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Although I am always complaining about the 'cost of living' with utility prices forever rising, public transport increases etc., it is such a nice change to be able to comment on a Sunday paper being extremely good value and, in my view, that paper is undoubtedly the 'Sunday Times'.
I have been an avid reader of the paper for many years and, although, I am very disappointed with the increasing amount of advertising contained within it, there is still a great deal of very good reading matter, coupled with the many supplements and magazines namely, Sport, Money, Travel, Driving and Technology, News Review, and The Sunday Magazine, Culture and Style. In fact plenty of variety for everyone to enjoy. I would consider this to be ample paperwork for anybody with a very busy life style to complete within a week, but, I must say, my admiration goes out to people who also incorporate a daily newspaper as well.
Apart from the very well written articles covering a vast range of topical news events, the magazines are really interesting covering articles such as fashion, details and times of coming music, theatre events, and also listings of best selling books on the market both paperbacks and hardbacks. There is also very good coverage of televion and radio programmes plus their recommendations on what's worth watching.
Finally, why not spend a reasonable two pounds fifty for the 'Sunday Times'. In the long run, it will prove to be very good value and money well spent.
This is purchased religiously in our house every Sunday and it takes us a week to work our way through it. This makes it fantastic value for money. I love the routine of something like this where I know what to expect from the regular columns and features and look forward to my favourite parts each week. The main part and the sports section are passed to the husband to devour, leaving me free to tackle the News and Review section and, best of all, the enclosed magazines.
Take the tour with me......
Ok, so I start with the Style magazine, where I ogle the outrageously expensive clothes and accessories. Then I read the varied and interesting articles, covering a multitude of subjects. Next its on to beauty, for more often outrageously expensive products and treatments made all the more fascinating as I will never afford them. Then its one of my favourite pages - Sally Brampton giving well considered and sensitively written advice to a troubled reader - so much better than the hastily scribbled churned out replies of many agony aunts. I avoid the horoscopes and line up the next magazine in the pile.
Ok so now its probably Tuesday.....
Well I did say it lasts a week. Next stop is the Sunday Times Magazine - journalism at its best. The articles are brilliant - so well researched and written, they are informative and take you all over the world. The 'Relative Values' feature has a nice angle, usually about someone in the public eye, discussing their relationship with a close relative. 'Spectrum' is a series of thought provoking images - award winning photographers showing their skill and often bravery in capturing images that can make you gasp. The food section is a lesson in posh food, again the chance to ogle expensive ingredients and restaurants I'm unlikely to get the chance to savour. This is where the food critic AA Gill holds court - like Bovril, I imagine you either love or loathe him and I'm definitely in the latter category. Still I like to read about the restaurant he's reviewing. I finish with 'A Life in the Day' - again an interesting angle on a typical day in the life of its subject.
So much left to read - so little time....
The weekend's hurtling towards me and I'm not done yet on last Sunday's edition. Time to move on to the Culture. As well as being handy for the television listings, it too contains a wealth of interesting articles and features. I seek out the film reviews - although I don't always agree with them, then flick to the books section. Like the rest of the newspaper, the range of reading material is wide and I love discovering new books that I would most likely never have heard of.
Oops - the weekend is upon me...
There's just time for the News and Review section - crammed with more thought provoking journalism, it also includes a brief look at news stories for the week. I finish with the 'Quotes of the week' and skip the crossword and sudoku puzzles - well who has time for them!!
Its Sunday again - well if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the newsagent............
I buy the Sunday Times every week pretty much without fail. It's the only paper I buy on a weekly basis and it lasts me the whole week. There are about ten different sections. The main paper, news review, business, sport, Ingear (latest gadgets and car news) home, travel, money, appointments as well as three magazines. The value for money is terrific, the paper is £2.20 per issue. i must admit that I rarely manage to get through the whole thing in a week which usually means a few sections are left lying around the house much to my tidy wifes delight!
