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      19.09.2012 11:04
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      Gossip

      The Express is yet another right of centre British newspaper with most of the written press of that ilk over the years. The older people get the more right wing and cynical they become and they are the ones who buy newspapers and so most newspapers reflect that feeling. I personally prefer the Mail to this one as I see this as the great imitator. It's certainly a quick read, mostly because the news in it has already been picked apart on TV news 24 channels but also because it's more about columnists and so opinion based.

      It's been an interesting and contrite week in the tabloids like the Express. All were on the defensive after the startling revelations about Hillsborough, one too many redtops back in 1989 willing to blame the fans for it 100% then and so on the back foot right now. We knew the police covered their own ass after the catastrophic decision to open the gate and let the crowd flood into the main enclosure behind the goal but no idea of the extent to which they went to criminalize the victims, an absolute disgrace. The appalling blood testing of all 96 dead - including children - was apparently legal and within the rules, so they say, as was police officers allowing external changing of statements on the advice of lawyers? Does this go on across the police force we wonder? But what wasn't legal was creating a narrative to move the blame away from the police and onto the fans. It was cynically done and clearly an establishment cover-up to protect police integrity and promotions rather than find the fans justice. This sort of revelation is why Dr Kelly and 7/7 conspiracy theories rage on. I applaud the families who have battled hard to get their names cleared. Let's hope some of the coppers are prosecuted.

      To me it remains a terrible accident that was waiting to happen and anyone who went to big games back then was always a fag end away from being involved in a serious crush. In the bad old days of football the excitement of the big game was being packed in tight with men full of beer and chanting (often terrible things) and the clubs cashed in on that with unsafe grounds and poor policing to save money. I'm not surprised this report proportions no blame to Liverpool fans as this was the point of the exercise but in a more vigorous court of law with more forensic lawyers the Liverpool fans that were there (not so much the 96) will have to expect to take some blame if they want their deserved compensation and justice, financial and emotional.

      The crush outside of the ground happened for familiar football crowd reasons and police will lose control of a football crowd sometimes. If the front gate had not been open that day and ten people - for example - died outside in a crush the police would have been blamed for not opening the gate, simple as. This is report this month is a retrospective judgment in many ways. The top cop simply opened the gate to save lives outside. He didn't do it to kill Scousers in revenge for the miner's strike or general dislike of working-class northerners, the impression we seem to be getting from some of the families of the 96. This was a disaster caused by a juxtaposition of things and emotions that happen at football and although the police are 100% responsible for the cover up they are not the absolute cause of the tragedy. A football crowd can only act as one and part of the big match experience for some is taunting the police after having a good drink and the late arrival of fans always stressful. Sadly it has taken the tragedy to make people much safer at games in all-seater stadiums.

      If you told a surgeon he would legally be responsible for the death of any of his patients then why would he want to be a doctor? It's the same for the police and the decisions they have to take. The police are the thin blue line for stopping anarchy. They make quick decisions. Look at the two sad deaths of the WPCs yesterday. If you didn't police football games back then and had open terraces you simply had chaos. A big enough element of fans could not be trusted. The Liverpool fans that, even today, chant the Munich songs at Old Trafford are that element, as are the United fans who sing the Hillsborough songs, United fans that should be thankful they lost to Nott's Forest in the quarter-final in the year of 1989 as they would then be in that Leppings Lane end that day. The people who generally died at Hillsborough that terrible day had got to the stadium early to avoid that late rush you get at all big games, boozy fans piling out of the pubs at 2:30pm to get behind the goal in the middle of the terrace where the lads want to be, and that's where they were all heading after that fatal call by Duckenfield.


      'The Biggest royal tit exposure since Prince Edward went into filmmaking!'


      The naked photos of the Duchess of Cambridge also had the tabloids in a tizzy, acting against their instincts as they refused to print the pictures as the Levisson Enquiry legacy bites. For me, like the Vegas pic's of Harry, these photos were taken overseas and simply a peep into the decadence of the Royal family we pay for as taxpayers, a private highlife some people naively believe doesn't happen. The French simply don't respect the royals as much as we do and so they say fair game. They behead their royals, remember!!

