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Politics aside, the Mail on Sunday is the one Sunday paper I have grown up with and I love it for all the wrong reasons. The supplements!
**First up, the paper itself**
I usually have a cursary flick through the paper in front of the husband so that he doesn't comment on me not reading it. I just look at the pictures though:-) when he thinks I'm not looking, DH checks out the sports on the back page. He tries to maintain his stance with me that he thinks papers are a waste of money.
**Why do I like the adverts?**
Next up is all the catalogues and flyers just in case I am missing out on anything. Last sunday's included a spring home ideas catalogue from Argos. Sometimes there are those booklets full of things you didn't know you need like shewees (the portable loo for women). I love those booklets, imagining people who might own the things on their pages!
Then I check out the free DVD or CD you sometimes get. They are usually rubbish but what can you expect for essentially free. Occasionally it's a real gem like the time they gave away 'time bandits' on DVD - one of my faves!
This week also had a travel mail special featuring lots of exotic holidays which gave me vacation ideas above my station.
**Live for men**
For the men, there's Live magazine which largely features expensive gadgets and gizmos and interviews with key sportsmen and actors etc. It can be a good source of ideas for men's presents when you're stuck. Again, I just look at the pictures, particularly on the 'in demand' (what's new) column.
**You (for me)**
Then, the piece de resistance, the YOU magazine supplement. I love this mag. It's full of fashion, bags and posh toiletries I can't afford although every now and again they make a concerted effort to print things that are more high street. I read this magazine cover to cover, checking out all the lovely perfume ads too. They have a good 'upper class' problem page too which is always good for a laugh. I like the body language photo they print where they analyse famous people's body language and on the back page next to the horoscopes is Liz Jones' column who I can't help but like. She once confessed to rubbing tiny pots of expensive face cream on her body to try and get miracle results. Bet she got them as freebies from the Mail though!
I leave the YOU magaine crossword until last, usually leaving it bedside for night time pen chewing and head scratching. I can usually do three quarters before I give up or turn to the internet for clues. You can send it off for a prize draw if you're quick enough too.
Other grand things from the mail are their competitions. Every week they are giving away something, usually in the YOU magazine. I always enter as you can generally enter by email. I once won a lovely organic veg hamper from YOU so remain faithful to them ever since! I also regularly find coupons for shopping like 15% off at Debenhams etc so you can usually get your money back on the £1.50 cover price.
I don't have time to read a national paper during the week as I am too busy at work but I make time on Sunday for this indulgence. Like I said, I don't read it for the political point of view but really do it to make myself drool over bags and fashions etc.
The Mag gets recycled and we use the newspaper for the cats feeding station and litter tray.
I've tried other papers and I just don't get on with them, so it's the Mail on Sunday for me. I just love it!
The Mail on Sunday is a Sunday paper and the weekly arm of the right wing paper The Mail. The Mail is becoming famous for its rather xenophobic, bigoted views in terms of immigration and tolerance. The sunday version is more of the same but has longer to think about what it wants to print in the paper. The Mail as a brand is a paper I particularly dislike becuase I can detect the papers right wing agenda influencing some of the more ammenable members of the population into their horrible racist, bigoted views on race and immigration.
As with my review on the weekly version I have seen the toxic effect this paper has had on my father in law, he's a man in his 80's who has over the last five years become increasingly unpleasant to be arounf especially when any issues over race, immigration or unemployment comes up on the TV or in the paper. This has been noticeable since he started to buy the Mail and reading its increasingly claustrophobic rants over Britain for the British, this myopic love of middle england, of warm beer, cricket, football, white only streets, low crime, etc etc and its attacks on anyone not fitting into this lovely rose tinted view on the world.
So in the sunday version, you can read the paper and feel as though the sun is being taken from your lives, its like the papers wish is to make us all scared, worried and terrified that our lovely lifestyle is going to end soon. Those annoying Kosovans, muslims, Albanians, Indians, Pakistanis, Serbs, Arabs, - take your pick, are determined to corrupt this noble land and before we know we are going to be living in a culture where we are ruled by Europe for the housing of these immigrants.
I sometimes read the paper when I'm at my in laws but the paper makes me feel ill, its so biased, bigoted, and wants to make us fear for the future. The feature writers are just enforcing this middle england, middle class viewpoint on the world, if thats the case then I'm really glad I don't fit into this demographic. Now, I'm happily middle class I do a fab job as a researcher at a uni, do I need to feel terrified over this country being over run by those people the Mail says are inappropriate, the answer is no, I don't want to spoil the view that the British are a pure race, if you think that then I'd suggest you read your history of the British Isles, I'd suggest that Britain has always been a melting pot for cultures and beliefs and long may it continue.
