To mark this auspicious occasion, and to help Mr Murdoch dispose of the 1.5 million copies he is printing, the Independent has a particularly tedious competition. There will be a prize of pounds 117, representing a year's subscription to The Independent, for the reader who sends in the largest number of Times mastheads cut from page one of today's paper.
Any group of readers inclined to assemble a larger pile of this value- free material, is warmly invited to do so. We suggest any location adjacent to a recycling point. The Independent picture desk would be happy to hear from anyone whose stack reaches, say, 15 feet in height.
Entries for the "collect a worthless masthead" contest should be sent to:
Waste Paper, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL.
Envelopes should be marked in the top left hand corner with the total number enclosed and arrive by last post, Tuesday 29 August.
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