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Newspapers. The Evening Standard is a British tabloid regional newspaper published and sold in London and surrounding areas of southeast England. It is dominant as a London local daily paper, with a strong City (i.e. financial) emphasis as well as carrying national and international news.

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      09.02.2012 22:52

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      only read it if theres nothing else

      The Evening Standard is a london based tabloid, it has some national and international news but it always seems to be focused on stories about the Olympics, Boris Johnstone and tabloid gossip.

      If you want a challenging read then this is not for you. I mostly read it when faced with long tube journeys, passing the time and maybe enjoying the reviews about the latest london play or celebrity interview. Today its Daniel Radcliffe and the Harry Rednap story.

      The writing is a little bit more intellectual than the morning metro, and there are a few more comment columns that are a bit more interesting to read than random celebrity stories.

      The only really good thing about this paper is that it is free, it publishes the same stories as the Sun and if you miss one then it doesnt matter as the same content is printed in the morning metro.

      If you want something to read and have forgotten your book then try this free paper. If you dont read it however you wont be missing out.

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      23.11.2010 13:40
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      An ok daily paper

      If you count yourself as a real dweller of London, then you will certainly never be seen without your copy of the Evening Standard tucked under your arm. Most people buy a copy on the way to or from work, or bring it with them to a bar on the way home. I personally just pick up one of the discarded copies, saving myself some money every day.

      The news stories in the paper are all based around London, there are the usual headlines, most recently the Tube suicides and Kate and Williams engagement. Then there are a few small articles about education, politics and general news of the day. My favourite part is the centre section on arts, reviews of films and gigs. This is the lightest part of the paper before you get to the business section.

      There is also the sports section which I never read. The articles are usually quite short, which is great when your reading on the go and dont have time to really get into one and miss your tube stop.

      The writing is quite upmarket but not so much that your bartender cant understand what they are talking about. The one problem is that its quite large and awkward, most people like to flap it in your face on the tube or bus. It would be good if they could publish one of those smaller editions.

      This paper is everywhere in London at commuter time, why not join in and pick up a free discarded copy and see what its all about.

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        16.02.2010 11:43
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        Overall this is a great free paper, to which I am hocked! Why not pick one up when in London, after

        The Evening Standard: Today's not yesterday's news

        First of all, unlike the description currently says, this paper is no longer sold at the 50p (10p late evening) price tag any more. In order to improve their circulation, this is now the free evening tabloid for those in London. You can pick them up primarily from bus/train stations, although they have previous street sellers distributing them for free in the evening as well.

        The first and most notable thing about the evening standard is the unbelievable number of adverts that create a surreally thick newspaper, for the amount of news. Every page is about 60% adverts, 40% articles. To be fair though, who can complain when the paper is free!

        The articles themselves vary from London to National News, Business News, entertainment news, and of course sports news. The main news section provides some extremely interesting and very well written news articles, on key topics which are often the focus on the expensive paid nation papers that people often buy. The business section also covers some really interesting and broad topics, and is in fact, more up to date than some of the main competitors as the papers are produced written until mid-afternoon meaning you get today's rather than yesterdays news! This is back by a high quality sports and entertainment section, especially great for those football mad Londoners!

        Overall this is a great free paper, to which I am hocked! Why not pick one up when in London, after all its Free!

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        05.10.2009 01:12
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        a far more satisfying read than any of the free papers, and better thanf the tabloids you pay for!

        The Evening standard has been a paid-for newspaper for nigh on 200 years; but that's about to change. From the 12th October, as you may have read, its going the way of the freesheet (but hopefully not the way of thelondonpaper) and will have 600,000 copies given away for free each day. With luck though, we'll still hear the ear-splitting shout for the "Eveeeeeeeeeeeeeening Staaaaaaaannnnndard" as its given away.

        As you might expect with a paid for newspaper relative to the London Lite (a free newspaper given out every evening - which I would scarcely use as toilet paper, even in meagre student residences), the quality is something you notice when you're used to reading free papers. Not only is there actually enough news to read to get you through your entire tube journey, but there's a lot of insightful (or at least providing a well-argued opinion) commentary and editorials both in the News section and in Finance, which for a dry topic is something I find interesting in the Standard! The glossy magazine supplements are interesting if you're into that kind of thing - Homes and Properly/Jobs etc. There are several editions and its updated as the editions get later in the day, with West End Final being the final and most current edition by the evening.

