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      09.05.2012 11:22
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      The world's finest and most famous journal of progressive politics

      If you are a member of the Guardian-reading community, do you appreciate it as you should? Are you truly engaged in terms of issues around what makes this paper so outstanding vis-à-vis notions of fiercely committed, über-intelligent progressive journalism? Here's a little test. This is a sub-heading from a recent article by the Guardian journalist Gary Younge:

      "Trayvon Martin's death is lifting the lid on the US's racist underbelly."

      How did you react to that? Well, if you didn't laugh out loud, I'm afraid you don't appreciate the Guardian as you should. If you didn't spot the solecism either, I'm afraid you don't even appreciate the English language as you should. That sub-heading sums up what makes the Guardian so outstanding in terms of issues around semi-literate, pseudo-intellectual, self-righteous progressive politics. I also suspect a sub-editor was deliberately taking the pee of Mr Younge, who is famous for his mixed metaphors -- my favourite is probably the "kernel of a message" that took "centre stage" after black folk had been trying to "hammer it home for decades". Believe me, it is not easy to write as badly and thoughtlessly as that. Guardian journalists do it with ease, though few with the fluency and skill of Mr Younge. His article this time was about a murder in the US. Travyon Martin was a thirteen-year-old Black choirboy who was returning home from inventing a cure for cancer when he was set upon by fifteen neo-nazi skinheads with close links to the Republican party. The skinheads gang-raped the defenceless teen, tortured him with cattle-prods, then beat him to death with copies of Mein Kampf printed on paper made from non-sustainable rain-forest resources.

      That's the way the Guardian would like it to have been, anyway. In fact, the death of Trayvon Martin is a bit more "nuanced" than that and not the simple story of evil white racism that the Guardian would like it to be. They've still tried to spin it in the right direction by using a photo of the victim that is three years out of date, to pretend that the victim was much younger and more innocent-looking than he really was. Lying in a righteous cause is no crime to Guardian journalists or to most Guardian-readers. But sometimes the Guardian does use accurate, up-to-date photographs that reflect an important reality. For example, there is a vile sexist myth that feminists are ugly, embittered, and over-weight. The Guardian demolishes this myth by publishing photos of its feminist columnists, who are revealed to be... Then there's Polly Toynbee, Queen of Compassion and Concern. She looks like a cross between Rosa Klebb and a phosphorescent ferret. Rosa Klebb is the blood-thirsty lesbian torturer in the James Bond book (and film) From Russia With Love. Polly isn't a lesbian and doesn't drink blood, to the best of my knowledge, but she does operate a torture chamber. For the English language. Here she is, merrily mixing her metaphors almost as skilfully as Gary Younge:

      "Labour [is] still straddled between being a tarnished government and an insurgent opposition. But since the budget, blame for the past is receding; Tory finger-pointing is losing its poke. Labour's cautious tendency tugs back towards the centre-ground "where elections are won", but Bradford West shows over-caution has great dangers too. What's it to be: a fiscal straitjacket or a business-building, demand-stimulating, jobs-and-growth Keynesian answer to hyper-austerity? Some blend of the two is cooking ...[The Tories'] every step will be hobbled through to the next election, stifling any high-flown protestations of political virtue... The political establishment needs shock treatment from time to time: a whiff of revolution from riot or electoral rebellion gives Westminster a defibrillator jump..."
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      I repeat: it is not easy to write as badly as that. Try it sometime. Unless you're a member of the Guardian-inflected community yourself, you'd probably find it very difficult. But I'd be guilty of dishonest spin too if I pretended that all Guardian journalists write badly. No, I have to admit that some write well. Simon Hoggart writes well and is funny with it. I don't agree with many of George Monbiot's political views, but I do think he's a good writer. Catherine Bennett is much less well-known than Polly Toynbee, but a much better writer. She's rumoured to have been behind Norman Johnson, the "Free Radical" columnist who wrote a very funny (and clever) spoof of David Aaronovitch, the ex-communist, Iraq-war-supporting, former Guardian journalist whose conceit, deceit, and autophilia were viscerally skewered with clubs of acidic satire on a week-by-weekly basis. As Gary Younge might have put it.

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        18.04.2010 02:17
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        Grauniad continues to uphold high standards of journalism in pressing times

        I came to the Guardian relatively late in life - whilst some of my erstwhile fellow students were singing the praises of this broadsheet, I preferred to read the Independent, Telegraph or Times.

