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12:49 UK time, Monday, 15 March 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's Monday, and Princess Diana is on the front page of the Daily Express. Apparently driver Henri Paul was not drunk.

Skkkrrrrrreeeee! (An attempt to render the sound of a phonographic needle skittering across a record through the medium of the alphabet, to signify a "whoa, hold on there little doggy!" reaction.)

Rewind.

It's Monday, and Princess Diana is on the front page of the Daily Express. Apparently driver Henri Paul was not drunk.

Someone check the calendar - this is 2010, is it not? And it has been some time since the Express has brought this old favourite out from the back of the wardrobe (see Diana: A year in headlines, Jan 2007).

But vintage remains all the rage, darling, and so the Queen of Hearts, in a sky blue sequined dress, adorns page one accessorised with a well-worn conspiracy theory.

"Blood samples used to verify the amount of alcohol he had consumed were taken from another corpse, says a new book. Investigative journalist John Morgan claims to finally reveal a 'tidal wave of evidence' that the ­testing process was botched. And he alleges that Paul, 51, was set up as he lay dead in the morgue."

OK, so it's a new claim, from a new book, Diana Inquest: The Untold Story, by an Australian journo. Is this what is known as "upcycled vintage"?

Ooo, Paper Monitor has not previously used the term "upcycled vintage" before. Exciting. And, thanks to the Times, one has another new word to trot out when the time is right - "muliebrity".

It is the female version of virility, says the OED:

muliebrity, n. The characteristics or qualities of a woman; womanhood, womanliness (opposed to virility). Also: softness, effeminacy.

Paper Monitor, for one, did not know that this time last week.

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