I grew up in a Daily Mail household with the Express, Times and Mirror around on a Sunday. When I left college in 1984 I thought I ought to read a 'proper' paper and started reading The Times.
In 1987, fed up of The Times' coverage of the General Election, I became an Independent reader. It has been an enjoyable relationship, not least in the period when Andrew Marr was editor and decided to put the best piece of writing on the front page regardless of the subject matter. Circulation fell but I often seem to support minority views.
Their photography has always been great, especially the moody black and whites. Their front pages imaginative and their posters, statistics and comment excellent. They led the way in tabloid-sizing the broadsheets.
Possibly because selling a house, changing a job and moving are concentration-sapping activities I have found the Indie hard to read recently and even dull.
So I have upped camp and moved to the Guardian. I have read it every Saturday anyway for the last couple of years and enjoyed it. This may be permanent. Apart from Johann Hari I can't think of a columnist I will really miss.