        They don't confine themselves to local news and there are equally extensive articles on news across the UK, in Europe and Internationally, with regular coverage of International events such as the G20 conference as well as anything closer to home within the Greater London area. There also isn't any dumbing down and frankly the only qualification the Standard has for being a tabloid is its size, rather than its content. There is occasionally some bias in its reporting - Andrew Gilligan against Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London for example, but typically it doesn't take sides. Worth the 50p, but expect scuffles for copies when it turns free!

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          19.08.2008 13:04
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          One of the few things I miss about London

          I live in London and I spend a lot of time abroad on business. I cannot think of many things I miss about London, but surely the newspaper "Evening Standard" is one of those very few, or may be the only one!

          The Evening Standard is published 5 times during the day, and it can be bought starting around Midday. I admire them for the fact that they bring you fresh news of the day with full coverage, photos and all the rest. Some time things happen at 10am and they are in the paper at 3pm.

          They only publish it from Monday to Friday, each day they have a supplement on a different topic. I like the one on property. I think it is fair to describe them as a local newspaper, because they are only available in London, but they cover both local issues and National ones. They allow journalists from different backgrounds to write, so that you have Jewish writers, like Cohen, next to muslim writers.

          I am particularly keen to read the section on finance and life in the City, they are always coming up with some very well thought and written article.

          They used to be cheap, but they put up their price to the current level of 50 pennies. To me the Evening Standard is a faithful companion on the way back home on the train, I cannot think of my journey without the paper anymore! As I said, I miss it when I am not in London because it really makes me feel part of the City I live in, and at the same time, it has a good coverage on International affairs. I read local and national papers when I am abroad as well, since I speak few European languages, and I rate the Evening Standard a pretty much unique paper, for its angle, its coverage and the fact that it is the newspaper of a city like London, which is pretty much unique.

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            07.08.2008 04:10
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            A good paper for train journies home.

            This is my paper- I religiously buy it from whatever supermarket I am in, every day of the week.

            The Evening Standard, as far as I am aware, is a paper which is available for people who live in London, Unfortunately you wont be able to buy this if your not within the M25ish area.

            The paper overall is in my view, quite trashy, its a very general paper which reports on what's going on daily to the people who are in London, weather its a women being pushed onto a train track by smoking 'youths' or daily reports on David Cameron's wear abouts (He seems to be their favourite person at the moment) or the occasional stories across the UK and rest of the world. Its also got a business section in the centre which will give some info on how a few major companies are trading.

            I like this paper as I can take it with a pinch of salt in many cases- its slightly more serious and down to Earth then the Metro (free paper which is given out on public transport across the major cities in the UK). But on the whole, they do like to hype things up somewhat which can be funny -if your used to it. Instead of reading in deep interest at the scary infestation driving school children from their desks, you learn that there is a cold virus in Peckham and that one child had to be taken to hospital. It can be so over the top its actually funny, your actually laughing at the paper.

            With this in mind, I know I can pick up an Evening Standard at the end of my day and not be traumatised by every article and worry profoundly the way I would if I were to read the Times of or something more serious. Its also good to get an overall view of what happens in the capital.

            I think the paper have picked up on the apathy to read constant bad news, every day more scare stories and threats to mus, our identity, our families, our finances, terrorism, job redundancies... that of late they seem to have written a few happier articles, some obviously light hearted mini articles, double spreads on fashion or celebrities or West end shows, generally every day there is something that's not so bad- even dare I say it, positive to read.

