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Women's weekly is fast becoming a magazine I look forward to reading. I have never bought it as such, since I think it is aimed at women older than me, however, my mother in law buys this magazine weekly and then passes it on to me to read, and then I in turn pass it on to my own mother. At 82p for the magazine however, I think it is a very reasonable and fair price in comparison to some of the magazine prices on the shelves today.
One of the things that immediately catches your attention on the front cover is just how much it caters for the likes and interests of different women. On a recent issue that has been passed on to me, there is a picture of Eamonn Holmes and his partner Ruth who give an internview inside, there is diet advice for Christmas, household ideas and styles, fashion trends and even some recipes.
On the first page of the magazine there is always a welcome page listing the contents of the magazine, and it is clear from this too, that there is a little something for everyone.
After that there is a double page spread that appears in evry magazine and I love to look at the section 'visit my favourite place' as it sometimes gives you an idea for future holiday plans. There is also a little corner devoted to ways to save pounds, some ideas are more useful than other's, and there is usually a section 'A cup of tea with...' which involves a brief interview with a celebrity. On this double page, there is also a 'buy of the week' which again can help spark an idea for a gift.
After this double spread, there is a page devoted to reader's letters and thoughts, as well as 'What you're wearing' where the magazine takes a picture of women on the street and asks them about their style and look. I always find this quite interesting, and it is amazing to find out that some of the women pictured are a lot older than they look.
There is then usually the main interview with the cover star, followed by a guest columnist who shares their thoughts and feelings about whatever they like really.
After this there is a section of fashion, showing you some of the season's trends from the high street most at least are at reasonable and affordable prices.
A double page spread is also devoted to a real life story, and there is also a consumer page.
One of the pages that I always find of use if the good health section that has a question and answer section and will focus in on a health related topic eg smear tests, with advice and guidance from a doctor. This is followed by a diet/healthy eating page, and then a 'well being page.
Throughout the magazine, there are short fiction stories dotted around. I have to say that I tend to skip over these, however, my mother in law loves them, and they are a big part of why she buys this magazine. So again, there is something for everyone.
Cookery Editor Sue McMahon provides a recipe section each week, with some great ideas. I have tried some of the recipes before, and they have worked a treat.
Near the end of the magazine, there is a garden section, and this is the only part of the magazine that my husband will ask me to leave out for him. I, on the other hand, am not much interested in gardening, so this doesn't appeal, but it will to others.
For those women who are creative and like to knit, there is usually a pattern included in the magazine, to make a particular item.
Finally, there is also a short section on a particular Travel destination, as well as an agony aunt page, finishing with a puzzle section .
All in all, I really do feel that this magazine offers everyone something. No, it is not the type of magazine at my age I would go out and buy, but I do enjoy reading those that are passed on to me by my mother in law. At 82p I think this is a great read for women, especially for older women, as there is so much covered, and it caters for the interests of my older women, as well as some younger women. The articles are always interesting and I feel that it is a well produced magazine that I can see myself buying in 20 odd years time.
Having read Woman's Weekly for over 20 years I feel I have a sound knowledge of its contents. It is a very well balanced magazine with a good variety of articles. It is topical as well as having articles that celebrate our culture and heritage. It does not concentrate on sensational features about celebrities but writes about ordinary people and their wonderful achievements. You can rely on Woman's Weekly for up to date information on family health matters. The cookery articles are not too adventurous for the inexperienced cook. The fashion pages show affordable clothes for every taste.
Woman's weekly is famous for its knitting and craft patterns. The knitting patterns are graded so that readers can easily select the pattern to match their ability. The craft pages are ingenious with an emphasis on budget saving ideas. There is also encouragement to fundraise for different charities of your own choice, which makes the reader think about people beyond their family circle.
Woman's weekly is also famous for its wide selection of stories from all walks of life. It introduces the reader to new authors are genre. A new idea is that the reader is encouraged to comment on the stories. It is interesting to read other people's points of view.
