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Old 18 May 2003, 16:44   #51
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Used to get Diver through the BSAC subscription, but apparently a couple of years back Diver and BSAC fell out, hence the birth of Dive to provide a mag for us BSAC members. Was never really a fan of Diver, but yeah it's certainly a popular mag. Much prefer Dive as, most of the time, it's full of good stuff. Used to have a monthly police diver article that was really good, and they ran a great article on RN EOD divers sometime last year (guess where I got the idea of trying out to be a navy diver?).

Was just a bit annoying that they did such a large feature on 4x4s. I can cope with RIB reviews, as they're an accessory to diving, but the 4x4s are more of an accessory to the accessory, as the main focus of the reviews was towing, launch and recovery of a RIB.

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Old 18 May 2003, 16:53   #52
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I dought if we realy feel so strongly enough to launch a rival publication on ribs becouse some of us feel there could be some improvements made.

I shall keep buying it till my money runs out or it changes beyond recognition.


As a side line, I once heard a comment from somebody who said he was fed up with buying Hi Fi Mags every month as if he hadnt ,he could of bought a good Hi Fi over the yrs,with the money he spent.
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Old 18 May 2003, 16:55   #53
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....and before it changed it name to Diver magazine it was TRITON, named after some mythological sea sprite. Oh Gawd I feel old now,
I'll be ok when matron brings the Horlicks round!
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Old 18 May 2003, 16:56   #54
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Wish we could have Diver back instead of the current offering Dive. Alway full of stuff for photographers taking pics of tiny sea animals. What happended to the wrecks, brass and salvage stuff. Wet weekends in Bovisand harbour and expeds to scapa in March, (used to pass the skiers in Aviemore on the way up north. They always complained about the cold until they saw the dive kit).

(Hot choc and another blanket for please nurse)

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Old 19 May 2003, 02:59   #55
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Interesting and accurate observation Pete.

The diving world politics were evil in the year or so before BSAC went bust and Dive won the contract to publish a mag for the much weakened BSAC . (I actually tendered to produce a mag for BSAC but I don't think they could stomach the idea of my biz publishing for themselves and their bitter rivals, PADI).

The guy who founded Dive (was Dive International) was an ex-Times journalist. His mag from the outset was much more into glam travel and, as you point out, photography and "sea kritters".

I have always felt that there was a stitch-up behind the scenes when Diver lost out to Dive. But that's another story and probabaly libelous so I will not go there!

I always envied the old Diver mag's emphasis on, as you point out, wrecks, brass, salvage and wet weekends at Bovi. But this didn't fit the PADI line of holidays and learning to dive and so I bit the bullett and got on publishing what my type of diver wanted - and what brought in the cash!
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Old 19 May 2003, 19:22   #56
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It seems incredible to me that the RIB world only can carry one bi-monthly.

It needn't. It just needs a bit of effort to stir it up. But I'm too old and tired to make the effort.
Sorry to here that........would a pack of Sanatogen/Red bull/Philosan help to change your views
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Old 20 May 2003, 01:25   #57
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Not really, Stuart. The limited energy supplies I have left these days are well used up ribbing, scuba diving, trekking and rebuilding my Cornish house and its unruly garden.

I have plans to tackle the garage as soon as I can empty it of a Yamaha diesel and out-drive that some lazy b****r has abandoned there!
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Old 20 May 2003, 06:33   #58
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Yeah....I guess I deserved that.
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