      The role of the royal family is to simply help sell Britain aboard and they want it on their own terms as part of the deal. When Wills and Kate are wheeled around the South Pacific in a mobile cocktail bar boat it's not to show the locals who is boss but to secure trade deals by prostituting themselves on behalf of the nation, often arms and security kit sales to help put down these nations peoples. Prince Andrew is not in the Old Russian Caucuses to enjoy the weather and hospitality but to sell dreadful dictators our weaponry. The Royal Family is brilliant at being the perfect foil for the arms business.

      'Prince Harry wields his mighty Chopper!

      The Royal Family and the tabloids are quietly and deliberately turning Kate Middleton into Princess Diana as the family understands that attractive youth is the only way the royal gene can survive and tabloids can shift copies as they continue to lose the battle of survival with the intrusion of the internet. The Daily Express, of course, have an obsession with Diana and its noticeable how they marry up images of Diana and Kate, the Muslim head dress in Malaysia a great example of. As much as people don't like the young couple's intimate privacy being breeched there is big demand for those pictures and to some, seeing them makes the Royal Family expense more palatable. The people get the tabloids they deserve. I know quite a few women who purred at the idea of seeing how big Prince Harrys willy is. The fact he has a penchant for Nazi uniforms and currently shooting up the guys in his Apache in Afghanistan makes him very popular with right wing readers. If this how they are really like and is it the presses job to find that out.?

      The Royals are celebrities whether they like it or not and have to play that publicity game to stay relevant. If the likes of Prince Andrew refused to do these grubby trips to Kazakhstan then the public purse would be cut to the Family. This is a reciprocal deal guys. Kate Middleton got the job because she is pretty, thin and middle-class enough. But she has lost some of her enigmatic presence already because most of Europe has seen her breast and that loss of her mystery is what the Royal Family are actually really angry about as she becomes more normal, getting your baps out hardly befitting of a princess. It was rather ironic that it was Richard Desmond of all people who led the charge to stick up for Kate and her privacy, a man who made his money from women exposing themselves in his porno mags.


      One 'Double Tap' that wont feature on 'Strictly'

      The most intriguing and ongoing story in the papers is this apparent contract killing in France of the Iraqi family from Britain, proper journalism. It now turns out the dead French cyclist worked in the nuclear industry for a company caught selling stuff to Iran in 2007 and he, too, had two bullets two the head. The badly beaten kid was found outside of the car with the engine running and the doors and windows locked, the car clearly trying to make a run for it. This looks like a professional hit by an intelligence service that the dad was expecting and I would be having another 'chat' with the British cyclist who discovered the crime scene if I was the French. Maybe the father had met someone to sell secrets from his satellite surveillance job or supplying evidence that suggests Iran isn't building nuclear bombs and so the coming attack on Iran by Israel and the west not required? It's not like we have been lied to before about WMD in the Middle East. The tabloids allow delcious debate to rage. This is a fascinating story and The Express are all over it.

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      The theme for the week in the Express is the clamor for the big referendum vote to get out of Europe, something many have been calling for on the right. Like the Mail they like to campaign on things and a good tool to win back readers, The Daily Mail doing it brilliantly to win back ethnic readers by backing the drive to catch Stephen Lawrence killers, hardly the papers favored democratic.

      Another political story causing tensions is the Tories growing overseas aid bill, the only government department to see funding increase under Cameron, a huge contradiction to traditional Tory ethos and policy. The Neanderthals perceive this is money going direct to the third world poor where as really it mostly used as a slush fund to win overseas trade, why governments use consultancies and not NGO's to distribute the cash, some 11 billion pounds sterling spent in 2011 alone abroad. If we give India £50 million in aid we want them to buy our Hawk Trainer aircraft, as simple as. The Express has discovered that over £500 million of the aid money has been spent on these aid consultants and lavish offices and expenses and the paper and their readers are not happy. If the money is simply meant for charity work they would give the money to the established charities doing the work in those countries in the first place, right? It's not like we have a shortage of reputable aid charities to use, chugger attack awaiting you this lunch hour. These are the stories we need to know so to edcuate us. Again the tabloids confront us with our perceptions.

