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18:30 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor isn't late today, it's just that the nation's papers that are, or used to be, evening papers haven't had a look-in of late.

The Manchester Evening News treats its readers to a splendid photograph of Thursday evening's "spectacular sunset". All over the city, the paper reports, people were moved to reach for their camera phones and post pictures of the "stunning crimson sky" on social networking sites.

The paper explains that a cold snap has set in, ending the mild spell and creating the still and clear conditions for the sunset.

Over at the Birmingham Mail, the paper's Top Ten series is a tribute to beers from Birmingham-based breweries. "Some are sadly no longer brewed, but these traditional favourites are being replaced by 'new kids on the beer block,'" the paper says. In top spot is Brew XI - once the epitome of the Birmingham pint. The paper is still mourning the passing of the beer's production to Wales.

IT'S a tragedy that this iconic Birmingham beer is now produced by Cardiff brewer Brain's under licence for conglomerate Coors. "Brew" will always be associated with Birmingham and the cask version is still a fine pint.

It's advertising slogan was "For The Men Of The Midlands" and thousands of barrels a year of the easily drinkable bitter were produced at the M&B plant at Cape Hill in Smethwick. When the site was sold for housing development production moved to Burton-upon-Trent before crossing the border to Wales.

Good news in Newcastle's Chronicle comes in the form of a story of an eight-year-old local boy who has been shortlisted for a prestigious international art prize. Joel Steel's painting of a monkey will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, with the winners being announced next week.

Joel's monkey looks like it would make a good playmate for children's TV favourite Peppa Pig. The Liverpool Echoreports that an academic from the city's university has waded into the debate over whether the cheeky cartoon character is having a bad influence on children.

Common sense prevails and Dr Simon Child, an expert in psychology, concludes that there is saying there is "more good" behaviour in the shows than bad. Phew, Paper Monitor can continue watching then.

Good evening.

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