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Concerns over Olympics security
Security at the Athens Olympics - or the apparent lack of it - has prompted the Times to ask the question "Greek tragedy, or farce?"

It claims that building delays will mean that anti-terrorist measures at this summer's games will be dangerously compromised.

After carrying out site inspections, a leading British structural engineer tells the paper there will be less time to erect security fences, install CCTV, and train security guards.

In its editorial, the Times concedes that the Olympics were always going to be a "difficult enterprise" in Athens - but it says the Greeks should not be afraid to ask for more international assistance.

Blair 'tackles' peers

The Daily Telegraph reports that Tony Blair is planning to use a new version of the Parliament Act to reduce the time the House of Lords can delay legislation - from at least a year, to just a few months.

Officially, the prime minister's angry about the way peers have repeatedly voted against his bills - but the paper suggests he wants to tackle the power of the Upper House, because his plans to reform its make-up have so far failed.

According to the Times, Iraq has - perhaps unsurprisingly - leapfrogged Colombia, Kashmir and Sierra Leone to become the most dangerous place in the world to set up a business or accept a job.

The paper has printed a new map - based on information from an international insurance broker - which grades the global dangers posed to foreign companies.

What is perhaps more of a surprise, is that Colonel Gaddafi's Libya now ranks alongside Greenland and Mongolia as one of the safest places to do business.

Becks in spotlight

The private lives of David and Victoria Beckham are discussed very publicly once again.

"We'll sue" is the Daily Mirror's headline - a reference to the Beckhams' statement that he has called in lawyers to look at the sex allegations concerning the England football captain.

The Independent talks to legal experts about the case.

One legal expert explains: "When you are hit with an Exocet, you don't normally retaliate with a toy gun."

Time for tea?

The Daily Express asks "What do all Brits do at 4pm?" The answer? "Sit down for tea, of course."

It is one of several papers to pick up on a new travel guide, which claims the UK is populated by eccentrics who take afternoon tea every single day.

The book - the DK Eyewitness Guide to Great Britain - says the tea is accompanied by "small, delicately-cut sandwiches followed by scones, jam and cream - especially in the west of England".

The Daily Mail says the new book is not alone in highlighting cultural eccentricity.

It points out that the Lonely Planet guide warns visitors that pushing-in at queues is likely to cause an "outburst of affronted tutting".

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