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      26.08.2010 11:03

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      Super duper

      This mag is my guilty pleasure, packed with celeb gossip, though it does sometimes make me a bit grumpy when they go on about how skinny celebs are and then you turn the page and if they have a slightly rounded tummy they are wondering if they are pregnant etc. So I feel guilt, but I love to buy it! there is no space wasted in here, full of pics and articles not much wasted on ads. great celeb fashion and high street alternatives that are friendlier on the pocket, and as is regular publication it is bang up to date all the time. good beauty section, again often good alternatives to the pricier brands which celebs use to achieve the same or similar look. they get some good celeb contributers too, and they seem to be less bothered abotu Big Brother these days, thank the Lord. no TV guide which for me is good, I don't want pages wasted on that.

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      02.03.2009 11:51
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      NOW Magazine

      The time is NOW

      Now magazine is a celebrity gossip magazine. It costs £1.30 per week.

      Now is my guilty coffee break pleasure. From looking at the front cover you will see that the magazine is always glossy and shiny and features about 6 or 7 celebrities all the front, all with various headline grabbing captions, teasing you into wanting to read more and thus having to buy the magazine. At £1.30 it is not as costly as some other gossip magazines, such as OK or Hello but it is a lot thinner and not as good in my opinion but if you're after a bit of gossip and a bit of fashion, then this is the magazine for you!

      The first 20 pages or so feature the stories that are alluded to on the front page. These are accompanied by lots of glossy photos and about half a page of text telling you about the story. The photos are of quite a good quality and definitely taken with the story in mind. For example, this week we had Louisa Lytton (Ex-Eastenders) in a bikini in Dubai, Jordan and Cheryl Cole in LA and Denise Van Outen planning her wedding. The stories and generally very up to date and topical and feature the soap opera type stars/pop stars that are famous today. They do also feature quite a lot of the Hollywood stars as well so you get a bit of everything in this magazine.

      What I like about this magazine as compared to some other cheap gossipy ones is that they do include quite a bit of fashion in it. They generally always have two pages which are headed, "The week in Fashion" where they have stars and the clothes they wore to different events during the week. It's quite nice to see all the pretty expensive dresses and shoes and rate who looks good and who doesn't! They also have quite a few pages of fashion from the high street, so things that the average person can afford. They often do a page where they put a look together. THis week for example, they had, "New ways to wear denim," which featured tops, jeans and bags as well as photos of famous people wearing them to show that the pieces are on trend and that it's what to wear right now.

      They also cover quite a bit of celebrity tit-bits, gossip etc such as "LoveBites." This section tells you who is now dating who, who has broken up and who is back together etc.

      They have a few interviews in the magazine too where they will pick a celebrity from tv or the like and then ask them questions such as their current projects, what they are hoping to do in the future etc so if you like that person you can find out quite a bit about them.

      The other thing I like about this magazine is that they have a really good beauty section in it. They generally have a special Now promotion where they test out a new product and show you how it works for your skin etc and how to put different looks together. This week they featured Olay Touch of Foundation and put it on a girl with fair skin(me), medium skin and dark skin. THis was great as it's like they've tested the product for you so all you need to do, if you like it, is now go out and buy it, safe in the knowledge that it is right for you. Now generally always features some great make up products too.

      One of the other things they have in this magazine is always a real life story too which is nice and a bit different than reading about celebrities all the time. THis is generally a teary story or one of hope and determination and always quite interesting to read.

      As with most other magazines, Now offers a competition is every episode (this week you can win a holiday), a problem page with Dr Dawn (usually quite funny), diet news, puzzles, horoscopes and a tv guide.

      All in all, I would say, if you're looking for a light hearted magazine to read during your coffee break (as you will probably get through this magazine in about 30 minutes) then Now is the one for you!

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        09.02.2009 16:48
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        A worrying influence on how women perceive health and body image

        NOW magazine is unfortunately going to bear the brunt of my worry regarding womens magazines as it is the one that has most recently annoyed me!!!!

