Wednesday, November 17, 2004

FLOGGING A DEAD CORPSE: Subscribers to The Face mailout were slightly surprised to find an email from the axed magazine in their inboxes yesterday - it turns out that EMAP have decided to use the list to try and bark up a few extra subscribers to Arena, on the basis that Peter Saville claims that "Arena has picked up a creative torch left by the departure of The Face" - which shows just what a dead eye he has these days; if anything, Arena has picked up some flatplans thrown out by Esquire. It also claims, quite boldly, that Arena was Britain's first-ever men's magazine - even leaving aside those magazines you'd find hidden in the little tree-hide on the edge of the village, there were certainly men's titles available in Victorian Britain.