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Issue One of The Friday Thing

The talking is over. The muttering and grumbling is also over. The print edition of the Friday Thing is finally launching. Even now, the TFT offices are awash in champagne and curry. Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we wake up with hangovers and get on with making a newspaper. See you then.

18 February 2004

Hi All,

And sorry for the recent silence on all things Friday Thing. A silence that has probably led you to conclude that we have been bought out by Comcast and retired in splendour to a private resort in Brazil. But no. In fact we've retired in splendour to an unfurnished office in London's once-trendy Brick Lane... and, by crikey, have we been busy.

When we first announced that we were publishing the pilot issue of TFT, way back in October, we were hoping that a few Hangingday subscribers might help us out with our print costs by signing up to receive it. What we didn't expect was that our first attempt at publishing in print would end up being pored over by thousands of founder readers and would be the subject of hundreds of feedback emails and weblog posts scrutinising every single aspect of the magazine. But we're very, very glad it did.

The huge volume of feedback allowed us to identify where we were going wrong and where we were going right, and to tweak our plans accordingly. Which is exactly what we've been doing for the last four months. That and furnishing our new office.

And the result? The result is that on Friday March 19th the first issue of The Friday Thing will roll off the presses and on to doormats and newsstands around the country. It will have the same name and some of the same writers as Issue Zero.

However the final edition will be bolder, edgier and much, much more newsy. It will also be tabloid-sized, weekly, with less shiny paper and a companion email edition. And absolutely no Chrissie Hynde.

Each issue will tell you everything you need to know about the week’s news, combining behind the scenes analysis of the major (and not so major) stories with the kind of irreverent commentary you've come to expect from The Friday Thing and the TFT site. It will also give the inside track on what's really happening in and around the capital.

And that's not all. Subscribers will also receive a complimentary subscription to our weekly email edition, The Friday Thing, containing selected articles from the paper plus exclusive features and content. (Existing TFT subscribers will receive a separate email in the next half hour or so explaining how to upgrade their existing subscription.)

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Sounds great! I want to subscribe this very second. Can I?

Yes! Our brand new subscription site has just opened at http://www.lnreview.co.uk/subscribe and it would be a shame to waste it. Especially as we're funding this whole gigantic publishing enterprise ourselves and Charlie doesn't want to have to sell another of Paul's kidneys to pay the print bills.


So if I don't subscribe, Paul will die?

Almost certainly.


And how much does a subscription cost?

An annual (52 week) subscription is just £48, a saving of £4 from the usual cover price. A six month (26 issue) subscription is just £25. Postage is free on all subscriptions.


And do TFT Founder Readers get an additional discount?

Yep. As promised, TFT founder readers are entitled to a £5 discount against a full subscription. Just go to the special Founder Reader page at http://www.lnreview.co.uk/subscribe/founder.

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So there you have it. After months of planning and more months of replanning, The Friday Thing is ready to go. And it's going to be brilliant. All we need now are some subscribers - which, we hope, is where you come in.


That life-saving link again: http://www.lnreview.co.uk/subscribe

Thanks once again for your continuing support. And we look forward to welcoming you to Issue One.


Paul and Charlie

The Friday Thing



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