        NOW: What is it?

        Now magazine is a lady magazine that apparently "Brings you all the celebrity gossip". It will cost you about £1 and for that you will be transported into the world of celebrity's, fashion, beauty, horoscopes, advise, photo's and competitions.....not bad eh! The magazine is in full glossy Technicolor and is tea proof (I spilt mine and not a single drop infiltrated into Holly Willoughby - who, by the way, loves wearing hi heels during sex - according to the headline! Nice).

        What are the articles like?

        And so my rant begins. Now maybe its just me and I may have missed the point regarding these magazines, but NOW magazines articles were full of inconsistency's all the way through the magazine. Articles were contradicting each other and for me, were sending out a worrying message to anyone reading them.

        For Instance, In the last issue I looked at, there was an article on diets and healthy living. Now this article was actually brilliant. It looked in some detail into the psychology of why people over eat. It offered supportive websites, provided a healthy eating plan; including some recipe ideas and also looked at an exercise plan for helping to tone up. Now I used to be a personal trainer and my degree is also in nutrition so I have a keen eye on all things health related. This article was giving out good sound advise for those reading...........................so what's the problem?

        Well in the same magazine there was a double spread with pictures of celebrities who had apparently "put on a few pounds". This was ridiculous as ALL of the girls in the picture could never be described as over weight AND in my opinion were either bang on the weight they should be or in some cases were underweight! How can NOW magazine get away with this? The pictures that were taken of course were all cleverly designed to show the worst possible exageration of this perceived weight gain. There is not a person in the land that at some point at the wrong angle and the right amount of shadow may not look there best. For me all of the good work that occurred in the article on health and fitness had been lost. Way to go NOW magazine, your really helping women across the land to have a healthy perception of healthy living and perceived image.

        And so to the next article, an extremely frail looking Cheryl Cole was apparently looking "Fabulous" on a night out in London. You could have played a tune on her ribs they were sticking out so far, and the article actually said "She is looking so much better after her recent weight issues". Well done NOW magazine.....now the 1 million regular readers have been given a stick thin example of what is apparently not just normal but "fabulous".

        And so the trend repeats itself throughout the magazine, page to page, air brush to air brush, on the one hand saying how beautiful people look, then slagging them off about their weight in the very next edition. It comes as no surprise to read that half of these famous icons have serious issue with eating disorders and/or having surgery, because the reality of their lives is they can never live up to the pictures that are projected in these types of magazines........and in an effort to try, they develop serious physical and psychological problems. In conjunction, the girls reading these magazine are propelled into a world where image appears to be paramount to success or failure. Surely magazines have a moral responsibility to preventing this?

        Here is an extract from the Royal College of Psychiatrists depicting some of the issues relating to image perception leading to eating disorders.

        This girl thinks Marilyn Monroe is great. She hates Kate Moss. She thinks Kate Moss is thinner than she is.
        The girl with anorexia is convinced that she is fat even though she is not. She is so fixed in this belief that it seems like she is being stubborn, or stupid. In fact she has her back to the wall.
        She has to be the thinnest person in the world. It's the only way she can survive. She's on a knife edge. Too fat and she has to face the world. Too thin and she dies. Being in the world is so awful she would rather die.


        Any form of media has an effect on the way that we think about a subject and I just think that magazines like NOW should understand (maybe they do?!?!?!) the moral implications that some of their articles have upon peoples lives.

        Would be interested to hear your thoughts,

        Logan

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          02.10.2008 15:33
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          Okay for a journey or to kill time on your lunch break

          Now Magazine

          I am rather partial to a celebrity trashy magazine every once in a while, and my two favourites are Heat and Now. I have decided to buy both and review them, so this first review is for Now.

          The issue I have bought is 6 Oct 2008, and it cost £1.20.