      Normal stuff...


      The paper has all the regular sections the higher brow tabloids have and a decent sports section. The football season is up and running and so that most of the content with nice features from their solid team of sports writers, Matt Lawton their big hitter.
      Business, Entertainment and Travel sections have their main day once a week for an expanded version and health also poplar. Health is always chunky as it scares female readers and they often buy the remedies advertised in the paper, an old Fleet Street trick and exactly how the commercial press makes their money.

      The papers star columnist are Richard & Judy, Fredrick Forsythe and Anne Widecombe, often paid up to fifty grand a year for their weekly 1000 words. Horoscopes, TV listings and stuff like Motoring are sprinkled in around the crosswords, cartoons, weather and lonely hearts etc, all the things you would expect in a national newspaper present. In fact the Express is getting more and more like the Mail every year.

      The website is more interactive of course and you can leave comments on the bottom of articles and columnists, the best fun. The vitriol really flies, some of it surprisingly sick, the anonymous nature of the internet too much to resist. You can also link the online paper version with your Facebook and Twitter pages to save logging into the paper. There is no pay wall with the Express online. A good feature here is the Crusader page which is like an expanded letters page where the paper will help to sort your everyday problems like dodgy plumbers and poor insurance deals.

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        02.03.2010 15:54
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        An entertaining everyday read.

        I suppose the Daily Express reminds me of that butter advert about "its good to be in the middle". It isn't a tabloid, or a broadsheet. It is just in the middle, along with its rival, the Daily Mail. I like the express, and buy it a couple of times a week. It has a good balance of news stories for me, serious headlines and a bit of celebrity culture.

        The paper is often blasted by critics for scaremongering and exaggerating the facts. true, I suppose, but I would argue that anyone who believes everything they read in the papers can't be too bright anyway. Its up to the reader to make their own assumptions on what is written and not take everything at face value.

        The paper is 72 pages long, and has many regular features. the inside cover shows the weather, and has a couple of brain stretching puzzles, as well as regular recession and health tips.

        Vanessa Feltz is a regular columnist, although I don't always agree with the strong views she puts forward. She doesn't always seem to have a complete grip of the facts.

        David Robson ismore enjoyable to read. he often gives his own take on the news stories of the day. Hickey has short, sharp, barbed and very witty takes on quotes from people in the public eye.

        Day and Night is the celebrity column that often features wicked whispers about the rich and famous.

        The express usually has double page features that give a more in depth look at the lives of people past and present, or give old stories a fresh perspective. Often they feature excepts from celebrity life stories.

        The letters page is always entertaining, as well as Beachcomber, which is a surreal narrative in each issue.

        There are the usual TV, health and city sections, as well as a good sports section at the back, which my son grabs first.

        My favourite bit is the puzzle section. Especially the alphabet crossword puzzle.

        The Express costs 40p, but always contains a voucher so you can get the next days edition for 30p. It is good value and a good all round paper that has something for everyone and is not to embarrasing to be seen reading!

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        31.12.2009 17:59
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        In retrospect, I should have known better...

        I can't comment on the general content of the Daily Express. The only copy I've read recently was bought simply to avail myself of a 'special offer' for a DVD player. Which was just as well, as I gave up trying to read the paper less than halfway through - nothing there to tempt me to ever buy another copy.

        As for the 'special offer'? Ordered the player at the beginning of November. My Visa was debited immediately with a promise of delivery within 28 days. Almost 2 months later, I'm still waiting for it, with not a word of explanation or apology from the Daily Express or its supplier. Important to note here this wasn't simply an advert - it was an offer by the newspaper itself.

