I think it’s fair to say the tour of Pakistan is the least popular with England players, Ian Botham famously saying he wouldn’t even send his mother-in-law there. But he won’t have to any more because the country has deteriorated and the players now enjoy the luxuries of Dubai and the U.A.E to play Pakistan these days as the terror threat and dirty water and dodgy food are pushed to the back of the list of players concerns when playing Pakistan. The extreme heat, dodgy bowling actions and threat of match fixing and ball tampering remains, though and an air temp of 37 degrees recorded on day one. 6 weeks later in 2020 the Football World Cup will be played in neighboring Qatar in even worse conditions.
The venues are empty for test matches and spectacular stadiums going to waste in the middle of the desert. The matches are only played to keep Pakistan in the test fold and the pitches prepared to their conditions, which are as flat as the crowd figures, barely 500 in on the opening day. From the glamour of the Ashes to this is embarrassing.
Abu Dhabi – October 13th-17th
Pakistan won the toss and batted all day on the expected flat and dry pitch. They are unbeaten in tests in the UAE and England soon on the back foot. Pakistan's Shoaib Malik marked his first Test for five years with a century and only the fifth guy to achieve that returning feat. He is currently married to sexy Indian tennis star Sania Mira (for a dowry/mahr of $137,000) and it caused huge ructions at the time. It was an inter-faith and country wedding and further complicated with the fact Shoaib was already secretly married to another girl back in 2002. It’s believed to have been one of the reasons he retired back then. Other reasons were his questionable bowling action and a mysterious ban for not being a ‘team man’.
Malik piled 167 on for the second wicket with Hafeez (98) with critical drops by Ian Bell at second slip. Malik was caught on a no ball on 40 but now that lazy umpires only check for no balls on replays Broad could have been bowling them all day for all he cares. Younis Khan scored 38 to pass Javed Miandad's mark of 8,832 runs and become Pakistan's leading Test run scorer, a 30-year-old record. Alastair Cook catch tp dismiss him means he has now taken 122 catches in Tests, more than any other England player. Andrew Strauss is next on the list with 121. When Jamie Anderson removed Misbah for 3 he moved into 10th in the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, with 415 as Pakistan closed on 267-4 on day one.
===Pakistan’s Highest run scorers===
Younis Khan - 8,852
Javid Miandad - 8,832
Inzaman ul-Haq - 8,829
Mohammed Yousuf - 7,530
Salim Malik - 5,768
Zaheer Abbas - 5,062
Shafiq joined Malik on day two and they piled up another big partnership, a record one, 245 the highest partnership against England in tests beating 197 in 1962 by Nasim ul-Gahni and Javed Birki. A quirky stat saw Malik out for 245 (the highest score at Abu Dhabi) over 11 long hours, the first person in test history to make that score, only 235 and 219 now available between 0-250. Shafiq helped himself to 107, the 25th test hundred scored by Pakistan this calendar year, 10 clear of second place Australia. Malik’s double was the 5th in 8 test matches on this square. Pakistan declared on 523-8.
It was a brutal score on the bowlers, spinners taking just 3-900 on this square in recent tests. There was just no movement out there and Mooen Ali and Rashid toiled in that 40 degress, 0-302 between them, the worse ever test return by spinners. Rashid’s wicket less 0-160 was the worse debut bowling in any test in the games history. To beat Asian teams you have to have good spinners.
===Pakistan 1st innings===
There was hope for England with the bat. Hafeez is their top wicket taker in the side with 62 but currently banned for chucking. It was still flat out there and with substandard DRS to escape appeals as England closed on 56-0, all four partnerships between Cook and Ali half-centuries now.