The reviews are unbiased and current affairs and news are written by a mixture of regular writers and irregular contributors including excerpts from recent books.
The Culture section reviews recent books, television, music etc as well as reviews and listings for the forthcoming weeks television.
The Sports section boasts a number of well known sports writers and avoids the usual tabloid habit of making up football transfer rumours in favour of in depth reviews and analysis.
The appointments section is probably the only one I don't read as I don't think my application for Chairman of BP would be well received! Other than this minor gripe the Sunday Times is an outstanding weekly paper. I better stop now as I'm already a few sections behind on this weeks read.
The Sunday times is the best way to kick back on a sunday. It arrives on a sunday morning (best if you get it delivered) and then you need two hands to pick it all up from the mat and once your breakfast and cup of tea is with you on the sofa you basically don't move all day:) It has various sections; sport, news review, money, motoring, travel, money, style, culture & magagazine. There is so much information you can get totally lost in it however due to the differing subjects the reader does not get bogged down in it and can go from light hearted articles and journalisim to award winning investigative in dept topics. The price for this is only £2 which is an absolute bargain. The magazine & supplements are fantastic and the Style mag is my favourite. It shows all of the recent designer gear and also the more modest stuff from the high street which I can actually afford!!:) The articles in all of the paper are well informed and I can't particularly say that it is politically motivated to a stonger party but then again I don't look at it like that I just like the articles and find it informative, amusing and keeps my attention. Each section includes reviews, interviews and content from readers, I think this applies to all ages, backgrounds and gender.
The sunday times is the daddy of all newspapers. The paper costs £2 but that is incredible value for money considering what you get for your money. The paper is huge and you can take a whole sunday trying to get through it. The whole paper is a broadsheet which is a break from the tabloid sized normal times.
The main section of the paper carries all the main news stories of the day. The front page will be dominated by the main story but there will also be a few other stories around the page unless the leading story is of particular importance.
The sports section is usually dominated by football but reports on almost any sport you can think of.
The ingear section features mostly information about cars and gadgets. It also has a column written by Jeremy Clarkson although sometimes it will have another writer.
Culture is the Sunday Times section which has information on all the latest shows and books aswell as a weekly TV guide.
The paper also features a travel section, home section, money section, business section, news review section and its own magazine.
The Sunday Times also publishs a rich list of the richest people in Britain, its own good university guide, the top 100 employers in the country and the sunday times bestseller list for books in the UK.
For any wanting a substantial and well reported newspaper to read on a sunday then the Sunday Times should be your first port of call and you may find yourself occupied for most of the day.
I don't often engage with the Sunday Times (ST), but to provide myself with an objective perspective of the Sundays I occasionally indulge in a perusal. I console myself with the knowledge that there are much, much worse papers out there at the weekend, on which I am highly unlikely to spend my hard - earned.
The ST is in the upper end of the Sunday market, maiing a marked change from the pervasive sex - drugs - and - the - vicar material found in the tabloids. The news is presented in a sober, considered fashion with good writing and incisive analysis in parts. If you want to know what's going on in a world seemingly convulsed by the permanent Global War On Terror and the semi-permanent economic meltdown, then the ST's coverage often rivals that of other established broadsheets.
Like the other publications in its sector of the Sundays market, the ST provides a wealth of supplements for a discerning (mostly) right - wing middle class readership, dealing with weekend breaks in Provence, to latest fashion trends, gardening offers and special offer cavalry twills. All delightfully twee. Sure, this also extends to glossies on music, art, culture (whatever THAT is) literature, and all those other areas so beloved of the scions of Middle England and beyond. Not a Primark offer in sight, too ... Yes it does sport, as well; 'nuff said.
For me the Sunday Times is an institution and as per their marketing line the Sunday Times is The Sunday Paper. I remember being perched on my dads knee as a little girl trying to make sense of the endless columns of text and pictures and now as 'grown up' they have become a much loved stable of my life also. It always brings a smile to my face if we are staying at my boyfriends family home that on a Sunday morning we all dive for the papers, reach for our preferred supplement and then discuss for hours the global happenings.
