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11:12 UK time, Tuesday, 14 August 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Guardian front page: "Is India the best place in the world to be born right now? A G2 special issue".

Wow, big question. A G2 special issue eh, so that'll be at least two dozen pages dedicated to the topic. It's a lot of reading, but big questions deserve big answers. So here goes…

G2 front page: "'This is the best place in the world to be born right now' The new India: a special issue".

Job done. On to the Times.

"Gap-year students told to forget aid projects". Now any story which coins the flexicon "voluntourism" is guaranteed a fair hearing from Paper Monitor, but frankly the small print (aka the story) doesn't stand up the headline, which refers to a report by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). And for that you only have to read down to the first quote from Judith Brodie, director of VSO UK. "'While there are many good gap-year providers…"

The Daily Express, meanwhile, makes it five days in a row for "MADELEINE" [its capitals, always] on the front. The 100th day of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, on Saturday, prompted a wave of reflection on the investigation into the missing toddler and led many to comment that despite the passing of time very little new hard information has emerged. Not that you'd know it from the Express' coverage though.

Finally, back to Elvis Watch. The Mirror has recreated some of Presley's favourite meals and found a nutritionist to cast an eye over the recipes, including this one for Fool's Gold Leaf, which combines butter, white bread, bacon, peanut butter and mixed fruit jam. The verdict: "High in saturated fat and very, very high in calories. Only a fool would eat this." Ah, but as the great man himself once said: fools rush in.

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