One of the best regular features concentrates on women's health. It is good to get information about women's medical conditions in a language that everyone can understand.
Woman's weekly has managed to keep up to date and is constantly evaluating and improving itself.
I would thoroughly recommend you buy a copy and see how good it is!
Woman's weekly is such an old magazine - no offence! I remember Woman's Weekly well, it was one of the most bought magazines in new Zealand. I remember when they had all knitting things, the recipes.... it wasn't the 'in' thing to buy. So they changed the whole magazine, it became more glitzier and covered stories about famous people as well as the general public. Unfortunately, this is all over in New Zealand, and I really used to envy the people in the United Kingdom - because they got all the free gifts! I remember it well, when I was a youngster and didn't really know about the strength of the pound, looking at items like clothes and jewellery always seemed to be much much cheaper - just the dollar sign was different! Of course I must of been about six or seven by the time I took an interest in it. The Woman's weekly is still going strong after all these years, and it's still a good read. I would call it a cross between Woman's Own and the Good Housekeeping guide
I have had the magazine for around 9 years. At times the mags have been boring and thrown away over those few years. However I normally have the mag for the toy and craft issues, as it is my hobby to make things in order to save money. There are times when I decide it is too long in the tooth and some people would even consider it a pensioners reading material. Yet there has been new blood injected in the last few years and now it is worthy of buying. Medical issues have kept me informed of recent researches and treatments. Stories long serialised or short coffee hours are there for relaxing with. Craft designs by some top knitwear and crafty companies now grace the pages. Terry Wogan now gives us his usual jovial yet cynical look on life while antiques experts give welcome advice. Brighter, younger and more interesting as of late I shall give it another few years before I trade it for a newer model.
The Woman's Weekly must have been around for years and years, certainly my Grandmother used to have a copy at home when I was a child, and that was an awfully long time ago... The magazine has made attempts to modernise it's image over the last few years, with some success, but it is still widely regarded as an older woman's magazine. In it's favour, it certainly manages to cover a wide range of subjects and there should certainly be at least one or two topics to interest anyone who reads it. The cookery section is usually quite good, often by an established cook life Mary Berry. The recipies cover everything from dinner parties or more formal occassions to family fare. Because of the cheap and thin paper used in printing, the food pictures often look a lot less tasty than they should. You usually get a knitting pattern of some description, a truly awful fair isle jacket was in the last copy I was reading. The sort of garment that Starsky would have rejected back in 1976 as too old fashioned to be a Starsky cardi! You often get a dressmaking/needlework feature, the one about making fancy dress items for children was very good, simple ideas to create mermaids or tigers or pirates. Sometimes this is a useful section, sometimes not, it all depends on your lifestyle. There is usally some fiction to read, a part of a serial, and a short story or two. You get your stars, a puzzle, a problems page...all the usual things. I think one of the main things that labels this magazine as an older person's, is the advertising - stairlifts, step in baths, over 50's insurance policies, that sort of thing. This is the sort of magazine I am happy enough to pick up in the dentists and flick through, but not something I would want to read every week. It tends to be best in the lead up to Christmas, when it's recipies and DIY gifts are usually worth looking at. F
or me, this magazines finest hour will always be in the Victoria Wood song...remember the one? "Beat me on the bottom with a Woman's Weekly...let's do it tonight"!
My Auntie has 1000's of these stashed away, going back to when I was a kid. They have revamped it a couple of times (it's bigger format now) but it is clearly aimed at the tea and cakes and knitting brigade. There are always a couple of stories, one of them a serial, a knitting pattern or two, and a few recipe ideas. Articles tend to cover health problems in those 40+, and interviews are with the golden oldies of music and TV. This magazine is very good value, the recipes are easy to follow and use common ingredients (no popping down the market for lemon grass) and the knitting patterns are clear and use brand names. My Auntie knits toys and baby clothes to sell at the Church Fete and she got all of her patterns out of this magazine over the years. The printing and paper quality is also very good.