Day three and England batted as well as Pakistan with Cook grinding out his 28th test ton and batting all day for 168*, partnerships of 116 with Mooen (35) and 165 with Bell (63). Cook doesn’t have that many shots and these types of conditions ideal for his game. His strengths are patience and concentration and the pure will to stay at the crease. By limiting your attacking shots you limit your chances of being out. He has now scored a test ton in nine different countries. Bell scratched around in the first for 4 hours for his 65 but looks like a guy who will never get his form back proper and ready for retirement. At 290-3 with only 11 wickets falling in three days this game is destined for one thing only on a pitch as flat as Stuart Halls love life.
Day four and still no pitch action although the crowd had improved during Friday prayer. The fans are mostly Asians working on the building sites and hotels of Dubai and taking a welcome break from their 16 hours a day in the sky and grotty accommodation, at least 7,000 rocking up. Cook batted on and on for his 200 (his third) by lunch with Joe Root (85) adding some sort of tempo with a 151 partnership. Even with England 100 behind Pakistan at 423-4 the home team was unfancied at 70-1.Alastair Cook overtakes Jacques Kallis to become the highest run scorer in tests played in Asia among non Asian batsmen. He currently has 2065 runs at 62.57.
Cook finally conceded his innings on 263, the longest ever time at the crease by an Englishman in a test, set by Len Hutton's 797-minute innings of 364 against Australia in 1938. It was third highest by any batsmen in test cricket. He hit three boundaries all day as the captain amassed the highest score by an English batsman overseas since Wally Hammond hit 336 against New Zealand in 1933. Cook became only the second player ever to bat for more than 12 hours for the second occasion in his Test career - after Brian Lara. Stokes biffed a quick fire 57 as England closed their grueling record breaking day on 569-8. It was part-timer Malik who made the first breakthrough for spin in the match when he bowled Stokes - with spinners having bowled 170.1 wicketless overs for 565 runs prior to that point. Malik became the second only player to dismiss a fellow double centurion in a match with the ball, this record only set 6 months ago when Hafeez was removed by Tamil Iqbal for Bangladesh. Zulfiqar was into his 69th over - within sight of the world record for wicketless overs in an innings, which stands at 72. But he beat the test record set by Nicky Boje of 68 overs before removing Cook.
===The Final Day===
So the last of five grueling days and England declare at 598-8, meaning Pakistan have to bat at least two sessions and so target the handshake draw an hour before close in fading light. But this is Pakistan and strange things happen. They rocked early on at 2-3 but recovered to 113-3 and looked home and hosed for the draw, Misbah holding it together on a pitch finally offering something, But he inexplicable heaved at one out to be bowled by Ali for 51 and that triggered an embarrassing collapse to 173 all out. It smelt like a rotting ISIS corpse in Syria. Rashid took a fiverfor in cricket’s greatest bowling turnaround, becoming the first man to be 0-100 and then take five in the second innings on debut. He also became the first man for 80-years to take a fivefor on both his first-class and test debut. The spinners 0-302 turned into 7-92! Andersons 2-30 moved him on to eighth in the all-time list with 417.
===England 1st Innings===
===Pakistan 2nd Innings===
173 all out
England raced after the 99 runs to win in failing light knowing the full 20 overs allocated would never be bowled. But it was not to be as they had to come off under lights under the current rules at 74-4 for bad light after some serious time wasting by Pakistan. But England would have done the same in reverse and the result making a mockery of not only having lights but the idea day/night cricket has a future. Why-oh-why can’t we use lights to guarantee the full days overs??
===England 2nd Innings===
Root 33 not out.
===2nd Test Dubai===
So yet more skyscrapers and expensive shopping malls as the cricket moved to another empty purpose built stadium. No real effort has been made to sell tickets to the locals and again reliant on a small Barmy Army contingent and local migrant workers. Pakistan captain Misbah Al Huq won his fifth toss in a row and batted on another flat dusty desert road. And what day for the captain as he batted all day for his ninth test century, the oldest man to score a test hundred since Aussie captain Bobby Simpson in 1978. He is also only the fourth test batsmen to score 1000 test runs after his 40th birthday, after Jack Hobbs, Patsy Hendren and Tom Graveney - and the first non-Englishman to do so.
