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Paper Monitor

11:03 UK time, Monday, 16 July 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

You can say many things about the Daily Mail, but at least it doesn't respond to provocation from rivals like the Observer.

The business section of the Sunday paper accused the Mail of hypocrisy because it attacks the government's casino plans and at the same time runs a bingo website that does not make age restrictions clear or contain links to gambling addiction charities. Despite this onslaught, the Mail carries no retaliation today.

And strangely, Paper Monitor finds itself unable to log in to the Mail's bingo site this morning.

Over in the Daily Express there's a bit of a "bodysnatchers moment". In the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, families start to know something is wrong when their relatives start acting differently.

The Express must have been cloned by aliens. It's the only explanation for the extraordinary failure to feature a Diana conspiracy story on a Monday front page. What's more, there's no evidence of a Diana story on the inside pages. Eerie.

And finally, praise where it's due for the subs at the Times. The paper has a take on the discovery that the long-beaked echidna may not be extinct in Papua New Guinea, as a villager says he is sure he recently ate one.

Headline: "I didn't know creature was rare, says tribesman who liked it well done."

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