MAGAZINE, BRIGHTON

MAGAZINE, BRIGHTON

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  26th September 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

MAGAZINE, BRIGHTON – Martin Skelton

I’ loved this item I saw in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph. Like the guy in the article I am a mag-aholic and always have been and this article gave me some legitimatcy.

Article:

I’m a mag-aholic. When other kids used to ask me to come out to play, my mum would say: “He’s just finishing off a magazine:’ At the age of nine my two best friends and I produced our own magazine – The Medway Gazette. It was probably terrible, but we sold about 45 copies, and had a great time doing it.

I’ve travelled a lot over the years and, as I did so, I became conscious of the rise in independent magazines around the world. I then got lucky: a local bookshop in Brighton was closing down, and they had two shelves of independent magazines, so my wife Jean and I thought, why don’t we buy the place and open a magazine shop? If Brighton can’t sustain one, we thought, then nowhere can.

We get contacted two or three times a week by someone on the other side of the world asking us to stock a magazine they’re starting up. Every magazine in our shop has an audience. A few of them sell by the ton – they’re normally the magazines about “good living”, if you can bear the phrase: travel, design and art. Our bestselling magazine in the past two months has been The Poetry Review.

On the more niche side of things, we have a magazine about cats in fashion- Puss Puss. Sometimes the cats are fashionably dressed,  but it’s usually the person holding the cat that is dressed  up. Lots of these magazines are either started by someone who is passionate about something, or by someone in publishing who isn’t satisfied with where they have found themselves.

“I think it’s part of a wave of artisan, analogue industries, where the pendulum has swung to local and things that are “crafted”, like local gins, beers and bread. When the shop opened, my son said to me: “It’s like vinyl, but print!” That’s exactly it – that’s why he’s in marketing and I’m not.

Jean had hoped that, when I opened a shop, fewer magazines would come home with me – but, of course, the opposite is true. There are some that I just can’t resist. I buy every copy of Drift, a New York mag about coffee and cities. There’s one called Adbusters, which started  off deconstructing adverts but now is a kind of “angry American” magazine. There’s Mayday, which is culture and technology; and a literary magazine, The White Review.

The shop is a great hub for people who love browsing. I always say when the shop is full, it’s great, but when it’s empty it’s great, too – I can catch up on my reading.

Interview by Pip Sloan

Martin Skelton, Magazine Brighton, 22 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BNI4EQ; magazinebrighton.com

Snipped from Daily Telegraph, Saturday 22nd September 2018

ROALD DAHL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.”

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” – Horace

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…having a leisurely afternoon with a cup of tea and flicking through a magazine you are passionate about

 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What’s the best way to buy wallpaper online? A: Cut and paste

LOVE IS…

Love is…letting her have the first bite

 TRACK OF THE DAY

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles

Highest Chart Position: No.41 20th April 1974

 

 

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