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10:26 UK time, Wednesday, 22 November 2006

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

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.


  1. At 11:54 AM on 22 Nov 2006, Sharon Shepperd wrote:

    Am I really that unobservant that I didn't notice the difference until MM pointed it out to me? The place I noticed it for myself was on the Sudoku page in times2..... but the more I look now, I can see the difference and I think I like it!

  2. At 12:12 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Pippa wrote:

    Personally I think the serif is a bit too sharp on the masthead. It's like something a teenager has doodled in their roughbook.

  3. At 12:55 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Edward H wrote:

    Thought it was only me who was anal about these things... Think the mix of Times Modern (the new Neville Brody face) with the serif face (any idea what it is, anyone?) makes for a very modern feel. There's a picture gallery of the changes at this page on the Times website, which hasn't used the new font.,,6-2457539,00.html

  4. At 01:13 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Sarah wrote:

    Does that mean we have to go and buy The Times? Surely the point of PM is not to have to buy actual papers ourselves.

  5. At 01:18 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Maria Millington wrote:

    For those of us who do not read the papers, but rely on Paper monitor to let us know what is going on. Can you please scan a copy of the new Fount, so that we can join in!

  6. At 02:04 PM on 22 Nov 2006, trish wrote:


    serif? masthead?

  7. At 02:41 PM on 22 Nov 2006, sarah, Dartmouth wrote:

    As a graphic designer who doesn't get out much, I thought I'd share my favourite (well, only) font joke with the world:

    A font walks into a bar. Bartender says "Sorry, mate, don't serve your type."

  8. At 02:57 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Ben wrote:

    Have a read of the comments to The Times' fount/font change article on their (comparatively inferior!) website here ",,2-2457539.html"
    Word of warning MM/PM, don't go changing your founts or indeed you fonts anytime soon - your loyal readers might get militant! Putting a crossword over the fold.... tut tut...

  9. At 02:59 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Ainy wrote:

    It makes PM looked grayed and old--yet wishing to be young again.... was that mean? I'm sorry!

  10. At 03:05 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Brendan wrote:

    Re Sarah's comment (number 2). Do teenagers still *have* roughbooks?

  11. At 03:29 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Candace wrote:

    The Times online claims this change comes after 221 years,,2-2457539.html
    Did not realise just how old the old fount of Times New Roman was - who'd a thunk it - especially since PM noted it was updated four years ago.

  12. At 03:36 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Tom Steuart-Feilding wrote:

    Wtf is a 'wtf' doing on the BBC pages?

    Tunbridge Wells.

  13. At 04:27 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Paul wrote:

    I don't want to be picky BUT why do we continue to support Microsoft's incorrect usage of the word FONT?

    A font (fount) is one size of one typeface, so 12 point Ariel is a font, Ariel is a typeface.

  14. At 04:36 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Brian wrote:

    Re WTF. What's wrong with saying "What the fount"?

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