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Friday, 22 August 2014

The World at your Fingertips

Travel magazine subscriptions

There are so many things to consider before booking a holiday. Are you travelling alone or with family or friends? What budget do you have? What do you want to see? The list goes on.

But there are a wealth of magazines out there to help. In fact, there are almost too many to choose from. So, let us lend a helping hand and guide you through the glossy photos and insightful articles of the best travel mags on offer.

Lonely Planet magazine

Lonely Planet Magazine Subscription
When it comes to solitary travel, backpackers, hostel aficionados or simply people looking to find themselves, there is just one port of call: Lonely Planet.

This magazine has it all for the lonely traveller, from how to get around your chosen destination, to handy advice on planning for the unexpected. There is also usually a rundown of how to stick to a budget, as well as all manner of tips on avoiding those who would hoodwink, haggle or just plain rip you off.

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Subscription

The Sunday Times Travel magazine

Part of the UK’s most respected paper, it is easy to see why people have so much confidence in this magazine. Most readers come back time and again for more advice on suitable travel destinations.

Glossy prints are included every week, but the strength of this magazine is its versatility. Rather than catering for one need, all tastes are accounted for here. Whether it’s a Mediterranean cruise, a back-packing holiday to Nepal or a credit card visit to Dubai, your desires are included. So pick this up if you want a break but just don’t know which kind yet.

Conde Nast Traveller magazine

Conde Nast Traveller Subscription
Conde Nast Traveller is one of the most respected travel publications in the world. For the discerning traveller, it is a where’s where of tip destinations. Like Times Travel there is something for everyone here – whether you’re a sun-worshipper or city-breaker.

That said, the high-quality articles written by respected travel writers provide insights you just don’t find elsewhere. All the nooks and crannies of every holiday destination are laid bare, and some of the best kept secrets and most idyllic spots are served up for your reading pleasure.

Wild Travel Subscription

Wild Travel magazine

Finally we have Wild Travel, and the distinguishing feature between this and the above magazines is obvious. Rougher round the edges and geared towards treks and explorative vacations rather than mainstream city breaks, this is for all you adventurous types out there.

Prepare to go native and visit some of the wildest travel destinations in the world. Seek out the planet’s last wildernesses and experience the awe and joy of watching grizzly bears in Alaska or endangered tigers in India.

If an all-inclusive is as appealing to you as standing on a rusty nail then Wild Travel could be the inspirational read you’ve been searching for.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thinking of inking your own body of work?

Tattoos have never been more popular in the UK. Gone are the days when body art was restricted to convicts and rebellious teens – now tattoos have become much more mainstream in their appeal. From David Beckham to David Dimbleby, Cheryl Cole to Evan Davies, there’s never been a better time to make your mark with needle and ink.

But where to start? With so many designs out there and decisions to be made about where on the body to get inked, it’s no wonder that people become indecisive. After all, a tattoo’s for life, not just for Christmas.

So, without further ado, here are five of our favourite tattoo magazines to help you scout out ideas, tips and advice on all-things body art. Whether you’re an obsessive or just have a burgeoning interest, there’s something for everyone here.

Tattoo Life magazine

Started in the US, this international magazine has now developed a huge following in the UK. Released once every two months, there’s a little bit of everything in here. The main focus though is on getting the right ink for you and retaining the integrity of tattoos.

Tattoo Life also covers conventions, exhibitions and events from around the globe, where tat lovers can congregate and share their love of body art.

Each publication includes a host of design ideas and advice on which artists and studios to choose and how to make all the right decisions before making that long-term commitment. After all, it’s not like a tattoo is going to wash out!

Skin Deep magazine

The aptly named Skin Deep is the UK’s most widely circulated magazine, and the informal, cool tone makes it a real must-have for the genuine tattoo aficionado. Released once a month, the emphasis here is on providing up-to-the-minute news to readers. Every time a new studio opens, this magazine has a review ready, and there is always information on the latest trends or up-coming artists.

There are also calendar updates and reviews and news for all the latest national events and conventions. For the tattoo fan in Britain, this takes some beating.

Tattoo Collection magazine

Tattoo Collection is another monthly magazine for ink lovers. A great buy for tattoo artists thanks to the in-depth images of design ideas and discussions surrounding best practice, it is a well crafted read. 

There is a section for every type of body art in Tattoo Collection. So, whether you are interested in decorating your (or someone else's) skin with animals, flowers, graphics or icons, you will find plenty of quality material within these pages. 

Organisation and layout is the key selling feature here. A more practical read that gets straight to the point, this is ideal for the knowledgeable reader who wants to get straight to the point.