The paper does have a couple of redeeming features - It has a really good sports review section, in depth, well written and articulate. It also has in my opinion the best sunday TV guide, its large in colour and easy to navigate through. THose are the only two redeeming features, the rest well all I'd say is come on The Mail lets have a few light or sunny stories we live in a beautiful, interesting, challenging, island full of life and love, lets hear more about the joy of living here and not the problems.
I often buy the Mail On Sunday when I need a tabloid size newspaper to read in my taxi when I'm out working.
My actual Sunday newspaper of choice is the Sunday Times, but it is far too big and bulky to handily read in the car, and in any case there's about a week's worth of reading in the Times, which you couldn't say for the Mail On Sunday.
The edition I buy here in Dublin is actually the "Irish" version. It's called the "Irish Mail On Sunday", and is produced and edited in the Mail's Irish offices right here in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
A lot of the content is obviously taken straight from the UK edition, but there are a fair number of news items, articles and features that are of purely Irish interest.
I like their political slant. I know that in the UK the Mail is often viewed as a "conservative rag", but I don't think that really applies here in the Republic of Ireland, as they have been gunning for our current Prime Minister for the last couple of years. (They've rattled his cage quite nicely!!)
The Sports section is particularly good, especially their coverage of the footy, which I thoroughly enjoy.
One thing I dislike is the number of articles and interviews given over to major and minor celebrities. This seems to be a common trait in newspapers these days, and is a right royal pain in the a*se!
A magazine with the TV listings for the week is included, and for the past year or so they've been doing good promotions for free DVD's. I got myself a set of 12 adventure movies recently by collecting the mastheads. Mind you, they were all fairly obscure titles!
The price here in Ireland is 2 Euro. (I think!) Anyways, it's not *THAT* expensive that you have to think twice about buying it.
© KenJ December 2007
The Mail on Sunday is my favourite sunday paper, I couldn't live without it. I don't believe in the biased derogatory stereotypes about Mail readers. I may be a right wing Conservative supporter, but I feel the accusations made against Mail readers are unfounded and unfair. I am also a very young Mail reader. I am a 21 year old student and have read the MoS since I was about 16. It is a fantastic paper in my view. I like the politics/current affairs stories and also the odd (but not OTT) bit of celeb gossip. The Financial Mail is also a good read. I would say the MoS finds the balance between being an intellectual paper and not being too serious. The Mail on Sunday is a fine example of quality British jorunalism.
I have been buying the Mail on Sunday for a number of years now and would not consider changing it for any of the others. Its content is sufficiently intellectual without being too over the top. It has the usual number of supplements which every paper seems to have these days. Do we need them all I often wonder. The review section of the paper has a good mix of theatre, cinema, music etc and is one of the sections I look at first. This is also the section which carries the big ads for future gigs by leading artists, the big stadium shows etc. I find it very useful to know who is coming and when. The sports coverage is extensive and well written. The Mail on Sunday and its daily sister paper have a stable of some of the best sports writers in Britain and it shows. I want a bit more than which film star or pop star is sleeping with who etc, which seems to be what many of the other Sundays thrive on. I get what I want from the Mail. My only criticism is that it carries far too many pages of holiday ads. It would be helpful if they introduced another supplement for that and then you could just ignore it if you were not interested in it.
