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Monday, September 12, 2005 

The changing of the Guardian.

The Guardian has changed its size from broadsheet to the Berliner (around mid-size between a tabloid and broadsheet) following the moves of the Independent and Times which went tabloid a couple of years ago. The wait and the money spent was well worth it; the paper really does look fantastic. The paper is now full colour throughout, the first national in Britain to go so. It's much more foldable, and I even found it easier to read than before. The G2 section though has to be the biggest triumph. It's gone to half the size of the Berliner, stapled, and is beautiful. The full colour printing really does lift the content.

You can view the whole of today's edition in PDF files, which are available here.

Not everything is perfect however. The masthead is nowhere near as good as the iconic old one sadly, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. They haven't got the ink quite right yet, and I found more on my fingers than usual. The TV guide has lost the acerbic comments and its expanded pick of the day section. There's also a lot of people who are very disappointed, even angry that the Doonesbury cartoon has been dropped without any notice. While I'm not one of them, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be brought back.

All those are teething problems however. The new paper and design is fantastic. Here's to the journalism remaining the same quality and to hopefully a lot more readers coming to the best paper in the UK.

Here's a photo illustrating the change of size:

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