            Some common features in the paper are; the double spread picture in the centre, usually there to celebrate something but occasionally to remind us of bad things that happen, like riots or flooding. The pictures are clear and can really bring home things you would normally only read or get a glimpse at in a BBC news article. Its so different when you can stare at a picture and really pause to take stock. Its also nice when its fireworks or something happy to look at!
            There is generally at least 2 fashion based slots a week, written to let us know what's up and coming in fashion, its no fashion bible- there's simply not enough there but it does seem to be right and the advice can really be of use.
            There is the soduko, cross word and other quizzes, these are good if you are lucky enough to get a seat on the bus/train/tube. There is the chance to win something with some of the quizzes but generally you have to text an expensive number and the deadline is 11.59pm. (I read my paper in bed at around 4 in the morning- but that's insomnia for you!)
            There's a job section, every day it focuses on a different sector but these are generally nothing outstanding and I would still not give up my writing to companies to ask them for work, job specs that appear in papers are generally over subscribed- not that there are a great many in this paper, roughly 3 or 4 pages.
            There's the sports section, about 6 pages, I never read this. Its at the back of the paper.
            And then there's the headlines at the beginning, big titled words, made to grab attention, not as bad as The Sun, but sometimes OTT for the actual story. Generally about politicians, the Royal family or public transport. Occasionally you get a story from a real person on the front, if they have done something very bad, like build a drugs factory in the East end, or won the lottery and given it all away.
            About 2 or 3 pages in you get the London stories about real people, real life, real things. Sometimes politicians are involved, generally its more likely to be the police or someone like the council if there is any authority involved. I like these stories, generally they are things I have experienced to some level or know someone who has, sometimes these people are worse off then me as a result, other times its good just to know I am not alone, and other people struggle too with the same things. I like that the features are generally unusual, its good to get some different news.

            Every Wednesday, there's a 'Homes and Properties' paper you can pick up for free- it generally never gets taken, its rubbish. Every Friday there's a magazine called ES but its really very much aimed at middle and richer classes then me. People who can afford Mulberry bags and go to luxurious parties with Royalty or famous celebrities. Not people who generally read the Evening Standard in my mind. But I guess at the end of the day, to produce a glossy magazine every week, you need funding from somewhere, and its not going to be the cheaper brands that fund anything. Hence the reason any features on fashion are all designer clothes. There is always a feature on someone semi famous here, rarely anyone you want to know about, random actors and actresses who get written about as if they are going to bear all, but anything written is clearly edited and nothing amazing ever gets written about. I have actually given up reading anything from here, I'll flick through but it never amounts to anything more then "and here's how the other half live".

            The Evening Standard costs 50p per copy but you can now buy the Evening Standard very cheaply. With an Eros card which is basicly a prepay card, abut like an Oyster card where you end up paying less for a copy then if you paid cash. I think the going offer is 17p per paper. But actually there are few places you can use the card so as it stands now, unless your in the City Centre like Oxford Street or at a tube station like Kensington High Street, you will struggle to find a vendor with a machine that takes the card. Some even have the card machine holder on the stand, but no card machine in it. Also they do want personal details and you will be sent marketing stuff.

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            13.05.2008 19:47
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            My favourite

            The Evening Standard is the most read daily newspaper in London and Greater London. It is a newspaper which cost 50 pennies and in my opinion is really worth tis money and is the only newspaper I regularly buy and read in UK.

            I think that although it is a local newspaper, the fact that it covers International affiars and also the fact that it has a good set of journalists covering the economy and reporting from the City, makes it more of a national newspaper.

            In the West End you can buy it from Midday until 11-12pm, there are 5 different publications during the day and it only comes out Monday to Friday.

            Each day there is a different supplement and there are many sections in the regular paper. I love the section on the economy, together with the Financial Times, it has many articles I have used in the past when I was teaching English abroad.

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              15.08.2001 23:25
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              London's only daily newspaper is the Evening Standard first published way back in 1827. The newspaper is published 5 times daily (between 9.30 and 17.30), therefore updating news as it breaks. The most recent first for the Evening Standard, being the verdict of the Jeffrey Archer trial! Editorial it covers national, international, regional, business and sports news. It is perfect for the commuting public of London wanting to keep tabs on what is happening in the world! Packed with daily features that reflect on the news, issue and personalities of the day, the Evening Standard also boast a team of the "sharpest" critics: Anthony Hilton - City pages Brian Sewell - Art Nicholas de Jongh - Theatre Victor Lewis-Smith - Television Alexander Walker - Film Regular features include: Daily: The arts, Londoner's Diary, Reviews, Letters, Going Out, Stars, Home Cook, TV and Radio Monday - Life & Style, Business and Leisure Travel, Books Tuesday - Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, IT, Bookmark Wednesday - Travel, Media, Rock & Pop, Motoring Thursday - Shopping, Fashion, Films Friday - Rock & Pop, Lifestyle, Travel All this plus 5 regular supplements: Monday - Just the Job - Packed with recruitment editorial and pages of job adverts. Wednesday - Homes & Property - The insider guide to buying, selling, letting or renting a home in London. Plus editorial on interior design, mortgage deal and the homes of the celebrities. Thursday - Hot Tickets - The weekly guide to everything that is going on in London. From film to opera, from theatre to art. It also offers comprehensive TV & Radio listings. Friday - ES Magazine - This glossy magazine features up to the minute stories on the Stars and their parties, Fashion & Style, Shopping, Restaurants and Streetlife. ES Wheels - A colour motoring supplement, with editorial features suc
              h as Pricewatch, Specialist of the Week, Safety tips and buying advice. Along with advertising for both new and used cars, dealer and private, and all things motor related.

