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Paper Monitor

12:47 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It is not often it hits home with Paper Monitor that the days of the rule of ink on paper are gone.

But today it occurred while reading the Guardian. Page 19 has a story about Tony Blair squirming during a joint interview with Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The president was asked whether she wanted to decriminalise gay sex. She answered by saying that she wouldn't and that she supported "traditional values".

In the newsprint version you get a still of Tony Blair looking uncomfortable, and a box suggesting you watch the video.

But you know in your heart of hearts that this story simply cannot be appreciated without watching the video.

On an entirely unrelated note, Paper Monitor regrets that it did not pay enough attention to yesterday's Daily Mirror. Particularly an interview with actor Sherrie Hewson.

The Benidorm star is ruing her inability to find a man and announces that she is officially putting herself out there. She says: "My china cabinet is open and the Minton is out."

Beg pardon? If that isn't euphemism of the year then this is an annus mirabilis for the double entendre.

Elsewhere in relationship news in the paper, they have a short leader column on Masterchef host Gregg Wallace's separation from his wife. The paper cruelly asks: "As Mrs Merton might ask, what exactly attracted Heidi, 30, to the wealthy 47-year-old in the first place?"

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