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12:22 UK time, Monday, 13 October 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

A lot of doom and gloom around. As well as the economic misery which has become a daily staple, there is the news that golfer Seve Ballesteros has a brain tumour.

So is there anything to cheer us up? These thin pickings may be enough to raise a wan smile...

Daily Mirror - it does its bit to put a spring in our step, telling us that food inflation is falling, that jam fights cancer and that temperatures reached 22.7C in Gravesend, Kent (Why do record temperatures always bless Gravesend?) - talking of which the Sun treats to perhaps this year's final act of Brighton Beach Mammoirs - that is a picture of scantily clad sunbathers at the Sussex seaside towndeer_getty226.jpg

Daily Mail - after Saturday's headline "THE WORST WEEK EVER", the tone could hardly get any more sombre, but there is one glimmer of positivity. It devotes page three to a striking image (right) of a rutting deer in Richmond Park, London

Independent - the game of cricket has brought harmony to troubled classrooms

Telegraph - there are bargains to be had on the High Street

Guardian - good news for the follicly-challenged, with an end of baldness in sight.

Financial Times - fun-seekers should not even go there

Daily Express - same applies, but for different reasons

And finally the kind of story that the Sun does best.

Most papers responded to the news that England footballer Ashley Cole was booed on Saturday with something from a columnist or sports writer about the rights and wrongs of giving players stick.

But the Sun has a a satellite photograph telling us that while Mr Cole was suffering public humiliation at Wembley, Mrs Cole was 500 yards up the road pulling off - with some aplomb - her role as an X-Factor judge, broadcast to a huge ITV audience. Cue pics of glum / happy faces.

And the headline? It's "COLES APART".

Now that might make you smile.

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