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Hobo

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Hobo

We like to know what our wonderful customers think about the magazines we sell at Magalleria. Some people know exactly what they want, others are opened minded. We asked Tom Corneill what he thinks of a shop favourite, Canada’s Hobo. Hobo is a big magazine. With its minimalist title in large font and its sheer volume (it stands at 37cm x 28cm) it takes up a large space on the shelf and commands your attention. The issue I have in front of me features Jeff Bridges and who is locking eyes with me. He is the only thing filling the...

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Music to shop by

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Music to shop by

This spring we took our first stroll through the Combe Down tunnel, a one kilometre shortcut into the countryside near our home in Bath. A few minutes into the tunnel we started to hear sounds, soon identifiably music and eventually recognisably classical, most probably contemporary. Definitely Michael Nyman, we joked to each other. As we exited into the light it occurred to me that even inside the longest walking and cycling tunnel in Britain you cannot escape piped music. Piped music. I like all kinds of music but I'm fascinated by softer sounds – easy listening, elevator music, muzak. These...

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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

The tactile quality of a magazine has always been a clincher for me. Counterpoint winked at me from across the shop, with its grey paper, neutral splash of blue and bolt of pink. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold and simply done, too, which I guess makes it all the more special. Such effortless aesthetic is often very hard to pull off. A limited edition of 250, Counterpoint imbues ever more attractive and unique details: printing via risograph using recycled paper and soy-based inks. The typography and bespoke illustrations are printed using only neon pink, teal and black....

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Homesick

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Homesick

Such is my tumbling mind that I’m on a self imposed Reddit ban and limit my Youtubing to two videos a day. I always want to know more but I have to stop myself. I can read the IMDb trivia about a film I’ve just watched, but can’t allow myself any further searching, because link-click becomes link-click becomes link-click becomes 3am. Homesick is the result of the same restless – but importantly, productive – curiosity. Yes, it’s a deep-dive particularly interesting to the culturally aware, but unlike hitting ‘I’m feeling lucky’ on an obscure Google search, the findings shine from...

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Thoughts on analogue

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Thoughts on analogue

We had a short city break in Bordeaux recently. I like to drink decent wine, and if you visit Bordeaux you’ll be encouraged to head to the City of Wine, which we duly did. This is a new flagship museum where visitors are issued with headphones to queue for long periods in order to press buttons to see, hear or somehow interact with various installations designed to educate them about wine. The City of Wine is expensive and time-intensive, yet after an hour we’d had enough.  The people who put this place together seem to have applied more consideration into...

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