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Here are six ways to get the Magazine.

How to find the Magazine - UK edition (left) and World edition (right)
1. The most obvious way of getting The Magazine is via the links on the left hand side of the page. On the UK edition the link is below Have Your Say. On the World edition, the link is grouped under UK news.

Alternatively, you can always reach the Magazine at this address: www.bbc.co.uk/magazine. Bookmark it, and refresh daily.

2. If you're connecting to the internet through a slow connection, you might prefer to use the low graphics version of the index. This strips out most of the page layout, giving just basic text and tiny pictures. You can get this by clicking the "Low graphics version" link at the top left of the page.

3. But you don't need to be in front of a computer to get the Magazine. If you have a flashy mobile phone or PDA, you can get the special mobile edition. The easiest way to get it is to use your device to go to this page: http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolpda/ukfs_news/hi/magazine/default.stm) and bookmark it.

4. To speed read what we have to offer, join the RSS revolution. It's a bit involved to set up, but well worth the effort. This story - The Really Simple Future of the Web explains the whole deal.

5. If you're a fan of our weekend column 10 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Week, you can get it on Ceefax page 129 and on digitial television too (satellite, cable and Freeview).

6. Finally, get it from a friend. At the top of each story page on the web version, there is a link to "E-mail this to a friend". Do the decent thing for your friends - let them in on the secret.

Introduction to the Magazine (Posted 24 February 2004)

Whether you're new to the Magazine or a faithful regular, you're welcome to join us on our daily trip through the news. This page is for you if you've got any questions about what we do, why we've done it, who we are, and how you can join in.

The Magazine is the area of BBC News Online which is both home to some of the site's most popular features and a daily showcase of the best writing and photography from across the site.

Each weekday our lead story on the Magazine index looks at an aspect of the news or our changing lives and world, and often gives you the opportunity to join the particular debate that's going on.

Alongside the main features of the day, there are several regular items, including:

  • Dot.life - the weekly look at where technology meets our lifestyles. Written by a number of people, including technology correspondent Mark Ward, it is published on Mondays and is one of BBC News Online's longest-running and most popular features.

  • Ad Breakdown - is the Magazine's review of advertising, whether on TV, radio, print, internet or poster sites.

  • The Rail Commuter's Champ - Jon Yuill, chosen by BBC News Online readers to be the voice of the everyday commuter, writes frequently about the woes of life on the lines.

  • The Last Word - our weekly letters page invites you to send your views on the news or our coverage of it.

  • Caption Competition - each Thursday we publish a photograph, and then each Friday at noon we choose the six captions sent in by you which have made us laugh the most. But humour is a very subjective thing - and you don't hesitate to tell us when you disagree.

  • 7 days 7 questions - our ever-popular news quiz, published every Friday, including the phenomenally difficult birthday question (we take three public figures of uncannily similar ages and ask you to rank them in age order) which usually stops anyone getting all seven correct.

  • The Lunchtime Bonus Question started life as the Bonus Question, a weekly eighth question in 7 days 7 questions. But so beloved did it become that last year it was promoted into its own daily slot. The idea is simple. We give you an answer, and you tell us what the question might have been. Marks are deducted for predictability (i.e. if you send in the actual question rather than an amusingly wrong one, publication will normally elude you). Si Griffin established an early lead as 'contender most likely to get published', but Chris Ford, Kieron Boyle, Dave Williams, Candace from New Jersey, and other acclaimed wits run him close.

  • Faces of the Week - each weekend we look at five of the people who have been in or around the headlines during the preceding seven days and ask what it is that has made them stand out. Written by our colleagues from the BBC News profiles unit, Bob Chaundy, Andrew Walker, Chris Jones and Caroline Frost.

  • 10 things we didn't know this time last week - is the self-explanatory title of our weekend collection of news snippets which have caught our attention. Available here at the Magazine, and also in the UK on Ceefax page 129 and on digital television (cable, satellite and Freeview). The website version carries your photos of 10 things, be they 10 Indian fishermen, 10 dodgy kebabs, 10 geese flying overhead, in fact any interpretation of 10 things that catches those who feel creative with a camera.

  • Week in pictures - choose the most compelling images of the week, from across the UK and around the world.

  • Your pics - is an opportunity to let the frustrated photographer in you run riot and see your pictures published for everyone to see.

    Magazine Q+A - answers to some of your questions (posted 1 August 2003)

    Where can I find the Magazine?
    BBC News Online is published in two editions, a UK edition and a World edition. Readers of the UK edition will be able to find Magazine on a link on the left-hand-side of the site, between Have Your Say and Week at a Glance.

    Readers of the World edition will be able to find it listed when they click on the UK link on the left hand side.

    Whether you read the UK or World edition, you can always find the Magazine at this address, which you can bookmark: http://www.bbc.co.uk/magazine.

    Where can I send ideas or comments?
    You can contact the Magazine through our e-mail address - the.magazine@bbc.co.uk. If you want to send us your photographs, you can send them to yourpics@bbc.co.uk. Please read these guidance notes before you submit your pictures.

    Where can I send complaints?
    Complaints can be sent to newsonline.complaints@bbc.co.uk or by using the form on this page. You will initially receive an automated response but our staff will deal with your complaint. Further details are available at this page: Feedback

    What is your postal address?
    It's Room 4503, BBC Television Centre, London, W12 7 RJ.

    Is there an RSS feed for Magazine?
    Yes. It's available at this page. If you don't know what an RSS feed is, can we point you in the direction of this article.

    Who produces the Magazine?
    We are a small team consisting of Giles Wilson, Jonathan Duffy, Megan Lane and Duncan Walker. Several freelances also write articles for us. The best way to contact any member of the team is via the e-mail address above or use the form below.

    What is your policy on adding comments to stories?
    Forms are often added to stories for readers' comments. Often hundreds of e-mails will be sent in response, and realistically only a selection of the best will be added. We do appreciate it can be frustrating if your comments are not added, but we try our best to include as many as possible.

    Why wasn't my caption competition entry used - it's much better than the one you chose as the winner?
    We can only say that humour is subjective. We look for entries which make us laugh, and hope they make you laugh as well. There are more questions about the caption competition on this page.

    Got a question not included here?
    Other users may have the same question, so please send it to us using the form below so that we can include it. This page will be updated to reflect any current developments.

    Your E-mail address

    Disclaimer: The BBC may edit your comments and cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published.


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