        The supplying firm involved is Expansive Media. Since the purchase I've discovered their performance is nothing new and they have a pretty bad reputation. Including an Advertising Standards Authority warning about their methods of sale and advertising - which they seem to be simply ignoring. I've since spoken to several people who have ordered stuff from EM - usually via newspaper offers, and the results seem to vary from months-late delivery to no delivery at all. Total lack of communication seems to be a common theme.

        Expansive Media are unobtainable by phone, and multiple messages and emails have been ignored. Similarly with the Daily Express itself - all messages ignored, so they clearly accept no responsibility for their own special offers. Not a single message or approach to either body has produced a reply of any kind.

        I know, I know - why don't we ever check such things before we order? But then when the offer is via a supposedly-reputable newspaper...

        One of those times when you wish Dooyoo allowed a zero rating...

        POSTSCRIPT:
        I finally received the player a few days ago, after a strongly-worded recorded delivery letter to the Daily Express. The letter wasn't acknowledged, but the item was delivered a few days later - not coincidence I suspect. The item was inadequately packed (just the ordinary retail box with some sellotape and a label) but seems OK and works well. The free DVD that was supposed to be included was missing, but I suppose I'll just quit while I'm ahead.

        So problem over, other than I'll never touch this newspaper again or any of its offers. Given the Daily Express's ownership, I suppose I'm a fool to be surprised.

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          02.07.2009 14:05
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          Where did it all go wrong?

          Cards on the table: I don't usually buy the 'Daily Express' but when I was a cleaning lady in the early 1990s one of my colleagues brought it with her to work every day - and I used to regularly read the second hand copies while we were skiving together in a downstairs broom-cupboard. That's a good thing about tabloid newspapers in general I've found: the content is such that usually it makes very little difference whether you read them on the day of publication, or not. Back then my 20-odd year old self at least, thought 'the Daily Express' was all right. Didn't it use to have a 'Dilbert' or a 'Calvin & Hobbes' cartoon or something? Whatever it was, I found that was a real highlight. But sadly, they don't seem to print that in the paper any more.

          So I bought one of these in addition to my usual paper last Tuesday, to give me something disposable to read while waiting for an appointment at the local health centre. My choice of 'Daily Express' I admit was largely motivated by cost considerations - and size; in such a setting I like an easily-handle-able tabloid-shaped newspaper and as at 40p the 'Express' was the lowest-priced tabloid that wasn't 'the Sun' or 'the Star' or anything with overtly unsavoury content like that I picked one up.

          I shan't be bothering with 'the Daily Express' again as it took me only about 15 minutes to read through the main section of the paper twice.

          I'm aware it's the so-called 'silly season' when newspapers are generally short of news items, but even allowing for that this was ridiculous. In Tuesday's 'Daily Express' pages 1-23 (and this includes the health pages of the newspaper) formed the main part of the newspaper before the letters page and sports sections, and more than half of that - bearing in mind I had ample time, while waiting at the doctor's, since I arrived slightly early, and my appointment took place slightly late, to tally this out pretty accurately - consisted of full and part-page commercial advertisements for shops and other businesses etc.

          Which leaves us, at a generous estimate of about 12 pages in the 'Daily Express' (including photos and health pages) that actually carried written news items plus relevant material, and other articles. Come on, Michael Jackson's not long deceased - every other paper, even the broadsheet ones, must still be getting at least a six-page spread out of that ongoing material.

          Much of the less than half of 23 pages of content in the 'Express' I read was far from earth-shattering - for example there's a heat wave in Britain at the moment, and one of the 'articles' I've included as a 'news item' from Tuesday's paper actually consisted largely of a three-quarter page photo of some cute piglets keeping cool under a garden hose, plus one paragraph of accompanying text (which in the preceeding description, I've more or less reproduced verbatim - well, the sense of it, anyway) - but to be fair, this is exactly in line with what you see in other similar papers at this time of year. It's just that in Tuesday's 'Daily Express' there was a lot, lot less of it. I don't necessarily want to look at silly frivilous pictures of wet pigs in newspapers, etc. but when I buy a paper I do want to be able to use it to kill a little time, and the 'Express' I bought.....expressley...didn't deliver in this respect.