          The front cover advertises stories on Jade Goody and her new agony following her hysterectomy; Brangelinas crisis move to germany; Kym Ryder trying to get her partner to commit or it is all over; and Myleene and her "Quickie wedding secret".

          The first 3 pages inside the magazine are adverts. A Next advert, which already loses points for me, I hate magazines that are full of adverts, especially a double spread advert, it just seems a waste of gossip inches to me, and then a Head & Shoulders advert.

          The next 15 pages of the magazine show the stories advertised on the cover, all of this weeks celebrity gossip. Then there are 4 pages of outfits that the stars have worn this week on the red carpet. This consists of mostly the cast of Desperate Housewives.
          There are two articles on the whole magazine that are not about celebrities, one is about a girl finding out she had breast cancer at a wedding dress fitting, and the other about a girl who killed her 4 year old who had cerebral palsy. The rest of the magazine is pretty much taken up with celebrity stylings and gossip.

          There are 18 pages of Fashion, starting with the Hotlist - this weeks colour to wear, which is apparently hot pink. Then we are told it is the week to try the Layered look. There are 5 suggested outfits to copy, and a couple of celebrities showing how it is done.
          Style Stalker is where readers write in and ask where celebrities got their clothes from, so if there is a particular dress you liked on Eastenders, you can write in and be advised where it came from.

          Next there is a bag review page. I am a bag fan, and there are 30 bags or so being suggested, apparently the brighter the better! They are a bit too bright for me, leopard print isn't my cup of tea.

          To be honest, I find the fashion pages a bit dull. Considering most of the magazine is about celebrity gossip, you can check out what they are wearing on all of the other pages, nevermind dedicating 18 pages (including some adverts) to fashion.

          We then move onto Beauty, there is a special on boobs, and how to love them. This includes advise on getting a boob job. Hello? I thought this was about loving your boobs, surely you should be encouraging people to love what they have got, big or small, instead of encouraging them to get them changed.

          There are some reviews for shine serum - surely they should know you can get some good reviews for that kind of thing on dooyoo? :-)

          Problem pages - these are always great for a laugh. Ask Dr Dawn - is a bit disappointing, there are only 2 questions on there. Luckily there is another section - Agony forum, this sounds more interesting. This is all about sex. There is even a dilemma that the readers of the magazine can write in and give advice about.

          Holiday news and this week focuses on Siena in Italy and has some good deals and suggestions.

          The rest of the magazine is a bit of a hotchpotch of Horoscopes, a recipe for chicken Caesar salad, some readers comments, whats on TV highlights, and an interview with an Ugly Betty Star as well as a fair few adverts.

          In total 100 pages of magazine, including the front and back cover. With 31 pages of that taken up with adverts, that's 35% of the magazine on advertising, quite a high amount I would say.

          The magazine is published weekly, and the magazine described above is a pretty average magazine. Depending on the time of year the coverage changes, so when Big Brother is on, there is a lot of big brother gossip in the magazine. This weeks has an interview with Lisa Snowdon who is currently taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, so I imagine over the coming weeks, this television show will be featured heavily.

          For £1.20 this magazine is not too expensive, it is not the cheapest celebrity magazine out, and I must admit, I have thought it was thicker than other cheaper magazines and therefore would contain more articles, but since counting the number of pages taken up by adverts, it has opened my eyes a little, and I might try the other magazines and review them to see how this compares in actual article space.

          The magazine passed a lunch break for me, I definitely wouldn't bother buying this every week as there is only so much fashion and celebrity styling that you can take. A recommended magazine to take on a plane, or a bus journey to while away an hour or so.

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            31.08.2008 19:52
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            Not A Great Mag!

            I've just bought a copy of Now magazine, dated 1 Sept 2008. The magazine is priced at £1.20; 'Now' seems to have increased in price recently. It wasn't long ago that a copy was just 95p.

