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Thursday, October 12, 2006

What free newspapers are good for

I'm sure many of you in London have seen the many people along the streets, giving away copies of the free evening papers London Lite (LL) and thelondonpaper (tlp), which join the more nationally available morning paper, the Metro. If you've been to the City, there are copies of the City A.M., which is more of a light business read. And that's not counting the newspaper that your council delivers to your home for free every fortnight or so (well, not really, that's why you have council tax). Goodness knows what other papers are available out there.

More pests than do-gooders, its not uncommon to see the people trafficking the LL and tlp literally shoving the newspapers into your face. And with the Evening Standard's prices increasing 25%, that doesn't help either.

They're light reads and suitable for reading on the Underground, as long as its not rush hour and everyone is crammed like sardines in a tin can. Most of the time people leave them in the bus or on the Underground.

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Yet another of the free newspapers. Hmmm.. what do we do?

Here's how I reuse my copies, recycling and leaving them on the Underground aside:
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  • There are many work and effort put in to produce even a free paper. The free paper cost you nothing so, don't complain. If you don't appreciate these free papers, then, reject them so that it would benefit others, leaving the papers on the ground is an insult to the editorial team. That what come to my mind when i see your picture.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, October 13, 2006 7:59:00 am  

  • anonymous: Of course I appreciate the effort put it, but I didn't have an insult in mind when I spread the newspapers on the floor.

    You probably haven't cooked before, have you? If you have, you would have realized why I did so....

    By Blogger elb, at Friday, October 13, 2006 8:27:00 am  

  • I wanted to blog about this but seeing that I share the same view it's a bit useless. :)

    I have nothing against free papers, just the way they attempt to shove it in your face. I rarely pick any up. Personally I hope they all go away. Most of the office people would probably have checked the news before heading home anyway so it is kind of pointless. Besides who the fuck wants to read more diatribe from either the Mail Group or News Corp?

    @Anon, the two major 'free' papers (three if you count the morning Metro) are there as mouth piece to their paid-for regional/national paper. It's not like they are not earning anything since their revenue comes from ads.

    By Blogger Jon, at Wednesday, October 18, 2006 2:54:00 pm  

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