I get it every Sunday morning, which is nice. Well I know what to expect. I know some of it is bound to get me going. Other bits I will either want to slowly linger over or get out of the way as quickly as possible. At the finish though I'm pretty sure I'll be well satisfied. Yes, you can't beat a Mail on Sunday. To me this newspaper reminds me of a wet Sunday. I'll be dressed in a big soft fluffy towelling dressing gown and I'll have a lovely cooked breakfast of veggie sausages, mushrooms, toast and scrambled eggs. All on a thin white plate, of course, with strong, hot Nescafe Gold to sip while I am reading. The rain will be gently knocking on the windows but I'll be warm and secure. Does life get better than this? Well, I suppose it does, but Sunday mornings can be a contented, relaxed, carefree time. I've been buying the Mail on Sunday ever since I started working. Sometimes it does annoy me but, even though I have occassionally dallied with others, I always return to my Mail. Let's see why ... I consider there are four parts to the Mail on Sunday, though the publishers will probably claim there are more. For my £1 I get ... PART 1. The main paper. The copy I have in front of me has 128 pages. This includes a Review Section (32 pages) covering television, films, music, theatre and books and 17 pages of sport. There are also pages dedicated to gardening and travel. I'm not a television addict but I love Jaci Stephens column, in the Review, on the previous weeks programmes. She'd make a good friend: funny, observant and a bit cutting at times. If pushed I would probably call myself a 'Caring Conservative'. I can already hear some of you saying there's no such animal and I must admit that I'll be a bit of a 'Don't Know' at the next election. I can't vote for the Liberals as they haven't got a leader (no, he's no
t one), Tony isn't Labour and will embrace anything populist, so no joy there. This leaves Just William with his grinning clown of a shadow chancellor. Not really a serious option either. What has this got to do with the Mail on Sunday? It's just to show why I get annoyed with the paper. For me they are too extreme Conservative. A few examples are in this weeks paper. The front page shouts out, 'BLAIR IS RUNNING SCARED'. Further on we have 'Brown and Blair turn air blue in private bust up'. There are another two pages of, 'Fury at Blair's hurried exit' and how farmers are supposed to have said, 'He's as much use as an ashtray on a motorcycle'. All of them said that? Quite remarkable! On the following page Peter Hitchens, well known moderate(!), digs in the knife as well . Nearly forgot Norman Tebbit's column leading with, 'God save us from Blair in a real crisis'. And so it goes on. A little balanced reporting would be nice. Who else does the Mail have a pop at as well? Keith Vaz, of course: 'Why did he order immigration forms 50 at a time'. They also have their regular Mandelson 'news', this time there is his alleged link with a 'Brazilian witchdoctor'. Have I read that right? You've got to laugh! Their extreme stance towards the Conservatives and against Labour does get me going (which should please BF). There are other things besides Blair and his misfits in this section of the paper. Like: Charlote Church and Her Life (how old is she?), the Popstars Hideaway, Tara's ex declared bankrupt (do we care?) and lots of other stuff, some of which is worth a read. I'd better shut up on this section now. I'll give it a 7/10. PART 2. The Financial Mail. I love this part (80 pages). I like to know about money, shares and investments for my own sake and also because BF walks about with th
e Financial Times all week. Goodness knows how we ever got together! Most of the time we are on different planets but we do collide quite nicely from time to time. Sometimes gently and other times ... but I'm sure you don't want to hear about that. To me money is important. Not just for La Senza bras and thongs but also as a step towards freedom. I dabble in Unit Trusts and shares and have my ISA's. What I like about the Financial Mail is that I can understand it and can pick up some useful information. There are two sections: one of business and companies in general and the other all about personal finance with such things as: top interest rates, questions and answers, pensions, unit trusts & bonds and so on. I usually keep my Financial Mail for most of the week along with my financial male. Great part, at least 9/10. PART 3. You magazine This is one of the two glossy mags that come with the paper and has 92 pages. You is for women! Something I didn't know: this Friday is National Cleavage Day! So that's where I'm going wrong, I thought it was most days. You writes that us girls/women should place some colour between our breasts, creating a 'Y' with curved arcs. Then finish with a subtle shimmer to the globes of our bust, but we mustn't overdo it! It seems the idea is to get our breasts noticed, not the make-up. Well, I would never have thought of that!! You has 'Insider' beauty, glamour, fashion, food and home. Plus there are interviews, in the copy I'm looking at, with Leslie Pearse (author), Lisa Stansfield (singer/actor), Tessa Codrington (she married the guy who gave £5million to the Tory Party), Nikki Chapman (the Popstars judge - I like her). There is also a short story, recipes and an Agony type column. Nicely produced and I'll give it a 7/10. PART 4. Night & Day magazine. This is the second glossy m
agazine (84 pages) and has all of the weeks television programmes. Night & Day is about people, well known people that is. We have pictures of Al Pacino with his baby twins, Robbie Williams and his bodyguards and Tom Cruise, when young with dodgy teeth. There are stories, with photos, of the real Erin Brockovich and of Natalie Cassidy from Eastenders. This issue has lots of space dedicated to Westlife, supposedly the ultimate Boy Band (not for me). I suppose it depends if this sort of thing interests you. I'll give Night & Day a 7/10. That gives the Mail on Sunday a Kay score of: 31/40. Strange, but when I look back over what I have written I'm not so convinced now that this is definitely the paper for me. Perhaps next Sunday I'll try something different. I'll do without the fluffy dressing gown and I'll have something exotic for breakfast. But there again what if it's wet? I may then want to have my usual. Decisions, decisions! At least I've got National Cleavage Day to look forward to. Be uplifted. ;-> Kay
For me to be able to read it while I have a hangover (which I usually do on a Sunday)says something about this paper. It provides a good balanced read, with just enough detail and insight into subjects without going OTT while not plunging to the depths of The News of the World! Colour supplements are excellent and are very varied. There is always something for everyone. However, the one downside to the paper is the massive amounts of adverts it carries on its pages-although this is a small price to pay. I would recommend the Night & Day supplement to everyone.