          I'm even now wondering, on re-reading this review if perhaps I could've accidentally left half of Tuesday's 'Daily Express' behind me in the shop. But no, the pages I did have were in fact consecutively numbered, and nothing appeared to be missing so that's no use as an excuse.

          Pathetic!

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            07.03.2002 21:10
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            I have been reding the Express for about 6months as i was getting sick of the tabloid, celebrity crap. so i went up market the the Guardian but i hated it. So i tried the Express recommended by a mate and i loved it. The Express is classed as a tabloid but has more political information and real news. It still has a bit of celebrity information but it actually has information about the person and not just a picture of them out in public like the Sun. I think it sways more towards the Consevratives than any other party but no so much. the Express has many features, it has a political part, finical part, sport, travel section and general news. (I will update this later with more info)

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              04.05.2001 00:32
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              I first bought the Express as a student as it was informative and a genuinely good read. I also used to read it as I delivered it on an early morning paper round. That was a long time ago and - sadly - as time has gone on, so the quality of the paper has diminished to the poor standard of today. In my opinion, the Express is run solely to ridicule the Mail and after a bit, this becomes rather tedious. Page after page of the paper has digs at the Mail. Now I am not particularly a Mail reasder, but I want to read the news and not be told where not to read it. If only the Express could realise this, then perhaps their readership numbers would rise - a problem they are having to tackle at the moment. However, all is not negative in my opinion of the Express. I am very impressed with their Saturday magazine which easily equals some of the TV lising guides you can buy in the shops. I regularly buy the Express on a Saturday purely for this guide. It just seems a shame that the actual paper has become so lost in recent years. If less bickering went on an an improved content and reporting standard was brought in, you might have been reading a review raving about the excellence of this sad and lost paper.

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                The Express is probably the most upmarket of the tabloid papers, but it manages not to be overly snotty or opinionated, like other papers that I shan't mention. It's news coverage manages not to be patronising, whilst it has many of the benifits of the tabloids such as cartoons (I love the Garfield cartoons), good TV listings, and some of the more light hearted news stories. What news paper you choose is a very personal hing, but I would definately recommend the express, I also like other papers- and I would add that I'm not neccessarily saying the express is the best- I just think it's good. Finally for a limited time (this was written at the end of March), you get a free copy of the express with every magazine bought at WHSmiths, and it's even better if it was free...

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                The express is not a paper that I would usually buy. However, whilst getting tea the other evening. We had a paper delivered. At first sight I thought we had been given someone elses paper by the paperboy but once I read he caption at the top of the front page. I realised we had been given the copy free. The Express were obviously sending out free copies to houses in the hope to gain more readers. I decided that once the kids had gone to bed I would have a good look. I was impressed. It was not too intense. And after a day looking after kids you want something a bit adult but not too brain damaging. This seemed to fit the bill. There were heading news stories in there with good illustrations. Not to much advertising. Some papers are all adverts and can be very boring. There was also a selection about the Hollywood stars an OK Magazine suplement (on newspaper) with pictures and gossip. And yes being a woman I quite liked that bit. I was also given some vouchers to buy the paper for the rest of the week at just 15p worth a go. So I did and found that I actually like the paper. I have more or less decided that I will buy it again. I am becoming very bored of The Sun, another favourate in out household. My husband brings a copy with him home everyday. He obviously buys it for the pictures. Although he does like the sports section on a Monday. Try the Express you will probably be as surprised as I was.

