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Papers revel in Sir Elton ceremony
Thursday's newspapers revel in the "marriage" of Sir Elton John to long-term partner David Furnish.

The Daily Mirror focuses on the bling involved, listing the cost of the jewellery and the 1m reception.

The Times points out nearly 700 "gay marriages" took place across England and Wales at the same time.

It believes the response of most of the public to civil partnerships appears to be to wish the couples well - it dubs it a very British social revolution.

Store card warning

The Financial Times highlights the decision to force store cards to warn users about sky-high interest rates.

The Competition Commission says that any card charging more than 25% will have to say so on monthly statements.

The Daily Mail calls the move by the commission - which accuses retailers of vast overcharging - a "health warning". The commission says its believes its move will shame the worst offenders into reducing their rates by highlighting their worst excesses.

Big Brother

"You are being watched," says the page one headline in the Independent.

It reports that Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles will be recorded electronically.

A network of cameras that can read number plates will provide 24-hour coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns and ports.

The newspaper says it is possibly the biggest advance in crime fighting since the introduction of DNA fingerprinting.

Rail rage

With the great Christmas getaway getting underway, the Times highlights anger over the rail network's annual seasonal shutdown.

The official rail passengers' watchdog - the Rail Passengers' Council - has lodged a formal complaint.

Britain and the Irish Republic are the only countries in Europe to shut down their railways for Christmas.

The council notes that in Europe people can make day trips for Christmas dinner without having to stay overnight.

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