Ian Kelly, actor
'How do you spend your day?' ranks with 'So, how do you learn your
lines?' and 'Darling, are you working?' as the questions most dreaded by
When the answer to the latter is 'no', the answer to the foremost is, as
often as not, 'reading The Stage'. Ten years into my so-called career, I
still find The Stage useful for stories of West End politics and the
fast-changing world of television (The Stage is aimed at those behind as
well as in front of the curtain/camera) but I have learned not to expect
work opportunities to come via its back pages. The website, on the other
hand, offers the paper online along with two further sections - Jobs and
The Jobs section usefully provides a search function (nice to avoid
those depressing ads for male strippers in Berlin and Fergie
impersonators) but is still limited to fringe and smallscale tours. The
open auditions for musicals appear to be more high profile. Better
still, The Stage's website also directs readers to a Connect section,
for links to a series of How To guides and the all-important upcoming
production news. This section I will be visiting frequently again. I
couldn't find online the TV (and, to a lesser extent, film) information
that takes up the centre pages of the actual paper.
The Paper at the website consists of a few key features and headlines
I also missed the quick glance over the casts of opening shows that
keeps me abreast of what mates are up to, and, of course, the pictures.
So much more time, as a result, to learn my lines.
Les Snell, head of IT, Carfax Cards
The difference between the online and printed versions of the business
magazines I read is chalk and cheese.
I subscribe to MacUser and to Mac World - they keep me in touch with all
the changes and I enjoy reading them both. But using their websites is a
very different thing - a screen is just not comfortable for reading.
The printed version is a lot easier and better for your eyes. The only
problem with paper is storage and this is where the websites come into
their own. I love the thought that I can throw the magazine away and
when I need to find something I've read about or for a quick bit of
information I can use the internet for research and reference.
MacUser has recently revamped its site and it's now a lot better. It has
a homepage, which means you can use it like a magazine and it's now easy
to map around the site. The beauty of it is that if you want something
specific you can enter a search and it searches back issues for
I also get e-mails from MacUser telling me about new products or
I don't think of them as spam and, anyway, they only take a second to
delete so I'm happy to get them.
Times Educational Supplement
Claire Davies, deputy head, Curriculum, Stonar School for Girls
The Times Educational Supplement online quote of the day - always useful
for the staffroom noticeboard, if not always the assembly address - is
today Simon Jenkins: 'Those who can, do.Those who can't, teach. And
those who can't teach, reorganise.' Woody Allen is not credited.
The reorganisation of the TES online is user-friendly, accessible to
(almost) all and free at the point of delivery (depending on your
school's policy on internet use).
The old-style TES online was literally that - pages of the paper
Now it is altogether a more useful resource. Personally, I use it for
its archive, when I suddenly have to gen up on the background to current
educational debates, and for the cyber-staffroom, which offers the
chance to share ideas, resources and concerns with fellow
educationalists across the country, even if the gossip is less
interesting than in the real staffroom.
The e-mail alert system means that you can be contacted if a job crops
up that fits your criteria, a service I must thank or curse for my
recent appointment as deputy head at Stonar. Having said all that, the
online service looks unlikely to oust the heavyweight TES from the
staffroom coffee table. It's too easy to be blinkered online and ignore
the broad sweep of education, not easy enough to browse, and sometimes
it's even useful to let your colleagues know that you are sifting
through the job advertisements.
Rick Divall, machines manager, Drill Service
We get a handful of magazines in the office - The Engineer, Metalworking
Production, What's New in Industry. One of my colleagues reads The
Engineer avidly, but I might just browse through them a bit. I tend not
to get time to read business magazines, especially if four turn up at
one time, as they do. And I don't like keeping magazines, I like the
idea of being able to go to the internet instead.
The Engineer's website, e4, has separate sections, including e4
Engineering, which is more about editorial, and e4 Data. I would tend
not to read the articles in the e4 Engineering section, but e4 Data lets
me search for details on companies or, if I'm looking for a product, it
can give me the name of the supplier and phone number, e-mail and so
I've not got totally to grips with the site yet and I did find myself in
one dead end, but I was looking for something that was a couple of years
old and, like all these things, the more you play with the site the
easier it gets. And, for me, the website is certainly better than the