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The Metro newspaper is just about everywhere in towns and cities, its in the boxes at train stations, the boxes on buses, on the train, outside in the street, pretty much everywhere, so you can always find it on your daily commute. I normally read the Metro while on my daily commute, i use the Stagecoach buses from Alfreton to Mansfield Woodhouse which have boxes at the front of the bus filled with the Metro. The paper is stapled, its not broadsheet and isn't much thicker than the i - a spin off of the Independent.
The paper is filled with ads but this is the way with a free paper and i actually think it's a good idea, it should because i get to read a free paper on the way to work which makes it less boring, in exchange for some ads next to the stories. The Metro does not always have some of the big stories, they tend to do their own thing and come up with stories that no other newspaper has. It's not really reading an ad mag but more like a website covered in ads, and then a small news story somewhere on the page.
The writing style is simplistic and at times, can be a little too brief with little detail. Most of the stories are kept short and simple, so much like the i it's a daily brief, nothing more. If you want heavy news stories in detail buy something else. Tariq Tahir is one of the main news journalists for the Metro, every newspaper just a few pages in theres a story written by him.
The Metro tends to cover a little bit of everything rather than focus on a lot of just a few things which does mean some stuff like the international news gets left aside so that things like Metro Talk where readers can send text messages to the paper or Metro Style where they cover clothes and fashion, can actually get a page or two to themselves. If it was a little more involved i would enjoy it more but i can't really complain for free.
The pictures are normally well printed, of good definition and are captioned at the bottom. The layout of Metro paper is like any other paper with main news at the front, lifestyle, business, everything else and TV guides in the middle and sport at the back. Overall a good paper, its free so theres nothing really there to complain about, and it is quite entertaining on the way to work. Its not like the Sun or Daily express filled with nonsense or gossip, and that's exactly what i look for in a paper, so good on the Metro.
I used to commute to London so read it every day on paper, now I work from home and so am able to read it online which has the added bonus of being able to enter competitions on their site at the same time.
The newspaper is free to anyone and its easy to see why. There are a lot of nearly full page adverts, the stories are written just like the Sun newspaper, and opinions are entirely one sided. Its a celebrity magazine in newspaper print basically.
The best thing about it is that it used to make the journey go a lot faster as there are a lot of pages, different sections and theres always something interesting to read about as well as the latest news.
The best parts are the entertainment, celebrity and film sections. I also like reading the music reviews, the article about a new dj or musician and the tv listings. Its a great way to find some new music and often they write about jazz albums or music Im interested in.
Another good thing is that sometimes there are free coupons for new products like breakfast bars, or other snack items that are easily found in any main store.
If you enjoy a good laugh, the main news especially london related, and music reviews then try this paper for free online or in paper form.
Its available at any station, on buses and generally on floors up and down the country. It also makes excellent guinea pig hutch flooring!
I use the Metro (the train not the newspaper!) every week day to get to school. This journey lasts around 30 minutes and I enjoy reading this free paper to make the time pass quicker. However, my local station has a bin where the papers are kept and this is empty pretty quickly in the morning so if you're trying to find a paper later in the day it will probably be one of the scrunched up ones stuffed down the side of the seats on the train.
This paper is completely free which is why I read it mainly. I find the huge adverts obnoxious, especially when they are covering the front page, so I wouldn't pay for it if it wasn't free. It does have a wide range of articles with a nice mixture of general and world news padded out with entertainment pieces. The front page is usually a doom and gloom article or something about X Factor which can be repetitive but I understand that this is merely a reflection of modern reality. The articles aren't mind-blowingly brilliant but I do enjoy the fact that the writing doesn't offend me like most pieces you'd find in The Sun or The Daily Mail.
Overall, the Metro newspaper is nice enough considering it's free and I would recommend it if you want to read something that isn't horrendously right-wing and closed minded but isn't bulky and awkward to read on public transport like most broadsheets.
