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I have been buying French Property News magazine ever since my husband and I decided to look for a house in France to renovate as a holiday home, with a view to eventually retiring to in the future. We found our house in November 2005 but continue to buy the magazine because it is so full of information and keeps us fully up to date on the various aspects of owning a property in France. The tax, financial and legal aspects are all covered on a regular basis, which we find really helpful whilst we're not actually living there.
The magazine features all the different regions and departments of France. For instance, November's issue has just been delivered and carries a feature on the five cheapest areas in which to buy property at the moment. They are the Limousin, the Auvergne, Burgundy, Franche-Comte and Champagne-Ardenne. There are still some great bargains to be found in these areas. The current issue also has articles about Drome in the southern Rhone-Alps, being hailed as the 'new' Provence, treasure-hunting in Picardy, skiing on the cheap in the Auvergne, and the British connection with Brittany, as well as one about the buyer's market in south west France.
Regular features include the letters page, the latest news, advertisements for new-builds as well as existing properties for sale, setting up business in France, insurance issues, help with the vocabulary of decorating terms - essential if you are renovating a property, and a questions and answers page. In this issue too, are various articles written by experts; this month they cover whether to move or stay put and improve a property, winter-letting, running a franchise, the new tax system for entrepreneurs, important advice about the French electricity system, French inheritance law and many other issues.
The magazine retails for £3.99 in shops such as WH Smith but we have a subscription that costs us just £7.50 for three issues, by quarterly direct debit; this saves us £1.49 per issue. This issue runs to 114 pages packed with information, punctuated by the most wonderful photographs of various areas and properties for sale. It has a great classified section at the back full of advertisements from tradesmen. It was in one of these adverts that we found a bilingual solicitor, based in Wales, who advises us on all aspects of French law and makes sure that everything we do is legal and complies with the French system. There are also articles written by people who have made the move which tell us of their experiences in renovating their properties, finding the right schools for their children, and whether or not they regret having taken such a big step.
At £3.99 the magazine represents great value for money; it's even more value if you take out a subscription for it.
If you like scooters or want to find out about them buy this magazine, it comes out about every 6 weeks and WHsmiths always has it or you will be able to order it from your local newsagents, In the back of the mag it has a scooter buyers guide which features over 250 scooters and tells the weight the speed and all sorts it also gives you a short discription and the price of each scooter. The magazine also provides latest news on parts and ant hting to do with the world of motering. The mag costs £2.99 and is well worth it i wish it came out every week i would buy it. This is the best scooter mag out there and covers a wide range of things to do with scooters.
Easyriders is the classic American motorcycle magazine. It is available in the UK, but only at 'selected' retailers. It styles itself ‘The Worlds No 1 Motorcycle Magazine For Men’. Why ‘for men’? Because the focus is not so much on the bikes as on the totty. The magazine, like the stores, has great coverage of everything Harley, with bits of Buell and Indian thrown in. New models are eagerly awaited and every possible upgrade and tweak is discussed in minute detail. Don't expect to find anything but abuse for UJMs and their owners. Gatherings of the HOG (Harley Owners Group)and other motorcycle related ride outs are covered and you can find out more about local clubs and events. The Rolling Thunder ride to Washington DC is always reported in depth. Daytona Speed Week receives acres of coverage, including one or two photos of motorcycles. There are some mildly amusing cartoons, jokes and anecdotes, but the magazine is now about photography. Beautifully designed and built frames are showcased, along with some of the best motorcycle paintwork you will see in any publication. Sadly however the magazine is like Playboy in that you really can’t get away with telling people you like it for the articles. Every detailed review on bike builds and restorations is accompanied by photographs of the bikes obscured or enhanced, depending on your viewpoint, by Playboy type girls. Women are not considered to be real motorcyclists, and this viewpoint is furthered by a ‘readers wives’ type section where photos of topless women are accompanied by bad prose comparing their first pillion ride on a Harley to their first or best sexual experience. Easyriders is about as far removed from a magazine for people who ride motorcycles can get without calling itself Martha Stewart Magazine. If you find a copy with pages stuck together it is unlikely to be engine oil causing your problem
