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Oct 1st 2014

Today in History: 959: Edgar the Peaceful becomes king of all England; 1553: Coronation of Queen Mary I of England; 1890: Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Cyprus, Nigeria, Palau, Tuvalu; Day of Prosecutors, Azerbaijan.

Day 274 there are 91 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Henry III of England, 1207-1272;
Richard Stockton, Politician, 1730-1781;
Charles Jordan, Magician, 1888-1944;
Stanley Holloway, Actor, 1890-1982;
Bonnie Parker, Criminal, 1910-1934;
Walter Matthau, Actor, 1920-2000;
Jimmy Carter, Politician, 1924-;
William Rehnquist, Jurist, 1924-2005;
Sandy Gall, Journalist, 1927-;
Bonnie Owens, Singer, 1929-2006;
Richard Harris, Actor, 1930-2002;
Julie Andrews, Bad Nun, 1935-;
Stella Stevens, Actress, 1936-;
Ellen McIlwaine, Singer, 1945-;
Randy Quaid, Actor, 1950-;
Grete Waitz, Runner, 1953-2011;
Harry Hill, Comedian, 1964-;
Leila Hatami, Actress, 1972-;
Sandra Oxenryd, Singer, 1982-.

People died today:
Eadwig, King, 941-959;
John Alcock, Bishop, 1430-1500;
Princess Charlotte of Prussia, 1860-1919;
Lena Zavaroni, Singer, 1963-1999;

Reginald Kray, Gangster, 1933-2000;

Ronnie Hazlehurst, Composer, 1928-2007;
Ned Sherrin, Broadcaster, 1931-2007;
Tom Clancy, Author, 1947-2013.

Playboy Enterprises and Arbol Publishing are going to publish Playboy Latino. The magazine will be written mostly in Spanish and as well as original content some articles 'from the Playboy archives... will be repackaged for a Latino audience.' says Richard Horgan at Says Mr. Horgan 'Arbol Publishing, based in California, currently publishes four other monthly U.S. magazines: Automundo, Que Pasa Vegas, Transporte Latino and Estilo Hogar.' For more, click the tits.

'When the publishing giant moves to the Freedom Tower at 1 World Trade Center in November, its tastemakers will find themselves in a far from glitzy neighborhood. But real estate watchers believe the arrival will hasten the area's upscale transformation.' So says a report at - and they are talking about Conde Nast of course moving to their new headquarters. Notwithstanding history, given the current crop of people jumping off buildings, including 1 World Trade Center as well as people entering the White House uninvited, we wonder just how safe people are going to feel in this "far from glitzy neighborhood." For more, click here.

'The Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association has announced the nominees for this year's Maggie awards—a celebration of the province's magazine industry' reports The awards in fifteen categories will be handed out tomorrow at the Delta Hotel, tickets still available. For more, click here, for tickets, click here.

Dennis Publishing says "on yer Bike" by adding a new cycling magazine to the company's portfolio. Bikes Etc. is a new monthly publication 'aimed at the growing road cycling market and will focus on testing and reviewing the bikes and kit' reports Roy Greenslade at £4.75 on the newsstand and the first issue will appear at the end of this month. For more, click the covers.

Thousands gather in central Hong Kong for pro-democracy rallies on China's national day.
First Ebola case diagnosed in the USA.
Piers Morgan is the new Editor-at-Large of Mail Online.
Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.
Radovan Karadzic is closing his defence saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs
The killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale is to be unmasked during a special live broadcast.

Kim Jong-Un Has Surgery On 'Fractured Ankles'

Sep 30th 2014

Today in History: 1399: Henry IV is proclaimed King of England; 1888: Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims; 1968: The Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time. Holidays and Observances: Botswana Day, Botswana.

Day 273 there are 92 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Rumi, Mystic, 1207-1273;
Ann Jarvis, Activist, 1832-1905;
Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer,
Politician, 1893-1964;
Thelma Terry, Bandleader, 1901-1966;
Waldo Williams, Poet, 1904-1974;
Deborah Kerr, Actress, 1921-2007;
Donald Swann, Pianist, 1923-1994;
W. S. Merwin, Poet, 1927-;
Ben Cooper, Actor, 1933-;
Barbara Knox, Actress, 1933-;

Johnny Mathis, Singer, 1935-;
Marilyn McCoo, Singer, 1943-;
Jochen Mass, Race car driver, 1946-;
Marc Bolan, Singer, 1947-1977;
Rula Lenska, Actress, 1947-;
Jack Wild, Actor, 1952-2006;

Barry Williams, Greg Brady, 1954-;
Fran Drescher, Actress, 1957-;
Roy Carroll, Footballer, 1977-.

People died today:
Honorius of Canterbury,
Archbishop, ???-653;
Melchior Cano, Theologian, 1525-1560;
Nurhaci, Emperor, 1559-1626;
James Dean, Actor, 1931-1955;

Mary Ford, Singer, 1925-1977;
Simone Signoret, Actress, 1921-1985;

Al Holbert, Race car driver, 1946-1988;
Marius Goring, Actor, 1912-1998;
Göran Kropp, Mountaineer, 1966-2002;
Clara Stanton Jones,
Librarian, 1913-2012.

Variety says 'Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein are assuming expanded responsibilities as co-editors-in-chief of Variety as Cynthia Littleton transitions from her role as editor-in-chief, television, to the newly created post of managing editor, television.' For more, click here.

'Crain's New York Business has launched a spinoff title, Crain's 5boros' writes Valerie Block at - so she would know! 'Food, fashion, retail, the arts, residential real estate and more' will be found within the front and back covers and says Valerie 'the quarterly magazine, which published Monday, chronicles the impressive growth and resurgence of neighborhoods in every borough of the city.' For more, click here.

'The reports of prints' death have been greatly exaggerated.' That is something readers of this web site will know we have been banging on about since the first report that digital media now accounts for a whopping 4%. Now, the staff of People of Print seem to agree with us as is reporting. For more, click here.

And the winner is (drum roll please!) Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles! Well that is what Keith J. Kelly says at the New York Post, and who are we to argue - and more importantly, what did she win? Well says Keith 'Joanna Coles was the big winner in a series of Hearst changes as she was promoted to editorial director of that magazine and had teen title Seventeen added to her domain.' For more winners (and losers) click here.

Hong Kong leader CY Leung in protest appeal.
Spanish official stabbed in Sudan.
Kevin Whately, star of detective series Lewis, says there will be just one more series of the long-running drama.
The new Afghan government signs a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.
The European Commission (EC) has told Ireland
it believes it gave illegal state aid to Apple.
Wales will soon have its own little corner of the internet when it adopts new web domains .Cymru and .Wales in November.
Average London house is now more than £400,000.
The three-month suspended sentence given to former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to be reviewed by the attorney general's office.

Radio remains the most popular channel for consuming audio content among consumers, according to research by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), although on-demand listening has sent overall listening figures up.

Sep 29th 2014

Today in History: 1829: The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded; 1951: The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States is shown on NBC; 1971: Oman joins the Arab League. Holidays and Observances: International Coffee Day; Inventors' Day (Argentina).

Day 272 there are 93 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Margaret of England, 1240-1275;
Joan of Kent, 1328-1385;
Caravaggio, Painter, 1571-1610;
Horatio Nelson, Sailor, 1758-1805;
Elizabeth Gaskell, Author, 1810-1865;
Roscoe Turner, Pilot, 1895-1970;
Billy Butlin, Camp-maker, 1899-1980;
Greer Garson, Actress, 1904-1996;
Gene Autry, Singing Cowboy, 1907-1998;
Trevor Howard, Actor, 1913-1988;
Bum Phillips, Football player, 1923-2013;
Steve Forrest, Actor, 1925-2013;
Nathan Shamuyarira,
Politician, 1928-2014;
Colin Dexter, Author, 1930-;
Anita Ekberg, Actress, 1931-;
Jerry Lee Lewis, Singer, 1935-;
Wim Kok, Politician, 1938-;
Larry Linville, Actor, 1939-2000;
Molly Haskell, Author, 1939-;

Ian McShane, Actor, 1942-;
Mike Post, Composer, 1944-;
Kyriakos Sfetsas, Composer, 1945-;
Patricia Hodge, Actress, 1946-;
Michelle Bachelet, Politician, 1951-;
Drake Hogestyn, Actor, 1953-;
Suzzy Roche, Singer, 1956-;
Carol Welsman, Singer
, 1960-;
Luke Goss, Singer, 1968-;
Matt Goss, Singer, 1968-;
Emily Lloyd, Actress, 1970-;
Amy Williams, Skeleton racer, 1982-;
Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, 1999-.

