Chas, no matter what the date is the magazine won't be getting to us any faster. I was once subscribed to a professional journal that got so far behind (due an extensive/inefficient editorial review process) that they were almost 1 year late in delivering. They kept the same numbering and dating scheme... they just mailed issues whenever they got around to it, with no regard for the connection between the issue date and the real date. Eventually they caught up.