Newspaper headlines: 'Girl wins right to return from the dead'

From the Daily Telegraph to the Daily Mirror, one story is hard to miss.

"Girl wins right to return from the dead," reads the Telegraph's headline. The i goes with: "The frozen girl."

A court order meant the story couldn't be published until Friday. The judge also ruled that, in line with the girl's wishes, no one could be indentified.

In the Mirror, Alison Phillips wonders what the girl's parents went through.

"The idea of their daughter being mechanically frozen then abandoned on earth until a distant time in the future when she may awake without friends, family, or familiarity must be horrific.

"In the end they respected her wishes...let's hope they've gained some solace."

A number of papers list celebrities who, reportedly, want to be frozen.

The Times says they include Britney Spears, the TV host Larry King, and the PayPal founder Peter Thiel.

One person already frozen is the baseball player Ted Williams, who died aged 83 in 2002.

According to the Mirror, his head and body are being stored separately.


Thin gruel

"A £240 menu - but staff on as little as £5.50 an hour," reads the front page of the Guardian.

The paper says some staff at La Gavroche - the London restaurant run by Michel Roux Jr - are working "up to 68 hours a week for £375 before tax".

"It means chefs preparing a menu which includes starters such as the £62.80 lobster mousse with caviar and champagne sauce have been earning less per hour than McDonald's workers cooking burgers," the Guardian reports.

The paper says the restaurant made almost £250,000 profit last year.

A spokeswoman for La Gavroche admitted that some staff were paid below the living wage. She said "fewer than 12 staff were affected", and promised immediate pay rises and shorter working weeks.

A number of papers follow up the Guardian's story. The Times says Mr Roux is "in the soup".


'Lord Farage of Closing Time'

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Should Nigel Farage join the House of Lords?

There is an endorsement - perhaps surprisingly - in the i.

"You can agree or disagree with his arguments about sovereignty and the nature of Britain - I profoundly disagree," writes Mary Dejevsky.

"But he is a politician of stature who submitted himself to the democratic system, and by force of persuasion prevailed."

In the Daily Mail, sketchwriter Quentin Letts imagines how "Lord Farage of Closing Time" would cope in the upper chamber.

"Nigel Farage has built his name on iconoclasm," he writes.

"There is a danger that once he has been snapped in ermine and given a fancy title, he would lose some of his resonance as a rebel.

"He would have been captured and tamed. Don't do it, Nigel."

As for the man himself? "I've heard nothing about it," he says in the Express.


Sixth Form hero?

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"Attaboy!"

That's Mirror columnist Paul Routledge's response to Arthur Heeler-Frood, the teenaged boy who ran away from home in Devon "because he was bored".

Mr Heeler-Frood was found on Tuesday, after ten weeks sleeping rough in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

"He should be the hero of the A-level stream," writes Routledge.

"In times past, unhappy or just plain fidgety boys of his age ran away to sea, or joined the Army.

"In today's mollycoddled society, that's virtually impossible."

In the Telegraph, Judith Woods is also impressed by Arthur's adventure.

"Would it be terribly hypocritical of me to admire his buccaneering spirit - even though I would go to pieces if either of my children did the same?

"I do hope he goes on to pen his own memoir. I'm sure it would make for a riveting yarn - not that my children will ever be allowed to read it."

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Media captionMichael Booker from the Daily Express and freelance journalist Lucy Cavendish review Friday's papers.

Green with envy

The Times, the Telegraph, and the Daily Mail all report that bagged salad "is a salmonella risk".

According to the Mail, "the salmonella attaches itself to the salad leaves so well that even rinsing them vigorously does not remove it".

The Sun also covers the story, but perhaps not as seriously.

Its headline is: "Eats, shoots, and heaves."


The news in numbers

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Image caption The $3m dress
  • £155,000: The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance (the Times)
  • 24: The number of countries visited by six-year-old Alfred Cery (the Daily Mirror)
  • £1.3bn: The amount of UK foreign aid that went to the European Commission last year (the Sun)
  • $3m: The price a Marilyn Monroe dress is expected to fetch at auction in Los Angeles (the Times)
  • £9.99: The cost of the Aldi champagne that won a Which? blind taste test (Daily Mail)