Tattoo Ideas magazine

As the name suggests Tattoo Ideas includes a wealth of designs from professional artists to help readers identify that perfect tattoo. No one wants to get a tattoo they end up hating just a few months or years down the line, which is why Tattoo Ideas is a popular port of call for the thousands of people umming and ahhing about designs.

This monthly publication is also a reliable source of information on the very best tattoo artists in your area, so that you can ensure that the design you choose is the one you end up with - rather than that undesirable blurry mess.

Tattoo Special magazine

A bi-monthly magazine aimed at revealing the best secrets of the world’s finest tattoo artists, Tattoo Special helps to demystify tricks of the trade and make them digestible to the common reader. 

Always designed with an eye-catching cover and filled with stunning imagery on every glossy page, Tattoo Special is worth a flick through, even for the casual tattoo enthusiast. 

This magazine also comes in a handy digital edition, so if you prefer to download to your reading device rather than carry round print copies, it's a great solution for you.

Want a Wheely Good Read?

Being defined as a petrolhead and a motoring enthusiast is a bit like saying that someone is a sports enthusiast - correct in the broadest terms, but lacking in detail. After all, a rugby supporter and a bowls enthusiast are miles apart when it comes to shared experiences on the field of play.

Fortunately for classic car fans there are a number of great reads, that allow you to indulge in your love of vintage marques, search out the rarest and most beautiful models for sale, or even get advice on maintaining vehicles that require that little bit more TLC.

Let us help you polish up on the classic car magazines available at www.uniquemagazines.co.uk.

Classic Car Mart is the ideal magazine for those looking to fill their garage with a vehicle oozing heritage, class and style. For serious buyers regularly on the look-out for a good deal, a Classic Car Mart subscription is a must, with a whole host of beautiful cars for sale included in every issue. 

Though this the magazine is published just once per month, there is more than enough here to keep the classic car devotee hooked. In-depth comparisons of various models are offered every issue to make that big purchase easier.

In the same vein as Classic Car Mart, Classic Motoring magazine is a publication intended to guide lovers of vintage vehicles through the tricky process of making a purchase. It is released in the knowledge that there are so many wonderful cars out there, it is difficult to come to an objective decision when looking to spend your money. 

With handy tips on keeping your classic in mint condition, it is also a helpful title if you are still finding your way in the tricky world of antique motorcars. And with profiles and features on some of the world's biggest classic car shows, Classic Motoring can steer you in the direction of the best places to admire and buy. Not to be missed!

MOG is a relatively new magazine with the simple aim of catering for the fan of Morgan cars. The brand is a British institution, and is a close partner in the publication of the magazine. Under the bonnet of this monthly, you'll find everything from articles on old models to features on the exploits of some of the most enviable Mog owners in the world. 

Whether you’re a self-confessed fan or are simply curious of what the fuss is about, this mag is certainly worth taking for a spin.

Retro Cars magazine

Retro Cars is a little different to the other magazines on this list. Focusing on vintage models from the 50s to 80s and including a run-down of all the features and components of 20th century models, as well as retro car company profiles. 

For those with a specific interest in mid-20th century motors, this is an obvious choice.

Classic Porsche magazine

Well this is self-explanatory. Porsche is one of the most respected and elegant car companies in the world, and this is a magazine which displays the finest models from the Porsche history books in all their glory. 

Do you have a passion for the 906 Carrera? Are you a die-hard 911 fan? Then each glossy page has articles, reviews, little-known facts and lots of stunning photography to keep you up to speed on your passion for Germany's classiest marque.

Image courtesy of Martin Pettitt

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Magazines that can save you money

We’ve heard it all before: it’s time to tighten your belts, it’s the age of austerity, a double-dip recession. No doubt you’ve heard these phrases a lot in recent times. They’ve almost become cliché in fact. It’s true, these are difficult times, and despite a few recent green shoots, the prudent course of action is still to remain cautious and calm with your cash.

With that in mind, knowing how, when and where to spend your hard earned wonga is important, which is why you could do with a fiscal bible to see you through the frugal times.

Whether you are a big-shot banker or a part-time working single mum, we’ve got the magazines for you.

Moneywise magazine

Moneywise is a magazine aimed at offering financial guidance to families. Each month the reader is equipped with practical, no-nonsense advice designed to help them save money. Trustworthy companies and the most reliable financial products are sought out, and listed so you don’t have to do the legwork.

This magazine also sifts through banks with a fine-toothed comb, demystifying interest rates and supplying all the information you need regarding ISA accounts. There is no fancy jargon here. Everything is designed to help the average person save money and make a little more while they’re at it. Simple.