. This has caused a problem for folk who are genuinely interested in the other thing that made Milwaulkee famous, as WH Smith refuse to stock the magazine, claiming that it falls under the category of 'gentlemans magazine' rather than motors. This is rather embarassing information to receive at the checkout on a Saturday afternoon with a huge queue behind, I can assure you. If you want to sneak soft porn into the house then this is one way to do it. If you really want to find out more about bikes and motorcycling, look elsewhere. http://www.easyriders.com
I was certainly excited as I climbed the stairs to their office above a chip shop in Chiswick. I'd never done anything like this before but I was confident I could handle the mission. They had told me that they wanted me to interview someone on their behalf, write an article and have my photo taken. How could an aspiring writer possibly refuse? I knocked on the door and walked into the hive of non activity that was 'Macho Motors 4 Men' magazine's creativity centre. I was shown into the editor's suite, well a bit partitioned off really. Nick smiled and twanged his braces, obviously a sophisticated sort of guy. I'd heard that he'd once read a complete book and this had set him on his career path. "Come in me bird", he said. He told me to perch on his desk and, while studying my legs, set about telling me what he wanted me to do. I listened intently. I was to interview the owner of the 'Used Car Of The Week', meet the magazine's Technical Wizard and also have my photo taken. Nick said he was sure I would make a lovely spread and fiddled with his loose change. "Right", he instructed, "Remember the four V's when you do the interviews." I got out my note book and licked a borrowed pencil in anticipation. "Very low top, Very short skirt and Very high heels" "And the fourth V?", I asked "Oh, erm yes. Have your hair so it looks like you've just got out of bed. Can you do that?" His coins clanked together furiously. "No problem, it looks like that most mornings", I answered. I could tell he was impressed. I wasn't sure what all this had to do with motors or a fourth V but I was ready for the challenge and trusted Nick's judgement. He obviously knew what his readers wanted. I went home to change and prepare myself. I then set off on the number 207 to do my interviews. I go
t a few strange looks as I tottered up the aisle of the bus, they obviously didn't realise I was a freelance writer. I was beginning to wonder if I should have left the two rollers in my hair or not. I reached the owner of the car of the week's front door, stepped over the empty milk bottles and rang the bell. Wayne answered and, after I told him who I was, he grinned. I noticed that he'd had bacon for breakfast. He took me to see his Geraldine straight away and said how much he loved her. With pride he introduced me and told me to run my hands over her body. She was certainly very smooth. I thought that Wayne's glasses had got quite steamed up but it could just have been a smear of bacon fat. So this was a typical Macho Motors 4 Men reader. He asked me if I'd like to do a quick internal. He pointed out there was lots of room inside. He said Geraldine had two in the front and three in the back last night. She was some goer Wayne told me as I bent over to have a good look, forgetting just how short my skirt was. "She's done well over 100,000", said Wayne as he glanced at my rear end. A trickle of dribble gently rolled down his chin but I could tell that he really only had eyes for Geraldine. As I was bending over a flashlight went off. The photographer, Snapper, had arrived. A real trendy guy. He'd just been to the hairdressers to have the latest Beckham Mohican cut but without the stripe. He said he was ready to take a few photos of me, the first with Wayne. The two of us stood together and Snapper said, "Undo a couple of buttons on your top". Wayne obliged exposing his MM4M T-shirt in an unusual shade of off white. "No, not Colin. You love". I looked down at my already well exposed cleavage and did as he requested. I noticed that the dribble on Wayne's chin had been joined by the bacon formerly lodged between his teeth. I then had to
climb on the bonnet of the car and they both kindly gave me a hand up. "Look sexy", said Snapper, "Really push your boobs out". I took a deep breath but wasn't too sure if he was getting enough of the car in his viewfinder. I was going to tell him but he kept clicking away so he must have known what he was doing. I looked up from the car bonnet and there was another guy walking towards us. He had swept back black greasy hair with matching finger nails, I noticed as he got closer. After a sharp intake of breath and a sniff he slipped off his anorak and said, "Hi babe, I'm the MM4M technical expert, Toby. Get your notebook and I'll give you the car's spec. I'll go slow cos (sniff) I know you babes don't understand it all too well". He winked at Snapper. Wayne's eyes were transfixed to my chest, the bacon now decorating his T-shirt. "Wayne's Geraldine (sniff) is a 1984 Volkswagen Jetta with a four stroke petrol engine, installed transversely, the cylinders are all in line (sniff). It's got a cast-iron cylinder block, five bearing crankshaft and a sheet metal sump. The valves are operated via a toothed belt and overhead camshaft. It does nought to eighty km per hour in eight point seven seconds and you've got great boobs (combined scratch and sniff)". He continued giving me lots of info while Snapper clicked away. Wayne had a definite river flowing now from his mouth and down his T-shirt, the bacon was heading rapidly south towards his rounded belly. After all of the technical info Toby looked at Snapper and asked, following a sniff, "Has the babe come across with the special photo yet?". They asked me to get up on the bonnet again. I had three lots of hands helping this time. "Now lean back, that's it, and gently stretch out your legs and ..." At that moment there was a 'Ping' and
