Learning About British Culture in Sunday's Newspapers

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Learning About British Culture in Sunday's Newspapers This paper discusses the front pages of two British Sunday newspapers, the Sunday Express and The Sunday Times. Both were published on 31 October 2004. If we look closely at both front pages they tell us a lot about the state of British society today. The Sunday Times reminds its readers that the clocks should have gone back overnight with a tiny cartoon in the top left hand corner. This somehow seems out of place with the seriousness of the front page. This paper thinks of itself as the country's leading paper for intelligent people. It uses the symbol found on the UK passport. Some people from foreign countries might think it is a government newspaper because it uses a national symbol in its banner. This impression is helped by the poppy symbol in the top right hand corner, reminding us that we are soon to celebrate Remembrance Day. Directly beneath the banners, both papers try to encourage people to pick up and buy theirs. They try very hard. There must be a lot of newspapers on sale on a Sunday and many people with the free time which they don't have during the week to browse the newsstands. The Times is giving away a CD-Rom by a famous pop star; the Express is offering a DVD of 'Moulin Rouge', a popular film. But if you look carefully at the small print, you will notice that you will have to pay 60 pence for the DVD and send off for it. The Times includes their free gift in the paper itself. When people are deciding which paper to buy on a Sunday morning, they will be attracted by such offers and also by hints on the front page about what is inside. The cover of the Times leads with photographs of a singer, an actor, a politician, two actresses, two footballers, and a popular disc jockey who has just died. It is interesting that the actress pictured at the top of the page is wearing a low-cut dress.

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