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Paper Monitor

10:16 UK time, Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Don't get Paper Monitor wrong. This column loves a thunderously verbose columnist, an endlessly heavyweight Sunday supplement feature.

But sometimes it's all a bit, well, much.

Brevity is not just the soul of wit - it is also the restless spirit of newspapers down the ages.

PM's favoured snippets this morning have been concise. Snappy. To the point.

Like this, from Ann Treneman's sketch in the Times of a speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband:

It is a dubious honour to report that Ed is getting better at the political art of not answering questions.

Or this letter from J Owens of London to the Guardian, objecting to poet Ian McMillan's use of the phrase "earworm":

No doubt his favourite term for a classic movie would be something like "eye maggot".

Or, indeed, this, by Judith Wood of the Daily Telegraph on ex-newsreader Angela Rippon's high-kicking dance routine on the Morecambe and Wise show in 1976:

These days, of course you can hardly drag Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth out of their PVC hotpants when the credits roll on Children in Need, but back in 1976, Rippon's daring was legendary.

TV Critic Ally Ross of the Sun completes this sequence, framing an iron law of nature around former pop singer Kerry Katona's participation in Channel 4's reality programme Famous and Fearless:

There has never been and never will be a good TV show involving an Atomic Kitten.


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