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                  05.03.2001 22:20

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                  The Express newspaper group has recently been bought by the The Northern and Shell publishing group and this has caused outrage and consternation amongst some sections of the press and some loyal Express readers. The main reason for this is that this particular publishing group has in the past been responsible for the printing and publishing certain magazines. Depending on the perspective and opinion of those people describing these magazines they are ‘adult’ or ‘pornographic’ publications. It might be a passing point but I think one of the most offensive things this group publishes is ‘OK’ magazine which is a cloying, repulsive look at the world of celebrities and their self-important little lives. It does seem however that when many people choose the newspaper they take with almost as much interest in who the proprietor or owners of the paper are as they do the content within it. This has been true through the Maxwell era at the Mirror and of course is now particularly evident through the Murdoch ownership at The Times and The Sun. It is an odd phenomenon as of course the demonisation of these figures is done through competitive sources within the media. Newspapers are only too willing to castigate the owners of other titles whilst being strangely coy about any news about their own. Newspapers are of course becoming increasingly a part of a wider media empire which now embrace magazines and satellite TV channels or even entire satellite broadcasting organisations. The cross-linking of promotion between these parts of the same group is becoming more evident. The promotion of BSkyB’s channels is far greater is the News Corporations titles than in any other papers. The purchase of The Express titles has already manifested itself by cross promotion between OK and the Express by the ability to buy discounted copies of one publication by buying the other. All very fair and legal but it will be interesting to
                  see how this affects the balance of celebrity reporting in The Express. Will more celebrity news in The Express provide complementary sales for OK or will it undermine or compromise the magazines position. Well we will have to wait and see. Since the acquisition by Northern and Shell many of the senior reporters and sub-editors have left and the newspapers editor Rosie Boycott left at the end of last week in what were described as mutually amicable terms. Yes I am sure they were. It is certain that both parties had no wish for there to be a continued editorship by Boycott but both probably wished that the parting be done under their own terms. Anyway the new owners can now have their own editor in and the newspaper will move on. The readership of The Express has fallen significantly in the last few years though it had stabilised at about 1mn. Its main problem is identifying with its readership or as salesmen might say its addressable market. The Express has not been as down market as The Sun, Star or Mirror and in these days of limited attention span readers this is where the volume sales are. The broadsheet area of the newspaper market is now higher than it has been since the development of the tabloid market in the 1960s and for news content the heavyweights of the Telegraph and Times are dominant amongst those wishing to have detailed news reporting. This leaves the Mail and the Express to battle over a middle ground which has shifted in opposite directions up or down market. It is a battle the Mail has been winning comfortably by virtue of a much more loyal readership. As a product the Express is quite good and has columnists who write good lucid well argued cases on health, legal matters and even international politics. Its politics are generally right of centre and consequently is not weighed down by the excessive pro-Conservative stance given by the Mail or Telegraph. At right of centre it can remain in tune with New La
                  bour also. Without these ties The Express tends to be less frenzied when issues like the Mandelson affair arise. It does unfortunately follow the current vogue for newspapers to be anti-Europe, even promoting the fighting fund of the misguided, publicity seeking greengrocer who recently refused to have metric scales available in his shop. At present celebrity news is at an acceptable level. I personally can do without knowing how Joan Collins is looking or what weight Vanessa Feltz is this week but there is apparently a near insatiable desire for such information and The Express has its share. I find it hard to be overly critical of The Express because it does have a cheerful countenance to it. Where The Mail would have us believe we are moments away from the collapse of our entire moral and social fabric and The Telegraph is as bitter as ever when the Tories are in opposition at least The Express has some perspective about its reporting. With lively TV pages and the usual sprinkle of puzzles and horoscopes The Express is not at all bad. If you take it at face value and not look at who the owners are it is worth a try. At 35p though it is the same as The Times so I will stick with that personally. Ultimately though the new owners will have to decide which section of the newspaper market it wants to address. The problem can be that as they look at a more favourable larger section of the market they may lose more loyal readers if they change their product, particularly if they choose to go down-market. The new editor of the Express will have to identify the strengths of the paper and build on them

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                  31.01.2001 02:56
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                  I'm noy being snobbish and there's nothing wrong with tabloids, but if I wanted to buy one, I'd buy one. I wouldn't have expected The Express to change that much since its recent takeover, but things obviously have. I've been a regular reader of this paper for a few years now. This is because I regarded it as an unbias paper in comparison to its peers. Balanced views are what I look for and decent content covering a wide range of issues. This along with daily extras such as health and internet supplements is what attracted me. So what's changed? Well, since the takeover it does retain some of its features but it seems to be heading in the celebrity gossip direction. This may be a good thing if that's what you like to read about, but personally I couldn't care less who's being seen with who! Now they have added an 'OK Express' section, a spin off from 'OK' magazine. Due to the steer in the celebrity direction, this paper seems to lack real content now which is a shame. So, I may be persuaded by another as I'm getting fed up with the constant advertisements for gossip magazines!