            There was a time when I could find myself reading around 10 magazines a week, a ridiculous number when I think back on it. But I always found myself bored, especially on buses and other transport. In the past year I've developed a liking for literature classics, Pride & Prejudice being my favourite novel. I much prefer reading books to magazines now, but I still occasioinally pick up a magazine for some light reading. So today when I was at the local shop I bought this magazine. I don't know why I chose 'Now' magazine. The cover of this issue has Jade Goody on the front and I think I was quite interested to hear her story, wishing all the best for her.

            Now Magazine is mainly read by young women/teenage girls. It is always packed with celebrity features and fashion fixes. It isn't my favourite magazine and I was especially disappointed with the current issue. The content is limited and most of the magazine is dedicated to the daily lives of the nations most famous celebrities.

            The magazine is divided into 3 sections: Now News, Now Style, and In Every Now. The whole of the Now News section is dull information about celebrities and interesting reads seem rare. Now Style is usually better because at least it is of interest to the readers, unlike the first section which is wrapped up in the distant lives of celebrities. The Style section featutes beauty tips as well as fashion advice. The Now team try out different products and review them, although I must say I would rather log in to dooyoo for product reviews!

            I really like the 'In Every Now' section of the magazine. It is really varied and includes information on travelling, health and fitness articles, horoscopes, diet plans and lots more. Very little of this section if focussed on celebrities which is good.

            The magazine is a typical young women's read. It contains next to no intelligent articles and is focussed on the press, fashion and celebrities. It isn't really my thing and I doubt I will purchase it again. One article particularly annoyed me. They said that a celebrity looked to have put on weight and criticised her appearance. This celebrity is pictured looking happy and content, the happiest she has appeared in a long time. The magazine shouldn't criticise someone who is happy and healthy. Too many people are suffering from eating disorders and I hate the way magazines scrutinise celebrities bodies. Women can never win - they are either too thin or too fat. When will all this come to an end. If the same celebrity was to drop down to a size 4 the magazine would say she looked unhealthy and ill. Why can't they just accept these celebrities for who they are and stop running them down unnecessarily. No wonder so many women have body issues. I hate magazines that do this as I have had my own problems with my body image in the past, dropping too low in weight because of other ignorant people making rude comments.

            I don't plan to purchase Now Magazine again. There are so many different magazines to choose from and there are far better available than this one.

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              15.08.2008 15:53
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              Great magazine with loads of different topics and articles

              I have been buying 'Now' magazine as my preferred mag for the past few years.

              This magazine has everything in it that I want to see and read about during my 'chill-out' time and best of all it is only just over £1.00! (I think £1.10 now) which is way less than Heat Magazine and of course OK and Hello. The reasons why I find this magazine so good is that it has some good 'trashy' celebrity stories in it, but also has film reviews, makeup tips, soap updates, travel reviews, real life stories, fashion tips, and interviews. It is basically everything rolled into one reasonably priced magazine!

              I find that Heat Magazine is generally ok, but I don't want to pay extra to find that one third of the magazine is a TV guide which I already get in my paper. Also Heat/OK and Hello focus totally on celebrity pictures and interviews, and don't have loads else in them.

              Now has the fashion and make-up/hair articles but does not have all the adverts that Elle and Vogue etc. have, plus the clothes in them are highstreet and more affordable to the average person.

              I also feel that Now magazine is better quality than the likes of Closer and some of the other new weekly magazines. That's another thing - the fact that Now is weekly means that the stories are more up to date than the monthly women's magazines and you can keep yourself more up to date on the goings on in celebland!

              Now Magazine also has a great website where you can find out breaking stories as they happen, and it also has a lot of celebrity photographs and stories on there too if you haven't been to the shop to get the magazine!

              Overall I would recommend Now magazine to anyone who is curious about celebrity news and who wants other aspects to a magazine as well.

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              15.07.2008 23:20
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              Magazine that has a bit of everything! Great all-rounder!!!