The Sunday Times currently costs £2 and judging by the fact that on some weeks even by lunchtime I cant get a copy must be as popular with others as it is with me. In these credit-crunch-purse tightening times I would urge any magazine hussy's to ditch your pricey weekly glossy mags and instead invest in this illuminating tome, I can guarantee it will keep you occupied for longer and deliver on entertainment and educational value.
In Scotland the format differs slightly as I will explain below
For your £2 you get the following sections:
**News** - a round up of the weekend and some in depth analysis of ongoing issues. For me The 'Focus' section is particularly useful as for example it will examine more in depth the uproar over the lack of army kit and consider all sides of the argument - perfect for making me sound more knowledgeable over morning coffee in the office! The comment section hands over to the resident journalists and I find India Knights column to be amusing, witty and a well rounded read.
**Sport** - instantly passed to the other half, upsets him slightly that all the sport is Scottish....we are in Scotland but both being English and supporting English clubs feel a little hard done too.
**Business** - errr, it covers business I guess, maybe I should pay more attention but it's a Sunday who wants to read about work??
**Money** - a small supplement that has come into its own over the last few months by looking at ways to save money and examining issues like capital gains tax. I wont pretend this is one of my favourites but the items are generally of some interest.
**Ecosse (Review in England)** - disappointment as I love the News Review supplement in the English version so much, as you may expect this focuses more on Scottish issues, Scottish celebrities and examines Scotland's focus. A little too narrow for me.....
**Style** - a wonderfully indulgent supplement that should not be taken too seriously. It is pretentious, ludicrous but fabulous at the same time! No I am never going to be able to, or want to, buy a £2000 dress but its great to look at. It usually features some inspiring health article and some of the features can be eye opening (this weeks is about mother/daughter relationships) and the interviews with celebrities cover much more and go far deeper than you would expect. Aunt Sally deals with one readers issue and has a tough no nonsense approach that is refreshing when you have been reading 'I feel so jealous' problem pages in the past..... AA Gill reviews a restaurant and no magazine would be complete horoscopes. A full days read in itself!
**Culture** - not really my bag but it does have movie, tv, theatre and radio reviews. Apparently the movie reviews can be a little harsh but I guess when you watch movies for a living Harry Potter is hardly going to float your boat. The TV guide lasts a week as well so more money saved by not buying that Radio Times.
**The Sunday Magazine** - another enjoyable read. The items featured are so varied I cannot really cover them all but generally speaking it will look at a period of history or a news story and where the people are now (Beslan this week). It will normally feature a social article, and the stable favourites are 'Relative values' and 'A life in the Day'. The photography in the magazine is something wonderous and generally features a photographic artists work (my preferred art medium so clearly I am biased!). A thought provoking read.
**Travel** - possibly my favourite, nothing better than sitting down in the sun, or rain and being whisked away to foreign climates with this supplement. It is only short but the photography and writing is vivid and at times incredibly useful indicating places to visit on a budget, hidden gems and offering some great travel advice. This supplement is stuffed full of adverts to exotic locations and resorts that I could never afford in a million years but as its Sunday I have time to daydream!
**Home** - covers home matters and features properties not even a millionaire could buy!
**Drive** - another passed to my other half, all about cars! A weekly article by Jeremy Clarkson normally ties in with his Top Gear show and has my partner giggling so it must be good!
All the sections come apart so you can take the easier ones like Style to bed or bath with you, and as I explained above it can become a community read with all the sections being passed amongst you and devoured at your own pace. You could lose a Sunday in the Times and be renewed by having so much relaxation time or you can keep it going all week as lets face it the articles in Travel are hardly about to expire!
A highly recommended read if you haven't discovered it already....
The Sunday Times have used the tag line of them being THE Sunday papers, and in my opinion its exactly that. Sunday papers are quite substantial and can set you up nicely for a whole week's worth of reading if you decide to read everything! Here's a summary of all the different supplements in this excellent paper.
