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Paper Monitor

11:26 UK time, Monday, 13 November 2006

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

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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