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Are great magazines still worth reading?

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When I was a kid one of the joys of my life was knowing that every Monday a new issue of one of the great magazines (comic really) ‘Whizzer & Chips‘ would be available at my local newsagent. Monday morning I would get up early, jump out of bed, get changed and race down to the corner shop to coincide with the arrival of the newspaper delivery man. Newspapers still got delivered to your home in those days. However, I much more enjoyed the challenge of getting to the paper shop and grabbing a copy before my mates.

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Whizzer and Chips cost just 9p in those days (t had sold for 6d pre-decimalization) and my pocket money allocation easily covered its purchase.

If it was a school day then I would read the comic in the playground during lunch or risk it being confiscated. If it was the holidays then I would usually cycle down to my mate Mark’s house. If the weather was good, we would sit and read it in his back garden with a glass of his Mom’s homemade lemonade. If not then we would head upstairs to his room to read it in peace.

The comic was easy to share as basically Whizzer & Chips was two comics in one. A main comic (Whizzer) and a pull-out (Chips). The advertising slogan was ‘Two comics in one, double the fun!‘ Great stuff!

Fast forward a few years and Whizzer & Chips has been replaced by Today’s Golfer magazine. In my youth I was something of a prodigy and I subscribed to Today’s Golfer in order to keep up to date with tournament news and advances in equipment technology. Today my prodigious sporting talent has been replaced by a laptop and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, sad to say.

Today’s Golfer magazine keeps me on course

However, I still keep my subscription going and always enjoy reading articles such as ‘100 of the most fun golf courses in Britain‘ and ‘best drivers of 2021‘. Fortunately the love of the game never really goes away.

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Today’s Golfer Magazine

Fashion & beauty tips from Grazia magazine

My wife is not a great reader of newspapers. She says the news depresses her. Well, her and 65 million others in Britain today, I’m afraid. She enjoys the latest fashion tips and celebrity tittle-tattle as much as the next woman though. Last year during lockdown she subscribed to Grazia magazine. She doesn’t run down to the paper shop to get it though. Instead she gets the digital edition delivered straight to her inbox.

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Grazia Magazine

I have to be honest here and admit to sneaking a peek of Grazia magazine myself from time to time. When they can come up with such illuminating headlines as ‘Why Faye Winter’s Brown Lipstick Is The Real Star Of Love Island‘ you just have to read it don’t you?

Real life crime stories – That’s Life Crime Scene magazine

My teenage daughter on the other hand seems to be going through a dark and serious phase. She too has recently taken out a magazine subscription to That’s Life Crime Scene magazine. My fault really. She was brought up on the American drama series CSI. Best US crime series ever in my opinion. What could be better than chilling on the sofa with your daughter, watching Horatio Caine and the team solve another seemingly impossible Miami murder case.

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That’s Life! Crime Scene Edition

Of course, it wasn’t all about Horatio Caine solving crime. I must confess to having a terrible crush on Detective Calleigh Duquesne played by Emily Procter. Sigh!

Life in the fast lane with MCN magazine

As I don’t really have the time for golf anymore, my wife suggested I get another hobby. Funnily enough, I had been thinking the exact same thing! Before I met her I had owned a Triumph Bonneville. I absolutely loved that bike! I was never really into racing bikes, I preferred the classic styling of a Triumph. It had occurred to me though, that what with not being able to travel for the last 12 months, maybe now was a good time to re-explore the Great British countryside. What better way to do that than on a motorcycle!

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MCN magazine

I am pretty sure that she is not going to be happy, but hey, what’s a guy to do. It’s probably the leather pants that really do it for me.

Anyway, I have been toying with a couple of choices. I could either get myself another Triumph Bonneville T100 or instead go for a Ducati Multistrada 950 S and go touring around Spain once Covid dies down. What do you think? If you have a strong opinion on either of these bikes, or even another option that I haven’t thought of yet, let me know in the comments section below.

In the meantime I should probably get myself a subscription to MCN to check out the prices for leather pants.

Great magazines don’t deliver themselves!

All of the above are great magazines. No doubt about it. The best thing for me though is that I don’t have to get up early to get to the paper shop anymore. Each of these great magazines are delivered direct to our respective inboxes from where we can all choose when and where we want to read them.

I suppose once I get the motorbike I could always use it as an excuse to go and get it myself of course. “Bye Darling! I’m just off to the papershop to pick up MCN magazine. Back in 10 minutes!” Then proceed to get back home 8 hours later having been to the Lake District.

Are we reading enough great magazines?

But it does make you think though. Have we all stopped reading quite as much as we used to years ago? If we wanted to read something we had to physically hold the magazine in our hand. It was tangible. We could flick hungrily through its pages, and the ads were always at the end of the magazine instead of popping up when you least expect it. Then again, does it really matter? Great magazines are great magazines. They are still full of amazing content that by and large enriches our lives.

How else does a golfer know which courses in Britain will give him/her the most satisfaction? Who is going to give my wife better beauty tips than one of the world’s great magazines for beauty and lifestyle? more importantly, how is a young girl going to get stimulate her interest to become one of the country’s top crime scene investigators if not by reading great magazines.

The thing is that it doesn’t matter what you are into there is a magazine for it. If you are into angling then Angling Times has got you covered. If you love your celebrity gossip then Heat magazine or Closer will scratch your itch. Great Magazines has more than 70 top magazine titles all on digital subscriptions. These range from hobbies, including fishing, running, and gardening to fashion and lifestyle, motorbikes and cars, and even puzzles and codebreakers. Everything really.

Big Deal is on a mission to get everybody reading, and there can be no better way than to take out a digital subscription to one of the great magazines that talk about your favourite hobby or interest.

Great magazines are still worth reading. Maybe now more than ever. If they help you to learn more about a subject that intrigues you or to follow your career path, or even get out on the golf course, then get reading. Take out a Great Magazines digital subscription today!

Let me know in the comments section below what your hobby is and which of these great magazines you are interested in.

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