Cultural Freedom: The CIA's Role in Postwar American Art (Part Three)

Could painting really be used by the USA to prove its artistic credentials, when America felt inferior to the great European artistic tradition?

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
The Funniest TV Shows You've Never Heard Of: 'Vic Reeves Big Night Out'

How two men from the unfashionable end of England changed the course of the UK's comedy scene, with the aid of a desk, verbal nonsense, and a very long stick.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
America's Great Paintings: 'Number 23, 1948' (1948) by Jackson Pollock

The story of a new type of American artist, and a very American controversy.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Classic Film Review: 'Revenge of the Zombies' (Part Two)

The concluding part of my review of this Nazi zombie film starring one of the legends of horror, John Carradine.

Entertainment
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Classic Film Review: 'Revenge of the Zombies' (Part One)

Zombies! Nazi zombies! In a swamp! with John Carradine! Nazis! Zombies!

Lifestyle
by T_William_Cook
3 years ago
Ladybird - The Books That Taught A Country to Read

2015 sees the centenary of Ladybird Books, which have helped generations of British children to learn to love reading.

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