A couple of weeks ago I was rushing out the door to get to work. I’m performing the usual wintertime house-exiting routine: dog has his coat on, check. Lights off, check. Heating off, check. Radio off, check. Hang on. The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 is asking ‘What should we be reading if we’re forced to work or quarantine at home?’ I should listen to this.
Every magazine wants to stand out and most will attempt this by trying to offer something new. WM Brown definitely delivers something new but, intriguingly, manages to do so using some very old-fashioned ingredients.
How often are you asked at Christmas, ‘Please don’t buy me anything’. Or you’re invited to an occasion where you feel you should offer a token gift to the host. But what? Food is dangerous because we’re now much more allergy-aware. Alcohol is awkward if the hosts don’t drink. And the safe bet, the book, can come with the slightly oppressive obligation to read it.
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...