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1. Cornish pasties may, it seems, come from Devon.
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2. Former US president Gerald Ford was born as Leslie Lynch King. His mother re-married Gerald Ford Senior, after which the future president became known as Gerald Ford Junior.

3. Liverpool footballing legend Bill Shankly officiated at women's football matches.
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4. Birdwatchers call themselves "birders", not "twitchers".
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5. Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.
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6. Al-Qaeda test chemical weapons on rabbits, according to a former operative.
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7. Al-Jazeera International, the English-speaking branch of the Middle East-based news channel, is not available in the US (except over the internet).
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8. Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
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9. Maltese people are the heaviest in Europe, with a body mass index of 26.6, compared to 25.4 in the UK.
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10. Those %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6109634.stm">crumbling euro notes… it looks like the drug crystal methamphetamine caused the paper to disintegrate.
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I know that junk food is bad for you but couldn't you have used a %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6154600.stm">less appetising example to illustrate the point? I'm going to have to go and get myself one of those bad boys now.
Catherine O, Maidenhead, UK

While Milton Friedman may have popularised the phrase "%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/friday_challenge_1.shtml">there is no such thing as a free lunch", he certainly didn't invent it. The phrase dates back to the days of the Wild West, were offers of a free lunch were only valid when the eater purchased a large quantity of beer.
Harry Walton, Ipswich

Where are the pictures of readers' desks?
Ronnie, Glasgow, UK
MM note: %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6155438.stm">Here, sir.

"Can you be gruntled?" asks PJ (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Thursday letters). Yes you can, if you're a pig. “Gruntle” is the proper name for a pig's snout - so a pig which has been dis-gruntled has every right to be disgruntled.
Jenny Ryan, Bolton, UK

Clare asks for a Flexicon suggestion as to how to describe a pleasant surprise when a forgotten song resurfaces on your MP3 player (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Thursday letters). How about podsmacked?
Helene Parry, South Wales expat to Brentford

SerendiPODous perhaps?
Bryn Roberts, Bristol

Serend-iPod-ity?
Neil Golightly, Manchester, UK

Disk-chuffed.
Candace, New Jersey, US

“Mmmm-kay”? Is that a South Park reference, %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Paper Monitor? If so you're way more hip than I thought.
Joe, Aberystwyth

Re "waddagal!" and "mmm-kay" in Paper Monitor. Is this some new kind of metro-speak that hasn't reached us in the provinces yet? Minglish?
Kip, Norwich, UK

Just out of curiosity, did Vicky the teacher from East London ever get in touch with her old flatmate? What does Stig do when he's not writing amusing quips and captions for the Magazine Monitor? And what's happened to all the funny python stories, haven't had one for months. So many untold stories...
Carol, Portugal

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It's time for the caption competition results.

This week, a woman shares a toast of Beaujolais Nouveau wine with a diver at Tokyo's Aqua Stadium aquarium. But what's being said?

1. Colette
David Blaine enjoys a night out with a friend...

2. Susan
James Bond's wife wonders why they can't have a normal indoor swimming pool now he's retired.

3. Graz
"Shouldn’t we be having white with fish?"

4. Colin Bartlett
"Good body although a little watery for my taste."

5. Kip
That whirring noise is Jacques Cousteau in his grave.

6. Stig
"I think I prefer the dry white..."

Thanks to all who entered. Check back later this afternoon to view those entries that didn't make the cut.

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There's no such thing as a free lunch... pah!

He championed free-market economics and was said to be the intellectual godfather behind the Thatcher and Reagan eras. But Milton Friedman, the economist who has died aged 94, will perhaps be remembered best for his observation "There's no such thing as a free lunch".

The Monitor is inclined to agree – at least, when the much-lamented Lunchtime Bonus Question was in its prime, there really was no such thing as a free lunch as it would devote its hour-long break to churning through e-mail responses sent in by fanatical LBQers.

In a monetary sense, however, the Monitor must take issue with Mr Friedman's glib observation. Free lunches are there to be had, you just need to know where to look?

So, in a one-off revival of the Friday Challenge – all for the good of Children in Need, you understand – where is the best place to look for a free lunch?

Your best suggestions below.