This covers the latest news, as while as editorials and more substansial articles in the centre. I find the views on display quite evenly balanced and always of high quality. British news is covered mainly at the start of the section, while international news is towards the back.
This is more of an article based section, with a mixture of interviews, summary of the week just gone's news and sometime includes extract from biographies. Its a quality section with a variety of topics covered fully without ever being more than two or three pages long.
Business and Money
These are two separate sections but are similar in content and size. While the business section would be more of interest to those within the business world, the finance section is far more reader friendly and usually contains articles on best ways to save/make money. Its extremely useful especially during the credit crunch and contains a handy guide at the back to the best deals on accounts, mortgages etc
One the the finest sports sections out of all the british sunday papers. It covers most sports pre-dominantly football, rugby and cricket, but has articles on less popular sports as well such as sailing and cycling. The quality of journalism here is exceptional with such sporting journalism legends as Brian Glanville and Hugh McIllvaney still contributing thoughtful and insightful articles.
A substansial section covering most of the arts world and including tv and radio. The section is very well thought out and again spreads its articles evenly with regards to the various arts. The music section is particularly good, with interesting articles on bands and artists outside the mainstream
Magazine and Style
Two separate magazines, with Style concentrating more on fashion and celebrities with the magazine itself covering more current affairs issues. To be honest i feel Style magazine has gone down hill over the last few years, and tends to be a bit of a parody of itself. The magazine has the classic a Life in the Day of section as the back page, each week looking at a typical day in the life of people from a variety of background.
Other sections include Homes and Holidays and these are decent enough supplements without offering anything particularly original.
I'm a huge fan of the Sunday Times, and believe it offers a comprehensive and wide ranging information service. No matter what your interests, you should find something to intrigue you, and its substantial content means whole Sundays can be spent in its company!
Before you go and buy The Sunday Times you need to be aware it is a huge commitment- it really isn't just for Sunday unless you plan to do nothing for the rest of the day and have a very very late night. It has so many sections with such interesting content that you have to plan an order in which to read it as the News Section and Sports Section would be somewhat outdated news if not out on top of the reading pile. The Culture Section means you don't need to buy a separate tv guide as it is an excellent one, as well as covering pretty much everything in the Arts & Entertainment world, it is an Arts Magazine in itself. The Style Mag and Times Mag can be put aside as magazine reads for later in the week.To honest there isn't that much in The Appointments section unless you are job hunting.There are also sections on Business, Personal Finance, Property Travel, gardening, IT; Fashion and books etc etc. There is also a section for the little ones. So my recommendation would be to buy The Times on Sunday and unless you have an abundance of time- it will supply you with reading material for the rest of the week. You will soon become loyal to your favourite journalists and I am sure you will appreciate immediately the quality of the content. My only complaint is that it sometimes forgets that it's readers aren't all swimming in money and sometimes I feel like I am reading about how the other half lives- having said that it is my usual choice for a Sunday Paper- I suggest you give it a go.
The Sunday Times is great for dipping into throughout the week so you don't need to buy a newspaper every day!
There are loads of sections, so everyone in the family can have a piece to read. Appointments section gets ditched straightaway though.
There is the main section which takes more than one cup of tea and slice of toast to read through. I tend to dip in and out of this section.
Culture, lists not onlly the television and radio for the coming week, but has in depth articles about concerts, films, plays, art exhibitions and books. Again a good section for dipping in and out of.
Style, drives me round the bend - it is aimed at the high spending end of the market, and whilst some of the articles are quite good it is basicallly glossy and light weight. It does contain some good recipes sometimes and some helpful advice at others. Mrs Mills needs to get a life though!
The Sunday Times Magazine is alwyas a good read, and I can usually lose myself in this for an hour. The day in the life of article at the back is usually interesting and features ordinary people as well as celebs. It always contains good high quality photographs on intersting subjects and its editorials are good reading.
