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13:07 UK time, Thursday, 26 May 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's barbecue season - a time for fiddling with firelighters, and, if you're British, no doubt sheltering the embers from the rain.

Oh, and it also seems to be the occasion for high-level diplomacy between the British prime minister and the president of the United States.

"Throw another Camburger on the Obarbecue," is the headline in the Sun after the two leaders flipped grilled meat in the Downing Street garden for 150 service personnel.

The title has, perhaps, delivered more ingenious puns before. It is, however, more concerned with discussing how the pair "failed to paper over all their differences" on Libya and Afghanistan.

The Independent focuses on the event's unique choreography.

By eschewing aprons, it says, Obama and Cameron were "brave and possibly foolish" but ultimately well-reasoned as "nothing ruins a photo op quite like a butcher's pinny".

Meanwhile, it observes, the two men's wives were "relegated to dishing out salad while the men do the important stuff. How very normal".

Amelia Hill of the Guardian, however, is more impressed:

Under interspersed bunting, featuring both the Union flag and the Stars and Stripes, the politicians indicated the ease of their relationship by taking a break to discuss the finer points of burger flipping, although the prime minister did make one move with his tongs that left the US president looking rather wary.

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