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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Specious Speccie ...

I have a subscription to the British weekly magazine, The Spectator, and most enjoyable reading it is, too.

£100 well spent, in my opinion.

I have also been used to referring back to archived articles online.

I visit the site today and find that:

"We are sorry, but subscribers to the print edition of the magazine will need to take out a separate subscription to access all of the online material ... £50 a year (plus VAT where appropriate) for 52 weeks access, or £5 (plus VAT) for four weeks access ... as a "SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER – for a limited period an annual subscription to the website will cost just £30"

Hmm. Even so, for £30, I want to see a comma after that 'period'.

But what bounders! Which of my other mag subs charge on top of the paper edition? None. It's all that philandering that's gone on: we're now expected to finance Boris's hi-jinx with the minx Petronella (and to add insult to financial injury, I don't even read *her* columns)

With all the extra loot coming in, you'd think they could afford a superior web master:

HTML atop the registration page reads:

Warning: mysql_fetch_array(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource in /usr/local/apache_php/share/websites/www.spectator.co.uk/htdocs/cookie_check.php on line 30

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