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2003-10-21 07:22:00


- Really this is a drive by interview.


( I LIKE THIS MAGAZINE - Really - No Joke. )

I will try to behave, and I will apologize now so I do not have to at the end if I slip and am sarcastic. This magazine is wonderful. But not in the way a magazine would wish to be wonderful. The advertisers in this magazine are perfect for a Hobo or Backpacker. You know the type. Me and some other crazies that take off for months on end and never come home.

So what I am saying is,

"Read the back of the magazine for advertisers that can help."

If you really wish. Read the articles, but for me,

"I can't be bothered."

This weeks - October 20th Issue has a Gold Course on it and a caption,

"Living on the Wedge."

OK, if you really want to attract backpacker. That title and front cover has

"Lost the plot."

....Now, me writing about Iraq is off the story line also. So who am I to talk?

( I LIKE THIS MAGAZINE - Really - No Joke. )

The price is perfect if you are in London - FREE. I suppose it is paid for by advertisers. I hope they got that golf company to pay through the nose. In Advance!


Sell the benefits they say,

1. Ads for cheap Hostels. - 8 Pounds

2. Ads for jobs.

3. Ads for cheap flights... (Maybe)

Well. I think and advertise in here. So that good start. I cannot remember if and are in there. But hopefully.

4. Travel Insurance like

5. Shipping companies. For people to send thing home. I will study up on this and see why it is such a big deal here. Normally that is DHL or UPS. But here they have a real selection. UPS stands for United Parcel Service. I am not sure what DHL stand for. But they are a big world shipping company for smaller packages.

A bunch of other stuff for travelers.

OH Yea! By the way. All you companies that I just pointed at...

Send Money. I do all this nice advertising for these companies. But that is the point of this page. I can normally find the Tourist Attractions real easy, but to find a cheap flights, and other Hobo needs. I need some good advertisements to read. This Magazine has them.

( I LIKE THIS MAGAZINE - Really - No Joke. )

I am repeating the above line in repentance for any sarcasm or direct comments made.

OK. Back to the Drive by Shooting, Oops. Interview with TNT Magazine.

I do not think they took me serious. I am happy for that. I wanted them on their normal behavior and not their special behavior.


I went over to the office of TNT Magazine. It is located just down the street from my Hostel. So this was easy for me. I need it easy or I will not do it. But I walked into the office. There is this blond girl with a telephone headset on behind the reception desk. I want to interview here more then the magazine. She is Swedish and that is always ok in my book. She is polite and tries to understand why I am in the office. I keep telling them that I have already read or looked at the magazine. I tell them also that I have a travel webpage and am collecting information on the magazine for travelers. I had to tell them this a few times. They think Americans are slow, and I am trying to be polite.

FIRST DAY - Monday

The lady or person that the Swedish girl is trying to connect me with is under deadline. I try to set  an appointment and be polite. But that does not work. So after I cannot get an appointment. I say,

"What time does Miss Eyb come in?"

Now the Swedish girl tried very hard to explain that I wanted to talk to someone and explained very well. So she did her job very well. And she is Swedish. That lends to me being easier on her. She did do good.

The Swedish receptionist says,

"She comes in at 10:00."

I say,

"I will return then tomorrow at 11:00, she should be settle in by then."

Now I worry a lot about people getting drunk and not being to work on time. Especially the British. I am not sure where this Lady is from, but to be cautious I would not want to wake up a Brit early. So I will return at 11:00.

SECOND DAY - Tuesday

I enter the office. Same great Swedish girl. I walk around and look around and try to be on my best Hobo behavior. What is nice about this is that nobody take me serious. This is perfect. Just the way I like it. I am trying to chat up the Swedish girl and getting nowhere really. But she is very nice and that is good. I am having fun.

Ms. Eyb comes out. I changed that to Ms. form Miss to be safe. Do not want the Political Correct police after me. She is short, abrupt, and short. She has to be British. But I did not ask. So who knows? Not important.

I will paraphrase. Saves on typing. She said the magazine was for the Australians, New Zealanders, and the South Africans. That is was about Life Style, Travel, and etc. At this juncture she tries to give me another Free Magazine. I start to be more complex in sentence structure and use very succinct and proper diction for clarification and to take the P iss. Besides I know that I am American and that is for sure stupid. Plus slow and other peasantry type behavior. I am the fief.

But onward. I am getting bored and really do not like to talk to serious people. I try a focus session. I want to know how or why they focus on the backpacker? Bigger sentences beside they focus on "Life Style." But I was bored and started to leave. Took a photo. oops. That got them or her real serious. I ask or got a business card. I cannot remember exactly. But she gave me one after I took the photo.

PHOTOS are great. Just take a photo of someone if you want their attention. Especially if you do not want to know what they really think. I take photos secretly or after any kind of conversation.

She ask me after the Photo,

"Why did you take a photo"

I said,

"I really do have a webpage, and I really am collecting information for travelers."

I am little impatient with this repetition. But that is OK. Better this way.

She says,

"Do you have a business card?"

I say,


This is the truth. Just a hassle and not needed.

She says,


I say,

"I like to be anonymous."

She goes and writes down. Hobo Traveler. What to know if it has one or two L in the traveler. I say one. Good question. I have both the one and two L's so not really important. But still a good question. I scoot on out before she gets in more inquisitive. I especially do not like people with cameras. By the way. The camera was in my hands the whole time in the office. So I did not secretive. This was not a drive by shooting. It was a give them warning shooting. So I had fun. It was good for me.

The ADVERTISEMENTS in the magazine are great.

Read it or place in the John. It is free in England. I think the cost is too high for a subscription. She says they have a newsletter you can subscribe to online and you can subscribe to the magazine in other countries for a BIG fee.

Too much fun.

By the way. They are offering seminars on travel writing. I think it was on October 4th. So I am late. But that is good. I would not pay to learn to write. I am positive I have little talent and that no one would want to read this incessant blathering and noise.

( I LIKE THIS MAGAZINE - Really - No Joke. )

Send money TNT!  I just want people to send money. That is simple? But if they sent money. They would probably want me to be serious and correct my grammar. Spell good. I can't be bothered. Keep your money please.