Advantages Excellent TV Guide
Disadvantages The rest of the magazine
Sometimes we need something to do to amuse ourselves... no not that, get your mind out of the gutter. We write, we paint, we play a sport and we read. The list could probably go on forever. For any one thing you could think to do someone else has probably had the same thought. Yes and that does include lewd thoughts about your wife,husband, boyfriend or girlfriend.So it shouldn't come as a surprise that I am doing this opinion on the weekly magazine HELLO. In particular I am going to pick on Number 697 that was published on January 22 2002.
On the front cover is a happy Patsy Palmer with her three kids. For those of you who know the name but cannot place the face all I need say is Eastenders and RICKY. Sharing the front cover but with smaller pictures are GMTV's Penny Smith, Elizabeth Hurley (Yes again) and the wedding reception of Bryan McFadden and Kerry Katona. To be honest had I seen the front cover I would have kept on walking as to my eyes it is boring. Lucky or unlucky for me Jackie bought this one.. The first real pages we come across introduce us to Penny Smith the GMTV newsreader. For some reason they give over seven pages to her. They allow her to lie about her age, as for some reason her age is an issue to her and give her the opportunity to describe herself as horribly selfish and self indulgent. I would tend to agree with that assessment.
The majority of the seven pages are filled with large pictures of her posing in various costumes and talking about yoga and diets so I expected yet another video to be on the market and to my great surprise (not) I discovered you can now buy Penny Smith's Essential Guide to Yoga with Harry Napper. Talk about free advertising. She must have been paid for the photo shoot and interview and they plug her bloody VHS or DVD as well.
· We are then graced with 11 pages showing the reception of Bryan McFatten, oops I mean McFadden and Kerry Katona which took place in an Irish castle. Around now I was starting to think that this magazine is made up of the other half rubbing our proverbial noses in it.
· Two pages of "Diary of the Week" are followed by 4 pages of Coronation Street's Clare McGlinn telling us about her sudden departure from the show. She obviously doesn't feel too bad as she talks sunning herself in South Africa and talking about her rich boyfriend. I can see she must be so upset!· Thank god for 10 pages of "Inside Story", which really is mainly pictures with extended captions.
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