Now on to the actual broad sheet supplements;
Money is worthwhile reading - down to earth advice, usuallly written so you can understand it. The articles featuring real people are informative and sometimes you can relate to the situation they are in. The postbag help column is good for advice on how to deal with truculent companies!
News Review - don't read it if you don't like Jeremy Clarkson, although his column is only a small one compared to others. The front page story is usually a good read - occasionally I start off reading it but then get bored though. The education pages are geared very much to slating the state sector and promoting the private sector. Mr Woodhead has nothing good to say about the state sector and doesn;t apear to have lived in the real world of education depsite being head of Ofsted (need I say more). WInners Dinners is always good for a laugh and the letters and the addition of a quick synposis of the week is handy to catch up on the news you missed by not buying a daily paper!
Sport - Ok if you are a football fanatic - I tend to look up the Hammers score and have a quick flick through to see if anything of interest grabs my attention.
Business - forget this unless you have stocks and shares, run a business or suffer from insomnia.
There are then three further newsprint supplements
In Gear - featuring cars, bikes, technology and usually a good read.
Home - well we can all dream can't we - although it is interesting to see how much property is, what people do it nad see what we should be doing in the garden.
Travel - again aimed at those who either have limitless pots of money, time on their hands and no children. The articles on places are interesting and it is nice to see places that would otherwise be out of reach.
My Sunday morning read consists of tearing open the plastic bag the Style, Culture and Magazine come in and disposing of all the marketing stuff in it. Then tackling in this order; News Review, Culture, Money, Style, Main Paper, Magazine and so on until I've fininshed the lot.
A good value, quality paper, whose bias I don't always agree with but which is well written and informative.
If you were to read The Sunday Times from cover to cover every Sunday... Well... That would be your Sunday gone! This newspaper is a BIG read. Even just the main news section could take a good hour or more to fully digest the contents, before you even start on all the supplements it comes with!
For me, the supplements are the high point of the Times. You can get the news section any time, any day of the week, whereas you only get these very specialist supplements on the Sunday.
Every week is generally the same supplements, although there are occasional "specials". For instance a "Rich List" and "University Guides" once a year (you can tell who the target audience are eh?!). Other than that, it generally stays the same. My personal favourites of the supplements are the Magazine and the Style magazine. The Sunday Times Magazine is well known for the quality of it's journalism, combining hard-hitting reports with more relaxed interviews of celebrities. They also support a number of photography competitions, the results of which are usually in the magazine and are a delight to peruse.
The Style magazine takes a tongue in cheek look at what's hot and what's not. It does reviews of new products and the occasional interview with some "style icon" or designer.
I also enjoy the News Review section. Which is basically what it says on the tin. It usually leads with a human interest story that has made an appearance in the papers that week. For instance, I remember shortly after the demise of Saddam Hussein, they did an interview with his daughter. They look "behind the scenes" of the big stories of the week.
In all, the Sunday Times would be a highly recommended read.
I occasionally buy The Sunday Times and I feel it is easily the best Sunday broadsheet going. It has so much in it and all good stuff as well. Instead of being full of leaflets and glossy mags of smug rich celebrities like the News of the World and Star, all of the supplements in the Sunday Times (except sports for me) are worth reading. There is enough content to keep the reader busy for hours. It contains interesting supplements and plenty of serious up to date news and current affairs to keep you busy. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone over the trashbloids anyday. Along with the Mail on Sunday the Sunday Times is one of my favourite sunday papers.
