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Monday, 2 September, 2002, 05:54 GMT 06:54 UK
Papers ask why Romeo, Becks?
According to The Mirror it is the question we are all asking, why is David and Victoria Beckham's new baby son called Romeo.

One name many of the papers come up with is the obscure Dutch footballer, Romeo Zondervan, a one-time Ipswich midfielder.

But he has competition for providing the inspiration behind the unusual name.

The Sun lists rap star Romeo Dunn, the town of Romeo, Michigan, and even an Alfa Romeo.

Celebrity already

In an editorial, The Daily Telegraph says that our names define us, and breathe a parent's aspirations into their child.

But it points out that there is no guarantee that famous offspring will stick with a given name.

David Bowie's son, Zowie, it says, is now just plain Duncan.

A cartoon in The Express combines the story with the other great interest of the tabloid papers, ITV's latest reality game show.

It shows Romeo waiting in the womb and thinking: "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here".

Climate change

The Guardian leads its front page with what it calls Tony Blair's "unexpected broadside" against George Bush on the issue of climate change.

It calls the prime minister's remarks a calculated attempt to embarrass the president over the Kyoto agreement, and to show that Britain is not slavishly loyal to the US.

The Times thinks Mr Blair has staked his environmental reputation on brokering a deal at the world summit in Johannesburg.

But it wants him to address a different issue when he arrives in South Africa on Monday - Zimbabwe.

Mugabe question

It says his silence on President Mugabe's wilful destruction of a prosperous society would destroy British credibility as an agent for good in Africa.

The point is pursued by the The Daily Mail, which condemns New Labour as "shamefully hypocritical".

It says corrupt dictators are the most obvious reason for much of the poverty in the developing world, and must be confronted.

Double jeopardy

The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir John Stevens, has told the The Independent that any change in the law on double jeopardy - when someone cannot be tried twice for the same crime - will be used to bring new charges over the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor.

He says police would be "duty bound" to revisit unsuccessful prosecutions.

But in an editorial, the paper says that Britain's most senior police officer is "aiming at the wrong target".

It argues that it is wrong to try a person for the same crime twice, and says Sir John should concentrate his efforts on avoiding similar mistakes in future, not on rewriting the past.

UK's New York

The Guardian urges the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead to aim high, after they were named among the world's eight top cultural centres by Newsweek magazine.

Civic leaders are said to be delighted to have joined Antwerp, Cape Town and Kabul on what the Guardian calls the "eccentric" listing.

The paper says Gateshead-Newcastle has achieved a more remarkable regeneration than the area around the Millennium Dome, and has done so with less money, and that it could follow the example of New York, which was transformed from a muddy town to a great city in barely 100 years.

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