People died today:
Lothair I, Emperor, 795-855;
Charles I, Duke of Brittany, 1319-1364;
Gustav I of Sweden, 1496-1560;
William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby, Politician, 1561-1642;
Ferdinand VII of Spain, 1784-1833;
Émile Zola, Journalist, 1840-1902;
Rudolf Diesel, Engineer, 1858-1913;
W. H. Auden, Poet, 1907-1973;
Bill Shankly, Footballer, 1913-1981;
Leslie Crowther, Entertainer, 1933-1996;

Lois Maxwell, Actress, 1927-2007;
Sperantza Vrana, Actress, 1928-2009;

Tony Curtis, Actor,1925-2010;

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger,
Publisher, 1926-2012;
Gene Petit, Wrestler , 1953-2013;
Scott Workman, Actor, 1966-2013.

'The UK’s biggest consumer magazine publishers have created their own version of newspaper marketing body Newsworks' says Lara O'Reilly at and it 'has the working title of 'Project Orange'. (Might want to re-think that title?) Anyway many of the UK publishers have signed up including 'Hearst UK, Haymarket, Dennis Publishing and Conde Nast. For more details, click here.

John Mack Carter has died at his home in New York state, he was 86. 'Carter spent six decades in magazines, and helped shape a new agenda for women’s titles in a pre-feminist era as the editor of McCall’s, then Ladies’ Home Journal and Good Housekeeping' scribes Alexandra Steigrad at

Born in Kentucky in February 1928 'Mr. Carter edited McCall’s from 1961 to 1965, Ladies’ Home Journal from 1965 to 1974 and Good Housekeeping from 1975 to 1994. He is believed to be the only person to edit all three' says Leslie Kaufman at Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Sharlyn Reaves Carter; two children; four grandchildren; and a twin sister.

'Consumer Reports will debut a new look — both outside and inside — with its November issue' reports Chris O'Shea at For details of the new look, new reports and new sections, click the cover.

Protesters defiant amid Hong Kong stand-off.
Europe retain Ryder Cup.
Chelsea Clinton has a baby.
Eight killed in Peru earthquake.
Japan's Mount Ontake erupts.
George Clooney and lawyer Amal Alamuddin have married.
Welsh poet Dannie Abse
has died aged 91.
Europe's will attempt to put a small robot on the surface of Comet 67P next month.
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been given a suspended sentence of three months for indecently assaulting a woman in 1995.
Airlines across Europe have been cleared to allow passengers' use of mobile phones and portable electronic devices throughout flights.

Sep 26th 2014

Today in History: 1087: William II is crowned King of England; 1580: Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth; 1950:Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations. Holidays and Observances: Revolution Day (Yemen); Dominion Day (New Zealand); Day of the National Flag (Ecuador).

Day 269 there are 96 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Cosme Argerich, Physician , 1758-1820;
Komitas, Priest , 1869-1935;
Edith Abbott, Economist, 1876-1957;
Gordon Brewster, Cartoonist, 1889-1946;
Pope Paul VI, 1897-1978;
George Gershwin, Composer, 1898-1937;
George Raft, Actor, 1901-1980;
Anthony Blunt, Spy, 1907-1983;
Jack LaLanne, Fitness expert , 1914-2011;
Julie London, Singer, 1926-2000;
Patrick O'Neal, Actor, 1927-1994;
Joe Brown, Mountaineer, 1930-;
Lou Myers, Actor, 1935-2013;
Kent McCord, Actor, 1942-;

Anne Robinson, Journalist, 1944-;
Olivia Newton-John, Singer, 1948-;
Linda Hamilton, Actress, 1956-;
Jim Caviezel, Actor, 1968-;

Ben Shenkman, Actor, 1968-;
Julienne Davis, Actress, 1973-;
Tyler Denk, Model, 1976-;
Daniel Sedin, Ice hockey player, 1980-;
Henrik Sedin, Ice hockey player, 1980-;
Samantha Hammel, Actress, 1983-.

People died today:
Levi Strauss, Businessman, 1829-1902;

Ellen Roosevelt,
Tennis player, 1868-1954;

Paquirri, Bullfighter, 1948-1984;
Paul Newman, Actor, 1925-2008;

Gloria Stuart, Actress, 1910-2010;

Irish Jimmy Smith,
Boxer, 1930-2013.

There may be a "revamp" going on at Good Housekeeping magazine. There are some new features in the October edition of the 129 year old magazine including "Your Body" and Jane Francisco the magazine's EIC explained what is going on to For more, click here.

'Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton, has taken on a new title: publisher' says Miles Socha at It's 'a new biannual, in-house magazine called The Book, whose first issue boasts Charlotte Gainsbourg on the cover and an interview with Catherine Deneuve inside.' Lots of other stuff to be found within the front and back covers including a 'men’s-wear shoot in Iceland by Peter Lindbergh and a feature telling the story behind vintage Keepall bags.' For more, click here.

Nilou Motamed Is Out as Epicurious Editor in Chief

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is given a suspended sentence of three months for indecently assaulting a woman in 1995.
US Attorney General Holder resigns
The FBI has identified the militant in the videos depicting the killings of two US journalists and a British aid worker
Europe will start as favorites against the United States in golf's Ryder Cup starting today.
Apple says bent iPhones are 'rare'.
A Kenyan nurse is sentenced to death after being found guilty of carrying out an abortion five years ago on a woman who later bled to death.
Kim Jong-Un has not been seen in public for three
weeks and now a North Korea expert has offered a possible
explanation: the leader has gout.
Almost $23bn has been wiped from the value of tech giant Apple, as it releases a second software patch for its troubled iPhone 6.
Grand National winning trainer Toby Balding has died.
A Dreamliner operated by Polish airline LOT has made an emergency landing at Glasgow airport
Blackberry rethinks the keyboard.

Sep 25th 2014

Today in History: 1237: England and Scotland sign the Treaty of York, establishing the location of their common border; 1890: The U.S. Congress establishes Sequoia National Park; 1963: Lord Denning releases the UK government's official report on the Profumo Affair. Holidays and Observances: Revolution Day (Mozambique)

Day 268 there are 97 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Henry Pelham, Politician, 1694-1754;
Wenzel Pichl, Violinist, 1741-1805;
Yevgeny Miller, General, 1867-1938;
V. Coomaraswamy, Diplomat, 1892-196?;
Satish Dhawan, Engineer, 1920-2002;
Colin Davis, Conductor, 1927-2013;
Ronnie Barker, Actor, 1929-2005;
Barbara Walters, Journalist, 1929-;
Brian Murphy, Actor, 1933-;
Ian Tyson, Singer, 1933-;
Josh Taylor, Actor, 1943-;
Doris Matsui, Politician, 1944-;
Felicity Kendal, Actress, 1946-;

Stanislaw Szozda, Cyclist, 1950-2013;
Christopher Reeve, Actor, 1952-2004;
Anson Williams, Actor, 1952-;

Sonia Benezra, Radio/TV Host, 1960-;
Heather Locklear, Actress, 1961-;
Shreela Ghosh, Actress, 1962-;
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Actress, 1964-;
Stanislav Bunin, Pianist, 1966-;
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Actress, 1969-;
Jessie Wallace, Actress, 1971-;
Annabelle Wallis, Actress, 1984-.

People died today:
Yazid III, Caliph, 701-744;
Harald Hardrada, 1015-1066;
Philip I of Castile, 1478-1506;
Johannes Secundus, Poet, 1511-1536;
Paul Rabaut, Pastor, 1718-1794;
Hans Eppinger, Physician, 1879-1946;
Emily Post, Author, 1873-1960;
Leopold III of Belgium, 1901-1983;
Walter Pidgeon, Actor, 1897-1984;
Mary Astor, Actress, 1906-1987;

Klaus Barbie, Gestapo officer, 1913-1991;
George Archer, Golfer, 1939-2005;
Trevor Hardy, Serial killer, 1945-2012;
Andy Williams, Singer, 1927-2012;

Bennet Wong, Psychiatrist , 1930-2013.

'The ever-growing digital native news world now boasts about 5,000 digital news sector jobs, according to our recent calculations' says, '3,000 of which are at 30 big digital-only news outlets.' Let's face it, social media is good for some things, not much to be honest, but certainly it can be said that social media is reshaping news. For more, click here.

'Susan Antonacci, the associate publisher of TC Media’s English consumer brands' reports 'will be retiring after spending 38 years with the organization.' Ms. Antonacci has held several key position in the company in the last four decades ' including photo editor, business manager, managing editor, editor-in-chief and associate publisher.' Want to bet she also opened the post, made the cofee, answered the phone and cleaned the refrigerator as well? Happy retirement Susan. For more, click here.

Mind you, Ron Green makes Susan's tenure seem like a flash in the pan when you consider he 'is marking 50 years in the industry this month.' Ron started back in 1964 as a trainee reporter in Sheerness in Kent and then 'went on to edit the Kent Messenger and was also deputy editor of its now defunct sister title, the Kent Evening Post.' For more, click here.

