Chris Everett Chid­ding­fold, UK

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

May I in­tro­duce my­self as a keen new reader of the ex­cel­lent Guardian Weekly. I have been a news­pa­per reader for the last 60 years. I could read my fa­ther’s copy of the Star in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, after I got back from school but be­fore he came home from work, pro­vided it was left neatly folded.

At the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, where I stud­ied me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, we read the brave anti-apartheid Rand Daily Mail. Once I mar­ried I sub­scribed to the Star and trained my boxer dog to fetch it from the gate. After a ca­reer in heavy en­gi­neer­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg, we moved to Cape Town, where we sub­scribed to the Cape Times. It was sold in 2013, where­after it be­came a pur­veyor of ANC-sup­port­ing fake news.

I was bereft of my daily fix for a cou­ple of years un­til my wife and I moved to a small vil­lage in Sur­rey. After sam­pling some of the more rightwing press, the Guardian was the only choice and I now read much of it on­line. How­ever, the new Guardian Weekly pro­vides a great sup­ple­ment of thought­ful back­ground and anal­y­sis, even if the cross­word often de­feats me.

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