The Metro is a free daily newspaper available from Monday to Friday often outside of public transport such as Bus Garages/Stations, Train Stations and some news kiosks. People often say nothing in life is free but the Metro sure is and its a great quality little newspaper at that!
On my way to College everyday I pass thorough a bus station in between changes from one bus to another. When I am walking through the bus station, I always ensure that I pick up myself a copy of the Metro and see many others doing so also, it is after all, a very popular newspaper.
Often, it is something to pass the time reading on the bus or other public transport but I also find myself dipping into it when I arrive home and discussing certain articles with my friends and family. Unlike tabloids, there is no real focus on celebrities and products. Instead the focus of the Metro is genuine, interesting news, the likes of which this country hasn't seen for years. It is rare to open up a newspaper and not be overwhelmed by celeb news and gossip as well as irrelevant little tidbits that frankly you would never really care or think about provided the circumstances were different, and yet this is the likes of which our modern tabloid newspapers are made of.
Instead of this, the Metro consists of an array of different news stories from across all of Britain. It also has many different adverts spread across the pages but the majority is consumed by actual news stories which is something I really admire. I appreciate that it must be difficult to bring out a daily newspaper with interesting things to read about each day, and you might even suspect that some of the stories are not necessarily current or may even in fact be repeated. But the reality is that each story is carefully crafted and written very eloquently, something I miss in popular papers (with papers such as the Sun acting as the forefront of news with 7,772,000 readers readers according to one survey compared with the Metros 3,287,000).
Now, you may suspect that because the paper is free it is somehow lacking in some aspects. This is far from the truth and it astounds me that people would rather pay money, even if it is only a ridiculous amount like 20p according to some adverts I have seen to read a load of rubbish, instead of making the effort (if you can call it that, even) to pick up a FREE Metro and enjoy much more challenging and hard hitting news stories. My favourite part of the Metro in fact, is that it manages to balance seriousness and humour in a perfect equilibrium to the point where when you have read so much you start to believe the World can't possibly get any worse, you then read a short exert about a penguin with human emotions or something equally as ridiculous! Variety truly is the spice of life and you can definitely say that here!
The newspaper can be found in 14 urban centres and localised editions are produced for Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.
According to what I have read the original premise of the paper was that it can be read in 20 minutes.
This does not mean however that it is lacks in information or interest. In fact the opposite is true. The Metro itself is divided into a number of sub-sections which are sure to please people of all ages and interests.
Metro World - brief news stories from across the globe.
Metro in Focus - a scientific review on a particular subject often involving explanation with diagrams.
Metro Talk - exerts from ordinary readers on topics they find meaningful with their name and location attached.
Metro 60 Seconds - an interview with a so called celebrity.
Metro Guilty Pleasures - The latest news from the celeb world as well as recent events in the entertainment industry.
Metro Life - the latest gadgets, games , skills, tv, going out, art and of course the token puzzle that accompanies most newspapers these days.
Metro Business - speaks for itself.
Metro Travel - news about local travel, the tubes etc.
Sports pages - a couple of pages dedicated to recent sports like football, cricket etc.
As you can probably tell from this very brief quick overview of the Metro, it is very indepth and packed full of interesting things to read. It is not uncommon for me to sit reading a copy of the metro and storing away interesting anecdotes I read for use in future conversations, as sometimes it is really that applicable and interesting.
As well as this, the Metro is not just limited to its paper version. It is also possible to get much the same news stories from www.metro.co.uk. There is also the inclusion of many more stories that are equally as entertaining and comprehensive.
The Metro is an excellent newspaper, loved at least by people I happen to know, and I hope many others. With such interesting, thought provoking and sometimes downright weird news stories it is hardly suprising that it achieves a daily readership of around 1 million readers, making it the UKs fourth largest daily newspaper after the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror. It is definitely something worth reading as well as something I often miss if I happened to forget to grab myself a copy during my commute. The writers are all highly skilled, and interesting articles are consistently chosen daily for your reading pleasure.