my rose coloured glasses slipped off my nose. "Gosh!", I thought, "Am I by any chance being exploited here? Isn't this degrading to women in general to pose in such a way for the gratification of the likes of sad MM4M readers like Wayne? Am I just a sex object to them? And what has short skirts, low tops and high heels got to do with cars? Was, what they wanted me to do, the fourth V?" I pushed the glasses back on, "No, surely not". I finished all I had to do and was ready to head back to the bus stop. Toby gave me a lift in his mini, the dashboard covered in fluffy blue nylon. He accidently touched my leg each time he changed gear and told me how he liked to give his women a good time. "Take last night. I took this babe to the pub and then afterwards bought some fish and chips. On the way back to my place, when the traffic lights were on red, I slipped her a portion and she was well satisfied by the time they went green". I felt relieved once I was on the bus. I wonder what my boyfiend would have said when I arrived back at my flat? He's just a normal clean cut guy. He'd probably look up at me over his Financial Times and exclaim, "Surely you didn't go out like that! You look like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards. Look at your skirt it's just below your ..., well it's so sho-o-rrt and look how lowwww your top is. Did you really walk about like that?" I imagine he'd be in quite an excitable state and would come over to me with that familiar expression in his eyes. Even Audi drivers get turned on by MM4M babes. ;-> Kay Factfile: The latest copy of MM4M has 525 pages. 400 are adverts, 25 are features including important issues such as, 'Does your girl prefer it in the front or the back seat?', 'Are big bumpers really necessary?' (this is illustrated with a Pamela Anderson
look-a-like), 50 pages are of shiny cars and the remaining pages are of MM4M 'babes' photographed with their favourite car or accessory. If you are a macho man you may be able to get a copy at your local newsagent. Just tell him or her that you are a bit of a banker. P.S. For balance purposes I would point out that not all motor magazines are like MM4M. Some are well written, factual, of interest to genuine motor enthusiasts and are excellent value for money.
We have got a sierra cosworth for sale and couldn't decide which magazine would be the best one to advertise it in. After a long debate we decided to go for Exchange and Mart. It seemed like the best one at the time with lots to offer. I checked out their internet site and found it very easy to find my way around which was one of the reasons we finally chose this particular magazine. I read through the terms and conditions of making a sale and opted to put the car on a hold til sold advertisment scheme. This meant that until the car had sold it would appear in every issue and on the internet site. This cost £89 to do this which we thought was quite alot of money but we wanted to sell it so we paid it. It said on their site that we could place our advert over the internet which was ideal. We wanted a photo of our our car to appear with the text but the way the terms and conditions read it was as if £89 included a photo. Later on after paying the money which we were told was non-refundable even if the advert hadn't been published (what a con!) we discovered that this money didn't include a photo. I phoned Exchange and Mart the next day and explained the situation and the fact that we wanted a photo aswell as text. I told them the way the site had worded this particular way of advertising said that the price included a photo , to which they agreed but said that they couldn't refund me the money. The only way to get a photo was to pay another £69 on top of what we had already paid. What a rip-off there was no way we were doing that. I had a huge row and still got nowhere with them. I phoned them for the following 3 days and they finally backed down and agreed to put a photo with the advert for no extra charge. About time as it was their fault in the first place , since this incident they have re-worded the way they advertise a hold til sold advertisment to avoid confusion in the future. ( I SHOULD THINK SO TOO ) Any
way we eventually had sorted it out and I was asked to email over a photo of our car . I did this right away so that it was all done and dealt with. On the thursday when the issue came out with our car in my partner went to the shop to buy it and discovered when looking at our advert that they had used a library photo not our one. This was the final straw and I got straight back on the phone and went absolutely mental at them. I was told that the photo was sent at the wrong size (pixels) so therefore they could not use it , nice of them to let me know!!!!. At this point I demanded a refund because I didn't want to advertise with this company as they had caused me nothing but grief from the beginning. They would not ablige so I had no choice but to send the photo again and go ahead with the advert because I wasn't losing £89 because of their incompetence. When the next issue came out our car featured in it but it shouldn't have taken all that time and all those phone calls for them to get it right. I will never ever be advertising anything with them again and I suggest to all of you who are considering using them to think twice because they aren't all they are cracked up to be. I would like to hear from people who have recieved a decent service from them as at the moment I don't believe such a thing exists.
