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11:40 UK time, Wednesday, 12 March 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

A lot can happen between a paper going to print and it hitting the news-stands, just ask England cricketer Matthew Hoggard. Writing in his column in the Times, he talks about how his infant son Ernie will see him play in a Test match for the first time when England take on New Zealand in the second Test on Wednesday.

Young Ernie will be watching the match from the stands and unfortunately Hoggard will be joining him. He's been dropped from the team, along with Steve Harmison. Obviously not in time for his column to be changed, which results in a rather uncomfortable reading experience for the rest of us.

Lines such as "that's one extra spectator that I'II be hoping to impress" leave you wincing. Luckily Ernie is far too young to register any disappointment, unlike his dad.

Day two of poetry wars and the Guardian has come out all guns blazing - WH Auden with a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The Independent's offering is a booklet about Alexander Pope, written by Michael Schmidt, author of The Lives of Poets.

Auden probably wins today's battle, but in true Guardian style probably his best-known and most-loved poem "Stop all the clocks" is not included in the free booklet. Heaven forbid the paper includes something that is actually popular among the masses.

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