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Paper Monitor

11:25 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's not often that the Daily Telegraph opts for a topless pic on its front page. Such a rarity is this flashing of flesh that it cannot pass without comment.

But steady on, fans of the Lady Amelia Silver-Cutlery types favoured by the Telegraph's picture editor - no need to get aerated, it's Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped to the waist in his holiday snaps. Yes, again. All week one paper or another has run snaps of the ex-KGB agent in Action Man mode.

On being promised "more amazing pictures p19", Paper Monitor finds itself unable to resist the temptation to sneak a peak. Nothing like a chance to compare and contrast, eh?

But the paper also subtly seeks to reassure any of its readership discombobulated by reports that even a small pot belly can increase the risk of heart disease. "As a KGB spy stationed in East Germany in the late 1980s, [Putin] developed such a fondness for beer that he put on 25lbs. But by the time he became president in 2000, Mr Putin was a different man - trim, fit..." If he can do this in his 50s, captains of industry, so can you.

Meanwhile, blonde locks and a disarming gaze dominate the front page of the Daily Express. It's not Monday and it's not Diana, for the paper has a new poster girl - Madeleine McCann, missing now for 105 days.

madeleine2_203.jpgHere is a composite image of a week's worth of Daily Express front pages (bar Wednesday's, when she was bumped into promo rather than main story position by the bad weather and the £35m lottery winner).

Today the Express makes up for lost time with a double-page spread inside as well, recounting yet more of the claims made in the Portugese press (under that country's law, the authorities aren't able to disclose details of an investigation - a restriction that seems not to extend to its papers).

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