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11:53 UK time, Monday, 15 August 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Good weekend? Do any shopping?

A hefty portion of us, surely, will have spent at least some time on Saturday on Sunday either browsing, bartering or buying.

And that, it would appear, includes the very rich and famous.

The Daily Mail carries a large photograph of none other than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with what it calls their "large brood of children", outside a shop.

What makes this image significant in the newspapers eyes is the fact that the store in question is not Fortnum and Mason or Harrods, but a branch of Halford's in a retail park in the west London suburb of Isleworth.

Showbusiness reporter Simon Cable draws a distinction between the famous couple's life of "red carpets, glittering parties and luxury holidays" and an outlet which specialises in affordable children's bikes and DIY touch-up kits for scratched car paintwork.

Perhaps Mr Cable would prefer that celebrities were above such prosaic expeditions. Paper Monitor, for one, is comforted that even the most glamorous among us need to pop out to buy spare spark plugs.

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