              I was given a 6 month Now subscription as a present from a friend. I wasn't overly excited as I assumed it would have lots of adverts and not much substance. How wrong was I?

              Now is packed with celebrity gossip, interviews and real life stories. It also has a page hosted by Denise Van Outen, who I have always admired and think is very down to earth. Now has excellent articles on travel destinations and doesn't just focus on 'obvious' places. They also have their target group well-catered for and give the option of picking a budget hotel vs. the luxury option.

              Also included are a problem page and information on beauty, diet and exercise, including a look at the typical food diary of a celebrity (over a day). Now also run some really good competitions.

              I am delighted with my 6 month subscription. Unfortunately, it is about to run out so I may well have to renew it.....

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                Women are well known for gossiping. Just call it an inbuilt instinct. You only have to pass shelves in supermarkets and newsagents to see what I mean. There is a huge display of woman?s magazines containing page upon page of celebrity gossip, and there?s nothing I like more than snuggling up in bed first thing in the morning before the kids get up, and pick up the latest copy of Now. Now magazine has been around for a few years now, and although there is plenty of competition I have to say this is the only magazine I have stayed faithful to. It?s not particularly glitzy, quite simple in design and lay-out, making it just perfect for those times when you want to escape the daily rigours of life, if only for half an hour. Priced at £1.10, I remember when it was on sale for a measly 50 pence, but just like everything else that gathers a large community of followers, the price rises as quick as the weather changes. Still, not to complain, it?s worth every penny. So what do you get for your money then? Well, bucket-loads of gossip about the stars for one. Here you find out which celebrities have been up to naughty things, which one wasn?t wearing any knickers at the latest film premiere, or what Jordan has been up to. She features quite heavily in this magazine, you?ll be shocked to hear. Along the line of celebrity news there are a couple of exclusive in-depth interviews with famous stars. Recently, Cameron from Big Brother (if you can call him a star) laid everything bare in his warts and all interview, also Daryl Hannah is featured so you get quite a good mix of people in there. Plus, the good old public have their chance to grill celebrities. Here you can ask any question you want, the only thing is you can?t see them squirm when asked. Shame! To go with the gossip there are additional amusing snapshots of stars caught looking awful. This is great if you feel like trash on certain days and you can look heaven bound and th
                ank the lord that these people have to work hard at looking good too. Kylie does have cellulite; look there in that photo. Yippee! Again, Jordan is pictured, boobs on display lying in the gutter drunk to the eyeballs. But nothing new there! Taking us away from the sleaze, there are plenty of pages about fashion and beauty. Here you can copy the style of celebrity icons such as Posh Spice, Sarah Jessica Parker, or Kylie to name but a few. There are plenty of tips on buying their designer outfits cheaper on the High Street, so this gets a big thumbs up from me. Also there are plenty of tips and advice about beauty products, like what?s new on the market, and this season?s must-haves. For those who like travel there is a two-page special every week featuring a different hot-spot. Each country that?s featured has a big write-up about what to do, where to go, and places to avoid. Great advice for the discerning traveller. Closer to home, real readers get to tell their stories about real-life experiences, such as surviving a shark attack, re-living their stalking nightmare, to being raped. These reports sometimes make harrowing reading, and you wonder how they can bear all in their interviews. After reading these stories, you are left feeling that you have nothing really to complain about. Other regular slots are the ?Right Here, Right Now? pages. These make excellent reading as this gives the reader first-hand accounts of what certain celebrities have been up to in the world of stardom. Also there are tit-bits of saucy secrets, little hints are given away, but the name is never revealed leaving you to wonder who they are talking about. Every week there are film reviews so that you can read about new releases before trundling along to cinema. There is always a big review on one of the big films, here you can read about behind the scenes gossip, and find out more about the cast. Following on from films, you can read about upcom
                ing storylines in soapland. I like these the best. Then come the big belly laughs. The following pages take us to the latest celebrity bashes. Here you see the celebrities in a what not to wear line up. Some of them look hideous and think they look the bee?s knees. All to get their picture in the paper I think. Still, it?s worth a laugh. As with other women?s mags you get the typical cocktail of Zodiac Stars, fashion pages, prize crossword and the ever-helpful Agony Aunt Caroline is there to offer sound advice on any problems you have. Here readers get to voice their concerns about their failing relationships or other woes in their lives. Ok, all in all there?s nothing different here that you wouldn?t find in any other magazine, apart from there being far less pages of adverts, yippee! That?s just a waste of paper. I guess, for me it?s a hard habit to break and I have just got used to picking up a copy every week and chucking it in my basket. I am always kept entertained by reading this mag and it always gives me plenty to talk about with my friends. IT beats doing the housework.

