The Papers: ‘Didn’t he do well’ – Sir Bruce mourned

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    Image caption The Daily Mail leads the tributes to entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth who has died at the age of 89. Its headline evokes one of his renowned catchphrases: “Didn’t he do well!”
    Express front page
    Image caption The Daily Express takes a similar path with the headline: “It’s nice to have seen you…”. The paper pictures Sir Bruce in a classic pose on its front page.
    Sun front page
    Image caption A poignant front page for the Sun, which depicts Sir Bruce in silhouette. The paper says Britain’s best-loved telly legend died after a showbiz career spanning seven decades and dozens of catchphrases.
    Mirror front page
    Image caption In direct contrast, the Daily Mirror pictures Sir Bruce in a white suit against a black background. “Tributes to TV legend,” says the Mirror.
    Star front page
    Image caption “Telly legend and national treasure Sir Bruce Forsyth has died after an amazing 75 years starring in family favourites such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Generation Game,” says the Daily Star.
    Guardian front page
    Image caption In other news, the Guardian says it has emerged that the terrorist cell that killed 14 people in Catalonia was planning a bomb attack in Barcelona, only abandoned when its members accidentally blew up the house where they were stockpiling explosives.
    Times front page
    Image caption The Times says Spanish police were hunting for four members of an Islamist terrorist cell that carried out the attacks in Barcelona, as security sources in London said North Africa was their new focus. Since the papers went to press, three of them have been confirmed dead and only one was still unaccounted for.
    Telegraph
    Image caption Similarly, the Daily Telegraph reports that a huge manhunt was under way for four jihadists feared to be still at large after carrying out the Barcelona terrorist attacks.
    FT front page
    Image caption The FT Weekend looks across the Atlantic to the ousting of Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. The paper says it abruptly ended the tenure one of the president’s most controversial top aides, the architect of the Mr Trump’s “America First” policy.

    Saturday morning’s papers are full of tributes to Sir Bruce Forsyth.

    The headlines, as expected, make full use of a couple of his most famous catchphrases – “nice to see you” and “didn’t he do well”.

    For the Daily Express, Brucie was “Mr Showbusiness from top to toe” who had the nation glued to their TV screens.

    So much so, it says, that publicans campaigned to have Sunday Night at the Palladium start an hour later to stop pubs from emptying just before the show started at 21:00.

    The Daily Mirror agrees that he captured the nation with an “old-school, sequinned brand of showbiz” that was somehow timeless.

    According to the Daily Mail, Sir Bruce was “a perennially good-humoured life enhancer, who was never mean or malicious”.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan says the presenter was part of our “cultural DNA” and the last of the BBC’s great entertainers.

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    Image caption Sir Bruce Forsyth in trademark pose, here at Glastonbury Festival

    “We are not afraid” is the headline in the i newspaper, referring to defiant chants from the crowds who took to the streets in Barcelona to pay their respects to those injured in Thursday’s terrorist attacks.

    But the Express says that message of defiance must be matched by serious action.

    For the Telegraph, the atrocity is an opportunity for Britain and the EU to put aside their differences, and operate as allies in a dangerous world.

    Europeans, it says must do what the extremists refuse to do – accept our differences and forge a new partnership.

    The Sun takes a similar line, saying that Brexit does not mean we will desert our fellow Europeans in a time of crisis.

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    The Guardian has a warning from Stephen Hawking that the NHS is heading towards a US-style insurance system.

    The physicist tells the paper that the crisis in the health service has been caused by political decisions – including underfunding and cuts – and the new contract imposed on junior doctors.

    The government defended its record on the NHS, and insisted it is committed to a system that is free at the point of use.

    The Times is somewhat dismissive of Sir Vince Cable’s foray into the world of fiction, especially his attempts at a sex scene.

    His novel, Open Arms, is out next month.

    Although it is a political thriller, there is barely a Liberal Democrat in sight – although according to Sir Vince that is not because he thinks his party is marginal.

    The Times begs to differ.

    No doubt, it says, he focuses on Labour and the Tories because describing any sort of three-way split would be beyond his ability as a writer.

    According to the Telegraph, commuters in London next week could be treated to an unusual sight as they cross Green Park.

    A small flock of rare-breed sheep is to be introduced to graze the park’s two wildflower meadows and encourage biodiversity.

    They will be protected by both a wooden and electric fence, and be guarded by a shepherd during the day.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-40982895

    If the scheme is successful it will be extended to other royal parks, such as Hyde Park and Regent’s Park.

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