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What’s changed? The Sunday Times Magazine

Reviews | February 14, 2016 | By

The Sunday Times Magazine

The Sunday Times has a new magazine. I love a magazine and I have a long history with the Sunday Times. As a teenager I kept a scrapbook cum diary in a looseleaf folder, pouring out my teenage angst and cutting out interesting articles from magazines to save for later. Oh yes, I do still have said pages, mostly too embarrassing to read but with pages from the Sunday Times Magazine to the fore.

Sunday Times Magazine 1976

18th January 1976

Although more public, blogging is today’s equivalent of keeping a diary and scrapbook, so let’s have a look at the new magazine and see what would be worthy of my blogging scrapbook.

 

Sunday Times

What struck me immediately I opened the plastic bag full of magazines and advertising promotions, was how little the Sunday Times had changed.  Bad enough that the 1976 cover showed “The New Breed of Bunny”, but in 2016 all three of the lifestyle magazines had women on the covers and the new Sunday Times Magazine featured Taylor Swift.  Reading on I was even more horrified to see Beth Ditto described as ‘the lesbian lead singer of Gossip”,  why was Beth Ditto being defined by her sexuality?  I didn’t see Olivia Coleman or Taylor Swift being described as heterosexual.  Taylor Swift comes in for some serious criticism, I don’t follow teen pop culture, although I’m aware of Taylor Swift,  the article seemed to be particularly negative.  We all know that the world of popular music is an industry machine there to make money, it seems Taylor Swift is the latest in a long line of successful women singers who the media have turned against. 

How to live well

The article that caught my eye straight away was “How to Live Well” about the The Life Project which began in 1946 and has followed cohorts of children born in 1946, 1958, 1970 and 1991.  The findings are fascinating and this was a well written piece which appealed to my interest in social history, health and well-being. 

Sunday Times Collage

I’ve always loved Ruby Wax and her wacky sense of humour, so it was interesting to read about her struggle with depression and her new book on Mindfulness.  I’m sure you would be disappointed if I didn’t include some reference to food and recipes in this piece.  I liked the look of this Blood Orange and Rosemary Juice until I saw that you needed 15 blood oranges, still nice idea and maybe I’ll have a go on a smaller scale.  John Arlidge’s article on Techiquette definitely struck home “no phones on dining tables”, it was witty to the point and got the message over about what matters.

The Verdict

There are some excellent articles in the Sunday Times Magazine, however I really don’t think it has changed all that much from when I read it in 1976.  I remember being fascinated by an article on Olga Korbut, the Russian gymnast and reading recipes whose ingredients were either, not available in the village where I lived or way outside my price range.  The fashion in this issue was reasonably accessible and, as always the photographs were excellent throughout.  I think I just hoped that things had moved on further than they have and that there would be more challenging of stereotypes rather than reinforcing them.  If you always liked the Sunday Times Magazine, you are not going to be disappointed. 

Disclaimer:  I received a subscription for 3 months and a small payment to review the new Sunday Times Magazine.  All views are my own.

  1. Lucy Parissi
    February 14, 2016

    I used to love reading the Sunday papers and would buy a couple of publications, the Sunday Times included. I don’t so much these days if only because I never get around to reading them anymore.

    • Janice Pattie
      February 14, 2016

      I agree Lucy, there simply isn’t time to read all of the paper, but I’ll dip into it throughout the week.

    • Janice Pattie
      February 15, 2016

      I didn’t look at the wine column as we don’t drink much now and we have such poor broadband that Netflix isn’t an option! Enjoy your extended read on the train.

  2. Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    February 14, 2016

    I do love the Sunday times magazine but am a Guardian reader so I have to read this when I visit friends or ask for copies, this new look does look good, especially the food section!
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 14, 2016

      We used to get the Guardian but found there was just too much to read, Sunday papers are also massive, so it’s only rarely that I indulge.

  3. Fiona Maclean
    February 14, 2016

    It’s funny because I remember my Sundays revolved around the Sunday papers – I’d buy the Sunday Times, the Observer and perhaps a magazine. Curling up all day reading the news and the magazine is my idea of luxury!
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 15, 2016

      Not anymore, Fiona? Perhaps you need to indulge yourself next Sunday!

  4. GALINA VARESE
    February 19, 2016

    Not my paper, I confess. I might have read a couple of Sunday Times magazines which an elderly friend of mine passed on to me as she thought I might like the recipes. The recipes were good, but still not enough of an incentive to buy the paper. I’m The Guardian/The Observer reader at the weekend. Used to buy the Indie too for the Detail (art) weekly competition, but it’s now gone into the paper heaven, I think.
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 19, 2016

      Thanks for your comments Galina, we tend to buy the papers that reflect our views, I find Sunday papers just too much, but I am enjoying the subscription to the Times and Sunday Times quite enjoyable to read on my tablet. Enjoy your weekend