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Say HELLO! To Bradgelinas New Babies
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Advantages: lovely photos
Disadvantages: simpering and sucking up to royals and celebs
I've never bought a copy of HELLO! magazine before, merely flicked through it at the hospital but I was one of the suckers who wanted to see the pics of Bradgelinas new babies which HELLO! had spent millions of pounds to publish.
HELLO! amazingly has a readership of almost 400 000 copies per week of their glossy magazine which normally retails at £2 per copy. This week they will obviously sell a lot more and have pushed the price up to £2.50. I've no idea who the readership are since I dont know anyone who buys it.
The front cover of this weeks magazine has a lovely full sized picture of Brad, Angelina and the new babies. Inside we are treated to a 17 page spread starring the Jolie-Pitt clan. The pictures are gorgeous, the twins clearly inheriting their parents good looks and the whole family look happy. The accompanying text is a bit simpering describing Angelina as never looking so beautifull or content despite her obvious lack of sleep and describing the couples close relationship.
The rest of the magazine is full of stories about the royals and soap stars. There are two royal stories, one about the opeining of the Queens state banquet room to the public again with wonderful pictures and a second telling us how Wills and Harry will revolutionise the palace. I dont really think hiring a new PR team is revolutionary myself and Williams helicopter gaffe we are told is all the fault of his senior officers. They manage to get it an indirect dig about Camilla here cleverly telling us that the princes were helpless to act as the royal machinary set the wheels in motion for their step mum to become publicly acceptable.
Celebrity weddings and babies are a HELLO! favourite. We learn that Scot Maslen (Jack in Eastenders) is getting hitched to his jewel Estelle and there is loads of name dropping going on as we learn how many of his 200 close friends on the wedding guest list are famous too. We also get to see pictures of a pregnant Gillian Anderson and Charlotte Church.
We also get an inside glimpse of the Cartier Polo event. Obviously HELLO! doesnt care about the sport itself but there are loads of glossy pics of the royals including Prince Charles (without Camillia!) and celebs wearing nice frocks.
Theres also a limited fashion spread, a poor TV guide offering no regional variations and some recipes. The recipes dont escape the celebrity touch with Dr Christian Jessen and two minor celebrity chefs sharing their fish recipes.
HELLO! never criticises anybody within its pages. It's simpering and sucking up to the royals and minor celebs becomes extremely grating after a few pages. Everyone looks good, have wonderful relationships, wear lovely clothes and produce perfect children here. Even Paris Hilton, who we all love to laugh at, gets portrayed in a sympathetic light.
If you want to escape to a world where everyone is perfect then you might like HELLO! but I think I'll stick to reading old copies at the doctors from now on. I dont really want to hear how great the Royals are and I want to hear all the juicy celebrity gossip without all of the simpering and sucking up that goes on in this magazine.
Summary: Read it in a doctors waiting room near you