        The Guardian has the usual broadsheet structure headlines on the front page that are as likely to be world stories as they are domestic. On the inside pages domestic stories, followed by foreign stories, business, comment and analysis and finally sport. However, the Guardian (like the Telegraph) does focus very closely on foreign issues and particularly on issues that concern us globally, whether that is connected to economics or global warming.

        There is no secret as to where the Guardian's political sentiments lie - they are not necessarily tied to a political party, in this day and age when parties are so similar in their policies that is increasingly difficult for a thoughtful newspaper anyway. Nevertheless, it has a centrist, centre leftist political philosophy advocating civil rights, equal rights for women and so on.

        Strangely enough despite the Guardian's reputation it does not in any way romanticise the old socialist ally of Russia. I find that the Guardian is perhaps more critical of the Russian government and its foreign policy than it is of western countries. In fact, as far as depth is concerned, the Guardian's coverage of Russia is pretty sound in this era of churnalism - when increasingly 'jounalists' sit in their rooms going through agency reports and rewrite 500 words pieces, as if it was their own story. An area I have followed consistently - events in the Balkans is covered by a journalist who now lives in central Europe, although he regularly travels to Zagreb, Belgrade or Sarajevo to be advised by trusted local journalists. Sadly cost cutting is something newspapers increasingly have to live with.

        On another issue entirely - of animal rights, one might expect the Guardian to be a bunch of tree hugging hippies who would secretly sympathise with organisations such as the Animal Liberation Front, or at least their sentiments. Not a bit of it. In fact there are any number of opinion pieces published in the Guardian attacking those supporting radical actions in support of animal rights, almost to the exclusion of the other side of the argument.

        Although when it comes to fox hunting the Guardian's columists won't be shy in showing that they are dead against it. Its not that I agree with any kind of militant agenda, I just believe that the Guardian is an adult enough publication to be able to give those with such an agenda an opportunity to express their side of the argument. That is the truest way a newspaper with the ethos of the Guardian should operate.

        One of the things that makes the Guardian stand out among the broadsheets is the style and logo it uses on its print. It intially was one of the reasons why I didn't buy it - I preferred the more traditional look or that of the Indie. However, I changed my mind on this.

        It is also a champion, it would seem, of new technologies - you often have columnists such as Stephen Fry waxing lyrical about the latest gadget he has got hold of. Sometimes its great stuff, upon occasion its a little tedious as the latest Apple product is showcased in such a way that can only have Steve Jobs and company marvelling at their luck in not having to pay for good PR / advertising.

        The Guardian is one of only a few newspapers / websites that I read on a regular basis and I have found that it is an informative and comprehensive read. I advise anybody interested in reading it to pick up a copy of a Saturday as there are a number of supplements that always have something absorbing to read. Alternatively, take a look online.

        Its worth 4.5 stars, but in the final analysis no newspaper is perfect, nor is the Grauniad, so 4 it is.

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          21.03.2010 15:16
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          a well informed newspaper

          I tend to look through the Guardian every weekday, and I generally think it is a really good newspaper. What impresses me most about it is the layout I think. Everything is set out with clear bold headings, and important figures/quotes come out in bold in the articles. It also features relevant journalist opinion columns next to a featured article so that you can cover the topic in one place rather than always flicking to opinion pages (although these feature too).
          The articles are quite left-wing I believe. They generally support policies helping the public rather than taking a conservative approach, although of course this is only their GENERAL stance. It certainly seems more pro-Labour than the other papers at the moment though, and seems pretty sceptical of Cameron. However, regardless of their opinion they keep the content highly informative and you can generally get quite a lot of depth on the topic they are covering as they do a lot of research; hence they often tend to uncover quite a few newsflashes in politics etc too.
          I would say it is quite an innovative paper - the graphic designers recently won an award for their work and diagrams which they regularly feature in the paper. The G2 pullout of the paper is also really good. It usually has a feature topic e.g. the state of Britain's roads, the role of the party leaders' partners, various celebrity articles. It also has a great crossword and a sudoku everyday which I enjoy!
          On Fridays it also has a film and tv review, which is a good day to feature this in case you want to go out to the cinema that weekend! Although sometimes I have found that their critics can slate films for the sake of it as I've then seen the film and thought it was brilliant! Each to their own then.
          In conclusion, I would rate the Guardian as ONE of the best newspapers, as its quality and layout matches that of its competitors, although these days the broadsheets are all at the top of their game so it's hard to put one above the others! Worth a try.

