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Royal gatecrasher dominates papers
The curious attire of the self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak dominates most of the front pages.

Sporting sunglasses, a fake beard and an orange ball-gown he is seen smiling for the cameras in the Times and less happily being escorted away by the police in the Mirror.

The Sun says it's "Binsane" this Osama Bin Laden impersonator managed to gatecrash Prince William's 21st Birthday Party at Windsor Castle.

Tony Blair, it claims, is to make a personal apology to the Queen who is said to be livid about the security lapse.

Not so, says Paul Burrell, the former Royal butler and regular contributor to the Mirror.

He insists the Queen is the one member of the Royal household who will not be in histrionics.

He says she will be at her "level-headed" best and will bring an element of sang-froid to the situation.

The Mail warns if the intruder had been a suicide bomber rather than a comedian he could have killed virtually the entire Royal Family.

If a fake Bin Laden can get next to Prince William, asks the Star, what is to stop the real one?

Tax rises row continues

It seems former Cabinet ministers are doing their best to keep the debate on tax going.

The Financial Times says Peter Mandelson has indicated higher taxes might be needed to fund further reform of public services.

The former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers is also getting in on the act.

The Independent says he is going to make a speech in which he will call for more to be done to tackle the gap between rich and poor.

He will say the poorest 10% of the population have become dangerously detached from the rest of society.

Men 'may become longer living sex'

The Times reports a little liberation is a dangerous thing.

It says the increase in stress, alcohol consumption and smoking among women means by the end of this century, men are likely to become the longer-living sex.

The Times says new findings have revealed that while the average life expectancy of men and women has risen over the past five years, the rate of improvement among women has declined.

Caitlin Moran argues this news is as bad for men as it is for women.

She says that without their wives around to help, old men will men get scurvy unless the government hands out fruit in betting shops.

Wimbledon 2004 may be boycotted

Regardless of the weather forecast, the Wimbledon Championships are going to start under a cloud.

With the first matches of this year's tournament just hours away, The Daily Telegraph says many of the leading male players may boycott Wimbledon next year because of a row about Grand Slam prize money.

The Telegraph says nearly 150 players including Tim Henman and Andre Agassi are considering competing in a charity event instead, possibly in America.

It is unclear whether the prize money for that competition would match the bounty for winning the men's title at Wimbledon - a piffling 575,000 pounds.

If the thought of all that money makes you want to have a quick lie down, research outlined in the Mail indicates you should not hesitate.

It says scientists have discovered an hour long snooze can be as beneficial as a whole night's sleep.

But The Mail says the researchers at Harvard University have found it only works if, while you are power-napping, you dream....presumably of winning Wimbledon.




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