Masood and Younis Khan helped themselves to fifties as Pakistan closed on 282-4. With 60 sixes, he has equaled the record for the most by a Pakistan Test batsman, level with Younus Khan. Khan became the first Pakistani batsmen to pass 9000 test runs.
Misbah didn’t last long on day two and left to Shafiq with 83 tried to hold the Pakistan tail together but they tumbled away from 334-5 to 378 all out, Wood with a test best 3-39. England's XI included nine players who have taken a Test wicket - only Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler do not have one. James Anderson took his 418th Test wicket to go above Harbhajan Singh to ninth in the all-time list.
===Pakistan First Innings===
England struggled with the bat early on with Bell out cheap again. Why they stick with Bell is very odd. He has scored just two fifties in 20 test innings and is done. He now averages just 19 in those 20 Test innings, with 14 scores of less than 15 in that time; although he scored 63 in the first Test. Cook (65) continued his form with a 113 partnership with Joe Root who put on 50 more with Bairstow. Cook and Root are the only two test batsmen in world cricket who have scored 1000 runs in the year so far.
England lost Cook early on for 65 but comfortable at 203-3 with Root well set for yet another century. But he nicked out to Riaz on 88 and England collapsed as the exciting pace bowler claimed 4 quick wickets. Bairstow battled on for 46 it would be 246-all out. Without Root or Cook still going England just folded. Butler and Bell need ot score soon or they are gone. England lost their last seven wickets for 36 runs, equaling their worst-ever collapse from a total of 200 or above - they also lost 7-36 against Pakistan in Lahore in 2005.
===England 2nd Innings===
242 All out
With a 132 first-innings lead Pakistan didn’t mess about and raced to the close of the day on 222-3. Hafeez settled them down with 51 as Younus and Misbah again got in the runs with an unbeaten 139 run partnership. The spinners were put to the sword for 145 of 27 overs. Misbah and Younus have converted 70% of their fifty partnerships to hundred partnerships - the best conversion rate of any pair with at least 15 fifty partnerships.
Pakistan ground England into the dust with a hundred for 37-year-old Younus Khan, his 31st test ton, 10th in the all-time test hundred list now after Misbah got out in the second over of the day for 87 in their 141 partnership for the 4th wicket. Unlike Ul-Haq, Khan convert his hundred chances, the 29th consecutive time the 41-year-old has reached 90 and gone on to make a hundred, equaling Donald Bradman's record. Shafiq pushed the innings on towards the deceleration with 79, the signal to end the innings in a 113 run partnership with Khan who went on to make 118 to close on 354-6 dec.
So an impossible 491 for England to win in just under five sessions. In 363 Tests in Asia (excluding Bangladesh), only three teams have chased more than 220 to win in the fourth innings.
===Pakistan 2nd innings===
Anderson 2-22 (15 overs)
Wood 2-44 (14 overs)
England started poorly with Ali clearly not an opener and out cheap and limping Cook out for 10. Bells career is still hanging by a thread of cotton with 46 and out in a 113 run partnership with the superb Joe Root, who closed the day on 59*. Bell doesn’t effect test matches any more and averaging just twenty in 2014 its time to retire at 33.
There is no rain out in the Middle East and so every ball is normally bowled unit that final half-hour when the sun dives down. Could England bat the day out though for a stoic draw? They bated the last two sessions and made the third, Root out early for 71 and bits and pieces from the rest to sit at 193-7. But enter Rashid, clipping a belligerent 61 in only his second test and the type of guy we have seen score allsorts of big innings in county cricket. It’s amazed everyone in the game he has never been picked until now. His partnerships of 59 with Broad (30) and Wood (29) bought up the 300, the ninth wicket stand of 60 in 196 balls the longest in test cricket – by time – for that wicket in the fourth innings of the match and, of course, England’s best by runs in Asia for the ninth. It was only the third time England have managed a half-century partnership for the ninth wicket in the fourth innings
But a rare lapse with 4 overs to go with the last pair in saw him slap one to cover-point and that was the end of the match, not bad light to save England like it did Pakistan, rather ironic as the umpires instructed to be more lenient to the batting side after the first test nonsense. England's fourth-innings total was their highest in Asia, beating the 285-7 made against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2003. Rashid, Broad, Wood and James Anderson faced a combined total of 322 balls, a record for the last four batsmen in the fourth innings of a Test.
