The Daily Express front page news.
It is usually:
Missing girl Madalaine McCann**
* The weather - for the past four months we've been warned of horrific storms bringing rain, hailstones the size of footballs and snow. We've had pictures of 20ft high waves (exaggeration) and more warnings of worse to come. And now this week we're being "warned" that "SOME parts of the UK may experience 20 degree weather". So? It's 20 degrees not 30. yes, it's considerably warm for the time of year but that still does not warrant sensationalist headlines.
**In no way am I downplaying whatever has happened to this poor little girl. But really, two or three times weekly to basically relay the same story with few new facts? What is the point?!
***She's dead. Leave her alone.
Points taken; but in comparison with the sheer nastiness of a couple of this journal's British-daily competitors, I tend to find rather soothing, the very inanity of the things that the "Express" tends to obsess about.
There comes to mind, in a kind-of-related way, a feature a long time ago in the British comical magazine Punch
, titled "a newspaper for newspaper addicts" -- basically a mock-up of the front page of a tabloid newspaper which was fixated on itself and its own doings, rather at the expense of actual news. The front page was all about the paper's triumph with its highest-ever sales figure for a day, plus assorted oddments all about the paper itself. In a small box at the bottom of the page, was "Other News" -- in brief "bytes", as follows. "World War III has broken out between the two superpowers." "The Queen of England has abdicated in favour of the Stuart claimant to the throne." And something else pretty earth-shaking, which I forget. And, "[the -- for that time -- British equivalent of Justin Bieber] is to marry."