i am 18 years old and have always been interested in fast nice looking cars! like most people my age it was a dream that i could never ever afford to fulfill and instead i have a standard nova. Now i have been buying Max Power for quite a while and i enjoy looking at the cars, and ok yes the women arent bad either, but are they really neccessary?!? I think that lately the magazine is getting more pictures of women than it is of cars, and no im not gay i just like cars and that is the main reason for the magazine. Also there is no age limit on the magazine so anybody can buy it and it does have some quite revealing pictures in! In that respect the pictures are probably not the poictures that parents want their children looking at#! The magazine has some really good nice looking cars in and is layed out in an interesting way. Whenever there is a picture of a car there is always a specification of the car and a description of how the car ios modified. Some of the cars are outstanding but the centre of attention again seems to go onto the "sexy lady" standing next to the cra rather than the car. I can understand that this is obviously a very good selling point of the magazines target audience (lads between 13 - 18) but i believe that it is turning away other potential readers eg women. At one time it was only really boy racers that did up their cars to make them look the bo***cks but within the last few years there have also been a lot of girls doing the same. I believe that perhaps these people would buy the magazine and would like to feature their cars oin the magazine but are deterred by the pictures of half naked women. Lets face it how would you feel if your girlfriend was staring at other girls in car magazines?!? I think that it is about time that Max Power went back to featuring what the magazine was made for instead of turning it into pervy magazine!!
This magazine has it all it is THE best car magazine in the UK without a doubt. It's packed full of high-performance cars with detailed pictures and full specification listings. In addition to this it also has many pictures of extremely nice women on almost every page which is sure to keep any man interested in reading it. There are a lot of featured cars each month, with the most impressive being on the front cover and having the main story in the mag. There are always plenty of pictures of the outside and inside of the cars, and there are usually interesting interviews with the owner's of the cars. It also has got a question and answer section for anyone who is having any problems modifying their cars. And usually the answers are spot on. The max power lads also throw events called "Cruises" where you can go to see your favourite cars live. And of course the women. See you at a cruise then!! Thumbs up to Max Power for a great website too: http://www.maxpower.co.uk
Maxpower is the god of all car mags. The cars shown in maxpower are always of a high standard and it also covers a great variation and range of vehicles. The reports on each vehicle are proffesionally written and full specification for each car is always clearly documented. The Pictures shown are always great with superb inside and outside shots that are enough to make your mouth water. The magazine also covers car events that have been held and pictures and interview from these events or "Cruises" are shown in the magazine. Maxpower has also got a superb list of parts and accessories that can be purchased from various autopart dealers. The only fault that I can find is that it may not be suitable to young people as scenes of nudity and strong language are shown and written but with me being a 18 year old it adds to the fun.
As a loyal Volkswagen owner, I like to read the occasional VW related magazine. I have found VWM to be the best, since it manages a better mix than the more flashy titles like Performance VW (I don't buy a car magazine for the gratuitous pictures of women draped all over fast cars) to the very dry Volkswagen Driver (previously Volkswagen Audi Car). VWM has a good mix of articles about standard cars mixed in with the stories about the modified ones. The Golf GTi unsurprisingly gets a lot of coverage, with so many owners keen to modify their's to get that extra few bhp, or merely to add giant wings to it. If you like Beetles, then this is the magazine for you, since there always seems to be at least one article about them each month. Personally I've never been that keen on them, and can't see what all the fuss is about... One annoyance with VWM now is that it is packaged in a plastic wrapper, so you can't browse the contents before you buy it. This can be a pain, since the front cover always has a list of the vehicles that are in that particular issue. You might think that this would help decide if the mag is worth buying, but you typically find that even the smallest article is enough for a car to be mentioned on the cover. As I drive a relatively rare VW (the Scirocco), I don't like to buy a magazine that claims to have articles of interest, only to find that the sum total of the article in question is all of 2 lines of text. This is a good magazine for anyone with an interest in all things VW, but it's not really the kind of magazine you buy every month (there are only so many articles you can read on modified GTis!). Not knowing the contents makes it even harder to decide if it is worth a look.
