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Paper Monitor

12:26 UK time, Friday, 9 May 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The sun has been out and that means it's time for decolletage-watch in the papers.

One expects the worst in the Daily Star. They think nothing of placing one blurb, for the latest horrific revelations from the Fritzl case, next to another blurb saying "stand by for a hot & steamy weekend" with a picture of a page three girl.

Any newspaper that doesn't spot any potential inappropriateness there is probably going to have no qualms about littering its pages with cleavage.

But what's going on in the Daily Mail? Page five: mild bit of cleavage shown on Catherine Tate. Page nine: dominated by big pictures of Mara Carfagna, late of the world of glamour modelling and now a member of Silvio Berlusconi's government.

Page 11: alarming shot of Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding's thrust-out chest superimposed on an image of the Lake District. Page 33: Myleene Klass leaning forward in a very low-cut dress. Page 35: Another hint of cleavage in interview with wedding planner.

What is the world coming to?

Over in the Daily Express there is a summer season classic. Here's an idea. It was really hot in some parts of Britain yesterday. It isn't always hot here, so wouldn't it be funny to take some other places where it is usually hot and compare the temperatures?

Get this. It was hotter in Britain yesterday than it was in Barcelona and Corfu. Why go on a foreign holiday ever again?

Elsewhere in the Express, there is a classic example of what is known in the world of newspapers as a "management must" - a story which has to be done because of the involvement of a powerful person at the paper.

There's an account of a charity event featuring a performance from a supergroup featuring Roger Daltrey and Zoot Money. But the presence of Express owner Richard Desmond on drums was surely incidental to the decision to make this the page 19 lead.

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