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A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It’s been a while since Paper Monitor turned its attentions to headlines so comprehensive there’s no need to read any further.

So instead here’s a new genre - headlines so audacious in their plotting and cliff-hanger construction that you can’t help but read further.

The Daily Telegraph, on which Paper Monitor seems to be developing something of a schoolboy/girl crush, is of course a prime exponent of the art:

“GUILTY AS HELL: THE STARS’ FRIEND WHO KNEED EX-LOVER IN A PUBLIC PLACE”

Sounds painful.

As if this wasn’t enough to grab the reader by the eyeballs, this tale is further accessorised with not one but two photos of a blonde filly very much to the Telegraph’s taste. But in both photos she smashes the mould comprehensively, by clutching a toddler (hers) clad in an anti-G8 T-shirt, and drenched in fake blood at an anti-hunting protest.

And the article itself intriguingly starts: “Ever since the former ‘It’ girl Birgit Cunningham threw a chocolate éclair at the politician Nick Brown she has been known for direct action.”

Now Paper Monitor has hitherto been unfamiliar with her work, but waddagal! It transpires that the friend to Liz Hurley and Jemima Khan kneed her billionaire ex in the groin DURING their child maintenance case. Just don’t tell Fathers4Justice, mmm-kay?

(Incidentally, a special mention for gratuitous blonde filly usage goes to Metro, which illustrates its story of a teacher cleared of pupil sex with a massive pic of her glamour model sister.)

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Yesterday we asked what was the third best-selling ablum of all time, behind Queen's Greatest Hits and the Beatles' Sgt Pepper. A whopping 60% of you wrongly answered Michael Jackson's Thriller, which says a lot about your music collections. Another 22% wrongly said Abba's Gold. Ditto. Just 18% correctly said it's (What's the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis. So not quite as big as the Beatles, eh boys?

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Apparently there are only 30 Far Eastern %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/default.stm">leopards in the wild. I'm not surprised if scientists keep sticking their filthy fingers in their mouths!
QJ, Stafford, UK

The argument about %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6142290.stm">Whiter Shade of Grey is not about the music, which may be based around Air for the G-String, but about some of the words. Which are the most famous (or infamous) part of it. Feeling Kinda Sea Sick, when the band yelled out for more perhaps?
Colin, Abingdon. Oxfordshire

I see the EU now wants to ban %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6152366.stm">mercury. Soon there won't be any planets left at all.
Simon Robinson, Birmingham, UK

Re: Pictures of our desks. Like %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_57.shtml">John I too have pictures of my family on my desk to remind me why I'm at work, and that things could be far worse - I could be at home with the children.
John Smith, London

The letters about copyrighting your %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_57.shtml">fingerprint got me thinking. Could you trademark your house name and then sue junk mail companies for unauthorised reproduction?
Andrea, London, UK

Re %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">whelming. I was re-imbursed at my local toy shop the other day, yet I don't recall being imbursed the first time. Odd.
Noel, Norfolk

Further to Juliet, London's %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">letter on Wednesday. I wonder? Can you be gruntled? Can you have more gorm, or only less? I am led by my baff.
PJ, West Yorks

Can anyone suggest a new "flexicon" word for the (pleasant) surprise when a song comes on your MP3 player that you had forgotten was on it?
Clare, Scotland

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A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Two signs of unhealthy property price fixation in today's Daily Telegraph which, in relating the horrific story of four family members found dead in their home in Newcastle upon Tyne, slips into the third paragraph that the house is worth £350,000.

Meanwhile, in its story about the effects of Christmas bonus pay-outs to City bankers, the paper goes to upmarket estate agent Lane Fox for a quote. But only a few lines later, the property agency in question has inexplicably morphed into an ambitious internet entrepreneur.

What's Paper Monitor on about? Have a read:

"'The guys who get these bonuses are like lottery winners, you can spot them a mile off,' said Andrew Scott, of Martha Lane."

Elsewhere, the paper is revelling in the rediscovery of some familiar values.

"Its decent, wholesome values, its celebration of the family, its unembarrassed portrayal of devout Christian faith…"

What's under the microscope here: David Cameron's rebuttal of Tony Blair's new legislative agenda? The Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion that his church may "rethink women priests"? Not exactly, the line in question is a passionate endorsement by the Telegraph's theatre critic Charles Spencer.

