Putting it all on orange

For the last week or so we’ve been offering you something unique (and certainly not against Twitter’s terms and conditions, oh no) which is to pay to hear more of @bounder. Here’s some things that @bounderpremium subscribers have said:

“@joyfeed: @bounderpremium You are a gentleman.”

“@tomlennon1: The entire human genome sequence in less than 140 characters? It can only be @bounderpremium”

“@HarryVale: @bounderpremium …can I have a refund? I know a tramp who’ll do wicked, wicked things for £1.”

So far we’ve made about eight quid, after paypal fees. And we’re going to potentially double that by betting it all on the Dutch to win the World Cup.

Why the orange?

Holland as a nation stands for most things that we hold dear; premium European lager and liberal publishing laws. Holland as a football team plays to our romantic sensibilities (or at least it did for four years in the seventies): the joy of switching position, love beads, and beautiful failure.

But the best football player ever to exist, Mr Johan Cruyff did something special — he battled against the corporate dragon on behalf of his art. The Holland team, he said, should not be held in thrall to adidas. And so Johan’s shirt for the 1974 World Cup had two stripes down the shoulders rather than three.

Principled y’see*.

Hup Holland Hup. Sod the octopus.

*And not at all due to his deal with nike.

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What’s going on?

Now with the stirrings having been a month ago, and no real sounds from us apart from us changing our Twitter avatar, or hinting that ‘exciting developments are coming soon’. You may be wandering why has there been no developments, exciting or otherwise, and why hasn’t a magazine materialised.

Well, it turns out that producing a magazine of high quality, especially one that doesn’t fit work to the available space left after selling adverts, isn’t quite as easy, or cheap, as we thought. Rest assured we are working as hard as two men with full time jobs can work, which is bloody hard indeed — we have meetings in the Hare and Hounds every week without fail. The magazine is being laid out and as you can see we now have a snazzy logo (look up damn you).

Now don’t feel sorry for us, this project is a labour of love and as such we want to assure we are committed to make it happen. We are also working hard to come up with some fundraising ideas to supplement the large amount of money we are both putting up to get the magazine printed. We hope we can start offering you guys opportunities to support the project real soon. As has been mentioned before we intend to find ways of funding the magazine with a series of different business models that don’t include compromising the quality or integrity of the magazine itself.

Please watch this space or our twitter profile @dirtybristowmag for some exciting developments real soon. Soon like this week, honest.

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