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Paper Monitor

12:15 UK time, Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.


Jordan and Peter divorce today. Yes, you heard it here first.

Well, perhaps you didn't, but since the word EXCLUSIVE is bandied about with such enthusiasm these days, one wanted to get in on the act.

The Daily Star claims the latest twist in the Price-Andre split as an "exclusive". So does the Sun and its arch rival the Daily Mirror. Which does rather negate the meaning of the word, which the OED variously defines as:

"Not admitting of the existence or presence of (something); In which others have no share, esp. of journalistic news or other published matter"

Well, shared it certainly is, dominating page nine in the Sun, pages one and seven in the Mirror, and pages one, four and five in the Star.

Paper Monitor has no wish to go into the whys and wherefores of the whole unedifying and lavishly accessorised saga, except to note that the Star reprints the list of decrees in court today, which lists his surname as "Andrea". (Oh, and a possible thing for 10 things... a court insider tells the paper that both parties applying for divorce only happens in one in every 300 cases.)

And finally, a nugget of punning gold from the Sun. "DAVE'S DUNKED DUNCAN DONUT". Tasty!

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