I first saw the Metro newspaper when I had to get the bus to work one day around three years ago and I could not believe there was a free newspaper on the bus! As I got off the bus and had to walk across town to get to work, I saw five people giving out the Metro and I was amazed I did not know this existed before.
The Metro is a free newspaper that is put on buses, at train stations, on tubes and handed out in the street in the early morning (8-9am is the best time to pick one up I find). It is the same size (dimensions) as The Sun newspaper and is roughly around 58-64 pages long. It is pretty much the same as something like The Sun (minus the page three model)and I find it to be an overview of all the major news stories.
It has a headline story, a little cartoon on the front, the weather forecast on page two, a 60-second interview with an author or someone famous, an arts & entertainment section, the day's TV guide, 5-7 pages of local classifieds, a dating page, horoscopes, a puzzles section, 8-12 pages of sport and lots of adverts along with news stories.
Most stories are half a page or less and there are adverts on just about every single page albeit full page or very small ads. I suppose this is how the Metro keeps itself going, through advertising so the sheer number of ads is understandable. If you keep your eyes open too there are often vouchers for McDonalds or Greggs or ads for special meal offers at the bottom of the back page.
I think the Metro is a great idea. It keeps everyone quiet on the bus or tube, it gives you something to do when you are in transit to work and you can keep up to date with the major news stories without having to spend any money. There are often funny wildlife photos in the Metro too so if I see the Metro, I will bring a copy home and cut out the pictures I like from it. I woudl say the Metro has saved me a fortune in buying newspapers as it is as good as a newspaper if you only buy newspapers to check out what has been hapening in the world.
If you rely on daily newspapers such as the large broadsheets or buy a paper for a specific writer, style of journalism, politics, opinion or business news then the Metro may not cut it for you. If you just grab a newspaper for something quick to read to keep roughly aware of world news, then the Metro will provde a great overview. Very recommended. And its FREE.
My interactions with The Metro are limited to the leftovers after the commuters have given them a good reading, because whenever I go to the Metro dispensers, there are none left. Admittedly I don't normally use trains until about lunch time, but it'd be nice if they printed more sometimes! Nevertheless, this is a great newspaper, all the more notable because, astoundingly, it is free!
It is published every weekday, and is surprisingly with-it for a free publication; it is incredibly up to date despite lacking the obvious resources of more lucurative newspapers, and it's amazing how they manage to keep on top of things. Also, the Metro has a very unifying London-esque spirit, which is certainly something the City needs given how insular everyone is. Also, the Metro is more keen to look at odd little stories that the more mianstream papers would choose to ignore, and all of the regular stuff you'd expect, like a letters page, crosswords and the such like are in there.
Indeed, my only complaint is that these things are so scarce to come by unless you're a very early riser which I certainly am not. However, few people seem to take them with them, and so if you manage to chance upon a fairly unpopulated bus or train, you're likely to eventually come across a copy or two (although by the time you find one you might near the end of your journey!). The paper is smartly written while not being snobbish, and doesn't have the same overt political agenda that many seem to have. It has human interest and "proper" news, and is perhaps my favourite paper!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THE METRO
The Metro is a free newspaper that can be picked up on any bus, train or other form of public transport. The chances of getting them decline as the day goes on as it is so good people will take them off the bus with them.
Got on the bus forgotten MP3 player, but it is fine because I can read the metro. It has all the up to date news for that day which I work my way through first, then there is a business section that I browse over but its mostly doom and gloom so I usually skip it.
There is a 'whats on' guide for people who do not know an area and a TV guide for those who are staying in that night. There are also puzzles to keep you busy if the journey is quite long. The puzzles aren't that hard but not easy enough that you can do them in seconds, there is usually a good variety of puzzles to enjoy.
I love reading the horoscopes although they are not everybodys cup of tea. Next to the horoscopes are the comic strips which always have me in fits of giggles, it is nice to laugh especially on a long journey.
THIS REVIEW IS ALL MY OWN WORK BUT I HAVE SHARED IT WITH OTHER CONSUMER REVIEW WEBSITES
I do not often travel by train - maybe only a few times a month for work. However when I do travel by train one of the only things I look forward to is picking up my free copy of The Metro.
