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Paper Monitor

11:45 UK time, Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Stop the clocks. Again.

The Times has pulled its People column. Regular readers will know how Paper Monitor feels about People. Others can catch up here, here and halfway through here.

But now it's gone, without even saying goodbye - it's left to the Guardian to read the last rites:

"It makes the Times the only UK quality paper not to have a regular diary column... 'There is a war in Afghanistan and a recession and the positive, light-hearted column didn't seem to fit,' said a source."

And the Guardian notes that to move People's Adam Sherwin back into the reporting fold "is also likely to be cheaper". There'll be more on newspaper diary columns in Thursday's Magazine.

But the pain is somewhat nullified by a thought that the human brain looks like an overcooked cauliflower, a nugget proffered by novelist Sebastian Faulks in a feature on the "eureka moments" that awake non-boffins to the wonders of science.

Another "fancy that" moment comes in the paper's Tokyo Notebook:

"The Japanese market for nappies is now split evenly between two groups: the under-2s and the over-40s. In a couple of years, says Japan's largest nappy-maker, babies' bottoms will be relegated to second place, and adult diapers will rule the supermarket shelves."

That, people, is what happened when your population triangle inverts.

thighhighboots_telegraph.jpgMeanwhile, there can't be many Daily Telegraph readers who don't IMMEDIATELY turn to page 30 in today's paper.

Why? Could it possibly be the front page teaser "Celia Walden - My love affair with thigh-highs" accessorised with a photo of a pair of legs encased in white lace-up stiletto boots. That go right up.

The writer, Telegraph regulars will know, is a statuesque blonde. Others may be more familiar with her boyfriend, one Piers Morgan. Heard of him?

"I have never quite recovered from my teenage fixation with thigh-high boots. There is something about pulling on those second skins of leather or suede, leaving just five to 10 inches of thigh visible at the top which should have lost its appeal by now - but hasn't."

And she knows that the very thought will be catnip to a certain subset of Telegraph readers. For there are a lot of Telegraph boxes ticked. Posh bird in vulgar footwear? Check. Name-drop of a vintage celebrity? Check - Rita Hayworth. And an old-man sport? Check, with fly fishing.

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