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Newspaper headlines: 'Pick your grades' and Stephen Lawrence probe ends

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'Sacré Blew It'

The image of an Iranian lawyer, Niki Karimi, holding her 11-month-old daughter on the floor of a refugee camp in Calais appears on the front of The Times.
It says they and the girl's father have spent 10 days living in a tent, waiting to cross the English Channel - and have threatened to throw themselves overboard if the UK government deploys ships to block their passage.
Under the headline "Sacré Blew It", the paper says Mr Philp also "managed to confuse Britain and Germany" in a television interview that followed the meeting - and asked if he should start again, not realising he was live.

Stephen Lawrence murder probe ends

There's disappointment at Scotland Yard's decision to close the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
"Justice may have been cheated", writes Stephen Glover, "but shining a light on Stephen's murder has helped make Britain a fairer country".

Sunak ponders Budget delay

According to the Financial Times, the Chancellor is considering whether he should postpone his autumn Budget if a second wave of coronavirus hits the UK.
Allies of Rishi Sunak tell the paper that he's keen to "get on" with repairing public finances, but recognises he might have to wait until next spring if there's a spike in infections.
The FT says the Budget could be replaced with a "mini spending review", allowing Mr Sunak to put off tax rises or spending cuts at a time when job losses are "piling up".
The Daily Mirror reports that HM Revenue and Customs has miscalculated more than 16,000 grants given to self-employed workers during the pandemic.
The paper says the payouts - which make up less than one per cent of all those handed out - were either too high or should not have been issued at all. It's estimated the mistake could cost the Treasury up to £47m.
HMRC says it has written to everyone affected, but will not ask for the money back.
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Previously unseen letters show that producers of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" asked for the RAF's assistance in making the film, which is set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Burma.
But, as the Telegraph points out, the War Office had serious misgivings about factual inaccuracies in the plot, believing it "would not go down well with the British public".
The Daily Express says officials eventually relented, and the film became an international smash hit in 1957, winning seven Oscars to boot.

'Pick your own results'

There's astonishment that the government has left it so late to change how GCSE and A-levels will be graded in England this year.
"Pick Your Own Exam Results" is the headline in the Daily Mail, which says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson hopes to avert the problems seen in Scotland by allowing A-level students to appeal to use their mock exam marks to secure university places.
"But shouldn't ministers have decided on this months ago", the Mail asks in its editorial, "rather than 36 hours before the results are due?"
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Meanwhile the i reports that some schools have inflated their pupils' estimated grades to "laughable" levels. The paper claims that in one instance, more than 100 students in a single sixth form were predicted As when a much wider range was expected.

Sussex book a 'moan-a-thon'

According to the Daily Express, the Queen is "determined" to repair relations with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the next year - following their departure from frontline royal duties.
A source tells the paper that at the age of 94, she's "conscious of her legacy" - and is prepared to offer an "olive branch" to Harry and Meghan "to bring the schism to an end".
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Several papers review the new book exploring the rift - called Finding Freedom - which was published on Tuesday.
The Sun says it provides a "fascinating glimpse" into the Sussexes' marriage, while the Daily Telegraph calls it "one massive moanathon" - albeit a gripping one - with "juicy details so precise and private they can only have come straight from the horses' mouths".
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And the former children's laureate, Michael Rosen, is pictured in the Guardian - having completed a new book just weeks after falling seriously ill with coronavirus.
The 74-year-old spent nearly seven weeks in intensive care, and tells the paper that since leaving hospital in June, he's lost his sight and hearing on his left side - and had to learn to walk again.
Nonetheless, it took him just "a couple of days" to finish "Rigatoni the Pasta Cat", the latest instalment of his comic fiction series. "When I'm writing", he says, "I feel very contented - so even when it's a bit of a struggle, it feels like a good place to be".