The object of all this effusive praise: Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of A Sound of Music.

Wholesome values, family, Christianity – without question, a few of the Telegraph's favourite things.

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Another day, another Bond question. And we had you somehwhat stumped. Asked which was the last Bond film to use an original Ian Fleming title before Casino Royale, 43% said 1985's A View to a Kill and 26% said 1995's GoldenEye. But 31% of you correctly answered The Living Daylights. Today's mini-question is on the %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/default.stm">Magazine index now.

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Re your request for %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">pictures of our desks. I have pictures of my family on my office wall, they do not restrict or degrade my performance one iota. They remind me that I am not at work to enjoy myself or agree with what I'm told to do. I am there to provide for my family and this has kept me at my desk on more than one occasion.
John Elvy, UK

Given that %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6146618.stm">A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum was based on Bach's Air For The G-String, how can Matthew Fisher claim to have written it? Shouldn't he sue the estate of Bach instead?
Johan van Slooten, Urk, Netherlands

Liam wonders what extra protection getting fingerprinted five times in a day at Disneyworld can possibly create (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Tuesday letters). Well, not much for him - but for the park it means that he can't give his pass to other people. I don't know if they justify it by rambling on about homeland security etc, but the real protection is for Mickey's cash flow.
Nigel, Edmonton, Canada

Regarding copyright of fingerprints (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Tuesday letters): is this what they mean by Digital Rights Management?
Phil, Cambridge, England

%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Yarrum - I put it to you than in a vain attempt to disguise your identity you reversed your name and are in fact Peter Murray.
Andy, Leeds, UK

To Simon of Milton Keynes (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Tuesday letters), many cinemas still use film-based projectors. I went on a tour of my local multiplex cinema a few months ago and they were saying how film reels are literally cut and pasted together before being run through the projector. It was a fascinating tour, and one that really opened my eyes to the reality - film is still favoured over digital output in cinemas.
Tim, Narborough, Leicester

Following on from the over/under whelmed debate (%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Tuesday letters), I think all Monitorites should try and get the word "ruth", meaning pity and compassion, back into popular use as opposed to just ruthless.
Juliet, London

On Monday morning I was whelmed to receive 15 complaints from neighbouring flats about my party on Saturday night. It seems like a lot, but frankly I was expecting more.
Phil B-C, London

Re %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">Punorama, the West Wing was not a sitcom. It was a brilliantly scripted, excellently acted political drama. Commander in Chief (More 4) is not a patch on it.
Rosemary Hughes, Lewes, England

I have noticed that my contributions to Punorama and the caption sometimes do not appear, even in the list of losing entries. Is it possible to find out why? Is it just a simple error, failure to meet selection criteria, or an unwitting breach of site rules?
Colin Nelson, Bletchley
MM note: Probably all three.

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roman.203.jpgIt's Punorama results time again.

This week it was Russian Roman Abramovich. He's reportedly a bit stressed so has taken over an entire wing of an exclusive health spa in Austria and hired its entire staff of 30 doctors, life coaches and therapists.

As usual, you were in fine voice.

Aromantherapy - or something very close - was a popular offering this week and was sent in by Mike Grimes, Liam, Robin, Helene Parry, Alan and Al Newell.

This is probably one for just the Brits but we still applaud So dear, So Spa from Julie B. Another goodie that might be lost in translation is Chelsea Tensioner from Brian Gunn and Stuart.

Running with the health theme is Gareth Jones in Anglesey with Private Wealth Care and Danny Burke with In sickness and in wealth . With a nod towards the money side of things is Charles in the US, who suggests No expense spa-ed.

A much-loved US sitcom provides the inspiration for Will Parkhouse with The rest wing and Simon Rooke with The stessed wing.

A gold star to Chris in Witney for Bloc booking, but the first prize this week goes to Niall Nugent for his topical James-Bond inspired entry From Russia with scrubs. Bravo. Top of the class.

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To mark the premiere of Casino Royale, a round-up of poor Bond-related headlines from today's papers.

