Month: October 2012

Q magazine jimmy saville

‘There are no skeletons in the closet, and I got knighted, so that proves it, doesn’t it?’

So said Sir Jimmy Savile under questioning from Tom Hibbert in his now heavily quoted 1990 interview for Q magazine. The big line is Savile saying ‘I was hanging around in the porters lodge ’til about half past two this morning, wheeling in corpses’. But the whole piece is a quite extraordinary story, which you can (just […]

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end of newsweek

The bullshit hype is over. Four big lessons to learn from the death of Newsweek

The end had been foretold for so long, that when Newsweek finally closed last week it ended up feeling a bit of a non-story. But in America, where Newsweek used to really mean something, everyone is having their say. In particular, this highly entertaining story on Nick Denton’s Gawker, from where this lead picture is taken from. (Check the first […]

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if this is a blog...

Ad people talking bollocks

This is what Ben Kay’s excellent advertising blog looks like, or at least a part of it. Unlike publishing, many people in advertising have been blogging like crazy for years. It’s part of their culture and they’re good at it. There are many notable sites, Only Dead Fish is great for marketing, Dave Trott for […]

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migraine magazine cover

A cover archive so good, my head hurts

I found this amazing piece of work up on coverjunkie last night. As far as I can make out, Intermediair seems to be a Dutch lifestyle magazine driven by job ads. But boy, do they have an incredible back catalogue of cover ideas. I’m not sure about the masthead down the page, but then again, […]

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time out cover

Bond. Alighting at Bond Street.

Time Out‘s cover was given a bit of a kicking last week on this blog, so it’s a pleasure to be able to show this, their new cover out today. Given that everyone from GQ to TV Times have done Bond recently, and done him well, it’s hard to find something new to say. But […]

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marie claire cover

How to photograph the world’s biggest pop star for your cover

Here is Marie Claire‘s November subscriber cover, proving that Autumn has truly arrived. But it also shows how to present the biggest pop star in the world. Forbes have named Taylor Swift as the richest celebrity in the world under 30. She has 35m Facebook likes, 14m Twitter followers and 120m visits to her MySpace page. […]

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big issue magazine cover

With a brand like the Big Issue, the content’s value is wrapped up in the transaction itself

A couple of weeks ago, Time Out went free. Here’s one of their distributors handing out the first issue of their Brave New Business Plan. Knowing this, and as a spoiler of sorts, the Big Issue responded with a very clever cover proclaiming that it’s ‘Worth paying for’. Which it undoubtably is, given that the […]

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time out magazine

What makes you pick up a cover, even when the magazine is free?

A couple of weeks ago, Time Out went free. Here’s one of their distributors handing out the first issue of their Brave New Business Plan. Knowing this, and as a spoiler of sorts, the Big Issue responded with a very clever cover proclaiming that it’s ‘Worth paying for’. Which it undoubtably is, given that the […]

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charming-baker

Charming Baker: officially one of Britain’s best artists

Charming Baker has been big news for a while now. But today this email flopped into my inbox: ‘Charming Baker joins some of the biggest names in British art to support the AKA Peace auction, curated by Jake Chapman. Charming was one of 23 artists asked to transform a decommissioned AK-47. Others who customised the gun for […]

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