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          08.03.2010 10:00
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          8.5/10

          History


          The Guardian newspaper, which was originally titled 'The Manchester Guardian', was founded in 1821 to deliver news on the Peterloo massacre, and has since grown to become a national newspaper, published in London and Manchester. It is one of the smallest selling national newspapers in Britain, with a readership of around 300,000 people, well behind the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, though the online edition, www.guardian.co.uk, is the second most viewed English language newspaper website in the world, after the New York Times.

          The Guardian is the leading daily Left-wing broadsheet newspaper in Great Britain, outselling the Independent, though the Guardian Media Group which owns the paper and the affiliate companies made a loss on almost every branch of the business in 2009, placing the future of the paper in a state of peril.


          The Features


          The Guardian is published daily, with regular columnists and guest writers, alongside the current news stories and campaigns.
          In the daily editions from Monday-Friday the paper also includes the 'G2' section, which features Charlie Brooker's anarchic contribution on a Monday, Lost in showbiz on a Friday and Film & Music, also on a Friday, amongst other features.
          The larger Saturday edition includes several separate pull out sections; The Guide (which is the television and radio guide, with theatre and film reviews), Money, Work, Travel, Family, Sport and Review.

          The paper sells a large quantity of papers on a Monday, particularly for Charlie Brooker's article, which is widely read on the internet too. His comments stoked fury in America when he made comments about the President George Bush and incurred several hundred death threats from angry American readers.

          The Guardian has several long running campaigns and exclusive stories about freedom of information, the repression of the State and the abuse of power. The latest stories have been the death of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest, the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes and the cover up by the Metropolitan police, police harassment at the 2009 Kingsnorth protests and the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in 2010. The paper often presses these stories while they are ignored by the other broadsheets, with the notable exception of the Daily Telegraph's investigation in MP's expenses.


          My Summary

          The Guardian is a quality newspaper, funny, fresh, irreverent and original. While they pursue stories about freedom of information that the Right-wing press do not, they also suffer from a falling readership in the digital age. As such the price continually rises and has doubled in less than a decade, while the Sun has reduced their price in relation to their growing readership. The Guardian has become a little poorer in content in recent years and does not have the strength to press campaigns into the consciousness of the public, unlike other leading papers, but it is the first point of call for many contributors of the Left, such as John Pilger or George Galloway. They can also attract the contributions of many comedians for the Sport section, notably Russell Brand, David Mitchell and Dara O'Briain.

          Britain would be a poorer place without The Guardian, but the paper is in decline. For originality it is superb, but for the content and quality of writing and it's strength in covering issues, it lags behind the Telegraph or the Times.

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            09.02.2010 23:15
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            One of life's pleasures

            Not so much a review as an insight into my gratitude for the only paper I would ever buy. Everyone should be forced to take the Guardian whether willing or not... but seriously; a beacon of entertainment. The other qualities being somewhat uninspiring. Where to start on a description? Hmmm, not easy. Sharp, interesting and always a pleasure to read (if not only for the quick crossword that can be completed one day and get about two clues the next). Emergent news is covered and analysed with frank and cautious opinion with the economics and business world often dissected in a concise and illuminating fashion. Sports reporting is top notch and the science and tech section was always an excellent view on snippets of the topics covered (sadly disappeared into on-line content - which, I guess, was inevitable). The education supplement is without peer and the letters page often casts up crackling humour. Cartoons likewise. Saturday's edition has trees throwing themselves onto the saws gladly to provide such a weekend treat. Having read the paper for over twenty five years and having read all of the others I can never bring myself to shell out for any of them... Bugs me that it is so often sold out late in the day when I usually get the opportunity to purchase. The on-line aspect is consolation, and well worth a gander.

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              03.11.2009 15:09
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              A decent read without being too biased

              The Guardian is a left leaning daily paper, the paper is a nominal follower of the labour party but the parties move to the left of centre has allowed the Guardian to attack them more than they did in the mid nineties.

              The Guardian was originally published as the Manchester Guardian and is perceived as attracting a more liberal, left wing readership as characterised by the right wing press as wooly liberals. I'd say that most readers of the Guardian place themselves very securely in the left leaning middle class, it used to be the definition of the university 60's lecturer with his comfy shoes and colourful jumper.