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                05.06.2001 19:49
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                The best thing about the standard is the amazing ability of their newsdesk to turn around stories. They can have a full report, plus pic, on a paper available across London just hours after a story breaks. I have to say that as a journalist, I was always impressed by this - and having now worked there, I am even more so. The Evening Standard publishes several issues a day. The first one comes on sale about 10ish and my advice is don't bother buying it till after about 1pm. The shifts start at 9am, so that their morning edition is put together the night before and updated using wires and there's rarely anything fresh in it. The later editions are the up-to-date ones that the day's journalists have been working on. Working there is, as it sounds, a nightmare. You have no time to think, and no-one's got time to be nice to you. Yet sometimes against my better judgement I still really love this paper. It's a tabloid evening publication for London, and is somewhere between a national and a local paper - it has the staff and resources of a national, but is very good at sticking to its local remit. So, what's to like? It's other main strength, to my mind, is easily it's columnists. It's done a better job of nurturing distinctive, witty and entertaining writers on a variety of subjects than any other paper I know. It's art critic, Brian Sewell, is probably the only art critic anyone's ever heard of - so good that he's got his own page to ramble on about any old stuff. His prose style is convoluted and deliberately pompous but very entertaining to my mind. Their girl about town, Zoe Williams, is one of the few people I will read whatever she writes on and their fashion editor (recently promoted to editing their Friday magazine, Mimi Rogers, is also ace. It is the only paper which I would consider buying for the columnists alone (and that includes Matthew Parris in the Times, who's a genuis) <br> Other reasons I like it: it really knows the city, no easy task as anyone who lives here knows. Its restaurant reviews etc are generally very good and much less pretentious than their time out versions. Their film cricic, Alexander Walker is another local legend who moonlights as a columnist and their theatre is pretty good, tho they have an irritating tendency to criticise for the sake of it. The cartoonist is also ace. They are also very good at being a campaigining paper, which is brilliant because they've pretty much got a monopoly here and if they didn't, a lot of things wouldn't get said. Notably, they've campaigned for a London mayor, for the PPP plans for the Tube to be scrapped, against the Dome and have done some excellent work on transport in general. They are very good at making all their coverage as relevant to their readers as possible, with an emphasis on the human angle to stories and series on particular train and tube rides. So what's wrong? Well, they're as prone to misogyny as the next Associated Press publication (see the Mail) - yesterday's headline about "woman judge being attacked" - would they have bothered to say Male judge? I think not. Or the other day when a female MP who's married to another MP was attacked and the headline referred to MP's wife - a combination of a failure to fact-check and a (male) assumption that if her husband's an MP her status is as his wife. Laziness and sexism - a bad combination. They aren't quite as rabid about asylum seekers and certainly aren't racist, but can be quite innacurate and selective in their coverage or such stories.

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                  29.03.2001 07:11

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                  The thing that really amazes me about the Evening Standard (or the Eeeeeeee'ng Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadd as it is apparently known by the street seller) is that it's published by the same people as the Daily Mail. Step back a bit. The Daily Mail. The most intolerant, nasty, bigoted, newspaper in the country. Yet the Standard, printed on the same presses, sharing the same building, appears to have avoided the Daily Mail's poison pill. It has a website (which I read on the way to work, courtesy of a Palm V, AvantGo, and a doubtless slightly illegal script of mine), but the really good thing about the Evening Standard is the turnaround of stories. I work in Central London, and remember Peter Mandelson's resignation - as an example. It happened at 11.30am, but by 3pm there were pages of comment and analysis about it. In fact, Big Tip if you're dead bored, go out and buy the "News Extra" (that's the first edition, out by 11am) and then the last edition ("Late Prices Extra") and see what's changed. You'll see that virtually all the early news pages will change, and stories will be cut down and re-placed further back in the paper. It's quite interesting if you're into the media. Which I am. A good day for the Standard are Fridays (when you get the colour magazine and a motoring supplement) - and Mondays, when sometimes they almost give the paper away at 10p or even 5p. And don't forget - not only do Associated publish the Standard AND the Daily Mail, they also publish the free newspaper you get in the tube in the morning - Metro. Can we say monopoly?