This newspaper is excellent. The fact that it is available daily and is free makes people much more likely to pick one up - if I was a company looking for somewhere to advertise it is certainly a paper that I would consider. Each time I travel I see lots of people reading this paper and there is such consideration by people leaving it behind them on the train for the next peson to peruse and while away some time with!
The are various sections within the paper on a daily basis, such local info as 'whats on' and restaurant reviews. As a 'country bumpkin' of sorts I will turn to The Metro if I need to find a restuarant to visit - and in fact I have done so in the past quite frequently.
I find that they do not display such an obvious slant as you often get with the big daily redtops and they appear to be refreshingly honest in their views.
One of the best bits within the paper is the Metromail. This is such a funny read! There is a loyal bunch of people who seem to write or email in on a regular basis and you can often find people laughing out loud on the train as they read this section.
All in all a good read for (largely) unbiased views with some refreshingly honest opinions. The only downside which I can think of is if you do not catch an early enough train there is none left. Then you are entirely reliant upon the kind people who leave their's behind when they are finished with it!
Metro Newspaper is one of the best things you can get for free, you can pick up one of these newspapers on buses or trains. These newspapers are available Monday through to Friday and in a morning on the bus to work you will see at least one person with their head in this paper. When it is busy on the bus I find it hard to read when I have only a little room for manoeuvre so I prefer to save mine for when I have my lunch at work.
Metro has the usual items that an average paper has such as news articles, puzzle page and also a handy TV guide. I like the TV page for the section about the days TV highlights and I also like the bit about what Keith Watson saw last night although this may be a little useless if you find you would have enjoyed the programme described and have obviously missed it.
Advertisements are throughout the paper but not too many that make the paper seem empty. The puzzle page has Sudoku, a quiz and a Clockword Puzzle, horoscopes are also given on this page.
For anyone interested in the theatre etc there is an arts and Entertainment page which is very useful and shows various plays and gigs in the area. On a Friday there is a section reviewing the new cinema releases which can be very handy if you are planning a trip to the cinema over the weekend.
I would say that on the whole Metro is nearly as good as the average paper and in some cases it is better than some. Some days I could buy a paper and read it within a couple of minutes because it contains hardly anything.
This paper helps pass my lunch hour whilst eating my sandwich and I tend to get annoyed if there are no more Metro's left on the bus. Thinking what do I read now? Metro helps me keep up to date with what's happening in the world and it's free!
Metro is a free newspaper that commuters who use public transport in the UK's big cities can pick up and read on the way to work/school/whatever every weekday morning except on bank holidays.
The Metro is like a tabloid paper but is a lot more refined than rags like The Sun or The Daily Star. As it is free it doesn't have to stoop to topless photos or other assorted sexual imagery to sell it to people. It is also not sensationalist like the red top papers. It isn't even red it's mainly printed in blue, probably to distinguish itself from the other rags.
I usually read this from back to front so that whatever happens I get to see the sports news before I get to work. The sports coverage is very impressive and even more impressively they have a free fantasy football league this year where you can "win a slice of £50k".
What I also like about this paper is that each region gets their own localised version. This means, for example, that the jobs section contains vacancies for the region you happen to have picked the paper up in.
There are always "text in competitions" and funny little offers in The Metro that in themselves give it a nice character. Today, for instance, they were offering half price hot air balloon flights in association with Virgin Adventure Packages.
I really like the sudoku puzzles in The Metro as well. These have been a staple for a while now and are good for helping your brain to wake up at 6:30am on a cold, damp, miserable morning (what happened to summer?).
The day's tv is well covered, offering full terrestrial, cable and satellite listings. The daily "what to watch" often offers up little gems for you to look out for.
