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Paper Monitor

10:49 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Just as the rest of the press is going 3-D crazy, reporting on the screening of Disney/Pixar's Up - the first 3-D film to open the festival in its 62-year-history - the Daily Mail goes one better. "Don't miss the ultimate challenge: 4-D Sudoku."

What the!? Is the Mail so stuffed with stonking news stories that it chooses to announce its breaking of the rules of physics (in relation to newsprint at least) on page 46?

Actually, Wikipedia is ahead of the game on this - informing us that:

"In physics and mathematics, a sequence of n numbers can be understood as a location in an n-dimensional space. When n = 4, the set of all such locations is called 4-dimensional Euclidean space. Such a space differs from our more familiar three-dimensional space in that it has an additional dimension, a new direction in which movement is possible. This fourth spatial dimension is a concept distinct from the time dimension in spacetime."

(What do you make of that Prof David Bain of brain strain fame?)

Packing its flux capacitor, Paper Monitor rifles through the paper to the billed destination, ever so fearful that opening the paper at p46, it and the entirety of the universe might be swallowed up by a black hole.

Happily, the Mail seems to have confused its discovery of a fourth dimension with something that passes for an orange and white Rubik's Cube with numbers on it.

Oh well, business as usual it seems. Backtrack to p6 and Monitor letter writers will be delighted to note the latest appearance of Drunk Girl.

The Times, meanwhile, has its eyes on more sinister goings on with the latest shadowy meeting of high-powered business leaders and politicians who form the Bilderberg Group. In the interests of clarity, that's not, as one senior editor at the morning news conference misheard it, the Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Thankfully that's a mistake the Magazine didn't make when it examined the story several years ago.

The Times' features supplement, T2, has a neat take on the expenses furore. In assessing MPs' claims against those of journalists from yesteryear it delves into its archive to unearth a 70-year-old expenses claim from one former Times hack - Kim Philby. The breakdown includes pig-skin gloves, a camelhair overcoat and a pair of glasses.

Finally, another fatuous observation to sign off with.
Is Elliot Morely the visual antithesis of Geoff Holhurst?

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