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                  15.02.2001 22:18
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                  I'm not a great one for buying newspapers. I use to get a tabloid every day and read the scandal and funnies. Then one day last November I was dismissed from my job. That was a bit of a fateful day, but not something that needs to be discussed here. The good thing to come out of that day was I had to set my brain to battlestations to find a new job. Living in London, the most obvious place to look was in The Evening Standard. It proved to me a good move. Admittedly my tale is not over yet and I'm still seeking work, but I am also still buying the Evening Standard. I no longer buy my morning tabloid though. The difference between a regular daily paper and the Evening Standard is the timescale. Other newspapers come out really early. The Evening Standard comes out at about 10.30am in my local area, with updated editions coming out through the day, so it carries news stories that have been on the radio that day, whereas the other papers can't carry that news until the next day. Whether you get the morning edition or the evening edition, this paper really is more relevant to me. It is also regional to London, which makes it more interesting to me. I never thought I'd ever say that, as when I was staying with friends in Long Beach, California, I complained that the nearest thing to any national news was the L.A. Times and the fact that Sir Alec Guinness died whilst I was there only made a tiny section in the Long Beach papers. Admittedly though, the Evening Standard is a better format than those papers. The features are well written and intelligent, without making me feel inferior. Obviously I am most interested in the job section of the paper, but I like the entertainment section as well. The change of reading habits has also changed me too.

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                  26.01.2001 13:12
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                  I enjoy reading the Evening Standard on my way home from work. I am a born and bred Londoner and use the underground as part of my commute, the standard is the easiest way to while away my evening journey. I'm out of touch most of the time and most often don't get to hear the latest news stories until I get home, so its really useful to have a paper that captures those early evening headlines. Other than the headline, the majority of the stories are quite light and easy going. I enjoy the business section which gives me an indication of the latest breaking stories or more to the point why my portfolio is not doing too well. The paper often runs special offers and at present is offering vouchers for meals at some of the top London resturaunts at reduced prices. Something I just can't resist. Another bonus is as the paper itself is tabloid size it is relatively easy to read on a train crammed full of passengers.