Also worth a look are "The Ridiculant", the irreverent daily look at what Metro call "stuff we found down the back of the internet". My recent favourite they covered in this piece was a cat and dog having a boxing match - http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a72_1238539879
The downsides? Obviously this newspaper is funded by ads and some of them are just plain dodgy. What's with the baldness clinic ad?!?! It's in there every day.
The film reviewer, a lady called Larushka, also gets right up my nose. She's such a stuck up ****!! If a film is not all arty farty or a chick flick she sticks her nose up at it. She is almost as bad a film reviewer as Jonathon Ross. I'd give this 5 stars were it not for her, she alone makes me dock 1 star. I hope someone lets off a string of right rotten farts at her next press screening.
Overall, how can I not recommend this? Although I wouldn't pay for it, this newspaper is more than acceptable for a freebie. It has something for everyone - celeb gossip, horoscopes, news, sport etc. Long may The Metro help us wake up on the way to work!!
There are three things that I love about the 'Metro' newspaper. They are
1. It is FREE
2. It keeps me up to date with what's happening in the world
3. It keeps me entertained on the boring journey to work each morning
So , that's it in a nutshell really.
I'll tell you why I look for this paper every morning and am a grumpypants if I don't get one...
What is it called ?
Where can I find it ?
At train stations and on buses
How much does it cost ?
Nothing, it is free, a freebie, nil point, no new pennies required.
What is it ?
It is a daily newspaper (Monday - Friday).
Oh, a freebie, so it'll be old news stories then ?
How wrong you are.
This is a very modern paper and it had all the latest stories, from world news, entertainment, celebrities, sport...
Any extra's ?
Yes, quirky stories that other papers miss, readers letters, readers texts, cartoon strips (Nemi and This Life), puzzles and quizes, tv schedules, weather, adverts, theatre news, interviews, and snipits of wierd and wonderful facts (no s**t Sherlock).
So why do I like it so much ?
I can usually get a copy every day as I catch quite an early bus on my way to work. I don't have to stop at the newsagents to get a copy, so that's very convenient. It is free (I like anything that's free).
It is a great newspaper as it really does contain everything I want in a newspaper (see above), yet it is not heavy reading. There is a great mix of 'straight news' and light hearted quirky stuff too.
To be honest if it were on sale alongside the other newspapers, this is the one I would buy.
So should I look out for it then ?
Yes, whenever you are travelling by train or bus. Even if you have already bought a paper give it a go.
It brightens up my day - I have been known to search the seats on the bus if there are none in the Metro box (by the luggage space at the front of the bus). I also watch people getting off the bus if they have a copy to see if they leave it, then I rush to get it.
I have been known to growl at the person ahead of me who takes to last copy.
Seriously, a great read and I give it 10 out of 10
It's free so pick it up- but my review is based on whether I would pay for it if wasn't being given away and the answer is a resounding No. I do pick it up and look thru it- but I am such an avid reader that if no alternative is available I will read the cornflake packet. I think this view is becoming widespread as it used to be the case that if you went to catch a later train there were none left and if someone put one down whilst on the train- the quickest person to react would pick it up - saying - have you finished with that? I went to the station on a Bank holiday Monday recently and there remained at the very least one hundred of the previous Friday's Metro. A couple of days later on the bus- I watched about 30 people get on at different stops and only one of them picked up the paper. If advertisers get wind of this they are going to have to change or they will be no more. So like I said- pick it up it's free- but don't be surprised if it's the only time you bother.
The metro is a free newspaper that you can pick up around public transport. There are normally baskets in which the papers are stacked where you can both take a paper or deposit a paper if you feel you have got all that you ar going to get out of it.
The metro is pretty much like most newspapers with the normal sections, such as main news, sports, horoscopes and puzzles. There is also a section for tv etc. Because of where you get the metro, the newspaper is perfectly sized if you are commuting so you don't feel you are intruding other people's space with massive sheets.
In my opinion the best feature of this paper is that it is free which is great. The drawback to this is that the quality within is not fantastic. In my experience however the reporting does tend to have minimal bias and is well reported unlike in a paper such as the Sun.
