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Ah, the Daily Telegraph. So much more than a paper, more a way of life. And how best to describe that way of life? Well, perhaps we can all guess, but its readers have inspired the paper to start a new club, called the Society of People Who Have Never, the rebels who “say no to Ikea, iPods and Pot Noodles”. You don’t say.
After the Telegraph’s normally acerbic theatre critic penned a review of the Sound of Music so glowing it put the Indie’s Sky at Night poster to shame, one of its readers wrote in in clarion tones:
“Now is the time to bring to the attention of music lovers the Society of People Who Have Not Seen The Sound of Music and Have No Intention of Doing So. I believe that I am the only member of this society.”
This prompted such a flurry of like-minded souls to declare their dislike of assorted trappings of modern life that the paper has devoted page three to the launch of its refuseniks’ society, complete with a downloadable certificate.
But here’s the rub. It is a club for people who like to think they stand out from the herd. And a club indicates, well, a herd of like-minded individuals.
Meanwhile, if anyone is as anal as Paper Monitor and fancies a special discussion about the rights and wrongs of the Times's new font/fount, then as a one-off we can do this in the "comments" field of this entry. Paper Monitor him/herself is actually coming to rather appreciate the new style, especially in headline size. Not sure that it works in the front page masthead, though.