Hearst CTO On The Publisher’s Plans for the Future

Not sure the new owners were impressed but 'Forbes has fired a writer who Tuesday penned a column headlined “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities,” which had ignited a firestorm of protest' says Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. The author, Bill Frezza no longer contributes to the web site - no guesses as to why! For more, click here.

Bill Mulvihill currently the national advertising director at The Atlantic, is to become the next associates publisher. Reports 'in that role, he'll lead its global sales team and advertising across platforms.' For more, click here.

'A group of eight leading lawmakers wrote to US Weekly, People, Time, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, pointing to evidence that their ads increase smoking among teens' says Elise Welbeck at It seems as though 'Democrats took particular issue with cover photos of major celebrities that included cigarettes' - so now you know, for more, click here.
Would it be very shallow of us to suggest that if covers showing people smoking increases the use of smoking materials, then the same goes for almost anything?

Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary is arrested in London on suspicion of being a member of a banned organization.
David Cameron will apologize to the Queen after he was overheard saying she "purred" on hearing the result of the Scottish independence referendum.
The FBI says the number of people killed or wounded in the US in mass shootings has increased dramatically in recent years.
Cyprus launches a rescue mission for 300 people, thought to be Syrian refugees, stranded in a boat off the island's west coast in rough seas.
US agrees $500m Navajo tribe payout
Tourist boat capsizes in Paraguay.
Apple apologizes for update bug
France's defence council is to convene after the beheading in Algeria of French tourist Herve Gourdel by militants linked to Islamic State.
Al Pacino said he was "overwhelmed" after being made a fellow of the British Film Institute.
Cat Stevens cancels New York concert.
Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies aged 73 following an illness.
Cain Hoy withdraws Tottenham offer.
Barbra Streisand becomes the first artist to score US chart-topping albums in each of the last six decades.

Sep 24th 2014

Today in History: 1780: Benedict Arnold flees to British Army lines when the arrest of British Major John André exposes Arnold's plot to surrender West Point; 1946: Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong. Holidays and Observances: Republic Day (Trinidad and Tobago); Mahidol Day (Thailand); New Caledonia Day (New Caledonia); Constitution Day (Cambodia);
Heritage Day (South Africa).

Day 267 there are 98 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Vitellius, Emperor, 15-69;

Johan de Witt, Politician, 1625-1672;
Alaungpaya, 1714-1760;

Horace Walpole, Politician, 1717-1797;
Max Decugis,Tennis player, 1882-1978;
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author, 1896-1940;
Renee Roberts, Actress, 1908-1996;
Anthony Newley, Singer, 1931-1999;
Sean McCann, Actor, 1935-;
Jim Henson, Puppeteer, 1936-1990;
Danny, Singer, 1942-;
Lou Dobbs, Journalist, 1945-;
Gordon Clapp, Actor, 1948-;
Rosamund Kwan, Actress, 1962-;
Nia Vardalos, Actress, 1962-;
Megan Ward, Actress, 1969-;
Stephanie McMahon, Wrestler, 1976-;
Jenny Platt, Actress, 1979-;
Matthew Connolly, Footballer, 1987-.

People died today:
Pepin the Short, 714-768;

Pope Innocent II, ????-1143;
Pedro I of Brazil, 1798-1834;
Charles Tatham, Fencer, 1854-1939;
Charles Leroux, Balloonist, 1856-1889;
Princess Victoria of Hesse
and by Rhine, 1863-1950;
Patsy Kelly, Actress, 1910-1981;

Neil Hamilton, Actor, 1899-1984;
Nelly Arcan, Author, 1975-2009;

Susan Atkins, Murderer, 1948-2009.

'The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has announced the launch of a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada's top award-winning magazines. The partnership will run for about a month until october 18th. For more, click here to download the press release.

'The Red Queen is striking back' according to Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post, specifically against 'former Art + Auction publisher Kate Shanley and former Associate Publisher Wendy Buckley.' To learn more of la Louise's legal laments, click here. Gets a New Look

Clinton Cargill and Jill Geisler are probably in a good mood this morning as they both have "new positions." Mr. Cargill 'has been named the new director of photography for Bloomberg Businessweek' and 'Jill Geisler is changing her role at Poynter to Poynter affiliate.' For more, click here.


Air strikes target IS near Turkey.
Trinity Mirror admits for the first time that some of its journalists were involved in phone hacking.
Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman, is sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges in New York.
The Vatican places former ambassador Jozef Wesolowski, under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children.
New figures suggest 70% of those infected in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported.
Jeremy Paxman will host Channel 4's coverage of the 2015 general election.
Vince Vaughn will join Colin Farrell for the new series of the HBO drama True Detective.
Britain edges closer to launching ISIS air strikes
Abu Qatada cleared of terror charges.
24-Hour weekend tube service to launch in London next year.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma has become the richest man in China.

Sep 23rd 2014

Today in History: 1641: The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure worth over a billion US dollars, is lost at sea off Land's End; 1905: Norway and Sweden sign the "Karlstad treaty", peacefully dissolving the Union between the two countries. Holidays and Observances: National Day (Saudi Arabia); Teachers' Day (Brunei Darussalam)

Day 266 there are 99 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Yolande of Valois, 1434-1478;
Marie Clotilde of France, 1759-1802;
Mary Church Terrell, Author, 1863-1954;
Walter Pidgeon, Actor, 1897-1984;
Mickey Rooney, Actor, 1920-2014;
Eleonora Rossi Drago,
Actress, 1925-2007;
Ray Charles, Singer, 1930-2004;
Sylvain Saudan, Skier, 1936-;
Norma Winstone, Singer, 1941-;
Julio Iglesias, Singer, 1943-;
Anne Wheeler, Director, 1946-;
Cherie Blair, Lawyer, 1954-;

Larry Mize, Golfer, 1955-;
Anne-Marie Cadieux, Actress, 1963-;
Ani DiFranco, Singer, 1970-;
Suzanne Tamim, Singer, 1977-;
Martin Cranie, Footballer, 1986-;
Skylar Astin, Actor, 1987-;

Key, Singer, 1991-.

People died today:
Robert de Sablé, Knight, ????-1193;
Pontus de Tyard, Priest, 1521-1605;
Elizabeth Monroe,
5th First Lady, 1768-1830;

Sigmund Freud, Clever Sod, 1856-1939;
Bourvil, Actor, 1917-1970;
Cliff Arquette, Actor, 1905-1974;
James Van Fleet, General, 1892-1992;

Jerry Barber, Golfer, 2916-1994;
K Lal, Magician, 1924-2012;
Annette Kerr, Actress, 1920-2013;

Stanislaw Szozda, Cyclist
, 1950-2013.

'Bauer Media’s U.S. division may be a giant in the magazine world, but as of two years ago it barely had a digital footprint' notes Ricado Bilton at, but he says 'it’s slowly but surely turning that around.' So why is Bauer taking a seemingly "softly, softly" approach? To learn more, click here.

'B2B growth was almost nonexistent for the first half of 2014, according to the latest BIN report from ABM reports Michael Rondon at Print is still declining, but whether this is because subscribers are choosing digital, or publishers are moving old circulation to digital is not clear. For more of Mr. Rondon's report, click here.

'Adam Sachs has been named the editor-in-chief of Saveur' says Chris O'Shea at moving from his current position as editorial director at Tasting Table. For more, click on Mr. Sachs - or the magazine cover, your choice.

'XXL, the 17-year old urban hip-hop magazine' is being sold to Townsquare Media who 'will immediately stop producing a regular print edition' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. There is other stuff being purchased as well including ', a suspended entity' and 'Antenna Magazine, a young men’s title' For more, click on the cover.

The (Atlantic) Wire is Shutting Down

The US and five Arab nations launch a
campaign of air strikes against ISIS.
Ukraine has announced it will not be taking part in next year's Eurovision Song Contest due to limited finances.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16 in future elections. Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French tourist in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq
Kim Dotcom, the technology millionaire accused of "massive" piracy, fails in his bid to gain political power in New Zealand.
Tesco fast-tracks new finance chief.
David Cameron is to become the first British Prime Minister to meet an Iranian President since 1979 in New York. Kris Jenner has filed for divorce from her husband, the Olympic gold medallist Bruce Jenner.
Jurors in the sex abuse trial of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis have found him guilty of indecently assaulting a researcher on the Mrs Merton Show in 1995, but not guilty of indecently assaulting a woman while he was working on a production of Aladdin in 1990.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will set out a 10-year plan to make Britain a "world class country."
A white tiger has killed an Indian student at Delhi zoo.
A man who had made threats against Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been shot dead in Melbourne.