In fact the section in this paper that I most often turn to is the puzzles section where there is an original puzzle called the clockword. This puzzle resembles a dartboard and clues run from the outside to the inside. When you have completed all of the clues, they will spell a name around the outside of the puzzle.
This paper is great and should not be looked down at because it is free, it is a great way to passs time whilst commuting.
The Metro is a free newspaper available daily throughout the regular working week (not weekends or bank holidays) that is generally aimed at commuters using public transport. The paper is listed as being distributed in Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield however I pick up my copy in Coventry so it is also available in other areas.
It is generally found at various train stations as well as tube stations on the London Underground and I am able to get my copy from most busses in Coventry.
I have to say that as far as free newspapers go it is absolutely brilliant and generally provides me with enough material to fill the two to three hours I spend travelling each day. This is providing I get a copy as I sometimes find that if I leave for work later than usual (nearer 10am) then all copies have gone and I have to hope someone has left one lying around on the train (although this is littering!). This issue is however a distribution matter and only goes to show how popular the paper is.
In general I feel the paper is written with the intention of appealing to everyone. In my opinion it tends to be more light hearted than most main stream papers and has few in depth articles on serious matters. This is in no way meant as a criticism as the paper does manage to convey all news stories in an informative way.
A personal favourite aspect of the paper is the sports section. Football does tend to take up the majority of this section but the papers does cover all mainstream sports and I often find myself reading about sports I would ordinarily have no interest at all. This I take as a reflection of how well the paper is written and how interesting the vast majority of the articles tend to be.
As with most papers, the Metro has a number of sections that appear daily. These include:
60 Second Interview - a brief question and answer session, usually with a celebrity but sometimes with somebody who might be deemed as having something interesting to say - such as Ed Cooke, a "memory grandmaster" (Metro 20/05/09). It is very rare that I don't read this section and it is usually informative and interesting.
The Ridiculant which includes pieces on "stuff we found down the back of the internet". This is not one of my favourite sections as they seem to have some fixation with cats (!?) and feature a number of articles on them - something which I generally have no interest in whatsoever.
Guilty Pleasures - Usually a 2 page spread on the important events and issues surrounding celebrities. A good section if you're interested in that kind of thing!
Metrocosm - An article on science and discovery that is often very interesting and sometimes quite confusing.
A TV guide that not only includes TV listings but reviews some programmes from the previous evening as well as some programmes due to be aired that day. I find the reviews well written and informative and often read them about programmes I didn't watch or having any intention of watching.
Start The Day - Includes cartoon strips, a sudokus and other puzzles as well as a mini quiz and your horoscope or "Metroscope" as they cleverly put it!
There is also another personal favourite of mine - the letters page. It's always interesting to read people's views on matters (!) and there are usually a few humorous and witty comments to read.
The paper also regularly includes reviews on new film releases, music, travel, the arts and local restaurants. The film release and restaurant reviews I particularly take interest in and as a result I have watched films and eaten in restaurants that I might not have done and have yet to be disappointed.
The paper does contain a large amount of adverts and I guess this is how it is funded. However I don't think this is a particularly negative aspect and I find a lot of them relevant to me and worth a read.
Overall I think this is an excellent all round paper leaving me with absolutely no need to buy another in the morning. Although not quite the end of the world, I am always disappointed when I don't manage to get a copy on the bus or before getting on the train and I miss it on the odd weekend that I have to work.
The Metro Newspaper is a free tabloid paper available in the UK from Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. The Metro launched in London in 1999 and now is published in 14 cities in the UK including Manchester and Birmingham. The Metro can be picked up at most tube and rail stations each morning, but you usually have to be quick as some smaller stations run out before 9am. I like the Metro as it has a lot different news stories from politics to showbiz and sometimes it has some weird and wonderful news stories. This paper serves well as an informative and entertaining read and I prefer it to the other papers as I can pick it up at the station and its totally free! Although now the other papers do try and compete by lowering their weekday prices. If you want a good read on the way to work then pick up a metro.