              This is of course very simplified, it has a more liberal out look when compared to say the Daily Mail but still has agendas and policies which delight some readers but alienate others. They maybe enhance the positive more than some papers but aren't immune to jumping on a bandwagon if there ones to be ridden.

              In my opinion The Guardian is the best of the daily newspapers, it has its left leaning bias but still reports the news in a largely unbiased way but it does tend to allow its feature writers to display more extreme edge therfore displaying the papers ethos. An example of this is the importance of Polly Toynbee who has been associated with being a trend setter rather than a follower, she's even been mentioned in parliament as a voice which has real impact in the wider community.

              For me the best of the Guardian is its brilliant sport reporting, extending to its award winning podcast versions with such luminaries as James Richardson. MY other favourite is its brilliant saturday guide which is choc full of the latest clubs, music, film reviews, TV, books, radio etc. If your into your music or want to do something over the week its indispensable.

              The Guardian is my favourite paper along with its sunday version The Observer, it has a relatively balanced view on the state of Britain, tends not to exagerate the worst or emphasise the best but has balanced, informative reporting. It has daily sales of around 320 000 making it a mid range in terms or sales of the classic broadsheet newspapers.

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                21.10.2009 23:29
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                The one I read when I read a newspaper

                The Guardian was the first newspaper I started reading which can be categorised as a broadsheet newspaper as opposed to the tabloid papers. It was one I decided to read simply because I was getting tired of the simplistic portrayal of issues which was all too common in tabloid papers.

                When I was at college, I initially encountered encountered quite a stigma attached to this, because there is a perception that reading such a paper is boastfully suggesting you are an intellectual and thus better than everyone else. I have to say I found this premise quite stupid and dismissed it.

                The guardian is a newspaper which is focused on information and positions itself away from petty new i.e. trivial news and celebrity news and instead segments the paper into general politics, social politics, financial and sports coverage.

                At first I was quite impressed by the columnists and the investigation reporting aspects because they provide a lot of depth and insight into issues which had been cast as simply being black and white. There are some writers in particular who hit the nail on the head and who when they captured the attention of the reader are unrelenting in their ability to convey a point of view.

                The coverage of issues is concise, well written and thought provoking but it's by no means a perfect newspaper. I have still found there to be more than a few issues in which they have simply applied their own spin to it, which at best is distortion and at worst is outright lying. They have a tendency to see themselves as being in one political idealogy, which while I don't have a problem with that, after all I am sure many people have political leanings, I do have a problem with the way in which they then attempt to manipulate the reader into believing in falsehoods as a result of this, or simply turning a blind eye to a damning story if they perceive it undermines their own "camp".

                The finance section is one I tend to skim over having no shares, it is simply a point of interest sometimes but now I have a better knowledge of the mechanisms of the stock market, notice that is also glossed over at times. The sports section is covered with great detail and is of course the least most controversial aspect of any paper but they have a diverse range of sports writers offering interesting opinions.

                This paper has it's flaws certainly, but is the best paper I have encountered yet.

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                  19.08.2009 13:34
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                  Worth the 90 pence cash outlay

                  The Guardian is mostly viewed as a left - leaning newspaper, in the highbrow 'broadsheet' category that indicates it to be a 'serious' paper.

                  Being in that category, the Guardian is one of those dailies that offers a series of supplements dealing with a plethora of interest areas like gardening, the arts, travel, literature, and so on. Not everybody's cup of Earl Grey, admittedly, but useful for a fairly intellectually eclectic readership with a wide variety of interests.

                  The Guardian's coverage of the weighty issues of the day are usually given extensive treatment, with lots of in-depth analysis and debate. This sort of acts as the paper's moral conscience, where it can explore issue of right and wrong without carrying to much in the way of ideological bias, although in mitigation that is bound to happen at some point. It's unavoidable.

                  The main bulk of the paper is divided into two principal parts, national and international, in which in-depth coverage of the latest news stories is offered. The journalism, as one may expect, is of a consistently high standard and detailed.

                  So, what about sport, I hear you say? Well, sport has its own section, but the footie does not usually cover as many pages as you will find in the tabloids, but then again if you prefer quality to quantity, then there you go.