• Blond. James Blond (Times)
• Royale occasion (Guardian)
• Licensed to chill (Daily Mail claims HM calmed Daniel Craig's nerves)
• GEMS BOND (Sun, which gets points deducted for questionable taste for "STRESS-COTHICK". Very poor indeed.)
• The name's Bond. Treasury Bond. (FT - and no, Paper Monitor didn't make it up)

The Times also reports on what the crowd at the premiere were saying. One man had a sign proclaiming "Blond but still Bond. Good luck Daniel, your true fans support you." (You mean there's a problem with bogus Daniel Craig fans going round?) The same man also told the paper that "The anti-Daniel Craig people wouldn't dare turn up today." Too busy campaigning against the dumbing down of I'm A Celebrity, perhaps. Or maybe painting their "Bring Back Ferdie" banners for the This Life revival. Some people just have too much time on their hands. (They need to discover the simple but healthy pleasures of the Monitor.)

PS. At last a use for a wallchart. The Times also reports how twitchers in Montrose were getting excited by spotting a Mediterranean red rumped swallow. But soon after they had reached for their binoculars (and the relevant "Birds of the World" giveaway) a Scottish sparrowhawk appeared, "swooped on the swallow, crushed it with its powerful talons and flew off with its Mediterranean dinner".


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What does your desk say about you - and the culture of your place of work?

Thousands of civil servants are reported to have been told to remove pictures of loved ones as part of a drive to make Revenue and Customs offices tidy and free of clutter.

We'd like you to send us a photo of your workstation, and hear what you think it says about you. Is a desk crowded with personal memoribilia indicative of the office extrovert? Does the brains of the operation stack their shelves with manuals and their walls with qualifications?

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_56.shtml">Yarrum, by putting your finger on the scanner (assuming you weren't forced) you would be giving permission for them to take and use your fingerprint.
Sam, London

Re: %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_56.shtml">Copyrighting your fingerprint. Its a nice idea, but copyright only applies to "works", not objects. Thus, if I take a photograph of you I own copyright of that photo (the "work"), but that does not restrict anyone else from taking an identical photograph of you (the "object").
Phil, Cambridge

Fingerprints and iris patterns are facts rather than creative expressions so are uncopyrightable. Unless you actually designed your own fingerprint, that is.
Neil Golightly, Manchester, UK

%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_56.shtml">Phil, you'd probably be surprised by how many films aren't shot on celluloid any more. A lot of the output in our cinemas is from the Hollywood Establishment - older directors, who hold onto the technology they know. Increasingly the up-and-coming and younger directors work with digital, not least because its cheaper and faster to edit together.
Aine, London

Phil of Newport, they don't use film (as much) these days. Cinema's are converting to digital projectors. This %3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4724335.stm">digital article is over a year old and I actually remeber reading it and went to find it. Also I was watching the "Making of Casino Royale" teaser type thing the other day and it seems that was filmed straight to hard drive. Movies are moving away from film I'm afraid.
Simon, Milton Keynes

The question should be why do we say %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_56.shtml">"overwhelm" when whelm itself means to engulf enirely? How much more engulfed can one be then "entirely"?
Steve K, Fraserburgh

To %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2006/11/your_letters_56.shtml">TS of Croydon, I don't know if anyone has ever been "whelmed" instead of "overwhelmed" but this is the perfect opportunity to throw in my favourite PG Wodehouse line: "I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled."
Ken, Chelmsford, UK

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A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Day one of I'm a Celebrity and already it's bikinis, boobs, boasts, bitching, bragging, bullying… Bullying??

So Metro tells us. "Reality TV stars 'promote bullying'" runs the front page splash, which reports on an attack by a teachers' union leader, who branded the likes of Sir Alan Sugar and Gordon Ramsay "brutes".

Even St Jamie, comes in for a knocking, according to the Metro, for "oversimplifying the causes of obesity, leaving overweight children open to cruel taunts".

But what's this immediately beneath the story? A "teaser" box promoting Metro's coverage of I'm a Celebrity. "He's fat, he's rude, he's considered by some to be a bit weird… but David Gest is the 'I'm a Celeb' favourite".

Well, that's alright then kids.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, has the nanny state in its cross hairs again, with news the government is about to unleash "The Nursery Rhyme Police" on parents who let their children vegetate in front of video games.