Sep 22nd 2014

Today in History: 1499: Treaty of Basel; 1776: Nathan Hale is hanged for spying; 1893: All women in New Zealand get the right to vote; 1896: Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Holidays and Observances: International Talk Like a Pirate Day; Independence Day, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Day 265 there are 100 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Anne of Cleves, 1515-1557;

Anne of Austria, 1601-1666;
Michael Faraday, Physicist, 1791-1867;
Arthur Lowe, Actor, 1915-1982;
Rosamunde Pilcher, Author, 1924-;
Fay Weldon, Author, 1931-;
Candida Lycett Green,
Journalist, 1942-2014;

Wu Ma, Actor, 1942-2014;
Toni Basil, Singer, 1942-;
Kirka, Singer, 1950-2007;
Joan Jett, Singer, 1958-;

Scott Baio, Joanie's lover, 1960-;
Ernest Martin, Murderer, 1960-;
Ruth Jones, Actress, 1966-;
Sue Perkins, Comedian, 1969-;
Mystikal, Rapper, 1970-;
Rupert Penry-Jones, Actor, 1970-;

Chesney Hawkes, Singer, 1971-;
Elizabeth Bear, Author, 1971-;
Mandy Chiang, Singer, 1982-;
Laura Vandervoort, Actress, 1984-.

People died today:
Selim I, Ottoman sultan, 1465-1520;
Pope Clement XI, 1705-1774;
Shaka, Zulu leader, 1787-1828;
Ludmilla Chiriaeff,
Ballet dancer, 1924-1996;

George C. Scott, Actor, 1927-1999;
Isaac Stern, Violinist, 1920-2001;
Hugo Young, Journalist, 1938-2003;
Edward Albert, Actor, 1951-2006;

Prince Michael Andreevich
of Russia, 1920-2008;
Eddie Fisher, Singer, 1928-2010;

Margaret Ogola, Author, 1958-2011;
Vesta Williams, Singer, 1957-2011;

Jan Hendrik van den Berg,
Psychiatrist, 1914-2012;
Mohan Singh, Politician, 1945-2013.

'GQ is attempting to bridge the digital — and age — gap with its latest issue' says It has been dubbed "the age issue" because it deals with - wait for it! - age! Three different covers of three different men at three different ages plus inside squeaky-voiced Tom Seleck and Chadwick Boseman are interviewed. 'The point, according to GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson,' you knew there had to be one, 'is that the five men represent different decades, 20 through 60, and thus can speak to aging from their perspective.' For more from Alexandra Steigrad's report, click here, unless you are old and cannot see well, in which case -

And talking of style magazines, 'WORN Fashion Journal, the non-mainstream twice-a-year fashion title (once in cold weather, once in hot), is closing after 10 years and 20 issues; says a report at For more, click the cover below.

There will be something different on the cover of Private Eye - the cover price! The magazine is raising the cover price to £1.80 an increase of 20%.

However the increase is 45p less than the smallest cappuccino available from Starbucks and £1.51 cheaper than the average price of a pint of beer.

Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.
Turkey closes most of its border crossings with Syria.
Three Afghan soldiers participating in a joint
exercise at an American base in Massachusetts are reported to be missing.
New toxic mine spill in Mexico.
Polly Bergen, the actress whose fictional family was terrorized by Robert Mitchum in the 1962 film Cape Fear, has died aged 84.
More celeb 'naked pictures' leaked.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West should not rule out sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants.
A power-sharing deal between two rival Afghan politicians has been branded as a "sham" by the Taliban
Colin Farrell has confirmed he has been cast in the second season of the hit television drama True Detective. Actress Emma Thompson says climate change deniers are 'bonkers'.

Sep 19th 2014

Today in History: 1863: Battle of Chickamauga; 1879: The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time; 1893: All women in New Zealand get the right to vote; 1981: Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York's Central Park. Holidays and Observances: International Talk Like a Pirate Day; Independence Day, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Day 262 there are 103 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Henry III of France, 1551-1589;
Maria Anna of Savoy, 1803-1884;
Porter Hall, Actor, 1888-1953;
William Golding, Author, 1911-1993;
Rosemary Harris, Actress, 1927-;
William Hickey, Actor, 1927-1997;
Adam West, Batman, 1928-;
Anna Karen, Actress, 1936-;
Caroline John, Actress, 1940-2012;
Bill Medley, Singer, 1940-;
Cass Elliot, Singer, 1941-1974;

Freda Payne, Singer, 1942-;
Jeremy Irons, Actor, 1948-;
Twiggy, Model, 1949-;
Joan Lunden, Journalist, 1950-;
Mario Batali, Cook, 1960-;
Jarvis Cocker, Singer, 1963-;
Alison Sweeney, Actress, 1976-;
Tegan Quin, Singer, 1980-;

Sara Quin, Singer, 1980-;
Kevin Zegers, Actor, 1984-;

Alex Etel, Actor, 1994-.

People died today:
William Waller, General, 1597-1668;
Giles Corey, Farmer, 1611-1692;
James A. Garfield, Politician, 1931-1881;
Alexander Tilloch Galt,
Politician, 1817-1893;
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky,
Scientist, 1857-1935;
Guy Gibson, Commander, 1918-1944;

Gram Parsons, Singer, 1946-1973;
Orville Redenbacher,
Businessman, 1907-1995;
Patricia Hayes, Actress, 1909-1998;

Rhys Jones, Archaeologist , 1941-2001;
Slim Dusty, Singer, 1927-2003;

Skeeter Davis, Singer, 1931-2004;
Roy Schuiten, Cyclist, 1950-2006;
Dolores Hope, Singer, 1909-2011;
Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, 1922-2012;
Amidou, Actor, 1935-2013;
John D. Vanderhoof,
Politician, 1927-2013.

British communications and events company UBM Plc., is, according to a report at Reuters 'in advanced talks to acquire privately-held U.S. trade show organizer Advanstar for around $900 million.' If the sale goes through, 'this would be the first large acquisition for UBM under its new CEO Tim Cobbold' scribes and 'comes a year after Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp purchased Nielsen Expositions, the trade show arm of Nielsen Holdings for $950 million.' For more, click here.

Editor-in-chief Jennifer Reynolds and art director Stephanie White of Canadian Living magazine are editor-in-chief and art director no longer. 'The reasons behind both departures' says 'were not disclosed by TC Media' the owner of the magazine. For more, click here.

PMMI Buys Summit Media

Another week, another Louis Blouin story, well perhaps not quite weekly, but it sure seems like it. This time reports Keith J. Kelly, the Red Queen has heard from 'printing giant R.R. Donnelley' as they 'slapped the publisher of Modern Painters and Art + Auction with a new lawsuit. The suit seeks a judgment after Blouin stopped making payments on a $1 million printing tab, it is alleged.' For more, on what is owed ($1,008,024.07) if Mr. Kelly is correct, click here.

Two years ago, amid much hype, Reader's Digest increased frequency to 12 issues a year. From next year it will be back to 10 issues because says 'the company found, like many others in publishing, that the digital editions that some were looking to as an inexpensive alternative to sending print editions did not quite live up to its early hype.' For more, click here.

Apple University
Hires Wenner Media’s Rev
Chief David Kang

UN Security Council declares West Africa Ebola outbreak
a threat to international peace and security.
1,617,989 Scottish residents voted to leave the United Kingdom, but 2,001,926 disagreed - 55% No, 45% Yes.
St Andrews golf club to accept women.
California wildfire doubles in size.
Housing officials have found 600 asylum seekers hidden in a hotel in south London.
Apple iPhone and iPad users take to social media to express their frustration over installing the company's latest software update.
Tennis player Li Na is set to announce her retirement.

Channel 4's Gogglebox and BBC One game show Pointless were among the British winners at the 53rd Rose d'Or festival.

A woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate the actor Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Dennis Waterman to
leave New Tricks.

French launch first strikes on ISIS or ISIL depending on your point of view.
Sierra Leone
begins Ebola lock down.

Sep 18th 2014

Today in History: 14: Tiberius is confirmed as Roman Emperor; 96: Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor; 1759: British capture Quebec City; 1809: Royal Opera House in London opens; 1939: Nazi propaganda broadcaster Lord Haw-Haw begins transmitting. Holidays and Observances: Day of National Music (Azerbaijan).

