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Paper Monitor

13:01 UK time, Monday, 29 November 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

If you drew a Venn diagram of Daily Telegraph and Daily Star readers there probably wouldn't be too much crossover.

The type of people who used to read the Telegraph were painted in the caricature of Colonel Bufton-Tufton. In Private Eye he could usually be found spluttering into his cornflakes in shock at what was in his morning paper.

He would be very surprised today to see the crossover between his august journal and the Star.

Turn to page three of the Telegraph and you encounter a picture of a bare-chested man rubbing his own nipples. The man is taking part in a pastiche of the Full Monty strip routine. To add context, it's from a trailer for the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The same page has Ann Widdecombe dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and various other goings on.

The Star runs the same nipple-rub photo - of Eastender's Scott Maslen - although arguably gives it less prominence by burying it on page 27.

And speaking of scantily-clad people, it's rather surprising to see a picture of a bikini-clad lovely massively displayed on page nine of the Guardian. Admittedly, it's a Ryanair advert, but one wonders whether the Guardian's own feminist Julie Bindel also had a cornflake-spluttering moment on seeing it.

The Independent also has a Ryanair ad, on page seven, but it's an innocuous montage of Dublin.

So did they take a stand, or do Ryanair know something about the Guardian's readership that Paper Monitor doesn't?

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