Diary: Lady showing her age

Times are hard in publishing-land as Campaign's trip to the premises of Britain's oldest women's weekly, The Lady, last week revealed.

Even ensconcing Rachel Johnson, the sister of Boris, as editor hasn't heralded a modernisation. The establishment seems not to have changed its office decor since before the Great Depression.

The rooms are straight out of an Edwardian museum, including a ladies' smoking room (used for editorial meetings) and a looming oil painting of the founder, Thomas Gibson Bowles. There's no central heating system, so the ladies potter about in fluffy slippers with electric heaters on high.


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