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Paper Monitor

14:24 UK time, Thursday, 24 January 2013

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor is struck by the seemingly odd array of snaps in the Daily Telegraph today.

First up, under the headline "Sherlock goes blond", there's a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch with bleached hair. Apparently he's gearing up to play Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, a film about the WikiLeaks founder. Surely dubiously newsworthy?

Then on page 12, there's a story about "Burglar Bill" - a supermarket thief who has been nicknamed Bill because of his likeness to the character in the children's books by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. The similarity? The burglar's "distinctive" jumper. The jumper in question? A black and white stripped number. Totally unlike the stereotypical image of a burglar, then.

And finally there's three pictures of a man dubbed "Captain Calamity" at sea. Harbour officials in Cornwall say they have made 15 rescue attempts - at a cost of about £2,500 a call-out - as a result of the man repeatedly capsizing his catamaran. They want him to quit the sport, but the sailor has refused, saying he is "pushing the boundaries of sailing," according to the paper. The pictures are pretty and scenic, but three?

Still, at least the eclectic ensemble makes a break from snow.

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