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11:55 UK time, Monday, 11 January 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Welcome to a new Paper Monitor strand to warm the cockles and thaw the ice.

Heartwarming tales of British pluck and neighbourliness abound, which means we can expect the words "spirit", "Dunkirk" and "Blitz" to accompany such reports, often in the same sentence.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has called on the nation to demonstrate "a big dose of common sense and generosity" in response to the plunging temperatures.

And, boy, have we overdosed.

The Daily Telegraph proudly lists such endeavours on its front page, such as 200 parents and children shovelling snow away from the entrance to a school in Buckinghamshire, so that pupils could sit exams.

The same kind of heroics are reported in the Daily Star (alongside pictures of bikini-clad sledgers), which says that helpers in Gosport dug out the entrance to a school so the children could continue with their education.

And mountain rescuers walked for an hour to reach five walkers stuck in a blizzard in north Yorkshire, says the Sun, while the BBC reports that scouts have been defying the cold temperatures to camp out in Essex.

And final word must go to the young women featured in this Daily Mail picture spread, who nobly regard wrapping up warm on a night out as a defeatist attitude.

Move over, Drunk Girl, it's Dress-Less Girl.

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