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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Live 8 prompts rapturous response
Sunday's papers
Sunday's newspapers seem captivated by the success of the Live 8 concerts around the world.

For the Mail on Sunday the concerts were "Just Gr8", and it says that "the roar of the righteous deafened London".

The paper is scathing about Pete Doherty's "shambolic" duet with Elton John on Children of the Revolution. But most other papers seem to agree.

"Job Done Sir Bob!" is the headline on the Sunday Express as it praises the "greatest spectacular... ever seen".

Broken promises

For the Sunday Mirror Live 8 was the "Day the World Became One" and the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

And the message from Chancellor Gordon Brown, writing in the paper, is: "no more broken promises".

The News of the World measured the audience decibel level, noting Stereophonics were top with 108 and Bob Geldof's I Don't Like Mondays bottom.

In The People, Garry Bushell said the occasion did not match Live Aid for excitement but might achieve more.

Money laundering

There is a note of cautious optimism in the Observer with the newspaper pointing out that the youngsters at the concerts are the "voters of tomorrow".

It says the West must stop its banks' complicity in African money laundering, and unfair medical recruitment.

"A beautiful day" proclaims the front of the Independent on Sunday with images of some of the stars of Live 8.

There is praise from reviewer Simon Price for Robbie Williams, with Angels "arguably the anthem of the day".

Old rockers

The Sunday Times jokingly refers to the show's organiser as "Mahatma Geldof", but it lauds Live 8 as "the biggest show on earth".

In its review, the paper suggests that old rockers like Sir Paul McCartney and U2 "can still hold it together".

The Sunday Telegraph noted that millions enjoyed the show via webcast as well as on terrestrial television.

And it suggests some presenters, like Jonathan Dimbleby and Andrew Marr, were uncomfortable in "dad casual" dress.




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