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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    The blame lays with the person who initiates the post!
    Not wanting to be confrontational - it was, partially, meant to be a subtle message and I wondered if my differentiation of the 2 parts to the forum were correct.

    Certainly no harm is done it just all seems a bit untidy.

    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neeves View Post

    Certainly no harm is done it just all seems a bit untidy.

    Jonathan
    You should see their offices.....


    Akshully, that's just a bit unkind. In the good old days, the PBO offices at Poole were run by the Redoubtable Roz. She knew where everything was and, almost as important, where it ought to be. Editors came and went, now and then, but Roz was immovable. Irreplaceable.

    And there's no Roz at Farnborough....

    Ah, yes. Farnborough. Where the clutch of 'ti-media' boaty mags is now housed, in a large, expensive rectangular warehouse in a large, expensive business park. At Poole, one could look out the window and see the sea. And boats. That suffused into the writing. At Farnborough, they can't.... and it doesn't.

    At Poole, skilled staff had their individual desks, their workplaces, their involvement and presence. At Farnborough, they don't. Not even cubicles. It's rather like a turkey farm, with AC and lighting on a timer.

    Most successful 'interest' mags have staff that are fanatics, nerds, for that particular interest..... England, USA, Aus, Sweden, France. A bit like tobacco smokers' reek, it seems to seep into their clothes, their workplace, their communications. We sense that, and it is in part responsible for why we buy into that circle with our subscriptions. We join that community. We expect and enjoy their strongly-held opinions. We even sometimes share them.

    But.... our sailing mags are no longer strongly individual, reflecting the individuals who produce them. No Denny Desoutter, no George Taylor, no Geoff Pack. They have blended into an amorphous, anodyne outpouring of advertorials. Strangled by PC and GDPR constraints, choked by corporate accountants, blinkered and blinded by marketing diktats, they are dying on their feet. Or their bottoms.

    And even their forums are eviscerated and bowdlerised.
    Last edited by zoidberg; 09-07-19 at 10:50.

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    Default Re: Confused

    Zoidberg,

    Its a good thing you did not write more - I'd have been in tears. Evocative and sad.

    Jonathan

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