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Old 12-05-2016, 03:22 PM
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But most of us don't buy the thing. Does anyone else except Sylvia?
Does Adrian? He knew about the subscriber of the week. Is he a closet reader?

I'm cancelling my subscription. It's an excellent magazine, but my meagre wins have funded it. Can't afford it now.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:35 PM
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I have amended the New Statesman's wikipedia entry to include a reference to this short-sighted action. Objective in tone, to comply with Wikipedia rules, but I hope it makes its point.
D.A. Prince is with us in urging letters of complaint.
I wish I had a subscription to cancel.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:24 PM
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Um, perhaps this discussion should be moved to a less public forum, where it can't be used to confirm the NS bean-counters' apparent hypothesis that it doesn't make financial sense for them to keep the comps.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:50 AM
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It doesn't really make financial sense to run the magazine at all unless it makes a profit which I very much doubt. It didn't, hence 'The Staggers' when the readership was three times what it is now.

The Oldie makes a profit I think. If you look at th make-up of that excellent monthly you wil probably see how they do it - lots of stuff from readers nd minimum staff. As for the Speccie I don't know.

I think I am right in saying that no left wing newspaper pays its way except the Daily Mirror.

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Old 12-06-2016, 02:21 AM
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Sylvia, I am a subscriber to NS and Speccie. I gave up the Oldie when Richard Ingrams went.
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:44 AM
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George, I think that the short list of distinguished NS competitors ought to include Martin Fagg. As noted in his obituary, "Those interested in literary competitions will remember him as a dominant and deserving winner from the Fifties to the Eighties."
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:00 AM
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When I have looked at comps of the past - 1980s and earlier - I am always struck by how expert the parodies were. People then seemed to know whole anthologies of verse by heart and perfected mimicry of style all the better because of it.
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:47 AM
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George, I think that the short list of distinguished NS competitors ought to include Martin Fagg. As noted in his obituary, "Those interested in literary competitions will remember him as a dominant and deserving winner from the Fifties to the Eighties."
You're right. He shall be added.
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:48 AM
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In Deep Drills, Sylvia, quoting the New Statesman posts this news about their weekly humor competition:



Has the comp taken breaks before? (Someone here must know. Bill?) How concerned should we be that this is the final end of more than 85 years or comps?
The NS (orig Week-end Review) has never had a break. One of its comps was cancelled because all the entries blew out of the bike-basket of the judge (war-time), and one was banned (sexist gags) in the 80s, but later printed in a Xmas edition, decades later.

The Spectator's current comp, however, is numbered from the first issue in 1950, and was cancelled in 1959 at no. 472, and revived, without warning really, in 1967, with the next number in sequence.

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Old 12-07-2016, 06:23 AM
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Oh well, only an eight year wait then.
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