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12:43 UK time, Thursday, 31 July 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The Daily Telegraph can hardly conceal its glee at the growing acrimony in the Labour Party. While many of the others lead on the huge hike in gas prices, it keeps its eye on the prize with its splash "Labour at war".

Inside there's a handy guide to decoding David Miliband's "leadership challenge" article in yesterday's Guardian, in a "what he wrote", "what he means" format. Not all of it quite makes sense, however.

Eg. "'He wrote: "We must be humble about our shortcomings, but more compelling about our achievements."

'He means: "We have to stop taking the credit for the economic boom of the last decade, while blaming the global slowdown for the economic downturn."'"

...and the bit about being "more compelling about our achievements"?

Elsewhere in the paper Telegraph regulars, who are never averse to the depiction of a statuesque young woman in pictorial form in their paper, will be gratified to see the picture of 1970s kidnap victim Patty Hearst's daughter - now modelling for an underwear firm.

But how's this for an awkward segue: "The pictures are a far cry from the photograph of her mother clutching a gun, taken after she joined her captors..."

Over at the Daily Mail, we're presented with a two-page treatise on the perils of "Information overload".

"Switch off your mobile. Unplug your iPod. And stop checking those emails! A new book warns that high-tech distractions are wrecking out health - and turning our brains into mush."

This, from the paper which earlier in the year became the UK's most popular newspaper website.

What's more, the accompanying stock picture of a man frantically juggling pieces of office equipment seems to date from an age when iPods weren't even a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye.

There's a fax machine (!), a chunky laptop with trackball and a Rolodex.

Meanwhile, for those who didn't take the Mail today, here's a link to the piece (with health warning conspicuously absent).

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