GQ's fashion spin-off appears to be going from strength to strength if its fourth issue, the spring/summer edition, is anything to go by. The cover, with its blend of bright red and cut-out black- and-white photography, looks amazing, and there are some great articles within its pages, including Alexander McQueen writing on the link between fashion and violence.
We're hearing good reports about IPC's recent women's weekly launch. Industry sources reckon its circulation has gone beyond the 400,000 mark and this week's issue has a great cover that really leaps off the newsstand. It remains to be seen if IPC can sustain the title over a long period in the competitive women's weekly market, especially given the heavy promotion and advertising support behind the title in its first few weeks. However, the early signs for IPC are more than encouraging.
CHAOS AT THE CHATEAU
Channel 4's latest reality programme is proving to be compulsive viewing, mainly because the couple at the centre of the show, Ann and David Darrell, are such larger-than-life characters. Predictably, the couple's attempts to turn a run-down chateau into a luxury hotel lurches from disaster to disaster - including floods and fall-outs with the locals. Transporting upwardly mobile Brits into France was always likely to provide some great moments, and this certainly doesn't disappoint.
As big fans of the huge Wetherspoon pub chain, we like its customer magazine. It's a glossy production available in each Wetherspoon pub and contains a good mix of Wetherspoon's news and general beer-related gossip. The magazine contains some strong advertising from the major beer brands and plenty of content to keep the average drinker busy while they tuck into a few pints at the local. Wetherspoon claims that the title reaches one million readers, although there is obviously no guarantee as to what state they are in when they read it.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
TK MAXX SECURITY SCARE
As avid users of the budget designer store TK Maxx (known as TJ Maxx in the US), we were dismayed by the news that computer hackers stole credit-card details from close to 50 million of the store's customers. Most of the details stolen were from US customers, but the store has conceded that the theft may also have affected its UK consumers. To make matters worse, the emergency helpline was unable to cope with the number of enquiries. We'll be paying by cash in future at the glamorous Hammersmith branch of the chain.