It is a good newspaper for me. There is more to read than in the Express. It is interesting although it is perhaps not as good as on the introduction of the Night and Day section. It is irritating that from time to time there are sections missing form the newsagents. Did you get your You magazine and the Whitney Houston CD with the paper. The news and sports pages are adequate. The format of the review and the commentary sections are ok. The writing is not as thought provoking as it once was. There used to be an Insider column that was excellent. It is a shame that no longer exists. Although I think politics apart all the Sunday mid-market tabloids and broadsheets are similar. The Financial Mail on Sunday is informative. It is strong on basic business and share investment news. It is weak on the really technical matters (eg VCTs) for which perhaps you should spend more money on another newspaper or magazine if you require that information. It is also a campaigning financial supplement. You magazine is usually good to very good and is aimed at women with articles of interest to both genders. One of the problems that the Mail and Express newspapers have is that the pictures of women used could with slightly different words be suited for lads' mags. For example, the recent features on bra types and fittings in You magazine could be interpreted differently in terms of pictures. Reading the words would provide an insight for men into this apparently complex piece of equipment. (There was a brief (excuse the pun) article on the brassière market in the US and UK in a recent edition of the Economist). I do like this paper but its financial coverage is perhaps not good enough compared to say the Sunday Times but it does have a later print run in my area. Moreover I do appreciate the fact that it was nearly a normal edition of the newspaper for Christmas unlike all the others. The other national Sunda
y newspapers should be ashamed as they massively reduced their content (eg no magazine and merged sections).
Just the other day, I was lucky enough to receive a whole sheet of ‘1 penny’ vouchers for this newspaper, and its daily equivalent, the Daily Mail. I live in Glasgow, and in these parts, the big name media companies are in a constant state of ‘war’. The Scottish Media Group, who own the locally based newspapers, the Herald and the Evening Times, usually take a back seat and allow the others to squabble amongst themselves. The Sun is printed in Kinning Park on the south side of the Clyde, while the Daily Record has recently spent millions on its riverside complex on the north bank. A sister paper to the English Daily Mirror, the Daily Record has a hard time of it, trying to protect its vulnerable lead in sales and the close proximity of the main competition causes both parties no end of discomfort. Also included in this ‘media war’ is the subject of this dooyoo, The Daily Mail. From a personal perspective, the amazing offer, from the Mail on Sunday, was simply another volley fired across the bows of its competitors. That said, to be able to buy a newspaper of over one hundred pages for one penny, was too good an offer for Glasgow Girl to miss. So, I popped out to my local newsagent and made the purchase, as early on Sunday as I could. The end of “Steve Wright’s Sunday Morning Love Songs” (Radio 2) is early enough for anyone, surely? I find the broadsheet newspapers to be a throwback from an earlier age so the tabloid format of the Mail on Sunday is my preferred choice, as you will see if you read my other opinion in the newspapers in general section of dooyoo. This Sunday, (19th November 2000) the front page of the main section was dedicated to Tony Blair’s stance on a Euro Army, and the resultant 'humiliation' of his capitulation
. 110 pages of the main section were full of the best in journalism, the rest was dedicated to SPORT, need I say more? Why the Mail on Sunday has to put SPORT in among the 'real' news is beyond me. Then again, that complaint is one which can be directed at so much of the news industry these days. (Thinks . . .I must try and get a dooyoo done on that soon) The one little grouse I have is that, with a separate pull out section on finance and the various ‘magazine’ sections, why not make the SPORT and the “Review” sections 'pull out' too? The Revue section was the cause of a small tiff in the GG/auldmac household this week-end. I mean, what is a girl to do? . . . It sits there, the title, “Revue” staring you in the face and daring you to pull it out . . . I only hope you don’t do as I did and try just that. My other half did not take kindly to my attempted extraction techniques . . . suffice to say, if the paper had made “Revue” a pull-out and not just a ‘look alike’ . . . all would have been well. Back to the proper business of this dooyoo . . . Apart from the 'Sport' quibble, I thought the gardening section deserved a section to itself too. On the other hand, the travel section left a bit to be desired. From a practical standpoint, separate sections would also mean that the 'sport' section could be thrown in the bucket right away. Overall, this is an excellent newspaper, with good reviews and interviews. The news reporting has always had my vote and the politics section is all right, if you are of that particular persuasion. All in all the Mail on Sunday is an excellent read. I recommend it wholeheartedly. GG
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When it comes to value for money there are lots of daily newspapers that, literally, aren't worth the paper they are written on. Not so the Mail on Sunday. This newspaper is packed full of news and sport and comes with a free weekly TV Guide. You also get two colour magazines. All this costs just £1. The whole newspaper takes most of the day to read and the magazines are still left to read! The news content of these publication is high quality and you also get cartoons, crosswords and puzzles. There is something for all the family in this quality Sunday newspaper and it is extremely good quality.
