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09:24 UK time, Friday, 1 October 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

"This was a woman so two-faced it took ages to upload Facebook pictures of her because I had to tag her twice."

The Daily Telegraph prints this joke alongside a story about comedian Stephen Grant, who has won a lengthy court battle to tell jokes about his ex-wife.

Mr Grant, it seems, had been constrained since his divorce by a solicitor's letter asking him not to "embarrass" his former wife as part of his act. He used the Human Rights Act to have the request withdrawn.

The gag made Paper Monitor chuckle, less because of its content and more because it coincided with a day on which many papers brazenly displayed more than one face.

After an unparalleled year of revelling in exposures about the private lives of various sports stars, the press got another shot at golfer Tiger Woods.

The Daily Mail reports from the Ryder Cup's opening ceremony at Celtic Manor, where Woods sat alongside his US team-mates:

"Woods' roving eye was back in play again yesterday when he was spotted closely examining the performance of [singer] Katherine Jenkins."

And the Daily Mirror does not stop at being merely suggestive, adding cartoon-style thought bubbles to a succession of photos of the golfer.

"Oh give me strength... don't look, don't look," says the first, as Woods raises his eyes skywards, rather than staring at the blonde singer.

It ends with Woods looking directly at Jenkins, who has her back to him, with the thought: "Goddamit! I'm looking... nice aria".

Yet, away from all this mockery, the papers find time to celebrate the career of "one of the true Hollywood greats", as the Telegraph puts it.

Paper Monitor notes, however, that the focus tends to be rather less on the acting ability of Tony Curtis, who died aged 85, and rather more on his love of women.

"The actor's womanising ways were legendary," says the Telegraph.

Likewise, the Sun:

"He starred in some of Hollywood's best-loved movies - but Tony Curtis will also be remembered as the man who wooed and won 1,000 women."

On its front page, the Times sums up Curtis as a "star who knew fame was fun".

Paper Monitor is thankful that Fleet Street's finest also put fun ahead of consistency.

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