Newest Review: ... has since run out) and she passes it on to me. I used to read Yours magazine even before I reached the grand old age of 50 and I always ... more
It's Mine not Yours!
Member Name: jo@145
Advantages: Suitable for the over 50's
Disadvantages: Not for young women
My daughter finished up work recently prior to having a baby and apart from loads of vouchers, her colleagues gave her a fun bag with an assortment of things to take with her to pass the time whilst in labour, and one of these was a magazine called YOURS. She thought they had just picked it up without checking that it is aimed at the older woman and so gave it to me!
It is A4 size and has a glossy cover, my copy has 130 pages but my first impression was the inside pages were made of cheap paper. The more I read it I got used to the paper, which could be recycled by the feel, and the colour pictures were OK. This first impression did put me off, but the more I read the magazine, the more I realised it was excellent value at only £1.40 and in fact if you take out a subscription it reduces to only £1 a copy. It is published fortnightly.
This magazine was a most enjoyable read, which came as a big surprise to me as so often magazines are full of celebrities that don't interest me, or how to change your house with things that the average person will never be able to afford and especially the fact our house would fit into one of their rooms!
The index clearly sets out the different sections and a short message from the Editor. There was a section on star chat about Arlene Phillips, but even I could cope with a couple of pages and also Kevin Whateley, who admits to being surprised as he is described as a "Heart-throb!" I enjoyed the Real life section about a real Vicar of Dibley, a lady vicar who moved from Sheffield to the Dales, very different for her to cope with, but less stressful.
A wonderful article about some children who were born with Downs and who started a dance troupe and had been on television and another about a Granny who is in the TA and has been nursing soldiers in Afghanistan. These were real life interesting stories not a load of scandal.
Several pages of letters about things people want to rant about, want to share or just tell others, including a Senior moment's column with some funny incidents, that people didn't mind sharing and had me laughing!
A page on Talking point I found very interesting about Toilets - you might think an odd subject but it said that there are only 4,000 loo-cations in this country now. I have a medical problem and often need to visit a loo quickly, I always check where they are when visiting somewhere new, and have found many toilets boarded up, so found this article interesting, and may well write to my MP as was suggested!
Fashion and Beauty aimed at the older woman was interesting with fashionable clothes aimed at the 50+ and the result from testers on bust firming cream. Recharge your health had lots of paragraphs about different things that you can change to make improvements. I particularly enjoyed an article on losing weight and lowering cholesterol.
Advice was given in the "Ask us Anything" section, lots of questions were answered and tips on how to avoid being scammed. Continuing in this section there was an article on how to plant an Easter container, and medical and money matters were discussed too. Anti-ageing beauty tricks for the 50's, 60's and 70's remind the reader to change their beauty regime as they get older. Another gardening section appears later in the magazine.
The Memories section showed clothes people wore, and reminded me of my wedding back in the 1960's. There was a section for people looking for friends - this surprised me as hadn't expected men to buy this magazine, although some articles were suitable for both sexes, but primarily I would say it's a woman's magazine. Also people looking for named friends and relations they have lost contact with.
No magazine would be complete without some cooking articles and this edition had some recipes for meat free meals.
A lovely pattern for a striped short sleeve cardi was included andas the pattern would cost more than the actual magazine, I considered it great value, and would be good to take on holiday to one of the places suggested in the travel section. There was even a page of offers from Yours with a smart travel bag or luxury memory foam topper on offer.
This magazine as I said is aimed at older people and so many older people are now carers so a section about caring seems very fitting. I enjoyed the puzzles section with crosswords and sudoko amongst other things, and there were several prizes you could try to win by going online or phoning. An excellent short story filled a coffee break and for people who like to read horoscopes there was a page to read. I was impressed that weren't too many pages of adverts and they were aimed at older people including some holidays at home and abroad.
Yours is also available as a Tape version who the blind and partially sighted from TNAUK.
I picked this magazine up so many times and read a few pages at a time, it would be an excellent magazine to read when travelling and one I will happily buy in the future. It is definitely aimed at the more mature lady, but not old fashioned in any way. Excellent value for money.
Summary: Magazine especially aimed at over 50's