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Paper Monitor

12:48 UK time, Thursday, 28 April 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor is one of the few periodical digests on the interweb that feels duty-bound to cover a key aspect of the press - problem pages.

Dear Deidre has long been the best thing in the Sun, and now a cataclysmic event has taken place. Deidre is now over two pages instead of one.

And she now has the billing on "The World's No1 Agony Aunt".

On Wednesday she was just plain old "Deidre". On Thursday, she's become the world's best.

What happened overnight? Who was "The World's No 1 Agony Aunt" yesterday? Who bestows this title? A directorate of the UN, dedicated to resolving fictional-sounding sexual and social problems?

There's no explanation, but with 11, count 'em, letters, it's hard to be unhappy.

Today's highlight is probably the writer who says: "I have fallen for a lovely girl but she's no oil painting. I'm worried what my mates will say."

Deidre gives her usual sensible reply.

So how have the red-top rivals responded to this starting gun on the agony aunt arms race? There's no change in Dear Coleen in the Daily Mirror.

Just Jane in the Daily Star also retains the same format - one page but with a strip on the next page for the photo casebook.

The letter writers have a pithy turn of phrase.

One complains: "My girlfriend had a gastric band fitted. She's since lost eight stone in weight. The only problem is that her stretched flesh now hangs in folds, like tripe."


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