Letter: When we burst upon the world

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Sir: May I offer you the heartiest congratulations for 10 years of the best newspaper coverage possible?

Ten years ago this week I took my then girlfriend, Susan, on holiday to Majorca to propose marriage. Like most Brits abroad, I still seek news from home. I therefore sought out the nearest newspaper vendor and was surprised to see The Independent. At home, fate had conspired to hide me from the pre-launch media barrage.

I therefore assumed that The Independent was printed for the Spanish/Balearic expatriate community. After a week of reading I was a convert and enthused wildly on my return, advising friends to try The Independent next time they were in Spain.

lt was not until a week or so later that I spotted the paper on sale in the local newsagent and the penny dropped. All the very best for the next 10 years.