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Paper Monitor

15:14 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor likes to think of itself as a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. Or truffles.

Sniffing through the pages of the newspapers it's rather nice to find nooks and crannies little visited by other readers.

The Guardian's Country diary for instance.

Reading it, one cannot help but be reminded of the intrepid William Boot's column in Waugh's Scoop.

"Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole," quoth Boot. Or writeth. Or penneth perhaps.

Today's Country diary is about climbing Scafell pike, and written by the nominatively determined Tony Greenbank:

"Light flashed from Wastwater's silvery shield as if on cue; the snow-white cirrus clouds in the azure blue only heightened the contrast."

Overlooking the slight tautology, we are immediately transported...

Over to the Daily Telegraph, where James Le Fanu's Doctor's Diary is found in a newsprint cubbyhole.

Today he has answers. To what question, you ask. Er, to a recent correspondent who complained that when he moved his eye there was a noise in his head "like a cackling magpie". It could be "superior canal dehiscence", says one expert correspondent.

Ah, now we must head off in search of more hidden gems.

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