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Give me the kiss of life - I've died of boredom...
Member Name: pollee
Date: 30/06/01, updated on 06/07/01 (108 review reads)
Advantages: None that I can think of
Disadvantages: Expensive trash
****Update at the bottom of this op!****
It's a rainy Saturday afternoon - the rugby has finished, the pub has quietened down and in my post alcoholic haze I bought a copy of Hello on the way home as it has vouchers for a free newspaper every day for the next week and two bars of chocolate stuck on the front. Baragain I thought!!
One cup of tea and chocolate bar later the utter drivel inside this 'publication' has almost completely sobered me up. No longer do I find any of the men I was chatting to, drinking with, and cheering the lads on in Oz with, attractive.
Hello magazine has achieved more in half an hour than several cups of strong black coffee have ever achieved.
My £1.95 was not wasted, I got to gasp at what people were wearing to Boy Georges 40th birthday party, admire photo's of Gloria Hunniford at another opening of an envelope and weep with joy at the news that Samantha Janus is finally happy having had a baby with a man 12 years older than herself.....watch this space....
I'm not sure what I was expecting, having only briefly flicked through the pages (OK it was ten minutes) at the newsagents before. But the editorial content was conspicuous by it's absence. If you are in the market for a Dior dress then this is a nice little magazine to have a look at what everyone else is wearing, but if you actually wanted to learn more about the charity these celebrities are supporting then don't hold your breath.
There is not one photo of a child without legs due to landmines, not one poverty stricken family have been invited to eat the sumptuous buffet laid out on tables groaning under the weight of the food and the candelabras. In fact you will not see any children unless they have double barrelled names, are wearing party dresses, have blonde hair and alice bands.
There is always one soap actress getting married, although surely we must be running out of single soap a
ctresses by now, and at least one art exhibition by an artist we have never heard of where there are no celebrities but lots of 'old money'.
Yes - it is nice to see how the other half lives, but I don't want to see just the superficial party scene, I want to know how difficult it is to look glamourous for so much of the time, or how they balance the books at the end of the month, or how they treat their staff...
If nothing else this magazine confirms that I am happy to live in the real world, and although I must admit I would like the showbiz glamout occasionally, there is no way I would like to end up so shallow that I fret for hours over what hat to wear and change four times before finding the perfect outfit.
OK OK - on a first date I admit that may happen but not when going for a quick shopping spree.
All in all - a shallow magazine, for people who are unhappy with their lot and want to immerse themselves in someone elses life. My advice - eat the chocolate, get the free paper and read about real life.
If you have to read this don't pay for it, go and sit in the doctors waiting room for half an hour!
UPDATE - Just to check that I wasn't being unduly unfair and that I had been unfortunate to read a particularly bad copy of this I stood at the newsagents today and flicked through it for five minutes or so - this weeks copy is exactly the same as last weeks but without the free chocolate!
There was nothing of any substance, the soap stars were in evidence as was Gloria Hunniford - does she have a contract with these people??? And why is she always with Cliff Richard???
Anyway - no change to my opinion I'm afraid -Awful still stands!! :-)