                  The Guardian is not wihout its faults though; it tends towards journalistic navel-gazing from time to time, and sometimes assumes that all its readers are comfortably - off, middle - class leftie types, when that just isn't the case. Plus, its sister paper the Observer took a decidedly pro-war stance during the last Gulf War thingy, which came as a bit of a surprise. But, it's better that this paper exists than not; it was instrumental in getting the convicted perjurer Jonathan Aitken banged up, which was a victory for press freedom in one way or another.

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                    07.06.2009 00:27
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                    It's my Saturday Choice

                    I can highly recommend The Guardian on Saturday. It is worth buying then just for The Guide - The Guide is the perfect size and contains not only all areas of culture- theatre / movies /exhibitions etc; but also a TV guide- who wants a huge TV guide mag when you can have this excellent book sized version? The rest of the paper is in sections- the main news /travel / work/ family/ sport /money. There is also a magazine. I personally look forward to reading my Saturday paper- one gets used to favourite journalists like Simon Hoggart. Guardian readers are labelled, as are the readers of most papers- but our tag is being too liberal- we may be I don't know- but I do believe we are intelligent enough not to read an article and be sucked into a particular viewpoint, but capable from this and other news media of forming our own opinions- The Guardian doesn't spoon feed you opinions- it gives you the recipe ingredients and allows you to create your own dish.

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                      Proud to be a 'guardian reader'!

                      I've been a regular guardian reader for the last 5 years or so. Before then i flitted between the times and independent, but finally found a paper that suits me here.

                      The Guardian is well known for being a left wing paper, and the term 'guardian reader' is often used by right wing commentators to describe anyone they feel is too politically left or too much into the arts and the environment! This is indeed a very liberal paper and its political leanings are very much reflected in its content and articles. As they tend to match with my own views, i am comfortable with the paper, but also believe its a good looking, varied and interesting.

                      The daily sport section is one of the best around, and is always substantial and well written. Even Russell Brand's football column in the Saturday paper is amusing!

                      The other highlight is the G2 section which is always full of interesting articles on a variety of topics, and well worth a read on its own.

                      I also read the Observer and the Saturday Guardian which are both equally excellent.

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                        23.05.2009 13:51
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                        Best of the lot

                        The guardian is my paper of choice and for me it stands above the rest by a country mile. At 80p, it is a lot more expensive than some papers, however it is not expensive compared to the other papers whose intention is actually to give you the news, in something of an unbiased way.

                        For me I make a choice between the Guardian, Times and Independent. I don't get the Times because it is owned by Rupurt Merdoch which I find worrying and i find that the standard of the Independent is not good enough to challenge the Guardian.

                        The current format of the guardian is as a compact broadsheet with a variety of supplements. The main supplements are the Sport and G2. Firstly it is really good to see a separate sport supplement because it generally indicates that there is good coverage of sport, and it also make the paper easy to share should circumstances dictates so. The G2 has more main stream stories and interviews and importantly has the TV listings for the day.

                        A good quality paper if you are looking for relatively unbiased reporting and a paper of bulk.

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                        23.02.2009 09:46
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                        Read it online and enjoy!

                        I read the papers online every day and think it is important to read a wide variety of news....I like to think I am not easily swayed by public opinion and that I am able to keep a rationale and level head.... reading papers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian really helps me to do that.

                        I don't buy the paper, but do read it online and actually, the very reason I decided to write a review was because I was so shocked to see that it had only been given four stars!

                        Obviously, all newspapers have their political stance, we wouldn't read them if they didn't but perhaps I relate mostly to the writing in the Guardian rather than the other online newspaper editions. I find reading the Daily Mail gets me so frustrated and cross! I read the sun and laugh at how they portay some stories (although it must be said that some of their campaigns have been impressively handled - see Baby P) The BBC cries out to make an opinion....but must be seen as impartial and the Guardian I find often says it how it is, but obviously with a socialist twist.

                        I am always particularly impressed with the way the cover the 'real news' stories, although I do enjoy the sensationalism of the tabloids, I like to know what is going on in the world around me....as a friend remarked to me last night, there are hundreds of Jade Goodys...but she gets her story because of her celebrity status...that kind of thing strikes a chord.

                        I think that they cover Zimbabwe in particular, brilliantly, the articles are well written and often, reflect the views of the normal person on the street in that country. They obviously have some clever journalists who know how to find the real human interest stories.

