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Sunday, 13 January, 2002, 06:58 GMT
Harry's 'drugs shame' makes the papers
The News of the World devotes its first seven pages to what it calls "Harry's Drugs Shame".

The paper commends what it calls "the refreshing courage and honesty" shown by the Prince of Wales in his handling of the matter.

Faced with every caring parent's nightmare - the paper says - Prince Charles reasoned that his son could be shocked into ditching drugs by visiting a clinic attended by heroin and cocaine users.

The News of the World claims a world exclusive for the story, and all its rivals - tabloid and broadsheet alike - update their later editions to catch up.

The Mail on Sunday concludes that what the disclosure shows is that no-one in our society is immune from the problem of drugs.

Rail 'solution' scorned

Ministers may have asked Lord Birt to come up with some 'blue-skies' thinking about the future of Britain's railways, but most of the papers see only storm-clouds ahead.

The Sunday Mirror sets out to show that we do indeed have the worst railways in Europe, while the Sunday Telegraph highlights an admission by Downing Street that it could take "years" before services are as reliable and punctual as passengers demand.

The paper is not alone in pouring scorn on Tony Blair's apparent solution for millions of shivering commuters awaiting disrupted services: build more waiting rooms and lavatories at stations.

We have got the worst rail service ever - says the Sunday People - and now, you can spend a penny while you wait for your train to arrive... late.

'Frontier' justice

The fate of the 20 al-Qaeda prisoners flown from Afghanistan to an American naval base in Cuba is the subject of much debate.

For the Sunday Times, the affair could lead to the rewriting of one of the most sacred texts in the conduct of war - the Geneva Convention.

The Independent on Sunday takes the United States to task for refusing to treat the men as ordinary prisoners of war, and it urges the Americans to spare us the justice of the wild west.

Medal muddle

The Sunday Express - in its main story - claims a battle is being fought behind the scenes over whether to award the ultimate military honour, the Victoria Cross, to two SAS soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

The paper says military chiefs are outraged at attempts by government spin doctors to have the accolade bestowed on the men.

One senior Army officer tells the paper, "while the Americans may dish out medals to soldiers just for turning up, we are far more selective".


Finally, the Independent on Sunday reports on what it calls a baffling piece of research - suggesting that fish are able to appreciate music.

It seems fish are much brighter than had been thought, and their brains appear to process sounds in a way that is comparable with humans.

The scientists, who played CDs to carp for four years, even concluded that they could identify a few bars of Paganini and Schubert's Trout Quintet - though exactly how they showed their appreciation is not made clear.

The Independent says future work is likely to look at musical preferences among fish - an experiment that may determine whether the glazed look of a domestic goldfish is down to boredom, or the owner's choice of music.

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