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Paper Monitor

11:42 UK time, Wednesday, 29 November 2006

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It is a solemn morning. A black and white, smiling shot of Tom ap Rhys Pryce and his fiancee Adele Eastman smiles out from most of the papers. But it is the impact statement from Miss Eastman - read out in court at the sentencing of his murderers - that carries the heavy weight.

Many of the broadsheets and tabloids print the moving and eloquent testimony in full, and the nearly 1,500 words make for upsetting and challenging reading. Paper Monitor, never the hardest of hearts, welled up while reading it on the Tube.

There is more climate change gloom - a global warming time-bomb in the Atlantic predicted in the Guardian, straightforward all-round devastation heralded in the Times. Bad news too for commuters, should they choose to hop on a train come Armageddon. Several papers detail the ticket price hike which will make that journey to work even more of a "pleasure".

But the lighter side of life can also be found, with a bit of probing. The Daily Mirror brings us news of an ugly night on the lash for David Jason. Best of all, Paper Monitor breathes a sigh of relief as Britney is pictured in the Mirror in a more conservative jeans and T-shirt as she steps out, again, with Paris Hilton. And that paragon of decorum, Lindsay Lohan. So no surprise, then, that Brits is snapped in the Sun sans-underwear.

Meanwhile, wallchart watch has taken a new and festive twist this week as the Guardian runs a series of "seasonal wrapping papers". Today it's Paula Rego's drawings of a bow-bedecked woman; tomorrow it's the big gun, Tracey Emin - will it be Jesus's bed or Father Christmas's tent?

But what's the point? Paper Monitor has been wrapping its presents in wallcharts for months, seeing as the trees and whatnot are printed on lovely glossy paper, not just newsprint. So who's the Scrooge?

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