===England 2nd Innings===
All out for 312
Pakistan win by 178 runs
As the comment says on the front cover 'B a sex kitten'. Yes please the reader replies as they pick up the magazine. I have to admit I have a bit of an obsession with buying magazines and can buy at least one a week and i'm talking £2.50 a pop. Some though I soon get bored with. B is one I have only recently started buying and i am quite impressed. You get 154 pages with about 30 of them being adverts and about an extra 6 of stockists and the sex line and liposuction ads. This is quite alot but they are all relevant to the target audience - make-up, shower gels, body lotions, sanitary towels etc. Well, onto the actual content. They have the usual regulars such as the Eds letter, the readers letters page, horoscopes and the page telling you how to subscribe. They also have a single page each month dedicated to men - things women need to know like they view masturbation like brushing their teeth!, travel- they review different hotels or resorts each month, body central - information on keeping healthy and my favourite the confessions page! This month on the cover they advertise an interview with Tamzin Outhwaite, 'Get wow the world confidence', woman who have had some sort of cosmetic surgery, astrological sex and of cause more. I don't want to give too much away about what the articles are about other than 9 times out of 10 the articles are very informative and help if you are looking for advice from them. I really recommend this if you are looking for a magazine that has slim women and want to have a read of a bit of everything. ENJOY!!!
I stumbled across B magazine in summer holiday last year when i was very bored. I bought it coz i decided to go on a magazine binge. The B is a great magazine because it has a variaty of articles & tips but to be honest it's really a lot of different magazines combined into one. It's like a younger version of the cosmopolitan but nothing like Cosmo Girl. I think it's aimed at teens around 17 to about 19 & maybe a bit older. When you first pick it up you think that it's going to take you awhile to read but think again coz 1/3 of the magazine are adverts. It's still a good magazine but it's a bit expensive at £2.50 compared to other magazines
B appeals to mainly the 20-ish generation but those of us who are older can gain great advice from a younger view on life. B covers issues from drugs, to sex, to fashion and music. The advice on all of these is helpful to those with little or no knowledge on such issues. The advice is written as such that the reader is able to work things out for themselves. This magazine is fairly unique in the way it does not tell you what or how to think about issues, in the way that the newspapers do. The bare facts on issues are presented with views from all sides. Advice and articles on sex is incredibly useful to the younger reader, covering all points and answering any questions that may arise about the issues. Reviews on films and music are however a little short and don’t cover what the reader wants to know. For example n a film review the writer sometimes seems more interested in writing about the 'talent' than the actual story line. In this way it brings the magazine down. The readability of B though is good, very easy to pick up and put down many times and go over a read again.
