Newspaper headlines: Russia's 'insult' and Carney's warning

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Friday's papers have widespread reaction to a warning from the governor of the Bank of England, of the potential impact on the economy of a chaotic no-deal Brexit.

Mark Carney, the Guardian reports, told ministers unemployment could rise and house prices fall. The Daily Mail describes the assessment as "stark".

Meanwhile, the Sun calls Mark Carney, Theresa May, the Brexit minister Dominic Raab and the French Europe minister, Nathalie Loiseau - who has warned that UK planes and trains could be turned back without a deal - the "fear horsemen of the apocalypse".

'Insulting' interview

The Daily Star says the TV appearance by two Russian men accused of carrying out the Salisbury poisoning was an attempt by Vladimir Putin to "mock" Britain.

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The Daily Telegraph says Theresa May has accused Moscow of "insulting the public's intelligence" after the men, believed to be Russian agents, claimed they were merely tourists. The Times adds that not since the days of the playwright Anton Chekhov has Russia staged such a riveting original drama.

According to the Financial Times, the National Crime Agency is increasing scrutiny of Russians with unexplained wealth.

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The pros and cons of collecting modern art are hinted at across the papers. The Daily Express says huge sums of taxpayers money have been spent on "worthless" pieces. The paper argues spending money on what it calls "doodles", while the NHS and police need more cash is "an insult to the public".

Elsewhere, the Times says collectors have lost thousands of pounds on works by Damien Hirst, which were first sold in 2008, as demand has switched to his recent work.

One artist who's work hasn't fallen in value is David Hockney, who's "Portrait of an Artist" is expected to set records when it is sold at auction. The Telegraph says one ingredient in Hockney's success is that his work is "visibly, indisputably art".

Flaky pasty plan

"Paws off our Pasties" is the headline in the Daily Mail, which reports that the Royal Cornwall Hospital wants to replace traditional shortcrust pastry with lower fat filo pastry.

The Sun, which says the filling could also be wrapped in pasta, calls the plan "half-baked". But the Telegraph reports that the executive, Jill Venables, told a health conference some hospital visitors ate three Cornish pasties a day.

Although the NHS Trust has said the lower calorie versions will be available alongside traditional pasties, the chief executive of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, tells the Times that people don't need the "nannying NHS to nag" them.

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And the Daily Mail says a gaffe, made by the Duke of Cambridge on Thursday, was worthy of his grand-father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince William asked children at a Japanese cultural centre in London if they liked Chinese food. The Mirror says fortunately the guests - including the deputy prime minister of Japan - seemed not to have noticed.