What Investment magazine

What Investment has been knocking around for over twenty years, and has many of the same aims and features as Moneywise, but with a difference. This is less family-orientated and more technical. Still relatively simple for newbie to grasp, this magazine offers advice on everything from bank accounts and ISAs, to credit card fraud and sound investment opportunities.

Reading the magazine each month will help you grow your pension pot, and find new investment opportunities you would never have thought of before. Get this if you want to save money, and feel a little more confident with industry jargon.

FDE magazine subscriptionWhile the two magazines above are intended for personal or household use, Finance Director Europe is aimed at the finance expert. Guidance is offered to men and women with a senior role in finance, looking to save their company money or make giant strides in the market. 

Technical jargon abounds, but it should be clear this is not for the newbie. Released two times per year, FDE is a great point of reference for professionals who need cutting edge industry insight. It has been an authority on financial matters since 1972 and this seems unlikely to change any time soon.

Fortune magazine

Fortune isn’t likely to save you money, but it will stir an interest in global, business affairs. 
fortune magazine subscription

The magazine has reached the same level of cultural significance as TIME or Rolling Stone. First published soon after the crash of 1928, the magazine rose to prominence due to the strength of writing, social insights and high-quality photography. 

These features persist today, and you’re likely to get all the news, trends and information you could possibly need in each release. 

Fortune is published fortnightly and as an extremely readable insight into markets, business, and general news it can’t be beaten.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Five of the Best Music Magazines

It's mid-summer and that means one thing: music festivals. Glastonbury is long gone, but while a million hippies disappear over the horizon, it’s important to remember, we’re only getting started. There’s nothing better than experiencing the great, ever-changeable British weather than with a cold beer and your favourite bands. 

But how to keep tabs on gossip, secret gigs and line-ups? Once your tent’s set up, you’ll want a handy magazine to consult! Thankfully there are music magazines. Lots of them. Publications to suit all whims and tastes. 

So whether you’re an indie kid or a free-jazz boffin, there’s something for you. Here we help you find the best fit.

Rolling Stone magazine subscription

Rolling Stone magazine

RS has been around for yonks, and has produced some of the world’s most famous music journos (Lester Bangs, anyone?). It started out supporting and commenting on music trends, but somewhere on the way it became as much about American culture as rock and pop music. 

Nowadays you’re just as likely to find Tom Cruise on the front as Jack White. It’s the music equivalent of TIME magazine – once an artist makes the cover, you know they’ve made it! Get this for a fine mix of pop culture gossip, music news and in-depth interviews.

NME magazine
NME magazine subscription

America has Rolling Stone, we have NME. In the 70s it was a case of ‘what NME says, goes’, and the magazine single-handedly brought punk to the attention of the wider world. It’s doing the same thing today, supporting new artists and exposing them to the public. 

This used to be an indie magazine, but as time goes on, it’s covered hip-hop, electronica, metal – you name it! When you buy NME, you’re buying into British music history. You’re buying a magazine that dictates trends. If you want to know what’s hot and what’s not, buy New Musical Express.

vibe magazine subscription

Vibe magazine

This magazine is cutting edge and shines a light on the top producers and artists of today. Started by the legendary Quincy Jones (Jazz musician, Oscar winner and producer of Michael Jackson’s Thriller), Vibe is published every week and recently celebrated 20 years of production. 

While the focus is on contemporary music, this is no flash in the pan magazine; it’s risen to the top of the pile and the front of the shelves after two decades of expert journalism. Grab this if you prefer urban music over standard rock/pop fair

BBC Music magazine
BBC music magazine subscription

Orchestral music is often neglected, but more people love and listen to Beethoven or Debussy than ever before! BBC Music provides your standard reviews and interviews in a classical context, but it also gives away some classical CDs, so if you haven’t tried it before, here is your chance to have a listen and test the water. 

This publication is the world’s biggest selling music magazine of its kind, so they’re clearly doing something right! Buy a copy and see for yourself!

Total Guitar magazine subscription

Total Guitar magazine

There’s one thing listening to music, but how about making some of your own? Loads of people play guitar, so why not learn while also reading music gossip and fine reviews? 

Total Guitar is a well-established guitar tutorial released every month. Inside you’ll find dozens of tabs for songs old and new. You’ll also get a free CD that helps you through each lesson. Take this and an acoustic with you and you’ll have the whole field in sing-along mode!

For EVEN MORE music magazines, search the music magazine section of our website. These are just the beginning, and there really is something to occupy anyone and everyone.

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