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This new version of the AJ troubles me, for both sentimental and practical reasons. Having been a subscriber since 1954, three years after graduating from the Bartlett and earning just about enough in my new job in Dublin to support my family, run a VW car and pay the annual subscription to the architectural press, I have kept the faith through all its developmental changes over 50 years.

I usually depart from my live/work home in Hackney every Friday afternoon for a coastal weekend, returning on Monday morning, and always slip my AJ into my weekend shoulder bag. But now, notwithstanding the high-quality paper, printing, writing and colour production, it's too heavy!

The earlier, slim publication was ideal for reading in the tube and mainline trains, but now? the resistance of the binding to one-hand support and page-turning in the issue of 09.06.05 was bad enough, but that of the issue of 16.06.05 seriously obstructed the whole reading process. As for tearing out pages that need to be filed for future reference - the whole thing is far too beautiful!

Louis A Roch, by email

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