'B reckless' says the front cover - along side 'What he really thinks of your body' and 'Find your perfect pink' – ooh - really wild and reckless *that* sounds! One free trial issue and I am strengthened in my resolve to avoid wasting my money on 'women's magazines'. B follows the usual recipe for ‘grown up’ women’s magazines as far as I can see. Take one serious social issue, add a dose of celebrity gossip, and hefty slug of fashion, beauty, and make up. Stir in some relationship advice, and couple of pages of beach-oriented travel writing. Marinade with a ‘culture’ section – if you can’t get the real thing, substitute Chick Lit of the week and an album review – and glaze with horoscopes before roasting over a nice hot press. Serve garnished with free gifts, with a side salad of adverts for plastic surgery and diet pills. Not all women want to see the issue du jour (this month Zyban's potential risks) reduced to two pages of 'it happened to me' and a handful of statistics. Not all women want to stare at utterly interchangeable photos of slim, tanned white women in bikinis, straining to discoverer which minute variations in body type will make them more attractive to men. Not all women, therefor, should be reading the women's magazines that appear to believe that we all ought to be interested in such stuff - and I count myself among that party. But this wasn't even light, fluffy time filler, it was down right irritating, assumption filled, vacuous, fashion obsessed pap! Imagine Marie Claire with all the interesting stuff taken out, and the fashion editorial dumbed down. Their 'review' section reminds me why I hold 'the sort of music / book / film recommended by women's magazines' as a term of contempt for the bland and the pointless. There weren't even any images I could enjoy looking at - even the advert
s were ugly! The fashion and makeup is nothing to compare with the real glossies, and the 'real life real people' aspect is beaten by Marie Claire on the one side, and the cheap weeklies on the other. I'm not sure what niche they're trying for in this over-saturated market, but I'm sure as hell not it. I for won't be wasting £2.50 on this any month soon. If anyone is reading this who enjoys this magazine, I would really and genuinely love to try understand why - please leave a comment, because I'm pretty much baffled at the moment.
I received the July issue of this magazine through the post for free. On looking at the cover, I thought, "here we go, another typical women's magazine with more adverts in than articles!" I was pleasantly surprised, however, that this magazine was different – It was a real breath of fresh air! There is something in the magazine for women of any age. So you can see what I mean I will give you a brief rundown of the articles that were in the July edition:- ● BMail – Letters to editors – which really do praise the magazine – not surprizing! ● PeopleTrends and PeopleStarStyle – The latest fashion and where to buy some nice gear and how much it costs. Oooo I love the dress Cat Deeley is wearing there! ● Gossip pages ● Hair, beauty and fashion tips ● Interview with Dido – which I found was superbly written in a way that made me feel that Dido was actually sat in the room with me :o) ● Articles about real life situations such as one girl's confession to "do porn" in order to pay for college! ● Holidays from Hell – Holiday Horror stories – and some of them were really shocking!! Especially, a B reader's experience with cockroaches on her head – how disgusting!!! It has certainly made me aware of the kind of conditions to expect in other countries. ● Articles in connection with the dating scene, the movie books and film scene, and medical articles. I have definitely learnt something from the medical articles. There was one article in particular with regard to Prozac and how studies in 1999 have shown that taking Prozac can lead to violent behaviour and suicide! I thought that Prozac was supposed to help prevent suicide?! The thing that I liked most about this magazine as that unlike Elle and its competitors, the advertisements were kept to a min
imum. On the few occasions that I have bought Elle etc, I have found the huge advert content extremely annoying – is this what I paid near £3 for – just to read adverts?! So the editors of B have really done the right research in my opinion and produced a magazine that consumers, well me anyway!, are really interested in - and I am sure that there are many other women out there that will agree with me!
B is a fashion and lifestyle magazine aimed at a wide audience. I'm not sure what age its aimed at, but considering some of the articles, I would say 16 upwards. B is divided into five sections. People: This section mainly focuses on celebrites, such as what all the celebrities are wearing, apparently at the moment it is belts. How to look like your favourite celebrity. There is a gossip section, which tells you which star how made fools of themselves, eg: unladylike poses, drunk as a skunk, and which stars are looking hot. This section also has interviews with celebrities, this months interview was with Anastacia, which was quite a change. Fashion: The fashion section has always been a favourite of mine, even though I can't wear the latest styles, eg too old. But it is nice to be able to give my daughter the latest fashion tips. There is a focus on all aspects of fashion, such as accessories, beach wear, causals like T-shirts, and latest trends. I lot of the clothes featured are quite reasonably priced and are available on the high street. There is also answers to frequent fashion dilemmas. Beauty: Even I'm not to old to look good, and there are plenty of tips in this magazine. There is advice on hair sytles, and even which styling products to use. There are make up tips, plus the latest beauty products, and this month there is a focus on tanning products. Regulars: This section contains stuff that is in every issue. Such as readers letters, Men, Malebox, Caths Column, Hot Date, Confessions, Web, Eating, House, Travel, Star Signs, and Work. This is a great section with lots of useful features, such as low calorie recipes, holiday ideas, a look at web sites. Contents: This section is basically what is on the front cover, which will vary each month, as an example this months feature was Music to watch the summer go by, which is essential summer tunes, and 1000 Woman
confess. There is quite a few adverts in the magazine, especially at the back, which mostly consisits of breat enlargements, and sex lines, and some courses thrown in. I don't buy this magazine every month, because that would be boring, I tend to buy it every three months, which in my book is good. If you haven't tried B, why not have a look, it only costs £2.50.