                        The other sections in the paper are also very interesting, I have a particular interest in the Educational stories and think that they often say what many of us in that field know about Academies and examinations. I do also enjoy reading Fiona Millars articles...she often hits the nail on the head!

                        I would also say that their sports section is second to none, the coverage, particularly of football is really well written and the articles and facts/data they provide keep me busy for hours.

                        The Guardian started out many years ago as a paper for the people, it has a firm socialist direction, but is written in a way that is usually not over pious...articles concentrate very much on the human element of the story and the impact of what has happened upon the community in which it has happened... all very clever stuff.

                        In recent years the paper has gone through a make over and is now less of the broad sheet that it used to be, in size and dimension.

                        The website is also very easy to use. It tells you how often it has been updated, has easy to use tabs and actually...minimal advertising, which make it a pleasure to flick through. I often have this page as my home page as I find it a great way to start my day.

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                          04.01.2009 18:36
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                          Good source for current news and events

                          When I'm warming up at work for a days' cataloguing, there are two sources I always look to for reliable and well-informed news content. The Guardian website (www.guardian.co.uk) is one of these.

                          I know that the paper is considered very liberal by many, but I've always found this to be a considerable advantage, as the journalists seems to be free (for the most part) to express themselves freely and honestly, without some of the scare mongering stories that make it into the quasi-tabloid press (you know, the ones that claim to be serious papers but still feature stories about Victoria Beckham!)

                          The main articles are usually of a high standard and are typically well researched. Tribute is paid to the quality offered by the fact that articles from the Guardian are often re-hashed by other newspapers a day or so after they are published. A recent example would be a 'light relief' article on urban legends associated with Christmas, originally published in the Guardian. I saw no fewer than 4-5 copies of this article within a week.

                          The website is well laid out, with the opportunity to offer feedback on articles and is intuitively laid out around themes. The 'money' section is particularly good for informative reading and is often my first port of call for economic news.

                          One of the better free news sites.

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                          04.01.2009 14:49
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                          A developing newspaper in a developing age

                          I really enjoy reading the Guardian finding it to be both interesting, irreverent and generally very informative.

                          I read the paper for its political content and the fact it does cover events around the world as much as dealing with local issues, I really enjoy the lengthy articles, especially as columns can argue and contradict providing both sides of a debate.

                          The extra sections are interesting, with Culture being a particular favourite of mine and the Saturday mini guardian magazine covering things going on in London.

                          My favourite section in the sports section, which is big enough to deal with a difficult commute, providing coverage of most areas of the sporting world. The football coverage is excellent with some great contibutors adding political weight to sporting issues, even Russell Brand's contributions on football were interesting and amusing.

                          Overall, I know the Guardian has an image as a slightly left-wing paper, I believe this has changed and it is a mainstream paper covering world affairs pretty comprehensively.

                          A really thorough read and something that challenges and interests me in equal measures.

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                            A good value, excellent read.

                            ---THE GUARDIAN---

                            When I buy a paper I want one that offers great all round content. I really look forward to Saturday when I purchase the Guardian. It's just really good value. I don't really get much time these days to actually read a newspaper during the week, as I am so busy writing all the time, but I still try to find time to read a few newspapers at the weekends. My newspaper of choice for Saturday is the Guardian broadsheet.

                            Sister newspaper to the Observer, the Guardian has been in business as a daily newspaper following the early success of the Manchester Guardian. The Guardian is quite simply great news with in depth analysis. What I find useful about the Guardian is its sectioning of content. It's a good value read with intelligent comment and Saturdays just wouldn't be the same without it for me. Awarded 'National Newspaper of the Year' in 2006 by the British Press Awards and joint winner for 'Worlds best designed newspaper' 2006. The papers quality speaks for itself. -

                            When I buy a newspaper I like to be informed, challenged and posed different points of view other than my own. The Guardian delivers all this to me and more. For my meagre £1.50 I have actually bought something that will enlighten and entertain and it is very much a part of my Saturday's reading.