The Sunday Mail is only a pound to buy and comes complete with about 50 leaflets and a couple of useful magazines like the TV listings, as well as providing the WHOLE weeks news in one paper. Yes the paper is very good value, and is usually of a very high quality, inparticular the Sports section. You may already read this paper as it is one of the country's leading news papers. But if you don't then I seriously suggest you give it a read. There's so many puzzles inside and crosswords, cartoons, advertisements, and, of course, a load of news articles. The paper isn't boring as far as newspapers are concerned, and it has reasonable sized print. THe sports news is always up to date, and very thorough. A great Newspaper!
The Mail isn't a newspaper that ever attracted me - not least because of its brand of political posturing and image as a very middle-aged, middle class, conservative publication. At a friends' home, however, I found myself engrossed for a good hour in a really excellent magazine, which I was quite astonished to discover was the MoS Sunday supplement. The following week saw me buying the paper for the first time ever - and two years later I have it delivered every week. I'm not really a 'newspaper person', and still find the MoS very biased take on the news, both at home and abroad, irritating in the extreme. The supplements, however, really can't be faulted. The magazine has given a great deal of coverage to organic food; it has some good fashion and beauty articles and some brilliant cookery. Most recently it's been featuring Nigella Lawson's new book and the recipes have been so good I've actually cut them out and kept them, something I'm very rarely inspired to do. There's also a problem page and often a good short story. In fact, I'd probably pay the cover price for the magazine alone! The financial supplement contains a lot of rather dry (for my taste) business stuff, but the personal finance section is really good, managing to tread that very thin line between being patronising and writing so that everyone can understand, (even me!) very effectively. The television supplement really is the best, not least because it has the most comprehensive listings guide I've come across outside a dedicated TV magazine - all the channels I coould want are there. It also has some interesting features, and not just the very cursory OK! magazine stuff about household names either. As for the main body of the paper, well, that's just the right size for the cat litter tray
Now I understand why the paper boys and girls have trolleys to deliver newspapers these days - the weight of a couple of Mail on Sundays would probably kill them! Picture the scene - you settle down for a quiet read with the Sunday paper. You open your Mail on Sunday to find the Financial Mail nestling inside. On opening this you are greeted with YOU magazine, and inside YOU are a pile of leaflets. It's like those Russian dolls - each time you open one there's another inside! Seriously though, this paper is exceptionally good value for only £1, and a lot of newsworthy material here (not too much of who's been sleeping with who). I usually manage to finish reading it all by about Wednesday!
Cannot praise this paper highly enough.Bags of information,news,current affairs and sports.One of the best features though is Financial Mail on Sunday,which also has its own web site thisismoney.co.uk.It is not just for the high flyers either,its for the likes of you and me. It gives very good advice regarding Tessas,mortgages,Isas,investment trusts and also pure life cover together with tables to compare.If you want to avoid the scams,they are mentioned,often with a photo of the accused! Some people complain that there are too many articles,and they are very in-depth.I agree,thats why it sometimes takes me two days to read! Night and Day magazine which is included is superb,very good colour magazine,which always seems to have stories people are interested in.This week it's Rosemary Conley,Changing Rooms and Boyzone.Another good feature is the logged on, which gives sites which apply to that subject. Worth the money,I think.