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Saturday, May 22, 1999 Published at 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK


Press says farewell to Jill Dando

The Mirror's headline "So sad" reflects the sentiments expressed for Jill Dando in the coverage of her funeral in the UK's morning newspapers.

Sleep well Jill says The Sun while The Daily Telegraph says: "Jill Dando mourned by her wedding guests - 150 friends and relatives had been invited." Many of their names were apparently taken from a list of people Miss Dando had intended inviting to her wedding which was discovered in her Filofax.

Several papers comment on the weather in Weston-super-Mare for the funeral. "Under cold, grey skies the world says goodbye to sunshine girl" says The Express, adding: "It wasn't really a day to come home."

The Daily Telegraph reports an attack on the government over genetically modified foods by one of its own advisers.

The newspaper says Lady Young, the Chairman of English Nature, has criticised the plan for a voluntary code on the growing of GM crops.

Final attempt

The paper quotes her saying: "Farmers could follow the code to the letter, but using these new crops could still remove all wildlife using the fields."

According to The Express, Tony Blair is telling Washington that unless it backs a land invasion of Kosovo, he will support negotiations with President Milosevic to end the Balkans conflict.

The paper says Tony Blair has asked the Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, to make a final attempt to persuade President Clinton to back a ground invasion.

But if he will not budge, Mr Blair is ready to support a pause in the bombing to allow diplomats to work out a compromise - which would mean scrapping the aim of total victory.

The Daily Mail tells how a baby in Italy has astonished doctors by surviving an emergency abortion when his mother was six months pregnant.

The attempted termination was carried out in Pavia in northern Italy three months ago after tests mistakenly indicated the baby was malformed and had a brain haemorrhage.

'Crew panicked'

Doctors caring for him say that at first there was no hope - but to everyone's astonishment he refused to die and was fighting to breathe and has gone from strength to strength.

A number of papers contain dramatic pictures of holidaymakers abandoning a cruise ship which caught fire and sank off Malaysia.

More than 1,000 people - including 146 British passengers - scrambled into lifeboats and watched as the Sun Vista burned.

The Daily Mail quotes passengers telling how some of the mainly-young crew panicked and jumped overboard, later being rescued by passengers in lifeboats.

The Express reports that many kept their spirits up by singing the theme song from the film The Titanic.

In the dock

It quotes some of them recalling how the whole scene was reminiscent of the film, even to the point of watching the ship rise into the air before disappearing into the ocean.

Finally, another judge is in the dock for stunning his court with his lack of awareness of the icons of our age.

The Sun is among papers to tell how Judge Francis Aglionby asked "what is this Teletub?" when a woman appeared before him at Carlisle Crown Court accused of stealing a Teletubby jigsaw.

In an editorial under the title "Deeply Dipsy" The Mirror asks: "Is he completely doo-Laa-Laa....or just Po-faced?"

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