Day 261 there are 104 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Trajan, Roman emperor, 53-117;
Samuel Johnson,
Lexicographer, 1709-1784;
Pope Gregory XV, 1765-1846;
Christian VIII of Denmark, 1786-1848;
Kate Booth, Salvation
Army officer, 1858-1955;
Grey Owl, Environmentalist, 1888-1938;
Doris Blackburn, Politician, 1889-1970;
Fay Compton, Actress, 1894-1978;

Seewoosagur Ramgoolam,
Politician, 1900-1985;
Agnes de Mille, Dancer, 1905-1993;
Greta Garbo, Actress, 1905-1990;
Queen Anne of Romania, 1923-;
Phyllis Kirk, Actress, 1927-2006;
Frankie Avalon, Singer, 1939-;

Mo Mowlam, Politician, 1949-2005;
Anna Deavere Smith, Actress, 1950-;
Tim McInnerny, Actor, 1956-;
Tara Fitzgerald, Actress, 1967-;
Anna Netrebko, Soprano, 1971-;
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima,
Footballer, 1976-;
Patrick Schwarzenegger, Actor, 1993-.

People died today:
Domitian, Emperor, 51-96;
Constantine III, Emperor, ???-411;
Louis VII of France, 1120-1180;
Charles XV of Sweden, 1826-1872;
Frances Alda, Soprano, 1879-1952;
Benjamin Péret, Poet, 1899-1959;
Dag Hammarskjöld, Diplomat, 1905-1961;

Jimi Hendrix, Singer, 1942-1970;
Katherine Anne Porter,
Journalist, 1890-1980;

Jimmy Witherspoon, Singer, 1920-1997;
Lindsay Cooper, Musician, 1951-2013;
Joy Covey, Businesswoma
n, 1963-2013;

Marta Heflin, Actress, 1945-2013.

Today could be the day Scotland breaks up the Kingdom it united over 300 years ago... a selection of today's UK newspapers records the story.

After 22 years of successfully running All About Beer Magazine and creating the popular World Beer Festivals, Daniel Bradford, president of Chautauqua, Inc. announced the sale of his business to the newly formed All About Beer LLC, a Triangle-based company led by Christopher Rice. The newly formed company will retain its headquarters in Durham, and maintain editorial offices in New York and San Francisco. All About Beer Magazine was first published in 1979 to focus on the then growing influence of import beers and breweries in the United States and then over the years expanded to produce events and festivals.

Susan Glasser on Being Named POLITICO Editor: 
‘I am honored and totally blown away’

'Condé Nast Traveler has hired Glamour’s former fashion market director Sarah Meikle' says where she will hold the title of fashion director. For more, click here.

The New Republic has announced that it has appointed Guy Vidra as Chief Executive Officer effective next month. The appointment of Mr. Vidra signals a new focus and commitment to digital platforms for The New Republic. The New Republic owner Chris Hughes said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our centennial than by bringing in a new entrepreneurial, future-focused leader like Guy Vidra and Mr. Vidra said “The New Republic is a storied brand with an intensely loyal audience. I am eager to develop new products, push into new categories, and experiment with new approaches."

Pink Slips to Fly at Parade after Sale of Magazine

'Venture Publishing's Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines' 50,000-plus subscriber list is now the responsibility of the Oyster Group a Dartmouth company that helps publications grow its readership' reports and for more details, cliquez ici.

Scotland votes to see if it will take
the high road, or the low road.
The Scottish editor of the Daily Telegraph has denied he has been promised £20,000 if Scotland votes against independence.
India and China sign 12 agreements, one of which will see China investing $20bn in India's infrastructure over five years.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a "fairly aggressive" rare cancer, doctors treating him say.
Police have carried out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia.
Country music star George Hamilton IV has died in Nashville, Tennessee, he was 77.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko begins visit to the US to seek further support.

The Duchess of Cambridge will not travel to Malta for her first official solo overseas visit because of acute morning sickness.
Hollyoaks has revealed the identity of the hit-and-run
driver who caused the crash that killed Sam and Danny Lomax.
Ben Affleck has admitted he did learn to count blackjack cards.
London Underground plan to reduce staff numbers at 216 out of the 270 London stations.

Sep 17th 2014

Today in History: 1787: The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia; 1861: Battle of Pavón is fought; 1957: Malaysia joins the United Nations. Holidays and Observances: Heroes' Day (Angola); Operation Market Garden, (Netherlands).

Day 260 there are 105 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Charles the Simple, 879-929;
Maria Luisa of Savoy, 1688-1714;
Frank Dawson Adams,
Geologist, 1859-1942;
James Alexander Calder,
Politician, 1868-1956;
Dinah Sheridan, Actress, 1920-2012;
Hank Williams, Singer, 1923-1953;
Roddy McDowall, Actor, 1928-1998;
Pat Crowley, Actress, 1929-;
Stirling Moss, Race car driver; 1929-;
Anne Bancroft, Actress, 1931-2005;
Des Lynam, Journalist, 1942-;
Bruce Spence, Actor, 1945-;
John Ritter, Actor, 1948-2003;

Rita Rudner, Comedian, 1953-;
Mandawuy Yunupingu, Singer, 1956-2013;
Damon Hill, Race car driver, 1960-;
Kyle Chandler, Actor, 1965-.

People died today:
Hildegard of Bingen, Mystic, 1098-1179;
Philip IV of Spain, 1605-1665;
Henry Fox Talbot,
Photographer, 1800-1877;
Richard Basehart, Actor, 1914-1984;
Laura Ashley, Designer, 1925-1985;

Hilde Gueden, Soprano, 1917-1988;

Spiro Agnew, Politician, 1918-1996;
Red Skelton, Comedian, 1913-1997;
Paula Yates, TV host, 1959-2000;

Melvin Charney, Sculptor, 1935-2012.

The FMA have changed their name to The Media and Content Marketing Association, a mouthful P.T. Barnum probably would not have approved of. Says Bill Mickey at 'The merger and subsequent rebranding are in response to dwindling memberships.' The name change comes 'after a merger between the FMA and the National Trade Circulation Foundation Inc. earlier this spring.' The NTCFI changed its name from NBCA before disappearing completely, a fate the FMA or MCMA may wish not to emulate.

Parade magazine 'is about to be sold to Athlon Media' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. The magazine, found inside many of the nation's Sunday newspapers has a circulation of 32,000,000. Notes Mr. Kelly 'Athlon, whose American Profile is the No. 3 player in the Sunday insert market' with a circulation of 12,000,000. For more information, click here.

D.B. Hebbard at says 'many regional magazines have begun growing their ‘verified’ circulation levels to compensate for falling subscription and single copy sales, while ignoring digital as an alternative approach' - as usual, D.B is not wrong. For more insight, click here.

South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea.
Tropical storm Odile is moving to Arizona.
Ukraine to vet officials for loyalty.
Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.
British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur.
Drivers have been warned against the potential dangers of using a smartwatch while driving. UK jobless rate falls to 2008 low.
Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have become parents.
King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.
London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks display will now cost
£10 ($16) a ticket, London mayor Boris Johnson has announced.

Sep 16th 2014

Today in History: 1919: The American Legion is incorporated; 1966: The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center; 1980: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Papua New Guinea; Malaysia Day, Malaysia, Singapore; Heroes' Day, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Day 259 there are 106 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Henry V of England
, 1386-1422;
Pedro V of Portugal, 1837-1861;
Bonar Law, Politician, 1858-1923;
Guy Hamilton, Director, 1922-;
Lee Kuan Yew, Politician, 1923-;
Charles Haughey, Politician, 1925-2006;
B.B. King, Singer, 1925-;
Lady Gwen Thompson,
Author, 1928-1986;
Anne Francis, Actress , 1930-2011;
Cathee Dahmen, Model, 1946-1997;
Rosemary Casals, Tennis player, 1948-;
Ed Begley, Jr., Actor, 1949-;
Janet Ellis, Actress, 1955-;
David Copperfield, Magician, 1956-;
Jayne Brook, Actress, 1960-;
Richard Marx, Singer, 1963-;
Claudia Marx, Runner, 1978-;
Fanny, Singer, 1979-;
Kirsty Coventry, Swimmer, 1983-;
Katie Melua, Singer, 1984-;
Madeline Zima, Actress, 1985-.

People died today:
Flavius Valerius Severus,
Emporer, ???-307;
Pope Martin I, ???-655;
Pope Victor, 1026-1087;
Antipope Clement VII, 1342-1394;
James II of England, 1633-1701;
Louis XVIII of France, 1755-1824;
Fred Quimby, Animator, 1886-1965;
Marc Bolan, Singer, 1947-1977;

Maria Callas, Soprano, 1923

Mary Travers, Singer, 1936-2009.

'In a few weeks' says Kara Swisher at 'a new content effort called California Sunday Magazine will debut aimed at publishing, “thoughtful, reported features and beautiful photography and illustrations set in California, the West, Asia, and Latin America, for a national audience,” of a demographic of 25- to 45-year-olds.' But, the magazine is going to to something quite amazing... click here for more.

