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Paper Monitor

14:10 UK time, Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

For some papers, page three means showing the reader more than others.

The Sun opts for its traditional topless photo. Today it's Danni from Coventry with her "news In briefs" apercus on the latest tribulations of Silvio Berlusconi:

The fate of Emperor Nero immediately sprang to mind"

But for rival tabloids who frown at breasts going in a family newspaper, there was another appendage ripe for page three exposure.

The Daily Mail opts instead for showing a bit of leg. "Cheekiest dress? It's a split decision", runs its headline alongside photographs of stars Elle Macpherson, Jennifer Lopez and Yasmin Le Bon all sporting "dramatic thigh-high splits" at award dos in New York and London.

The Daily Mirror agrees this array of long limbed female flesh is just what's required for its third page. "Thighs front: Brits or Yanks... whose legs win split decision?", the headline reads. After giving marks out of five to a trio of beauties from each side of the pond, the Mirror - shock, horror - hands victory to the Brits. Phew! The European economy may be on its last legs but at least our models know how to show off their pins.

The Daily Telegraph, never one to overlook a ravishing female photo-op, on this occasion defers to nobility. It gives over the top of page three to Prince Charles and Camilla's trip to Zanzibar, showing the game couple sipping from coconuts before getting down to the local grooves.

Metro opts for neither breasts, legs or Royals, but leeks and rhubarb. "The rhusual suspects", shouts the headline about a vegetable identity parade used to solve the case of stolen vegetables.

When newspapers all around seem to be losing their heads Paper Monitor reaches for the Financial Times. "Ministers press for pay road to unblock artery", runs its less than appetising page three lead.

From one extreme to another.

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