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Excellent stuff. Only one lone dude to dodge round on my journey to the tube station now.
Now someone needs to get rid of Danny Wallace Weekly and I'll be happy.
one that has a reader submitted column in their letters page?
where people get to sound off about an issue and then others vote on whether they should write again? yeah - the london paper.
I was planning to send something into that
what will people do when they smile at someone on the train but don't quite pluck up the courage to talk to them? no london paper = no london love = no outlet for slightly creeper train stalker types!
it has pretty useful listings
Something about 'streamlining operations and focusing investment on core titles'.
You get more chance of a 'nipslip' in the Lite, so everyone reads that instead?
i misread that as "focusing investment on core titties"
"Ours won't come off on your hands, so NERR"
"Well OURS is good for the environment so THERE"
The London Paper was launched basically as a tool with which to fuck over Associated Newspapers - the hope was to close down the Evening Standard.
I guess the closure of the London Paper means "job done."
potentially good news for Evening Standard vendors (who work freelance).
With TLP gone, London Lite will close down probably within weeks, so Standard sales will presumably rise again. Also, more people will probably start reading books again on their commute home.
The national IQ rises. Standard vendors stay in business. Everone wins apart from Associated. This is a good day.
It's run by Associated, who are now in competition with the Standard.
also also HOLY SHIT GUYS, he actually acknowledges The Kids of Today on his site!
There's also a mention that he does commissions for personal strips!!!!!!!
Also, didn't Associated sell the Standard to that Russian geezer because they're tired of sinking money into something that's pure gash?
I had to grin.
It makes a massive loss and wouldn't be worth it
More likely we'll see an gradual downward shift in the quality of the Standard to something that's more like London Lite - only one that you have to pay for - due to having a penny-pinching Russian dilettante at the helm whose idea of cutting costs is to fire half the people who actually make the paper work. Then it will shut down, because it's crap and unsustainable.
London Lite in the meantime, will enjoy itself hoovering up all the advertising revenue that had previously been going to TLP and will start resembling an actual newspaper - albeit one that you don't have to pay for. And then it will shut down, because it's crap and unsustainable.
I haven't heard about the Standard closing down.
More to the point, London Lite was a spoiler by Associated to save the Standard by slowly bleeding The London Paper to death (it lost £10m a year, while London Lite, being even more of a worthless rag, only lost £5m). So I'd say that Associated have won this battle.
London Lite will presumably close soon too, having achieved what it was supposed to.
I think the environment is the real winner here, Brian.
London Paper was launched with the direct intention to make the Evening Standard unprofitable - Associated got wind of this and launched London Lite a few days ahead of TLP in order to split the ad take, but the latter had been planned for a lot longer.
And it worked. Standard sales plummeted and Associated consequently sold their majority holding early this year.
but the text column in the London Lite is the high-point of all free newspaper publishing so I hope it keeps going for a while yet.
I'm trying to revert back to book-reading so I guess it's a good thing.
"[Description of someone doing something on public transport]. Weird?"
...did some work experience there this year. Was probably the worst work experience I've ever done in my life. Aside from the factory work aged 15. Actually, it was WORSE than the factory work because at least then I had no hopes of it ever being more than dreadful.
I prefer thelondonpaper to the london lite
Honestly can't tell the difference. They're both purple. Both will definitely have a picture Pixie Geldof leaving a club in the centre page every day. Both have wilfully substandard sports coverage. Both feature terrible daily comic strips.
Are we sure there's just not one paper with a magical masthead that changes depending on your mood?
Em (thelondonpaper) is usually decent, and thus by far the ruler of free paper comic strips.
Plus, outside euston square, thelondon paper dispensing guy is a long haired-elfish-eastern block gentlman who wears his cap back to front and gives the papers out in a curteous sweeping motion, like he's adressing royalty. It makes my day.
What? If I wanted to read a bunch of twee text where a cartoon should be, I'd just start browsing Twitter.
The only reason freesheets should exist is for sport and the occasional picture of Britney Spears' minge. End of.
these free papers are absurdly depressing as well as being really shit. London Lite has had such jolly headlines about how this is the worst recession ever and plans for a mass grave for swine flu victims in the last few weeks.