Is this a bad time to mention the Mail's "Free Disney PC Computer Game" giveaway? And what doe they mean by "PC" exactly? Are we to learn that the Mouses - Mickey and Minnie - are not actually married; have been living in sin all these years? Are Goofy and Pluto, how shall we say this, palnning a civil partnership?

Suggestions welcome in Monitor letters.

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In Monday's Daily Mini-Quiz, the mission was to identify the occupation of the real-life James Bond, whose name was used for the fictional secret agent by author Ian Fleming. The correct answer, an ornithologist, was spotted by 39% of readers. Today's Daily Mini-Quiz is on the %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/default.stm">Magazine index.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/your_letters/" rel="tag" title="">your_letters16:55 UK time, Monday, 13 November 2006

On a recent trip to Disneyworld, Florida, I was astounded to find that everyone had to be %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6129084.stm">fingerprinted before even entering the park. Since there are a few separate parks, I was finger printed about five times in one day. Does anyone else find this a bit excessive? Especially for a family theme park. What extra protection could this possibly create?
Liam, London

Couldn't you copyright your own fingerprint and %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6129084.stm">iris pattern and make it illegal for people to have a copy without your permission? I hear that making something an industrial secret brings harsh prosecution to those who copy it without permission.
Yarrum Retep, Niagara Falls, Canada

With regards to %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6144038.stm">Leica cameras going digital, some things just don't really work when updated. I still prefer vinyl to CD, and I must say the organic nature of film will always be better than digital cameras. As convenient as it is to bung a load of pictures on your computer, film is infinitely better. If film was not a superior format then why are there still so many movies being shot on it?
Phil, Newport

Re: The %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6122780.stm">Best Bond Vote. Now how many of us normal people out there can properly vote for Daniel Craig when the film doesn't go on general release until this Friday?
Lester Mak, London

%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6143680.stm">Free coffee and biscuits? Sorry, I'm a bit confused here. Is that really what these nurses win, or is this news item a joke that I haven't copped on to yet?
Seavy Carr, Dublin

Talking of being %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.html">under-whelmed, a friend of mine pondered if anyone has ever expressed being merely "whelmed". People only seem to use the word with either the prefix "over" or "under". Anyone?
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A weekly guide to words and names in the news from Lena Olausson of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

"The pronunciation unit often receives complaints about perceived mispronunciations of two French composers' names - Francis Poulenc and Paul Dukas - when they haven't been mispronounced at all. Poulenc is pronounced poo-LA(NG)K, the -a(ng) sound as in French "vin". This is the pronunciation listed in all our published sources (French and English), and there is no justification for the poo-LAA(NG)K (-aa(ng) as in French "blanc") pronunciation claimed to be correct in the many complaints

The other name that causes much frustration among our Radio 3 listeners, Dukas, is in fact pronounced due-KASS, and not due-KAA. This pronunciation was passed on to the pronunciation unit in 1955 by a friend of the Dukas family, who assured us that this was the composer's own pronunciation."

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The Guardian's wall-charts are back, and what better subject for the latest instalment of this much emulated giveaway than sheep.

But the rest of the Fleet Street flock – if you'll excuse the sustaining of the metaphor – have little appetite for keeping up, so there's not much else to report from the freebie frontline, bar, or should that be baa, a free computer game from the Daily Mail. (Normal WH Smith rules apply.)

Wildlife of a different sort graces the front of the Daily Mirror – a Hamster. Yes, it's yet another instalment in the recovery of Top Gear front man Richard Hammond. This time, he's back in the driving seat.

"I'M BACK! The Hamster drives again" runs the front page headline. But delve inside and the magnitude of the occasion is somewhat undermined by Hammond's observation that "I have been a passenger in a car many times since the accident and I haven't suffered any flashbacks or anything traumatic. The crash didn't affect my confidence on the road."

So, that's unquestionably worth a front page and double-page spread. Paper Monitor feels like its been ever so slightly fleeced.

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Friday's Daily Mini-Quiz asked which creatures had been found to be unexpectedly close to humans, in terms of genetic code. The correct answer, sea urchins, was identified by 44%. The current Daily Mini-Quiz is on the %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/default.stm">Magazine index.

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