Newspaper review: 'Calais clearout' and Pete Burns tributes

Reports from the "Jungle" camp in Calais as it begins to be dismantled make many of Tuesday's front pages.

An image of an Ethiopian refugee, his face stained with tears, features on the front page of the Guardian. It reports that hundreds more refugee children are to be brought from the camp to Britain in the next few weeks, but it says one in four local authorities in England, including Theresa May's own council, says it cannot take responsibility for them.

"YOU pay £36m for Calais clearout", the front page of the Daily Mail claims. The paper says taxpayers' money will go towards covering the costs of the evacuation, as well as measures to keep the site shut for good.

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The Daily Express reports there are fears that, despite the plan to disperse them, thousands of migrants will stay in northern France, and new camps will "spring up in weeks".

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror celebrates the arrival of the refugees. In its editorial it says they're likely to grow up to be engineers, lawyers and entrepreneurs of huge benefit to the UK. "The Jungle is a stain on humanity and must close, so it is right a country as great as ours does its bit," it concludes.


Eye-catching headlines:

  • "What do you call two Essex Girls reading a dictionary? Furious!" That's the headline in the Sun, as it reports on a campaign to get the term "Essex Girl" removed from the Collins and Oxford dictionaries. Launched by two women from the county, they say far from the "harmless fun" some consider it to be, the term is derogatory and damaging.
  • Agony of teacup puppies The Mirror says a trend is growing for tiny micro dogs, but being cute comes at a price for these little pups, as experts say they are prone to serious health problems such as breathing difficulties and fragile bones. "There is nothing stylish about this grisly trade," the paper says.
  • Yoga world splits over rules The ancient mind and body workout has become embroiled "in a distinctly unspiritual row", the Times reports. Yoga's governing body in the UK says teachers should be more regulated to prevent people being injured but traditionalists have hit back saying yoga is a religion and attempts to enforce regulations are "neo-colonialist".
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'Wine o'clock'

Several of the newspapers report on research that says women may now be out-drinking men.

Traditional gender differences have all but vanished when it comes to alcohol, the Telegraph says, adding that daily drinking has become the norm for many women.

"Blame wine o'clock", says the Mail. The paper says women regularly drink at home having bought cheap alcohol in the supermarket, while images of celebrities enjoying themselves on nights out have helped to remove the image of pub culture being dominated by men.


'Great true eccentric'

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Tributes to 80s pop singer Pete Burns appear in several newspapers.

The front page of the Daily Star describes him as a pop icon, while the Sun reproduces a series of photos to show how dramatically his looks changed from his hey-day in the 1980s to his death at the age of 57. He claimed to have had facial surgery 300 times, the paper says.

The Guardian observes that Pete Burns was famous for his androgynous style. It recalls how in an interview in 2007 he said he didn't care about gender, telling the paper "everyone's in drag of some sort".


Heathrow or Gatwick?

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Many papers anticipate the government will give the long-awaited go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow on Tuesday.

The Daily Telegraph reports that, if so, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will open a "Cabinet rift" by declaring his opposition to such a scheme "within hours" of it being announced.

However the Telegraph understands that, whilst describing it as wrong, Mr Johnson won't seek to undermine the decision and will respect the result of a parliamentary vote.

The Financial Times, meanwhile, says the cost of compensating people whose land would need to be purchased in order to expand Heathrow has risen dramatically. It says an estate agent has estimated the figure at £1.3bn - 75% more than when a third runway was first mooted 13 years ago.

According to the Times, the biggest airlines using Heathrow would baulk at any cost over-runs being passed on to them through higher landing fees, especially given those at Heathrow are already the highest in the world.

The paper says the airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, would not back a third runway at any cost, raising the possibility of them seeking other airports to expand their operations.