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Saturday, 1 December, 2001, 06:54 GMT
George Harrison honoured in print
George Harrison's death makes the front of almost all Saturday's papers, which are also united in remembering him as an underrated talent.

He was known as the quiet one - as The Mirror puts it - the one in the song-writing shadow....who didn't play to the audience.

While Lennon and McCartney walked off with the bouquets, George Harrison - in the view of The Times critic, David Sinclair - was the special Beatle.

He was also the sensitive one, the thoughtful one, the shy one, the spiritual one - and ultimately the most interesting one.

Harrison even described himself in modest, self-effacing terms '''as good old average George, plodding along".

Love song

But ''average George'' also wrote ''Something'' one of the Beatles' biggest hits, which, The Independent reports, was described by Frank Sinatra as the most beautiful love song written in 50 years.

Ironically, Sinatra also credited Lennon and McCartney for penning it - an illustration, the paper suggests, of one of the many moments in which Harrison never felt fully appreciated in the band and which led to an undercurrent of resentment.

The Mirror believes the final days of the Beatles saw anarchy and acrimony.

When asked if he had a message for Paul McCartney, Harrison, the paper says, would raise his middle finger and answer: ''Yeah, give him this. ''

The relationship recovered and the Daily Express on Friday described a weeping Sir Paul McCartney leading the tributes to his friend and 'baby brother'.

The Daily Mail describes Harrison as the "ordinary Beatle", and it is the guitarist's aversion to celebrity which is highlighted in the many obituaries.

The former Monty Python star, Michael Palin, tells The Independent how Harrison did not like the trappings of stardom and wanted to be himself - pursuing his own interests.

Or as Ben Macintyre, writing in The Times, puts it....Harrison the quiet one, rode the greatest upsurge of popular fame there has ever been and then, Let It Be.

Bin Laden coffers

A report in the Daily Telegraph claims that Osama Bin Laden brought the loyalty of the Taleban in Afghanistan by giving huge wads of cash to its leaders.

US intelligence agencies believe he poured nearly 70m into the Taleban's coffers.

The Times asserts that the American agents are narrowing the search for bin Laden's banker.

His taste for the fine things in life is said to have stopped him joining bin Laden in an Afghan cave and he's suspected of fleeing to the Middle East.

Puppet show

Finally, the Telegraph reveals that the committee which runs the House of Commons art collection has spent more than 4,000 on three Spitting Image puppets.

The latex caricatures - which will go on display - feature a pocket sized figure of Lord Steel with oversized ears, a rotund bust of Charles Kennedy and a particularly unflattering head and shoulders of Lady Thatcher with wild, staring eyes.

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