Forbes magazine formerly controlled by the family that bears the magazine name is controlled by the family no more. 'The Asian investors who are taking over a majority stake in Forbes Media finalized the deal last Friday, officially ending 97 years of family control' says Keith J. Kelly at So far, so good, no real changes although that may happen when CEO Mike Perlis flies 'to Hong Kong this week to meet the new owners.' For more, click here.

Le magazine Ricado maintenant en anglais! (Or something like that!) 164 pages and over 50 autumnal recipes have arrived in English as the 'French edition of the publication launched 12 years ago' goes bilingual. Says the report on 'Ricardo magazine will feature the opinions of lifestyle experts and include sections like Ricardo For Kids, Weekday Wonders and Safe Eats—a section for Canadians with dietary restrictions—in every issue.' For more, click here.

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule.
President Obama is to announce plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus
Six police killed in Egypt bombing
Nato troops killed in Kabul bombing
A 65 year-old woman from Bangkok has killed
herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate
have seized on a pledge by the three main Westminster
parties to devolve more powers.
George Clooney to receive honorary Globe.
Cat Stevens to play US concerts.
Daryl Hannah is Neil Young's new girlfriend.
The US carries out an air strike in support of Iraqi troops under attack by Islamic State.

Sep 15th 2014

Today in History: 1830: The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens; 1835: HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands; 1940: The climax of the Battle of Britain. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Guatemala (a Patriotic Day), El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica from Spain in 1821.

Day 258 there are 107 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Marco Polo, Traveller, 1254-1324;
Titus Oates, Minister, 1649-1705;
Prince Sigismund of Prussia, 1864-1866
Robert Benchley, Actor, 1889-1945;
Fay Wray, Gorilla-hag; 1907-2004;
Creighton Abrams, General, 1914-1974;
Nipsey Russell, Comedian, 1918-2005;
Snooky Pryor,
Harmonica player, 1921-2006;
Mary Soames, Baroness
Soames, 1922-2014;
Forrest Compton, Actor, 1925-;
Erika Köth, Soprano, 1927-1981;
Carmen Maura, Actress, 1945-;
Jessye Norman, Soprano, 1945-;

Oliver Stone, Director, 1946-;
Maggie Reilly, Singer, 1956-;
Queen Letizia of Spain, 1972-;
Prince Daniel,
Duke of Västergötland, 1973-;

Prince Henry of Wales, 1984-;
Heidi Montag, Model, 1986-.

People died today:
John Morton, Cardinal, 1420-1500;
George Stepney, Poet, 1663-1707;
Sarah Knox Taylor,
Wife of Jefferson Davis, 1814-1835;
Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
Engineer, 1806-1859;
Jumbo, Elephant, 1861-1885;

June Salter, Actress, 1932-2001;
Raymond Baxter,
Television host, 1922-2006;

Brett Somers, Actress, 1924-2007;

K. S. Sudarshan, Nationalist, 1931-2012.

Forbes has announced it is to digitize 'the entire Forbes back file with content from 1917 to 2000' says a report on Forbes's web site. EBSCO Information Services is the company chosen to do this and says EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management, Michael Laddin “The agreement with Forbes allows EBSCO to provide researchers unrivaled electronic access to the world’s top business news in a fully searchable archive of one of the preeminent business magazines ever published" - so there! For more, click here.

Dr. Oz The Good Life editor-in-chief Jill Herzig has let us all in on her new hires at the magazine. Jacelyn Steinberg, Miranda Van Gelder, Bruce Perez and Maria Masters are all moving to the magazine which increases its frequency at the end of this year.

Lucia Moses at notes that The California Sunday Magazine ' is taking content marketing to a new place' - guess where? Go on - guess! To find out, click here.

'Cody Groth and Jenn Bodnar co-founded the digital magazine Yoga Digest and expect to print their first magazine, aimed at yoga practitioners at all levels, in November. They are convinced that there remains demand for a paper-and-ink product.' For more, click here.

Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only newspaper in the UK to have declared backing for a Yes vote in the upcoming independence referendum.
Europe's largest newspaper publishers are reportedly considering taking legal action to the European Commission in regards to Google's dominance of the online search market.
A leading Scottish newspaper columnist has suggested a ‘Yes’ vote in Thursday’s independence referendum could boost the country’s “declining” press.
Microsoft to buy Minecraft for $2.5bn.
A Paris summit of 30 countries pledges to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants "by all means necessary".
N Korea jails US man for six years. US Navy calls off search for pilot.
The funeral of Ian Paisley has taken place.
Hurricane Odile hits Mexico coast.

Kim Dotcom accuses New Zealand government of mass spying.

Two British tourists have been killed in an attack on a
beach on the island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand

Sep 12th 2014

Today in History: 1609: Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River; 1848: Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning; 1890: Salisbury, Rhodesia, is founded. Holidays and Observances: Day of Conception (Russia); National Day (Cape Verde).

Day 255 there are 110 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Guillaume Le Gentil,
Astronomer, 1725-1792;
Carl Eytel, Painter, 1862-1925;
H. L. Mencken, Journalist, 1880-1956;
Desmond Llewelyn, Actor, 1914-1999;
Frank McGee, Journalist, 1915-1974;
Mathé Altéry, Soprano, 1927-;
Freddie Jones, Actor, 1927-;
Ian Holm, Actor, 1931-;
George Jones, Singer, 1931-2013;
Patrick Mower, Actor, 1940-;
Maria Muldaur, Singer, 1943-;
Barry White, Singer, 1944-2003;
Maria Aitken, Actress, 1945-;

Irina Rodnina, Figure skater, 1949-;
Gerry Beckley, Singer, 1952-;
Rachel Ward, Actress, 1957-;
Jason Statham, Actor , 1967-;

Bizzy Bone, Rapper, 1976-;
Chelsea Carey, Curler, 1984-.

People died today:
Peter II of Aragon, 1174-1213;
Robert Ross, General, 1766-1814;
Jules Violle, Physicist, 1841-1923;
John Qualen, Actor, 1899-1987;
Athene Seyler, Actress, 1889-1990;

Raymond Burr, Actor, 1917-1993;
Jeremy Brett, Actor, 1933-1995;

Johnny Cash, Musician, 1932-2003;
Whobegotyou, Race horse, 2005-2012;

Dr. Ian Paisley, Politician, 1926-2014,
John Bardon, Actor, 1939-2014.

'If readers won’t pay for this month’s latest tablet magazine, will they put their hand in their pocket for a title’s entire back-issue archive?' That is the question is asking, and at least one magazine, which has 'has digitized all 1,000 editions of its legacy, comprising 110,000 pages' is about to find out. For more, click here.

'R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced yesterday 'that it has been awarded a $60 million multi-year agreement by Crain Communications' reports 'All 15 U.S.-based Crain publications including Advertising Age, Automotive News and Business Insurance' will move. For more, click here.

Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr. Ian Paisley has died, he was 88 years old.
Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of culpable homicide.
CIA triples its highest estimate for the number of fighters with Islamic State
Armed teacher wounds herself in restroom with gun.
John Kerry in Turkey for IS talks.
Actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home following a long illness, aged 90.
Argentina's Congress passes a bill designed to defy a US court ruling that pushed the country into default in July
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he thinks the Queen should intervene in the Scottish independence referendum.
Television viewing on iPads and Android tablet devices is set to be measured for the first time

Sep 11th 2014

Today in History: 1609: Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island; 1919: U.S. Marines invade Honduras; 1931: Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Lucky Luciano's hitmen; 1954: Hurricane Edna hits New England. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 254 there are 111 days remaining this year.

People born today:
William Boyce, Composer, 1711-1779;
John Ireland, Archbishop, 1838-1918;
O. Henry, Author, 1862-1910;
D. H. Lawrence, Author, 1885-1930;
Alvar Lidell, Journalist, 1908-1981;
Queen Paola of Belgium, 1937-;
Brian De Palma, Director, 1940-;
Anne Ramsay, Actress, 1960-;
Virginia Madsen, Actress, 1961-;

Princess Akishino of Japan, 1966-;
Taraji P. Henson, Actress, 1970-;

Benson Stanley, Rugby player
, 1984-.

People died today:
Jan Smuts, Politician, 1870-1950;
Lorne Greene, Actor, 1915-1987;
Peter Tosh, Singer, 1944-1987;
David Angell, Producer, 1946-2001;
Todd Beamer, Salesman, 1968-2001;
Wilson Flagg, Admiral, 1938-2001;
Mychal Judge, Priest, 1933-2001;
and 2,992 others, ????-2001;

John Ritter, Actor, 1948-2003;

Pat Corley, Bar Owner, 1930-2006;
Kevin McCarthy, Actor, 1914-2010;
Virgil A. Richard, General, 1937-2013.