                            ---THE GUARDIAN---
                            The Guardian has 6 sections this week. The first outer newspaper which contains the subsequent individual sections deals with the main points of the news which deal with the Political issues of the day, and all other major news stories. The Guardian pulls news from other sources that they are affiliated with. The overview news is punchy, well written and with hard hitting photography accompanying political and war issues. It is extremely well designed, colourful and with a good clear lay-out. -


                            ---SPORT---
                            The sport section is informative, relevant and features club news, football squad sheets, league tables and even the mischievous Russell Brand giving his own views on football on the back pages. There is good space allocated to the cricket, golf, motor racing and horse racing and fixtures, news, interviews and analysis. There is a small section devoted to Chess and the grand masters, equestrian and other lesser sports. But an all round good sports coverage and a very good read.-


                            ---TRAVEL---
                            The travel broadsheet pull-out is excellent. There are wonderful articles on far away and isolated places, with the easiest way to travel there, and the best places to stay, accompanied with amazing full colour photography of the regions in question. They are running a photography competition at the moment on travel photographs at guardian.co.uk/beenthere. There are reviews on the 'in' places to eat and drink, and giving the best Alfresco tables in the UK. They cover the cultures of the regions shown and they offer features on current world wide achievements for mountain climbing etc.


                            ---WORK---
                            The work section is brilliant. It features true life stories of people who have escaped the rat race to start up their own small business, what is involved and how they are finding business after a few years trading. The paper advises on career change and offers suggestions for alternatives. There is a vast job section offering many posts for many levels of employment. The paper gives information on courses and education, and a graduate career section also. The Guardian work offers Marketing and PR, IT &T, TEFL, Creative and Media, plus much more. -


                            ---FAMILY---
                            Family is great. It features generations of families, the formative years, research into child growth and parenthood. Family relationships and how they cope with failure and bad communication. This issue covers all the summer festivals, and has a regular spot for sudoku, spot the difference and crossword. There is a regular 'Family forum', letters and living with a teenager and it also features places of interest to go for family days out. I'd say that this is probably the lightest of the pull-outs but an interesting section nonetheless.-


                            ---REVIEW---
                            Review covers writers, books and literature, fiction and non fiction. It has articles on the newly released, book of the week, cultural studies, and children's fiction. It features Poetry, which is my forte and something which I am very much interested in. It also has the Saturday Poem. It lists the Classical Music Guide of London. The progression from book to TV and how one author looks on. Writer's rooms, letters, Psychology, and off-beat literature. There is diary, writers on writers and the latest news from the publishing industry. This really is a very interesting pull-out and just one of the many reasons why I think this broadsheet is such great value.-


                            ---MONEY---
                            Money covers anything financial, from mortgage, pension, and insurance. This week concentrates on the collapse of the property boom abroad. The money paper offers advice on banking, building societies, savings, insurance, bonds and ISA's. It shows examples of differing energy suppliers and which are the best ones in their opinion. This is a useful guide and the money paper features a section on the back page, of all the different types of mortgages and the best performers from each bank and building society. It also lists the best rates of interest for differing savings accounts from selected banks and building societies.-


                            ---THE GUARDIAN WEEKEND---
                            The Guardian Weekend is the pull-out colour magazine which is fantastic. This is a weighty read and this week offers 120 pages crammed full of a really interesting cross section of features and articles. Also including places to eat, crosswords, photography competition, fashion, beauty, food and recipe and lots more, all displayed in full colour illustration. This is a great mag that is worth the £1.50 alone.-


                            ---THE GUARDIAN GUIDE---
                            This is a small, but thick 98 page guide to your week ahead TV, plus feature articles. There is the regular information on Film ( Including listings and brief write-ups) - Music (All genres) Including Opera and Classical - Entertainment - Clubs - Theatre - Exhibitions - Dance - Comedy - Family. This is an invaluable little guide with so much useful information to what's going on. -


                            ---SUMMARY---
                            The Saturday Guardian is a brilliant read. I like the way it is sectioned out. So if you don't want to read a certain pull-out you can just discard it. Each pull-out is interesting and being fairly slim individual papers, they are brief enough to hold your interest without you being visually accosted by reams of writing and text. Their layout is superb, neatly sectioned out with fantastic journalism and photography, and their clear headings make for easy access of story, or feature. I would highly recommend the Guardian as good, honest reporting and in depth analysis of story.

                            Also take a look at their award winning website for the past three years, at http://www.guardian.co.uk It is a great site with loads of terrific content and brilliant sports commentary to boot. For £1.50 the Guardian is a serious, quality, National broadsheet that is more than worth its money. -


                            Thank you for reading
                            PRINCESSPUSSYCAT
                            May 2008*

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