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                  11.04.2002 04:14

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                  Now is full of excellent gossipy features - my friends always steal it! - Advantages: Not to lengthy, Never fails to get everyone in the office talking, Full of really good gossip - Disadvantages: Fashion tips are dodgy, You're done in ten minutes!

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                  Now magazine is one of the best woman's magazines out, it has been going for quite a while now and the price has gone up lots from when it started but as the price has gone up pages have been added. COVER _____ Every week this magazine comes out costing £1 which is clearly shown under the blue Now logo which is always easily spotted on the white background, a plain logo but easy to catchy sight of, very bold. There is a new celebrity on the front every week, usually the celebrity getting the main story on the magazine. It has the main story and a quote from it on the front also and then pictures of other articles and little descriptions of what the people are talking about. When the magazine is first opened there is the contents page and then when you turn the page the main story of the celebrity on the front should be there. There are some articles where they feature on awards ceremonies happening in the week such as The Grammy's this week where they have said who won and then showed pictures of what everyone was wearing, well the main people. Ater this there are again more articles on the likes of Anthea Turner and Bob Geldof, this is on the recent issue out with Denise Van Outen on the front. WEEK IN VIEW ____________ This is some of the celebrities out and about in the week, Cindy Crawford is one shown with her children, and there are many other pictures. There is an exclusive lot of pictures from George Michael's new video. There are the fashion pages throughout the magazine not all together but mixed, some taken with an unnown model of nice items in stores in a certain theme. Dear Now... is the letters page where people ask for fan club addresses, pictires, beauty tips where to get certain products or clothes. Reader Viewpoint is readers commenting on articles on previous weeks. After this there is an article on Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall whi
                  ch is interesting to see her off screen. There is a page after showing some cheaper designer lookalikes. Now STARSTYLE _____________ This is where they feature on one celebrities way of dress on or off television, this week it's Sarah Jessica Parker on her boho style in Sex and the City, they take examples of what she has worn in the series and try and find copies. BEAUTY BUZZ ___________ This is information about new products or how to get a certain look. They sometimes take something like lipsticks and a certain shade and show 5 of the best or things like that. There is a home section where they take a colour and show some things that would fit in a room this colour. They usuallty have some other beauty articles for either hair or makeup. TRAVEL ______ They pick one destination and they tell information about getting there, costs, good places there, and also pictures of the place. DINING ______ This is just a few recipes they give on a certain meal such as maybe chicken one week or either main pork dishes, etc that's just an example. They have health pages in here and fitness. ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE ___________________ This is where the critics give stars out of five and comments on a film and also say what it's about. This also has competitions this area and shows about book and videos out also the movies of the moment, top 10 good films out. There is also information on tv programmes in this section, as in what's going on. PARTY ANIMAL ____________ This is where they have a look at a party that has been on and take pictures and it's parties like premieres and awards. COUPLES CONFIDENTIAL ____________________ This is where people write in with problems in their life or mostly in relationships, and an advisor will help them out. Horocopes are in this magazine too. CONCLUSIO
                  N __________ I like this magazine it's a good read with lots of gossip and great stories at least interesting, it isn't like the bigger magazine where more adverts are shown than anything. It's not too expensive and it's just great.