B is a glossy magazine aimed at young women. It is of a high quality and has some excellent articles. So what is actually in the magazine? Well, it starts with a letter from the editor, talking a bit about stuff happening in the world and whats in the magazine. The People section of this magazine is divided into sub-sections: People trends - all about current fashion, trends and styles that any person can adapt to - not just some of these catwalk styles that you would only see in London fashion week! People Star Style - Celebrities styles adapted for the everyday person and where you can get similar items on the high street. People Looks - again hairstyles and make up to be like the stars! People Lust - a nice sexy bloke to feast your eyes on and a bit about him, People Chat - Interview by a top celebrity and lastly People Gossip - What is going on in stars lives and any other gossip about them. There is then a huge fashion section with different styles, clothes, shoes and at the moment swimsuits and bikinis and it also says where to buy the clothing from, many of it from high street stores. They also include a wide range of stuff for people of all (well most) sizes. The beauty section usually includes tips on make up and where you can buy it and also hairstyles and how to achieve them. There are also loads of regular bits like relationship ER, stuff about blokes, travel, eat and body section and loads more. The true life stories they cover are always real to life and they aren't afraid to cover anything. In recent issues there have been true life stories about party drugs and one called 'I'm 23 and have 6 kids'. I like this magazine because it has a fresh approach and not too many adverts like in some other womens magazines like Cosmo. It is of a brilliant quality and well put together. I'ts well worth £2.50 but I reckon it should be fortnightly rather than month
Intelligent & inspiring its not but if you're looking for a fun girly mag with occasional fab freebies B is the mag for you. I must admit I dont buy it every month but every now & then I'm tempted by a juicy interview or a fantastic freebie. At 22, I still cant resist a lipgloss, a makeup bag or some other tempting free item. B also picks affordable fashion. Very few of the magazines are aimed in the price range of the average woman. B always seems to pick a few affordable items at well as the desirable designer stuff. Probably targets the 16-18 group rather than 20s woman but its a lovely shiny read
B! is one of the best girlie magazines I have read. I am currently subscribed to it (because it works out a lot cheaper if you buy it every month) and you get loads of goodies too when you subscribe. The articles are informative and different. They focus on the every day working woman, probably aged in their 20's and early 30's. They offer discounts at shops sometimes, competions and free oodies some months. They provide reviews on the latest books, films and cds which prove very useful. They provide information on current issues with women, and also many real life reader stories and opinions. The articles are informative and not opinionated, they give facts and let you decide. I rally enjoy reading B! and look forward to it's arrival every month. If you are considering trying this mag out, I recommend it 100%. I have tried many magazines out but this one I enjoy so much I read from cover to cover.
I was at friends house a few months ago and picked up a magazine and started flicking through it, that was it I was addicted to B. I don’t generally buy a particular magazine every week or month, I just get too bored to quickly with most of them, but B is brilliant. It has articles and features for everyone, it has it’s typical women parts e.g. advice on fashion, make-up, hair etc. but if you are like me and get bored with reading how apply that much needed mascara for the 6th hundred time, then do not fear B has so much more, it has information on Careers, dating, relationships, sex, internet, money, an investigation part (which looks in cults and things like that) house and travel and of course the celebrity interview. My favorite parts have to be the readers letters, the reviews they do on everything including, music, films, books etc. and they also have a page of confessions, which make me laugh. I really can’t find anything bad about B, but it will depend on what you want from reading a magazine, I would prefer to read articles rather than just flick through a magazine full of fashion that I would never be able to afford in a million years, if you feel the same way then B is the magazine for you.