'Man of the World, the men’s fashion and art magazine, is going through major changes' says Randall Mesdon and Enrico Pirondi have already left and are planning to 'launch a yet-to-be named biannual publication at Art Basel that will cater to a younger audience.' Other writers, editors and photographers are expected to join Messrs. Mesdon and Pirondi - for more, click here.

Kate Lanphear, former Style Director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Elle, is joining Maxim as Editor-in-Chief.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to join Maxim as the brand embarks on a new chapter,” says Lanphear. “I hope to cultivate and broaden Maxim’s coverage of style and culture. It’s an exciting time for this boldly confident, unapologetic brand."

Maxim magazine publishes 15 editions and is sold in 70 countries worldwide.

'Macworld, one of the oldest magazines for fans of Apple's products, has shut down its print operation and laid off an unspecified number of staffers' reports USA Today. The publication will continue online, but with a reduced staff. 'IDG wouldn't comment on how many employees have been let go' says Michael Rondon at but 'Jason Snell, SVP and editorial director of IDG Consumer & SMB, and Dan Miller, editor of Macworld, have announced they're leaving the company.' For more, click here.

Neal Vitale Stepping Down as 1105 CEO

'The glossy fashion magazine is not dead' scribes Gideon Spanier at as 'Hello! Fashion Monthly, a spin-off of celebrity weekly Hello!, launched this week.' Styles as 'HFM' cover price is just a £1 which is not bad for 148 pages that are bound together and not stitched. So why print and not just digital? Juliet Herd says research showed their target age of 18-34 showed "digital fatigue." For more, click here.

The Scotsman newspaper has declared in favor of a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder charges but the possibility of a manslaughter verdict remains.
Actor Richard Kiel, who played the villain Jaws in two James Bond films, has died aged 74.
S Korea 'to double cigarette price'.
The Royal Bank of Scotland confirms it will relocate its registered headquarters to London if Scotland votes for independence next week
Tumor 'diagnosis' for Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez appears in court in Caracas, charged with inciting violence
Russia reduces gas exports to Poland.
Research suggests there may be a link between a rare blood type and memory problems in later life.
Facebook is testing a feature that allows users to set their published posts to be deleted at a specific time.
Football club San Lorenzo to name stadium after Pope.
Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Barack Obama has authorized air strikes in Syria.
Clinic denies Joan Rivers biopsy claims.

Sep 10th 2014

Today in History: 1515: Thomas Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal; 1823: Simón Bolívar is named President of Peru; 1939: The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy's first loss in World War 2. Holidays and Observances: National Day (Gibraltar).

Day 253 there are 112 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Nicholas Lanier, Singer, 1588-1666;
Maria Theresa of Spain, 1638-1683;
Henry Purcell, Composer, 1659-1695;
Jeppe Aakjær, Author, 1866-1930;
Ranjitsinhji, Cricketer, 1872-1933;
Hilda "H.D." Doolittle, Author, 1886-1961;
Hilde Hildebrand, Actress, 1897-1976;
Waldo Rudolph Wedel,
American archaeologist, 1908-1996;
Robert Wise, Director, 1914-2005;
Edmond O'Brien, Actor, 1915-1985;
Boris Tchaikovsky,
Composer, 1925-1996;
Arnold Palmer, Golfer, 1929-;
Karl Lagerfeld, Designer, 1933-;
Mary Oliver, Author, 1935-;
Cynthia Lennon, Author, 1939-;
Hans Sotin, Opera singer, 1939-;
Thomas Allen, Opera singer, 1944-;
Judy Geeson, Actress, 1948-;
Bill O'Reilly, Journalist, 1949-;
Kate Burton, Actress, 1957-;

Colin Firth, Actor, 1960-;
Guy Ritchie, Director, 1968-
Ryan Phillippe, Actor, 1974-;

Melanie Pullen, Photographer, 1975-;
Chandler Massey, Actor, 1990-.

People died today:
Baldwin II, Count of Flanders, 865-918;
Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Organist, 1545-1607;
Mary Wollstonecraft, Author, 1759-1797;

Charles III, Prince of Monaco, 1818-1889;
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 1837-1898;

Balthazar Vorster, 1915-1983;
Jane Wyman, Actress, 1917-2007;

Cliff Robertson, Actor, 1923-2011.

Joe Pompeo at reports 'POLITICO is teaming up with the Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to launch a European edition.' Axel Springer is the owner of Bild and Die Welt newspapers as well as German editions of other magazines including Rolling Stone.

Axel Springer SE was founded in 1946 by Axel Springer and wants to become the leading digital publisher. Headquartered in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses. Für weitere Informationen, klicken Sie hier.

Both Axel Springer and POLITICO have signed an agreement for a 50/50 joint venture. The new media company will be headquartered in Brussels.

It's official, we can no longer keep up with the comings, goings and changes at Condé Nast. 'In the latest move in the dizzying round of publisher changes, Condé Nast President Bob Sauerberg tapped former Say Media President Kim Kelleher as the new publisher of Wired' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. For more, click here.

Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp., owner of The Sun newspaper from the United Kingdom has suggested his famous topless Page 3 models 'should start wearing clothes.' Apparently Mr. Murdoch spread this news by Twitter saying 'topless models were "old fashioned", although he said the paper's readers "seem to disagree".' For more, click here.

William Alden at reports 'Thomson Reuters, the media and financial data company that caters to Wall Street deal makers, may be plotting some deals of its own.' The publications concerned include 'peHUB, Buyouts and Venture Capital Journal' says and notes one banker saying 'buyers could include Mergermarket, Bloomberg News and TheStreet.' For more, click here.

Venezuela's inflation hits 63.4%.
CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984.
The co-founder of a home for retired circus elephants in the US state of Maine dies after one of the animals stepped on him

Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may
be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.

Apple unveiled a watch.
One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found
Google faces new stand-off in Europe.
A third of all bird species in the US are in decline.
Schumacher leaves hospital.
Someone called Sara Gilbert is pregnant.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 2,288 people, with half of them dying in the last three weeks
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet says a bomb attack which left 14 people injured in the capital Santiago was a "cowardly act of terrorism".
The Scottish referendum outcome is "too close to call"
Britain's new Ipso press regulator will aim to ensure journalists "work in a profession they are proud of", according to chairman Sir Alan Moses.

Sep 9th 2014

Today in History: 1543: Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned "Queen of Scots; 1924: Hanapepe massacre occurs on Kauai, Hawaii; 1956: Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Tajikistan; Chrysanthemum Day, Japan.

Day 252 there are 113 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Aurelian, Emperor, 214-275;
Honorius, Emperor, 384-423;
William Bligh, Admiral, 1754-1817;
Richard Chenevix Trench,
Archbishop, 1807-1886;
Miriam Licette, Soprano, 1885-1969;
James Hilton, Author, 1900-1954;
Bernard Bailyn, Author, 1922-;
Cliff Robertson, Actor, 1923-2011;

Shirley Summerskill, Politician, 1931-;
Margaret Tyzack, Actress, 1931-2011;

Otis Redding, Singer, 1941-1967;
Angela Cartwright, Actress, 1952-;

Hugh Grant, Actor, 1960-;
Julia Sawalha, Actress, 1968-;
Eric Stonestreet, Actor, 1971-;
Shane Battier, Basketball player, 1978-;
Graham Onions, Cricketer, 1982-.

People died today:
William the Conqueror, 1028-1087;
James I of Cyprus, 1334-1398;
Edward, King of Portugal , 1391-1438;
James IV of Scotland, 1473-1513;
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,
French painter, 1864-1901;
John McGiver, Actor, 1913-1975;
Jack Warner, Producer, 1892-1978;
Norrie Paramor, Composer, 1914-1979;
Patrick O'Neal, Actor, 1927-1994;
Burgess Meredith, Actor, 1907-1997;

Catfish Hunter,
Baseball player, 1946-1999;
Elly Annie Schneider, Actress, 1914-2004;
John McCarthy, Footballer, 1989-2012;
Patricia Blair, Actress, 1933-2013;

Susan Fitzgerald, Actress, 1949-2013;

Shalom Yoran, Author, 1925-2013.

Meredith Corporation announced today that Allrecipes magazine will increase its rate base 40% to 900,000 from its current level of 650,000, beginning with the October/November 2014 issue which is the second rate base increase for Meredith's Allrecipes in 2014. It originally launched with a rate base of 500,000 in November 2013.

Michael Sebastian at reports 'Esquire magazine is putting "The Falling Man" -- Tom Junod's 2003 article about the photograph of a man falling from the World Trade Center -- behind an optional paywall and suggesting readers pay $2.99 to read it.' Any money gained will be donated to the James Foley Scholarship Fund at Marquette University. For more, click here.

'The London Review of Books comes to iOS, though in an expensive, buggy digital edition' reports D.B Hebbard at The problem seems to be the platform, called Le Sauce and is one that has existed for quite some time. For more, click here.

