Sam Parker

Deputy Editor, / Freelance writer and editor

Previous roles:
Features Editor, BuzzFeed UK
Culture Editor, The Huffington Post UK
Content Editor, Bauer Media
The Times, Guardian Online, Empire
Winner: DMA Magazine Website of the Year 2013 (
Nominated: BSME Rising Star 2014 Best Web Writer
Nominated: British Media Awards Launch of the Year 2014 (
Nominated: AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2014 Launch of the Year (
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7 Internet Skills All Men Should Have
Traditionally, any lists of 'essential man skills' have included things like 'making a fire', 'changing a plug' or 'opening a bottle without a corkscrew'. But all of those...
How It Feels To Be The Generation That Will Never Own A Home - Esquire
When I was small, the thing my friends and I most liked to do was build a den. We'd find a clearing in some trees somewhere, drag in a few wooden pallets, upturn a few boxes for...
Why You Should Ignore The Critics And Go And See 'Dumb & Dumber To' - Esquire
Let's dispense with the tension right away: Dumb & Dumber To is funny Not rolling-in-the-aisles funny, not we're-gonna-be-quoting-this-for-years funny, but four or five...
We Need To Stop Meeting Like This - Esquire
A new book has drawn attention to the Englishman's awkwardness when it comes to greeting strangers. Here, Sam Parker offers a solution
In Praise Of... Dead Man's Shoes - Esquire
When it comes to cinema, there are two things British actors are irrefutably the best at in the world. The first is the debonair smirk, as perfected by Cary Grant, Michael Caine...
In Praise Of... Natural Born Killers - Esquire
This week marks 20 years since the release of Natural Born Killers, which is not, I realise, a statement likely to cause an outpouring of excited nostalgia. This, after all, is...
David Fincher: I'm Not Waging A War On Selfies
There is a moment midway through Gone Girl 's second act when Tanner Bolt - a hotshot lawyer in the Johnnie Cochran mould who specialises in getting husbands off the hook for...
The Truth About Those Smug Social Media Couples - Esquire
It's a rare but gratifying moment when a personal prejudice is backed up by science. A report from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin has concluded that people who...
15 Moments That Made The Sopranos The Greatest Show Of All Time - Esquire
In the summer of 1999, an American mafia drama called The Sopranos aired for the first time in the UK. It's only now, 15 years later, that's we're able to assess the impact it...


Can The Onion's Clickhole learn from the viral-hungry websites it targets?
On 12 June this year the Onion launched ClickHole, a fully functioning satire of "clickbait" journalism and the viral-hungry websites that have dominated the early years of the...
Kristen Stewart, cute kids and death: how headlines try to hook you in
To trace journalism's erratic transition to the digital world, you only have to look at how dramatically headlines have changed - and why. Throughout the print era, pictures,...
BuzzFeed's success does not mean we should be slaves to clicks
Imagine if, 20 or 50 years ago, newspaper editors knew not only how many people were buying their paper each day but precisely how much of it they read. Imagine if they could...

Long Form

Why Some People Change Their Accent, Depending On Who They're With
The joke goes like this. A middle class man living in London opens the door to a plumber, who he has called to fix something in his home. The pair start a conversation, and...
Why Thousands Of Young Men Are Giving Up Pornography In 2014
"No single vice causes so much mental and physical debility," began a section of a popular home medical guide published in 1921, "than masturbation. It impairs the intellect,...
14 Reasons You're More Likely To Read This Because It's A List
For years, print publications used lists as mere adornments to bigger stories. 'Boxouts' of facts or funny asides were designed to break up the text and help draw your eye in -...
Facebook At 10: The Case For The Defence
In 1982, three years before I was born, my Father was living in a tank in West Berlin. He was the 'gunner' in a regiment ordered to be ready in case Russia decided to turn the...
Why Movember Isn't For Everyone: The Silent Shame Of The Baby-Faced
This year it started in September. An email arrived asking if I, as a member of the press, would like to attend the Movember: Cook Like A Man book launch, where 'foragers and...
Behind-The-Scenes At Sky Sports News On Deadline Day
Andy Cairns, tall, warm, Cockney, Executive Editor of Sky Sports News, leans in with a pleasing thought. "On Match Of The Day, they sort of sit almost with their backs to you,...
The Hemingway Myth
Why one little-known novel in particular, The Garden Of Eden, should cause us to re-evaluate the great caricature of American literature.
How Tony Blair and Iraq Robbed a Generation of Their Faith in Politics
I imagine for many people alive today, the great politicising event of their childhood came in the form of a tragedy. The first dreadful hammer of the Luftwaffe passing...
Cut Up: Why Losing 100% Art Funding Could Ruin The North's Culture Capital
Following news that Newcastle City Council is planning to cut 100% of its spending on arts and culture, former Newcastle resident Sam Parker returns to the city to find out how...
The Reading Cure: How Books Are Being Used In The Battle Against Mental Illness
The Huffington Post UK joins The Reader Organisation, a charity celebrating its tenth year helping people with mental health problems using a different type of therapy: cups of...
How A Quiet Norwegian Town Became The Home Of Global Graffiti Art
On first reflection, street art from the mean streets of LA or London and a sleepy port town in Norway doesn't sound like a match made in heaven. But wander around Stavanger...
Meet Saber, The Graffiti Artist Taking On Mitt Romney One Skyline At A Time
At Nuart Festival in Norway HuffPost UK spoke with Saber, one the best-known graffiti artists in the world who can't reveal his real name. We found out why he's campaigning...
The Real Cost Of Library Cuts
To mark National Libraries Day, The Huffington Post UK travels to Newcastle upon Tyne where a soon-to-be demolished local library plays a vital role in a community already...

Opinion / Comment

Three-Minute Poetry? It's All The Rage
Rapid-fire ‘slam’ recitals with voting audiences are a big draw. Could this be the new X Factor? Every week in small theatres and pubs across Britain, poetry is being dragged...

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