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                    • "Very voyeuristic"

                    Let’s explain this little gem in simple terms. So, I’ve been teaching all day at school. Listening carefully, speaking when and where necessary and adding to the valuable and worthwhile discussion. And I’m the teacher not the pupil, she adds. So after a day of working with the priceless wonders (that’s the pupils to you mate) what does she want to do of an evening? Chill her boots that’s what! A typical example would be as follows (routine not necessarily followed): 1. Walk to corner shop 2. Walk to shelf. 3. Walk away from shelf. 4. Walk to shelf again. 5. Repeat as necessary (at least five times or more). 6. Pick up offending article. 7. Pick up shopping basket. 8. Pick up Toblerone, Lucozade (or Larazade – product-branding sweetie!) and packet of Frazzles crisps for fabulous après-dinner consumption factor. 9. Proceed to checkout. 10. Look rather embarrassed. 11. Purchase anyway. 12. Proceed to chip shop. 13. Order chips, sausage (battered), scraps – wrapped. 14. Look embarrassed (again). 15. Pay anyway. 16. Walk home. 17. Eat sweeties/snacks etc. before exquisite chip-supper whilst reading offending article (a sin you may say). The question, of course, in this entire blurb is – What is the offending article? Answer: Actually, not what you think it may be, but alas, in fact, NOW magazine!!! From the relative importance it obviously has in my sad, young life – NOW magazine is a symbolic lifesaver. Yes, I have GCSE’s and A-levels and even a first-class degree but strangely by reading this magical mag, I have now grown to appreciate the privilege of knowing and seeing at first hand some of the more important facts in life. From recent reading, I have now accumulated the knowledge of: 1. The preferred colour of Geri’s (Halliwell to you darling) swimm
                    ing costume. 2. The lip-‘product’ that gives Catherine Zeta ‘Douglas’ (I’m ahead of the facts luvvie!) a full and perfect pout. 3. Victoria’s (you know who that is!) wardrobe secrets. 4. Alleged silicone-implant victims (cannot be listed for legal purposes) 5. Who went where last week? 6. Who’s leaving who? 7. Who’s seeing who (both of the above all ‘showbiz’ darling and the leaving comes before the seeing – that I have learned)? 8. Who’s doing what with who (well, babies ARE the current trend)? 9. How much weight Vanessa Feltz/Sophie Dahl have actually regained/lost respectively? 10. What colour is the new black? Etc. The summary in all this being that NOW magazine (you get the sense of this stuff here?) has an important purpose in life itself. Contrary to mass-popular belief, I don’t believe that reading this ‘type’ of magazine means you have a sad, pathetic desire to see how ‘the other half’ live and breathe. I, like most people, read magazines like NOW because they are fun, friendly and completely, refreshingly trivial (for a change). NOW is a perfect anecdote to relaxing reading as it provides a look at people we look up to (whether we say we do or we don’t) as they are. Unlike Hello or OK, NOW acts a warts-and-all gossip-fuelled, ranting picture guide to all the personalities that life throws before us. Through glorious-colour and fabulously and thrillingly-spun editorial, the public is allowed to live and re-live their full voyeuristic and even narcissistic fantasies on seeing (what are really) ‘their’ peers leading the lives they lead as well. The Guardian newspaper recently reported NOW as Britain’s fastest growing weekly magazine read. At 95p a shot, long may this unadulterated pleasure/treasure trove of a magazine continue in a mad, mad world! Hats
                    off to the meaningless meaningful generation, I would say.