In Canada, 'BLD Publications has launched Curium, a new French-language magazine for 14-17 year olds.' 46,000 copies of the first issue went to press and there will be a total of 11 issues each year. Expect 'topics like science, sports, technology, the environment, social issues, ethics and the role of youth in society' to be covered.' The magazine will be distributed mainly in French speaking areas of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. For more, click the cover.

New Yorkers have fun and female New Yorkers are getting even more fun than their male counterparts, all due to Hearst! From yesterday Hearst started to hand 'out copies of its newest print product, a free weekly magazine called TrendingNY, at commuter hubs throughout the city' reports Emma Bazilian at It is a four week program with 50,000 copies being put out in the first few days of the week. For more, click here.

'Tom Morrissy, the chief revenue officer of Spin Media, is apparently out in a cost-cutting move after only five months on the job' says Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post but the news is not all bad for Mr. Morrissy, click here for more.

The US hails the new Iraqi government.
Penn State sex abuse penalty reduced.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in east Ukraine after being hit by objects that "pierced the plane at high velocity".

Italian soprano Magda Olivero, has died at the age of 104 in Milan after a career spanning more than 70 years.

Scientists cast doubt on reports by the Nicaraguan government that a 5 metre-deep crater near Managua was caused by a meteorite.
Liberia 'faces huge Ebola surge'
Michael Palin has been confirmed as narrator for the new Clangers series
Poll says more Scots want to be independent from UK than want to stay.
Trump Taj Mahal owner files for bankruptcy,
may close casino in November.
Strikes to hit Heathrow on Friday.
Marin Cilic won the US Open
title with a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori.


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Time to move the windbags to the desert. Click here to read. (Caution, bad language used in this rumination.)

We act as if “native advertising” is something new, so what is it and how should we best use it... an introduction to "native advertising!" Click here to read.

Virtually all marketing campaigns are most successful when they employ a multi-channel approach to a targeted audience... even in the "all-digital" world. Click here to read more....

On October 16th last year, a new regulation from the FCC went into effect. Ronen Ben-Dror asks how does the FCC rule affect you in the B2B environment? Click here to read more....

The Interactive Advertising Bureau found that more than a third of web traffic is fraudulent and BPA says only 40% of ads measured are actually viewable, but how much of a problem is this? Click here to read more....

Telemarketers are well aware of the Personal Identifier Question and recent changes in rules regarding the PIQ have caused somewhat of a debate in the industry. Ronen Ben-Dror of Blue Valley Telemarketing takes a look at what gives. Click here to read more....

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Publishers need to address the USPS's suggested increase before it is too late. Click here to read,

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How Well Do You Know Your Audience? The more you know, says Ronen Ben-Dror, this could eliminate the battle of qualifying leads. Click here to read more....

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Not sure who is handling the promotions over at Vegetarian Times, but whoever it is, they are doing a great job.

In our last issue we got a renewal reminder informing us we had only one issue left.

There is a sticker on the outer envelope to remove and put on the order card inside. Good copy pointing out 'Last Chance for Maximum Savings!' and also a rather intriguing $25,000 Prize Number. Inside is a four color brochure just for good measure. These people obviously know the value of renewals. Click on any of the images above to see larger samples.

The original order was placed through Publishers Clearing House and sweeps sold, means sweeps renewed, and this is what the prize being offered is all about. Excellent technique.

Also, since we were looking at the current issue of Vegetarian Times, well done for including not one, not two, but three insert cards in the magazine.

Here's a good offer from Oracle Magazine for a qualified controlled publication. It has good benefits copy and makes requesting Oracle Magazine easy with a couple of "Subscribe Now" buttons.  There is interesting PS copy offering a new publication for those who might be interested in Java Magazine as well as Oracle. The design is clean, uncluttered and attractive. To view the offer, click here. Not sure why the publisher is only offering six free issues, but given the quality of the promotion there must be a very good reason.

Here's a nice promotion from The Nation.  It's quick to read, offers an invitation to receive exclusive free offers - it's a flattering offer and comes from a credible publication.

It ultimately leads you to a subscription landing page offering 4 free issues (very strong offer) plus attractive subscription prices and a choice of format - print or online access.
The promotion is clean and uncluttered with enough enticing benefits to attract readership.

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We received our monthly renewal offer from TV Guide this week, and it does all the right things and looks good, and makes ordering very simple. As with many publications the actual renewal date is not mentioned, something which annoys me as a subscriber, but pleases me as a marketer - can you tell I am a Gemini? IF you click on the image above, you can see what happens at the ordering stage, although this is made as simple as possible. Interestingly, for an online order form, and a renewal form at that, TV Guide offers a Bill Me option.

We recently received the regular offer from Opera News and this offer, like our old nanny Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. '3 Risk-Free Issues' always a vote grabber, a free gift offer of a CD, an involvement device, savings of 68%, and a reply by instruction. We may have died and gone to heaven!

Inside, or the reverse depending on your point of view, 'Free' is mentioned not once, nor twice but four times in as many paragraphs and an excellent re-stating of what we are going to get, or not if we don't reply in ten days. The Free issues are even restated on the reply card. Whoever wrote and designed this should be sent a bag of onions, because they sure as hell know them. It looks good, does all the right things and Opera News mail it regularly, so we can conclude that it works for them. (Click here or on the thumbnail to view larger image.


Here is the latest offering from People magazine. Nice personalized outer envelope, and a simple and concise brochure showing good covers and copy that sells the subscription. To order, it's old school, snail mail - no mention of ordering via the web anywhere. Nice package and well done to People for knowing that direct mail via the post office is still a good way to get orders.

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Here’s what appears to be an advance renewal offer from Vegetarian Times.  It’s a renewal sweeps – smart idea because the original sub order was placed through PCH.  We’re assuming it’s an advance renewal as only one copy of the subscription has been received thus far.  The offer is a strong one –a 78% saving on the renewal plus a chance to win $25,000 (along with other prizes).  Package includes clever “sweeps” techniques on the outer envelope, an offer deadline and small flyer detailing prizes.  Good job, Vegetarian Times!

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We received this double postcard from GQ magazine. The card looks great, has a nice cover and a nice free gift, but also has a rather confusing offer. '24 issues of GQ for only $20.00 - that's 83c (plus 17 cents shipping and handling) per issue; in other words $24.00 then. If you add 83 cents to 17 cents, you get $1.00 which if you then multiply by 24 issues you get $24.00. Click on the image to see large versions.


When my subscription of 'The Week' arrived last week, inside the envelope was an offer for 12 issues of 'The Oldie' magazine. As far as I am aware these magazines are independent of each other, but have a great deal in common.

This is a nice way of promoting a magazine that is probably already known to readers of another magazine and would be fairly cheap to produce and execute. Nice offer. Click on the image for a larger view of the outside and inside.


Always nice to get something from 'The Economist' as they always do things so well.

A free copy of 'The World in 2013' is a nice incentive for the readers among us, and a free tablet cover for the tecchies to boot - which also indirectly pushes the digital version.

The predominant red is great as it screamed "ECONOMIST" as soon as I opened my email. Oh and 69c a copy, they got me! [Click here or on image for large version].
Now I just have to get a tablet - Christmas is coming!


'People' really knows how to use it's house file. Good offer, nice creative and use of personalization.

The offer is strong and the order form is pre-populated - what's not to love? (Click on the image to see larger size and also the order form page.


This is an interesting offer. On the one hand it pushes newsstand sales, you can save $1.00 if you print out the coupon. However if you clicked on the Save $1.00 link you can also subscribe and get eight issues free.

An offer is an offer,
even though this offer
is not publishing related,
it has ignored basic
promotion rule 1-0-1:
Know Thy Prospect!


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A recent offer from People magazine. It looks simple but a great deal of thought has gone into this offer, not least the cover featured on the tablets.

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Let's state it up front - we know the email at the end of the link is spam. Even so, it is a great example of why some design is a good thing in email promotions - even text only promotions. We cannot believe anyone who got this email would even have got so far a clicking a link! Click here to see the email, which is a screen shot taken from our computer.

Rebecca Sterner wrote on CircSpot on how to set up an autorenewal. It just so happens that today we received our auto renewal for Time. In all honesty we had not planned to renew it, but it is done, and although we could cancel it, $81.00 for 56 issues is not worth the hassle of canceling, so we guess the auto renewal worked... at least in our case.

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A reader looked for something on the Times of London web site, and this popped up while the page they wanted to view was loading. He liked it, took a picture, and sent it to us - thanks Glyn C-R of Buckinghamshire.

A reader subscribed to Fast Company and paid $10.00 for a subscription. After placing the order, they received an email offering a $5.00 credit if she can get another person to subscribe in the next 6 hours. This seemed like a very clever idea to the the person who sent us the information - and we agree.

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