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Delve into Blowing Bubbles Magazine's digital archive

Blowing Bubbles Monthly Magazine have made their back issues available to read online, for free! Their new digital archive contains more than 80 issues of the magazine for your enjoyment any time, on any device. You can delve into their digital archive here

The cover of Blowing Bubbles' 100th issue

If you’re new to Blowing Bubbles, you can expect big interviews, columns written by former Hammers and a plethora of opinions. All pieces are written by West Ham fans, for West Ham fans. Over the years, they’ve had some extraordinary interviews with the likes of Pele, David Gold and Mark Noble as well as former players such as John Hartson, Tony Cottee and Dean Ashton, to name but a few. They’re now all available to read in the digital archive.

There are also many timeless pieces to flick through. In previous issues they’ve counted down the best players in West Ham’s history, given their best XI in the Premier League years and ranked managers from worst to best. They love to get feedback from readers with similar or contrasting opinions to their team – it’s all part of being dedicated supporters of a club. Now, more than ever, they’re hoping to keep conversations going, meet new people online and get talking.

Editor David Blackmore said: “We’re really excited be able to offer so many of our back issues online. It’s taken a lot of effort to get everything uploaded but it’s absolutely worth it. Covid-19 has changed everyone’s lives in some way and if we can offer people some light relief or an opportunity to get some sport back into their lives as a way of relaxing, then we’re glad to do it.”

Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore

For those of you who don’t know them too well, Blowing Bubbles has evolved over the last seven and a bit years into a monthly print and digital offering with thousands of dedicated readers every month. Blowing Bubbles is the brainchild of David Blackmore who, following West Ham’s promotion to the Premier League in 2012, decided to fully commit to actioning the idea he’d had for a while. Over the years, he recruited great writers who shared a similar passion for the Hammers. 


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Fanzine pledge to those in Coronavirus self-isolation

Our partners Blowing Bubbles have pledged to send a copy of their latest issue to West Ham supporters in self-isolation because of the coronavirus crisis.

Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore

Editor David Blackmore has said there are only a limited number of copies left but he was keen to make sure they go to those in need in the UK.

“As coronavirus engulfs the world, with increasing numbers putting themselves in self-isolation as a response to the growing pandemic, it is easy to become swept up in the doom and gloom.

“But I want West Ham supporters to know there are kind-hearted people out there – particularly those I’ve seen on social media – who are shrugging off the sense of apocalypse by offering to lend a helping hand to those in need.

“At the end of the day, no matter what we look like, where we live, or how much money we have, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. And in every country it’s the old, the sick and those already struggling who will be affected worse.

“That’s why we want to hear from those in self-isolation, or from the friends and family of those in self-isolation because we want to do our bit to make sure that no one in our community is being left to face this crisis without any act of kindness towards them.

“If just one person feels less lonely or isolated when faced with this pandemic, because they’ve had our latest issue posted to them, then our team will feel better about it.”

Contact David on editor@blowing-bubbles.co.uk and make sure include your details, and the details of those in self-isolation.


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Blowing Bubbles Magazine reaches 100th issue

For West Ham fans, the last few years have had their ups and downs, to put it mildly. And through all the striker hissy-fits, fan protests and managerial comings and goings, “Blowing Bubbles”:https://blowing-bubbles.co.uk/subscribe/ has watched, reflected and written about all that has gone on at Upton Park and more recently the London Stadium.

The monthly publication, in print and digitally, celebrates its 100th issue this month, and editor David Blackmore, whose idea it was more than seven years ago, says the magazine’s longevity has proved a point that even in the modern era, fans still liked something in-depth to read and get their teeth into.

Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore

“We offer something different that people do thoroughly enjoy reading from cover to cover each month. Being monthly, we are able to think about more outside of the box with our features,” he said.

Initially, “Blowing Bubbles”:https://blowing-bubbles.co.uk/subscribe/ was planned as being a digital-only publication, around matches, but over the last seven and a bit years it has evolved into a monthly print and digital offering with hundreds of dedicated readers, across both formats, where fans can come for content written by a dedicated team of West Ham fans, for West Ham fans.

“We’d just won promotion to the Premier League and I was on the train home when I decided to fully commit to actioning the idea I’d had for a while,” said Blackmore. “I then started to find writers who could help provide the content for our magazine. Twitter was my saviour. Searches on there helped me to recruit the likes of Lucy Woolford, Brian Williams and Geoff Hillyer who have written for us ever since, and along the way we’ve picked up more great writers.”

The cover of Blowing Bubbles' 100th issue

Former Irons greats George Parris and Phil Parkes write monthly columns for “Blowing Bubbles”:https://blowing-bubbles.co.uk/subscribe/, and not only was it shortlisted for Fanzine of the Year by the Football Supporters’ Federation, but it is held in high enough regard by the club for co-owner David Gold to grant Blackmore regular one-on-one exclusive interviews, something for which Blackmore says he is deeply appreciative.

“I understand the feelings of the supporters towards our co-chairmen but I will always be grateful for the time Mr Gold gives to me each season and for answering the questions that I know the fans want me to ask,” he said. “Do I always get the answers I think supporters would like? No but he is always brutally honest with me – much to the dismay of the press team at West Ham!”

As for his birthday wish list? “I would love to add another ex Hammer to our team. We’ve got Phil and George, who are brilliant and their columns each month are very popular but I’d love to get in someone like Jack Collison or Joe Cole,” he said.

“And despite having spoken to so many of the biggest names in the club’s history, the one we’ve somehow managed to miss out on all this time is Mr West Ham himself. No, not Mark Noble, in fact I have a photo of him holding a copy of the magazine with him on the cover, but Billy Bonds. He’s always hiding, I’ve looked everywhere. So if you’re reading this Billy, please get in touch so we can arrange something. You’d make someone’s 100th birthday wish come true.”


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Bag a bargain for your West Ham-supporting friends and family this Christmas with a Blowing Bubbles subscription for 2019

Our partners Blowing Bubbles are offering a huge discount to WHTID readers for 2019.

Editor David Blackmore and his team are offering UK residents the opportunity to subscribe for the whole year for just £20.19 – that’s a saving of more than 30%.

There are also huge discounts for European, international and digital subscriptions to help spread the festive claret and blue cheer around the globe!

David, who launched the magazine in 2012, says: “This is the biggest New Year discount we have ever offered because we want to reach more people than ever before as we chronicle the next twists and turns of our club’s journey.

“As well as securing a subscription for yourself, why not look to take advantage of this offer to secure subscriptions for your West Ham-supporting friends and family for Christmas.”

To take advantage of our very special offer no matter where you are in the world, and get every issue of the magazine delivered through your door just click this link: “http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/whtid-christmas-2018-offer.html”:http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/whtid-christmas-2018-offer.html


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Don't miss this great deal from West Ham's best fanzine

Our friends over at Blowing Bubbles are offering a huge discount to West Ham Till I Die readers for the upcoming season.

Editor David Blackmore and his team are pumped for the new season and want to reach more people than ever before with a very special offer for you ahead of the new campaign.

David, who launched the magazine in 2012, says: “We have some big plans for the new season and, whatever happens on the field, we’ll be there every step of the way to chronicle the next twists and turns of our club’s journey. There is just one thing missing. You.”

They don’t want you to miss an issue for what could be an exciting season, which is why they are offering the opportunity to subscribe for the season for just £20 – that’s a saving of more than 30%.

To take advantage of our very special offer no matter where you are in the world, and get every issue of the magazine delivered through your door just click this link: “http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/whtid-201819-offer.html”:http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/whtid-201819-offer.html


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