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                      25.07.2001 19:41
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                      I have been addicted to Now magazine for years. I still remember picking up my first copy and turning the pages with growing interest, wanting to see who is doing and saying what, who is going out with who....basically, i LOVE gossip! Now is filled with up to date pictures of celebrities at special events, or going about their daily business. I think i prefer seeing how the rich and famous live in private, which i am sure that they personally do not like, but i cant help it as i am quite a nosey person! I think that the magazine has quite a glossy feel to it, which is one of the reasons i prefer it over magazines like the National Enquirer. Now does have other content other than celebrities, but to be honest, i tend to flick through these as i am mainly interested in GOSSIP!!! The magazine is out weekly, which is essential to those who like me, are waiting till the next issue is one sale! It is also value for money in my opinion as it is less than a pound, and who misses a pound a week when they could gain valuable information about their favourite celebrities?! I have just been on holiday to Zante in Greece, and walked past a supermarket and saw a copy of Now and had to buy it because i find myself itching to find out whats going on with all the famous people if i dont get my Now fix! Some of my friends think that the magazine is just pictures of famous people and a waste of money, but if you have a nosey quality like me, and find that you are curious about the rich and famous, beware, as you may soon become addicted like me!!

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                        10.06.2001 17:40
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                        When I first went to purchase NOW magasine I assumed it would be like all the others, expensive with not much content. However, as I flicked through it's glossy pages I realised it was different. With gossip you want to know about, affordable fashion at shops you've heard of and ideas for delicious meals that even I can cook it's perfect!It has soap pages, horoscopes, crosswords and gossip galore it's great for people of all ages so go and buy it NOW!

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                          06.05.2001 18:50
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                          I've only bought a few copies of Now and really enjoy the read. What I didn't realise is that it has been around for some years. Iam normally too busy buying Take a Break and Chat to notice others. I actually bought it at Manchester airport I was looking for something cheap and cheerful. The cover attracted me as it is very glossy and has gossipy headlines. The price of 95p is very reasonable compared to some some magazines which are full of adverts. On this weeks issue's front cover it shows Mel B bursting out of her dress, not that I'm interested in that of course, there is Bridget Jones actress (Rene'e Zellweger) looking very frail and waif like. She really doesn't look good. Inside it shows her at three different stages of her weight, she is dressed in a bunny girls outfit on one, there she doesn't look too bad, the next picture she is looking good, but the third is where she is looking skeletal. Luckily I'm not that type of person who get's jealous of other womens bodies , but I do find it horrible when there is a stick insect peering back at you. I think there's nothing worse than a boney woman. There is an article about Hear'Say and full colour pictures of them. The title above them is "Shut up Mel C",this is from the bands member Myleene, Mel C is apparently criticising the band for being Manufactured and calling them one hit wonders. What if they are as long as they have had a good time, that's all I can say. There are some cutie pictures of Ronan Keating and his family,they all look very happy together. On the next page is Robbie Williams donning a black wig for his new soon to be released video mimicking Freddie Mercury. He will be covering the great song "We are the champions" along with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Brian Deacon Queens drummer refuses to have anything to do with it, he says Robbies version is
                          rubbish. The other articles are Style for Less, this shows a few designer items which are compared with more affordable items. There is a comparison with a Dolce and Gabbana belt which costs £85, yikes who would pay that, and a belt from Morgan at £7.99, there isn't that much difference either, it just goes to show that the designer labels are a con. You have the usual fashion pages , where you can dress like the stars for a cheaper price. There's also the beauty tips page, mouth watering recipes, and the weekly horoscopes page. I enjoy this magazine but then I only buy it every now and then. Maybe it would be too much buying it on a weekly basis,I would probably get fed up of hearing about Famous people.

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                            NOW you just can't criticise this magazine it's jampacked with gossip ,tips, problems, health, recipes everything a woman could want in her magazine. NOW also do a magazine called NOW Starstyle. NOW comes out weekly costing 95p. I love the magazine but my favourite parts are the letters with beauty spot, the makeup and fashion pages and problems. I just love it all really. The editor is excellent. I don't think the magazine is a lot of money considering it has a lot of information. I know lots of people that buy it and if you want to be in with the 'in crowd' then buy NOW today.

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