This is the first magazine (that i know of) to do a feature on women who cut themselves. This is a subject which is often avoided and shows that magazine had a strong sense of individuality and awareness of the world today. It does have its bad points, such as the amount of fashion, but the strong independant articles such as the 'Women Who Cut Themselves' makes up for it. The magazine is both attractive and informative, providing what the young woman of today wants and needs!
I don't know what B is trying to achieve. To be quite honest I only ever buy it if they are giving something decent away on the cover as I really could imagine why I would want to buy it otherwise. It doesn't have the class or finesse of magazines like Cosmo or Elle and I have read some of it and doesn't really jump out at me as great journalism. I can see that it should appeal to the twenties age group but I'm 27 and it doesn't charm me at all. I find it a bit dull and pointless
I have to admit to realising very quickly that I'm out of the age bracket this mag aims at....the question "do you sometimes wonder what it will be like to turn 30?" is a bit of a dead giveaway! Having said that, it was quite a tolerable read, and if I had been one of the Young and Beautiful with little to think about other than sex, fashion and a good night out, then it might be a mag I'd consider buying again. Actually, although B is definitely not aimed at the 30 something woman, and I did feel a little old for it, I liked the way it was put together and there were even a couple of fairly readable articles. One which stood out to me was about women who cut themselves, and was not sensationalised (other than the title page), recognised that it's something that up to one in every 200 women are estimated to do, and gave sensible pointers as to where to get help if it's something you or someone you know struggle with. It's just a shame that having mentioned Angelina Jolie as a well-known "cutter" they then did a page on her where her cutting was listed as "weird thing no4 about her" ! There *are* a lot of articles with little or no depth,and some which are of the "true confessions" ilk, such as you might find in Take a Break, but with prettier pictures, but as a light holiday read you could do worse. I liked the fashion and looks pages as well as the "web" which threw up (no pun intended!<g>) a couple of frivolous sites I might visit for a bit of light relief. It's a bright and attractively presented mag, a definite "glossy" but don't bother with it unless you just want something to glance at, or the gift is a good one (the free nail varnish set is what initially attracted me) or you are one of the 20-something Beautiful People....
I am one of those women who buy lots of magazines each month only to flick through the fashion pages and maybe occasionally read a few articles. I rarely buy the same magazine each month because I get bored with them easily. So, for a magazine to get me to subscribe to it has to either have a really good free gift for subscribers, or has to get me to read the whole thing! This magazine managed both! The gift for subscribers is always something really good. They've just done one for a free phone with really cheap rental AND free subscription if you take out the contract. They also had an offer for free sunscreen worth around £25 if you subscribed. I took out my subscription when they had lots of Oil of Olay stuff free. But whats the use in subscribing to a magazine you don't really like? There isn't, so I must like this magazine. The fashion pages don't include too much of that stuff that I can never afford. If I buy Vogue, which I like to at the pictures in (as if you can actually read it!!!) I am faced with clothes that I would have to sell all my worldly possessions to be able to afford a vest top! However B includes clothes from shops like H&M, Oasis, New Look, River Island etc. I don't buy the magazines JUST for the fashion pages though. I think one of my favourite bits of this mag is the This Life column which is light hearted and somehow rings true to me in some ways. A good columnist should always be able to get the reader to identify with them and she manages it remarkably! The articles are a mixture of light hearted banter, serious issues, personal stories and raunchy discussions - as well as diagrams!!! I like the way all these things are in one magazine, rather than having to buy one magazine for film reviews, one for fashion advice, and another for personal stories. I'd advise you all to go out and buy this magazine, even if some people don't agree!!!