What the papers say

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Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The Irish News asks why no charges have been brought over an attack on the Enterprise train in July.

It says that four months after an attempt by dissident republicans to incinerate passengers on the cross-border train, police are still struggling to bring those responsible to justice.

Four people have been arrested but no-one has been charged with the hijacking of the train in Lurgan on 12 July.

Business leaders and politicians have warned that the crucial lifeline must be secure, and that the lack of charges undermines passenger confidence.

The News Letter leads with the compensation deal for former RUC reservists.


As the paper notes, the £20m fund agreed as a side-deal at Hillsborough originally only covered former members of the RUC part-time reserve.

But now compensation will also be available to widows and widowers of officers.

The paper has been talking to a couple who served along the Fermanagh border during the worst of the Troubles.

The 69-year-old husband, who survived two terrorist bomb attacks, says they each worked two or three nights a week.

"If I wasn't out, she was," he says.

He sees the compensation as "appreciation for what we have done".

The Belfast Telegraph is outraged that Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle is apparently being bullied over her strong Derry accent.

In an editorial, it says we should be proud of our own pop star, adding that she is right to tell the character assassins to find another victim - in whatever accent she likes.

'Inbox from hell'

The memoirs of George W Bush are the big focus for many papers.

The Guardian says Mr Bush left behind "the inbox from hell" - two wars and the greatest recession since the 1930s.

But while there are some regrets in the former President's account, there are no apologies.

In fact, in an interview with the Times, Mr Bush claims that information extracted from terrorist suspects by 'waterboarding' saved British lives by preventing attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf.

The Guardian focuses on Mr Bush's order to the Pentagon to draw up plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities - an attack that would almost certainly have produced a conflagration in the Middle East, the paper says.

In a front page book review, the Independent says the memoir is "part spin, part mea culpa, part family scrapbook, part self-conscious effort to shape his political legacy".

It says that Mr Bush swings between frat-boy irreverence to religious certainty, and that he emerges as a man who is fond of "big ideas and small comforts".

As the paper notes, it's unusual in one way though - not many presidential memoirs conclude with an anecdote about cleaning up after the dog.


And finally, the Mail reports on a new way of categorising female body shapes.

It says that women's bottoms come in four shapes - the pear, tomato, potato, pear or nectarine.

"Bottom expert" David Holmes, a Manchester psychologist, says that 45% of women are tomato shape - plump, round and squishy to the touch - while 30% are afflicted with a potato shape - wide, and lumpy in parts.

Best of all, we are told, is the nectarine - full, luscious and round.

Dr Holmes has also come up with a scientific equation for the perfect posterior, based on shape, firmness, symmetry and "bounce".

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