Friends of mine work there. Erp...
I read them once, they were awful, I stopped after that. I'm just happy I don't have the chumps obstructing me on the corner of the road where I work. Now I can speed past and pretend I'm a motor car clipping the inside of the kerb at the optimum speed to gain a smooth exit from the corner so the Benetton won't overtake me and win the world championship.
the london papers entertainment section is actually quite good.
solely because of lovestruck, which i hope to feature in at some point and have smiled and worn bright clothing and helped girls with bags and offered seats to people in a hope to get noticed.
i dont read the sport section as I feel it tarnishes it.
I hate these fecking papers. I hate the iPhone in theory too, but RSS news stories and puzzle games save my commute.
And my RSS Feed thingy has this great function where if you flag the bits you're most interested in reading, it'll store the text for later on.
If I meet your eye and shake my head as I walk past, it means I don't want you to give me a paper. It doesn't mean I want you to hold one out towards me at arm's length until it jabs into my ribcage.
writes nearly every article?
it makes it feel like a student newspaper that no one gives a shit about.
The reader's letters couldnt be any more knee-jerk and reactionary if they tried. Is TLP run by the same nazi's behind the Mail?
too good for the Mail
I rather like them. And the times when I don't want one, I just blank the vendor like I would a charity collector, a hare krishna, or my girlfriend's father. Problem solved.
obsessed with trivial things. the journalism is rarely anything above awful and the papers are dominated by inane celebrity gossip.
furthermore, they have a horrific effect on the environment and dirty the fuck out of my city, and i dislike the intrusion of commercial services into the public realm to an almost fanatical degree.
That's all you needed to say. DEATH TO THE LONDON PAPER.
it's in the lite.
BUT the paper has this life or that's life or whatever it's called and that's basically as terrible.
You Londonites probably take Neil Sean for granted.
I know TLP wasn't exactly the pinnacle of journalistic excellence, or even a very good paper at all, and guntrip's above remarks are reasonable, but on the whole I think this is still pretty bad news.
Shame on you, you quick-to-condemn gloaters. Shame on you all.
But these are 100+ people who were employed in the production and dissemination of SHIT.
And not only do you have to spend half a second saying 'no thanks' anymore, but you don't have to wade through a sea of discarded copies to get into a tube station, you don't have to lift stacks of discarded copies off your seat, you don't have to push aside dozens of discarded copies left at the foot of escalators by RETARDS. You no longer have to read the ill-informed, witless blatherings of retards on the letters pages. You no longer have to gaze in disbelief at the daily comics, wondering idly to yourself how anyone could have reviewed them and thought "Yes - this is fit for public consumption". You no longer have to read STRAIGHT LIES masquerading as rumour in the sports pages. You no longer have to read anything about Agyness Deyn at all. You no longer have to say to yourself under your breath "How the fuck is this news?". You no longer have to have more journey time than there is readable material and consequently find yourself browsing the adverts for prostitutes and sex phonelines.
There are so many things we're temporarily free of, now. You should be more thankful.
But if I had to sympathise with every single person losing their job in this world then I'd have no time for myself. And I'm all about the self.
If I knew someone who worked there, I'd have sympathy for them personally. I'd also still tell them that the paper they worked for was the bane of my very existence.
I also didn't weep when Stuart Cable got sacked from the Stereophonics either though, so maybe I'm Captain Callous.
is like having sympathy for those who lost their jobs when the Satalin's death camps were closed down.
The London Paper is evil and all those who took part in producing that paper have to be held to account. Like a show trial or something.
It was his idea to have free evening papers that had on rotation a picture of
1) Lily Allen
2) Jamie Winston
3) Sarah Harding
4) Linsey Lohan
5) Paris Hilton
6) Peaches Geldof
6) Pixie Geldof
on the front cover. And if it was a really slow day: Alfie Allen.
EVERYONE EVEN MIDLY ASSOCIATED WITH THESE PAPERS MUST PAY THE PRICE.
and Fearne Cotton (Dyson)