I have been reading the Sunday Times for the last 4 years and now my husband and daughter enjoy reading it as well. We like to get the paper mid morning and sit with a cup of tea and spread it out, as there are so many sections we don't have to fight over who gets what first. I always have a copy reserved at my local newsagents as I have learnt from experience if its not reserved they sell quickly. My husband will go for the main news and then the business section followed by the property section. My daughter will go for the Style magazine first and I will go for the Sunday Times magazine. When my daughter was younger she would read the Funday Times but has now graduated to the Style magazine as she feels she is more sophisticated! We used to read the Sunday Express or the Mail or get a variety of all Sunday papers but in the last 4 years we have stuck to the Sunday Times. It does have its disadvantages which are the size, I would prefer the size which they do during the week and the weight when carrying it home, occassional the plactic carrier bag will split because its so heavy. Why do we read the Sunday Times ?because we like to be informed on a number of issues. We, as a family, want to know what is going on in the world and not just the celebrity one! So its great to get uptodated policitical stories and comments, along with world wide issues and interesting little snippets. You even get a weather report which includes a six dayforecast and if you are interested in the stars and planets you can read about what to look out for each week. Want to go swimming? well you will find the times of the High Tides in various areas around the country as well. The Sunday Times also reviews books, films and tv and provides a listing magazine called the Culture so i don't have to go and buy a seperate listings mag its all there in the one Sunday paper. I remember one of the TV advertisments for the Sunday Times and t
his showed a family seperating the newpaper out between them and i would like to say this is what happens in our house. As this paper has so much in it I find myself refering back to it during the week, or I might skim an articule on Sunday and put it on one side to read later in the week. At the moment I am reading the Sunday Times magazine articule on Columbus which is very imformative. If you havent tried it give it a go i dont think the price is to expensive either for the amount of information and enjoyment we obtain from our Sunday read.
Often, on a Sunday, I read a Sunday paper. There are lots of Sunday papers in the shops including News of the World, Sunday Sport etc. It depends on your taste but the Times is aimed at those wanting to read a more serious publication with actual news as opposed to gossip and innuendo. My personal favourite is the ST. ST is owned by the Australian multi-millionaire, Rupert Murdoch's NewsMedia corporation which also owns SKY TV and The Sun amongst other things. The ST has numerous pullouts so can take a while to read. It's almost compulsory to read the main section. This contains the news at home and abroad. There is an editorial, which is inevitably politically focused and there is the impression that the editor leans towards the right of centre in terms of political thinking. I like to read the business and personal finance too. The money pages will give you ideas on to how to make or save money and has been a help to Carpetbaggers in the past. Money pages will often give advice about what the best deals are re building society/bank accounts and there are best buy tables for things like mortgages, accounts, credit cards and so on that are well worth a look. There are pullouts including a section that deals with the Arts. This has all the week's TV listing and is very good for info on movies. Another pullout is on lifestyle and covers home furnishings, wine and the like. There are other sections including information about cars and travel. I rarely read about cars but like to look at the travel destinations. You will often find useful information on far-flung destinations and how to travel on a budget. The sports section is great, too. The ST costs around £1.40 these days. There you go, 300 words on TheSunday Times Thanks for reading Marandina
I dont read Newspapers that often now ,but now and again its nice to read the news Hardcopy. I read the news most days on Yahoo. There is something relaxing about having a large newspaper on a sunday.The Sunday times certainly fills that need .March 31st edition of course featured The Queen Mothers death,and had a 12 page commemoratve supplement about her,showing the graceful person she was,there is a picture of her on the front of the supplement in a beautiful lemon coloured dress.People like her have provided a good example and stability in a very unstable world. I of course show her and her family relative honour, as I await Christs rule soon from a Heavenly government,the only one that will put this Earth right,Revelation 21,vs 1-5. In this supplement is Her family line and some of her history ,with pictures 1900-2002. The news in the Times in general is produced with no smut ,so is very informative. The *Sunday Times Magazine* is also very varied in its articles ,this last week it featured amn article on page 51 on what produces a killer ,looking at what a personality disorder really is ,and how a pet scan could be used to identify a potential killer, that it has been found that there is a brain abnormalty in some well known killers ,it certainly provides food for thought and research. It is entitled *Two Human Brains-Which one is the mind of a Killer*:reporter John Cornwell.There is another interesting article about turtledoves and how they are kept as family pets in Muslim househods and are highly prized in Thailand page 40 . I found this all a good read.