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                    25.01.2001 17:55
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                    For anyone who has ever lived or worked in London, "Standard!" is a familiar sound. So too is "Staaaaaaaaaaaa!" which is what a lot of vendors actually shout, saving valuable millilitres of breath. (If breath is measured in millilitres, which it probably isn't). Anyway, by way of explanation for those who have never had the pleasure of calling our capital home: these crazed salespeople are referring to the Evening Standard, which is London's 'local' paper and an excellent one at that. “The Evening Standard is a truly marvellous publication. Discuss.” One of the Standard’s most impressive abilities is to publish itself three times a day, five days a week (Mon-Fri). Technically no, it doesn’t publish itself, but you know what I mean. The first issue (‘News Extra’) comes out at 10:00, the second (‘City Prices’) around lunchtime and the final copy (‘West End Final’) mid-afternoon. The content is not entirely different of course, but the first few pages are updated – so if you buy a City Prices or West End Final edition there will be cover stories relating to stuff that happened only an hour or so previously. Keen as mustard, they are. A copy of the Standard will set you back a measly 35 English pence, and is approximately 90 pages long. On four out of five days you also receive a supplement – not just some crappy advertising leaflet but a mini-paper with real information in it. MONDAY: ‘Just the Job’ This is an employment supplement of around 50 pages. It lists a wide range of non-specialist London-based vacancies under sections such as ‘Accountancy’ or ‘Public and Community’ – although its largest section is definitely for secretarial positions. TUESDAY: They can’t be bothered on Tuesdays. Oh come on, everybody hates Tuesdays. WEDNESDAY: ‘Homes an
                    d Property’ Another sizeable supplement listing flats and houses to let and buy in greater London (and slightly beyond). It also has articles on subjects such as interior design and gardening, and an excellent rentals section at the back (for independent landlords to advertise, rather than estate agents). The only problem with this is that, like Loot, you need to ring early – all the best places are gone by lunchtime. THURSDAY: ‘Hot Tickets’ This is not exactly going to give Time Out a run for its money, but it certainly does its job. Hot Tickets is a very comprehensive London listings magazine – it covers cinema, theatre, clubs etc and provides generally accurate contact information for everywhere listed. FRIDAY: ‘ES’ I love this magazine. ES is semi-glossy, although much thinner, and has lots of gossip-based lifestyle and celebrity articles, and features on London life in general. Jeremy Hardy also writes a column for them every fortnight and he kicks ass. I read his first ever ES column on the train home and had to put it down because I was crying with laughter and people were staring. I’m not exaggerating either. On the matter of their regular feature writers, both Zoe Williams and Victor Lewis-Smith are also regular contributors. Miss Williams appears once or twice a week, making hilarious comments about nothing in particular, and Victor L-S (regrettably) shows his face on a daily basis to slag off last night’s telly. I can’t stand him personally, but quite a lot of people have been quick to defend him against my wrath, so who knows? Maybe he’s your cup of tea. Maybe he’s your dad. If he is your dad, I know I ought to apologise, but I’m not sorry. He gets on my tits. The Standard is published by the same people who chuck out the Daily Mail, but try not to be put off. I find the Mail tedious at best and downright bigoted at worst, but
                    the Standard is not like this. It shows very little support for Labour, but then it’s hardly kissing the ass of the Tories. Just for good measure, it seems to have decided that it doesn’t like Red Ken Livingstone either, but yah-boo-sucks to them. He’s doing a grand job. (But this is another op altogether). It was quite kind to Charles Kennedy during the election, but I doubt it’ll last. The reports are mostly about all things London-related, although national and even international news gets a look-in. Its style of reporting is very straightforward – it has been accused of being too ‘tabloidy’ but personally I don’t see this. It doesn’t sensationalise, but it does conduct a lot of reader research on such burning issues as “There aren’t enough public loos in London, are there?” and prints the results, along with pictures of Elsie of Leyton in funny hat, saying yes, isn’t it appalling that there aren’t enough public loos in London? And so on. I think the tabloid accusation might have a lot to do with the fact that you can actually read the Standard, ie. it isn’t published in broadsheet format, so you can skim through it on the tube without having someone’s eye out. And unlike the Sun it doesn’t insult your intelligence / tell you who to vote for / insinuate that it might be a good idea to set alight the car of someone who *might* be a paedophile, and if you're not sure, then just to go for a paediatrician. (Nope, not a fan of the Sun). In the name of providing all-encompassing information: there is also a business section in the middle (the pink pages) which I don’t understand or wish to, and therefore cannot pass comment upon, and a sports section which I am sure is more than adequate but sport bores the pants off me so again, I daren’t suggest whether it is good or bad. I think I have all but exhausted my praise for th
                    e Standard now, as it’s only a newspaper after all, but I warmly recommend that you arrange to have this paper delivered to your house on a daily basis. Yep, even if you live in the Cotswolds. One last thing, for those who may not yet have been swayed: its daily cartoon is The Far Side by Gary Larson, which I defy anyone not to enjoy. Get your Standard at any London newsagent, or listen out for a booming man, probably wearing some kind of Cockney hat.

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                      30.12.2000 23:01
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                      I mean how do they get the news into print so fast. I used to read it on the train home before I heard it on the evening news!-amazing. Obviously its wonderful for the upto the minute news and as expected there is an expected biased on news for London, however like most things in London it would do well to remember that it is part of a bigger country (the UK) and could maybe devote some more time to articles outside the metropolis. Notwithstanding this it does prove to be an excellent read with well written articles.

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                        I like this I think it is really good and it is a very good idea. I use it all the time and I think that you should get it too. I like this because it works really well, and if you get it you would use it all the time too. I really think that you should go out and buy this now, because you will not know what you are missing unless you buy this. So get off your chair go to the shops and buy it now.

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