Media: Things we like


Celebrating 100 years of the British newspaper, the British Library is displaying a selection of the best front pages from throughout the century.

At a time when the internet is predicted to eclipse the printed product, the exhibition is a tribute to top-class British journalism. Held in partnership with the Newspaper Publishers Association, the event strikes the right balance with all the most serious, shocking news alongside some of the blunders such as the 1912 Daily Mail classic: "Titanic sunk - no lives lost."


It is commonly believed that the third film in a trilogy is generally the worst of the bunch. However, there have been notable exceptions to this rule recently - see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Joining them now is X-Men: The Last Stand. Filled with breathtaking set-pieces and real character development, the movie stays true to the original comic series by developing empathy with the main characters as well as delivering spectacular special effects and a well-paced story. However, with numerous notable characters' deaths, it looks as if the third instalment really could be the last stand for the franchise. But there is always the chance that those greedy fat cats in Hollywood might decide to squeeze a bit more profit out of the brand and green-light another feature.


The cut-price superstore Lidl might be popular with everybody for its cheap food (half-price nectarines and chicken drumsticks, anybody?), but we particularly like its fondness for stocking, and advertising, the occasional range of bizarre items.

The latest, advertised last week in The Sun, is a range of nautical gear including a 30-metre boat rope at just £7.99, a Neoprene wetsuit at £29.99 and a diver's luggage set priced at just £69.99. We're off to Clapham Lidl to live the life aquatic.


The magazine's cover story on the Iraq town of Haditha has really thrown the spotlight on the activities of US troops in Iraq. Its reporting exposed a US army cover-up and has forced a Pentagon investigation into events.


Shoddy World Cup guides

There have been some cracking World Cup guides published in the past week (though even we are fed up with the sheer volume of them). But there have been some real turkeys, too - step forward The Observer with its indecipherable guide to when the games are being played and the Evening Standard for its flimsy paper stock hidden inside a glossy cover.

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