This magazine has got to be THE best car magazine in the UK. It's packed full of high-performance machines with detailed pictures and specification listings. It's also got quite a lot of humour throughout (well come on, even their slogan is "the definitive guide to arsing about in cars") which in my opinion is a good thing in a magazine as it keeps you reading. In addition to this there are also many fine women gracing the pages which is sure to keep any man interested in reading (or looking at) it. There are a few featured cars each month, with the most impressive being on the front cover and having the main story in the mag. There are always plenty of pictures of the outside and inside of the cars, and there are usually interesting interviews with the owner's of the cars. The mag also contains a few other editorials each month - for example, the March 2001 issue contains an article on drugs and driving which contains alot of good information on driving under the influence of drugs and the effects of doing so - they even had people driving on a test track after taking 4 different drugs (ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol) to SEE the effects each drug had on them whilst driving. This was done by performing tests of their driving skills before and after the drug taking. The number of advertisments published in Max Power is around average for this type of magazine, as there are a good few of the usual parts, spares, and in car entertainment ads scattered throughout for any people looking to modify their cars. However, this isn't too bad and is quite normal for a car magazine as alot of people buy these magazines just for the ads, ie/ looking for a cheap cd player etc. Aside from these ads, there isn't really much in the way of other advertisments in the mag, which is a good feature. Overall, I think Max Power is a great car magazine and should be bought monthly by any car or in-car entertainment e
nthusiast. Thumbs up to Max Power for a great website too: http://www.maxpower.co.uk
If you have an interest in cars and you want to make your own car a little more individual pick up max power. It has some really cool ideas and some of the best modified motors about. I recently bought Fast Car and in comparison to max power it is just really dull the writers just do not know what they are banging on about much like the presenters of top gear. I for one love cars and at the moment i am making my nova look how i want it to look as opposed to the way the manufacturers want it to look. Max power has some really good writers and featurers cars that you own so it gives you ideas for your car. Next time you are in your newsagents for a great read pick up max power it is a quality mag for your money and theres always a free gift!!
IM SO MAAAADDDD.......what is it with you pathetic car magazines??cant you gain the attention of the MALE brain with the gorgeous cars you feature alone?? NO!you think adding a bit of tit to every other damn page is what men need to even buy your flippin mag. im so ANGRY! YOU DO HAVE FEMALE READERS YOU KNOW!! see but im happy to drool over the pictures of supercars in your articles,at sexy alloy wheels,and gear knobs that would cost me a weeks wages! get the point yet? we arent interested in the topless babes...YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT MEAN MACHINES.....WHERE AS YOU SHOULD REALLY BE ADDED TO THE FILTH ON THE TOP SHELF!! ive had a commentary on this opinion asking if i can give examples...so with pleasure.... sept issue of max power:turn the first page and you'll see an advertisement for a new caramel and nuts magnum bar,headed"FOR MEN ONLY"...shows a photo of the middle body of a woman with the magnum bar shoved down her nickers.the caption"GOT THE BALLS TO GO FOR IT?".....this i take as maybe only a BIT sexist Walls you should be strung up for this i wouldnt fancy the poxy magnum after it had been down 'you know where'are you getting desperate to flog your ice creams or something??dont tell me your overrun with men buying your ice cream after seeing that ad!!! turn to page 2,oh theres some boobs....it says Page 20 Gemma Jones-nipples you could play with all day and not get bored.......am i making my point yet??? looks like the surgeon made a bodge here love you're a bit east and west!ooh about 5 pages of cars then youve got the feature named 'ER IN DRAWERS'...blokes send in pics of their nearly naked birds....Page 20 two page spread of the girl with the compass boobs....you know east and west....a section where you can get your questions answered...haha,..its called the T.I.T.S(the Tuning Industry Trouble Shooters)....i could drone on but i think thats Max Power covered. <br>Fast Ford is pretty much the same.....i mean tell me what has a topless bird got to with alloy wheels???id love to know!C'mon mags you have some great content on the car side of things but over the years you've dropped to gutter level.....playboy has more class!! (im not a severe prude but if i pay for a car mag i expect cars for the price not female body parts prodruding from everywhere)
max power magazine seems a very well put together magazine with plenty of content and articles for the reader to keep themselves occupied for a long time. I have just recently started buying the magazine and not only found a vast majority of nice neat cars which have seriously ben tuned up, but also a fair few pictures of very nice ladys indeed. One of the funny things which i have noticed about the ads inside many to do with car wax of somesort they all have a picture of a beautiful woman next to it. im not complaining. However the magazine is full of articles and at the back is a section of second handers while there are already many pages full of alloys and kits for all cars. check it out if your into cars.
My son has a ford fiesta xr2 and wanted to modify it, but didn't know where to buy the exhaust, spoilers, wheels etc. Someone told him to buy Revs car magazine as they have information about modifying a car, and all the names and phone numbers of places that sell them, and do next day deliveries, he got what he wanted at a faction of the price of local high street stores. Now whenever he needs anything at all he just buys Revs magazine.
If like me you like scooters and you want a scoot mag well..... There is a mag just for you its called scootering and you can order it from your newsagent as well as finding it on the net at WWW.SCOOTERING.COM it has all you would ever need to know about scootering,now comes my moan it is a brill read but it can get a bit snobbish with the attension on all things vespa,but it still has loads on all other bikes as well as features on all scoots that have been on a test ride, so if you are thinking of getting a scoot this is the mag to buy.