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                  Recently, Richard Desmond, the man behind pornographical magazines such as "Asian Babes", and who is now affectionately known as "The People's Pornographer" by 'The Daily Mail', has just beaten the likes of the Barclay twins to buy 'The Express'. Richard Desmond also owns 'OK!'. He has changed the face of 'The Express', and is planning to change it into an issue-led newspaper as opposed to a politically-led newspaper. Rosie Boycott, the editor of 'The Express', was shocked when Desmond went against his word and changed a boost that was on the front page. A boost is a small advertisement by the newspaper for something inside the paper. It is extremely doubtful whether Rosie will keep her job - myself and many others think she will resign within a very short period of time. 'The Daily Star' is also owned by Desmond, and that is the red-top paper that he will be displaying all of his pornography in. In both papers, he will publish photographs taken from his 'OK!' magazine. This takeover is generally good news for 'The Star' but bad news for 'The Express', who are not in favour of the issue-led idea. Desmond has a reputation for being ruthless. Once he locked a worker in a closet for the duration of a meeting for being late. Who knows? Maybe he'll revitalise 'The Express'. It's a case of wait and see.

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                    Answer : both. I see The Express as a cross-over between a tabloid and a broadsheet. It isn't full of tabloid clutter (who's marrying who, who's divorcing who, etc), but at the same time it's not pompous and not as formal as broadsheets. The first time I bought The Express was because the shop had no other decent papers left (you think I'd buy the Daily Sport? Get lost!), so being the follower of affairs (no, not _that_ kind) that I am, I picked it up all the same. The layout of Express is fairly formal, "turn to page x, column y" - but hey, what does that matter? It beats The Mirror telling you to look on page 10 where the 3-line "in-depth" article is squeezed in between adverts. And of course, The Express has cartoons, not many mind you. Page 2 has Dilbert (by Scott Adams), a sideways look at working in an office, complete with sidekicks Catbert and Dogbert. And then later in the paper is an all-time favourite, Garfield. Do I need to explain him? Nah, you must have heard of him. The TV section has an in-depth look at all 5 channels - well, six - in my area it includes ITV Granada and Border, no idea why. It also has a book and music review, although most of the ones I've seen aren't my taste. And best of all, there's no horoscopes page (or at least I've not found it yet). That section in other papers really annoys me, not to mention Mystic Meg's crossed-eyes staring at me! Overall, if you don't really want to know every little detail of a celeb's life, but you don't want to read anything like The Guardian, choose The Express.

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                    13.11.2000 01:15

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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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                    29.10.2000 20:57
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                    I have been a reader of The Express for about two years and during this time the newspaper has just got better. There was once a time when The Express was just a politically biased Conservative newspaper, not anymore. Times have changed and the newspaper is much less concerned with supporting the Conservative government and issues are based upon fact and not just opinions. The Express is easy to read and is often preferable to reading a broadsheet newspaper and articles contain a lot of factual information and they are well researched. I find it much easier to read than The Mail, the main compeititor, the style of editorial is much more reader friendly and can be read without feeling confused or feeling that something has been missed. The newspaper is well priced and does not contain irrelevant information such as large property supplements that most people do not require.

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                    07.10.2000 03:07

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                    The Express is very similar to the Daily Mail, but much worse. The Mail has an audience of middle England, but The Express seems to be unsure what it is aiming for. A tabloid size, sold for the average newspaper price of 35p, it has a huge ads section in the middle, and various features on womens fashion and stories about little boys who make daring recoveries from life-threatening illnesses. But it just doesn't attract me, and it seems to be a cross between The Mail and The Mirror; attrcting the highbrow tabloid readers.

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