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15:29 UK time, Wednesday, 25 April 2012

First Britain is drought-hit. Now, we are being warned to brace ourselves for a month of rain over the next 24 hours. Paper Monitor can't keep up with the weather, but after being caught in a deluge at lunchtime it needed some cheering up.

Which is why it is pleased to see some Britons, in a place called Dull, in Perthshire, are looking on the bright side of life. According to the Daily Express, residents are "thrilled" the village is being linked up with the American township of Boring.

Dull community council chairman Tommy Pringles tells the paper: "People stop dead to photograph the signpost for Dull. Imagine how many would do a double-take if it said 'Welcome to Dull, a sister community of Boring?"

The move was the brainwave of Scottish cyclist Elizabeth Leighton, who found herself pedalling through Boring on a US holiday.

Her friend, one resident of Dull, Emma Burtles, emailed community planners in Boring and says they embraced the idea, saying "it's all about bringing people a smile and a wee laugh".

Talking about smiling, another story - which is also brought to us from the US - brings news that turning the other cheek can actually make you more attractive.

The Daily Mail says a study shows the left side that is our good side, and pictures taken on the left cast us in a more appealing light than those taken from the right.

"So if you are smiling, you're going to get a bigger smile on the left side of your face than on your right side," says author James Schirillo, from Wake Forest Unviersity in North Carolina.

The paper goes on to say the discovery may explain why portrait artists have traditionally tended to paint the left profile of subjects such as the Mona Lisa and the Laughing Cavalier.

Paper Monitor can't help thinking of Beyonce's "to the left, to the left" Irreplaceable lyrics and wondering if she was wise to it too.

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