Giles reading

Help a clueless American out: what British newspapers and/or magazines would Giles read in 2000?

This is for a Season 4 fanfic I'm writing. I have only the slightest understanding of British media. I think The Guardian is generally well-respected, but I don't know if that was the case in 2000. I also don't know if there are age/class issues: for American newspapers, I think of The Wall Street Journal readership as older, wealthier, and conservative. I don't know anything about who reads what when it comes to British newspapers.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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darla's love for connor

i was re-watching "lullaby" the other day, and when i came to the rooftop scene, where angel finds darla again after she runs down and scatters the grapplar demons with his car and drives off, something stood out for me. as darla tries to explain why she is reluctant to allow herself to give birth, she says: "angel, i don't have a soul. it does, and right now that soul is inside of me, but soon, it won't be and then... i won't be able to love it. i won't even be able to remember that i loved it. and i want to remember."

this struck me as strange. in the whedonverse, losing or gaining a soul has no effect on one's capacity to remember a particular event from the past, or, for that matter, an emotion; it is one's perspective on them that may change (well, perhaps not in the case of vamp!harmony). after being sired, one does not rise from the grave with global amnesia. it has often been pointed out that a vampire has the same memories as the human whose dead body serves as its host, especially when somebody mentioned how easy it was to be deceived upon seeing a demon with the face of a loved one. when angel was first cursed with a soul, he could still recall every single one of his victims and what he had done to them. when he lost his soul again at the end of "surprise", he remembered his feelings for buffy, which was a major reason behind his animosity toward her - in his opinion, he had become unclean, polluted by that memory of love, and couldn't forgive buffy for having made him feel like a human being. so, by all accounts, if darla had successfully given birth and become soulless once more, she should have been able to remember that she used to love connor, even if her ability to feel love were gone.

i wondered what you all thought about this. what was darla referring to? did she mean that
a) she would actually forget she used to love connor (this makes no sense if one takes into account the internal rules of the universe);
b) she would retain the memory of what she felt for connor, but it would no longer mean the same - considering that she never really loved anybody before, it could lose any significance for her, or she could have begun to hate connor much as angelus had hated buffy;
c) any option could be true, this is one of the in-universe consistencies the authors had overlooked or didn't care to sort out?

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Sorry I've been MIA for a while. I'm insanely busy.

But while reading back issues, I got to thinking about S9, Buffy's future, and was curious what people's thoughts were.

Needless to say, Season 8 was...problematic and well, controversial. And as expected, Season 9 is inspiring some good conversations.

So my question is this: Are you keeping up with the current season? If so, what are you liking? What haven't you liked? If you're not reading, why not?

Some random, please!

So, this week, for a project, I have some questions I need answered regarding Buffy and her work history...any help is appreciated!

1. Can someone help me figure her work history out, with approximate locations, dates, and job titles? Also, what was the name of the cafe Buffy works for in San Fran? The Pick Me Up?

2. What was Buffy's full address in Sunnydale? How about in San Fran? Do we even know?

3. How much do you think Buffy was paid as when she was the counselor at Sunnydale High?

4. What is the zip and area code for her neighborhood in San Francisco?

Hi everyone! I'm Becky, your new mod!

Hi everyone! *waves excitedly*

I'm your newest mod, Becky. I'm a huge, huge fan of all things Whedon, but Buffy has a special place in my heart. I'm super-excited to be a part of this community. I hope to post a question and/or poll every Sunday. I'm pretty knowledgeable regarding all Whedon's shows, love discussing his shows with fans, and look forward to answering any and all questions you might have regarding his 'verses. As always, all members are encouraged to ask questions and post to the community. Let's make this comm rockin' again!

This week's question is my attempt to get to know you all;

How did you discover the wonderful world of Buffy (or, if not, your favorite Whedon show?)? Did you watch it on television in the beginning? Did someone "convert" you? Or some other way? How long have you been a fan? What makes your show so special for you?

An Alternative Season Five of Angel

 I just read a rumor about how Joss Whedon had originally wanted Willow to move over to Los Angeles after Buffy ended its run instead of Spike. The WB poo pooh'd the idea because they thought James Marsters would bring in higher ratings. James Marsters does have a fandom onto himself. In the end, he did a great job but lets speculate on what might have been. Does the idea make you go 'ooooo' or would you pass on Willow joining Wolfram & Hart?

 I thought that would have been very intriguing especially if JW had kept Willow's redemption arc moving and had Angel mentor her. Maybe more of the soul curse that she had placed on Angel, twice, might have been elaborated on. It seemed like some kind of entity overtook Willow during the spell yet nothing was really made of that.  I like Spike and thought he fit well on Angel but I think that Willow would have added a different dynamic to the halls of Wolfram and Hart. A magic fight between Willow and Vail would have been awesome in any case.

I would have added both of them just to fill the large Cordy-shaped hole in the cast, if I were Joss Whedon. I don't see Xander leaving Buffy's side or Giles's joining Angel so Willow and Spike are the few in the core cast that I could see working on Angel. I could see Oz appearing again however.

Also would have kept the place from being the sausage fest it turned out to be in the end. Hell, even Amy Acker was turned into a God King.

What keeps you interested in the Whedonverse?

I've been participating in the Jossverse fandom for a decade now. I rewatch the shows regularly while having written over a hundred drabbles, ficlets, and series for the 'verse. I've shipped everyone from the commonplace pairing, Angel/Buffy to randomly enough, Eve and Dawn in fanworks. I've written meta and essays on the characters. These shows have been a big part of my life since 2001.

Yet, I still can't pinpoint that je ne sais quoi that makes the sho so special.

Sure, its clever and original but many shows can make that claim. It was a landmark show but it still had its flaws and failures. Maybe some of you can elaborate on why these shows still suck us in over fourteen years since "Welcome to the Hellmouth" premiered.