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10:52 UK time, Monday, 31 December 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Be prepared for a feeling of indigestion after reading the papers on the last day of the year.

Amid the glut of reviews and predictions that fill the pages there is also an excess of stories about excess.

The dawning of 2008 will be the busiest time for binge drinking (Mirror), text messages (Mirror), abortions (Mail), burglaries (Guardian), presents sold on eBay (Sun), fireworks (Daily Telegraph) and car breakdowns (Times).

Seasonal messages should be added to the list. Days after the Queen and two Archbishops made their Christmas addresses, the politicians had their turn at the weekend.

Now Rowan Williams is having a second bite, putting his New Year message on YouTube, reports the Independent. What a novel idea, perhaps our monarch should do the sameā€¦

Final word of 2007 must go to a glorious example of tabloid journalism at its best.

Coronation Street fans have a treat in the Mirror where a double-page marks the 70th wedding to feature in the series in its 36-year history.

Every happy (are they ever?) couple is pictured, starting with Joan Walker and Gordon Davis in 1961 and ending with Liz McDonald and Vernon Tomlin, to be screened tonight.



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