Category Archives: News headlines

Margaret Thatcher’s death: a week in British headlines

At the newspaper where I work, Margaret Thatcher’s death has been nervously anticipated for some time as an event that would definitely mean a tough day and a high-profile edition. When she went into hospital just before Christmas, we were … Continue reading

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How to write a Daily Express front page headline

This week I saw a Daily Express headline that was so formulaic, I thought at first that it was a joke. Here it is: EU WANTS MIGRANTS TO TAKE OUR JOBS. Had Richard Desmond had fired the last of his … Continue reading

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The truth about THE TRUTH

After 23 years, this week the official papers relating to the Hillsborough disaster are being released. Sales of The Sun are still said to be affected by that newspaper’s coverage of the tragedy, which included a headline that its own … Continue reading

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An Irish joke

The fascinating Republican primary campaign was bound to yield some great headlines around the world, and sure enough I spotted a tweet this week from the BBC’s Mark Simpson crediting the Irish Times with: ROMNEY WINNING IN MATHS, FAILING IN … Continue reading

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One big reason to buy The Sun on Sunday

The billboard across the street from The Sun’s offices gave a taste of puns to come: IN BRITAIN, THE SUN COMES OUT EVERY DAY. A TV ad featured a song from the musical Annie: “The Sun’ll come out tomorrow”. And even Rupert Murdoch’s harshest … Continue reading

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Close, but no chim chim cheroot

A slight delay in posting this Daily Mail online headline, during which I’ve tried and failed to find its provenance. The subbing teams for the paper and web are completely separate and no one seems to know where this came … Continue reading

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Harry Redknapp and the philosopher’s headline

The better the story, the easier it is to write a headline. So with two great football stories to report last night, as Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion charges and Fabio Capello stepped down as England manager, editors … Continue reading

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Reaching for the Sheffield Star

Thanks to @MattDupuy for calling my attention to a rather brilliant blog highlighting headlines from the Sheffield Star. The one Matt particularly liked was from July: S YORKS CROSS DRESSER’S TENERIFE SUCCESS, but I found the newer entries just as … Continue reading

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Mirror and Sun mop up as Mail kicks bucket

I’m not really knocking Paul Dacre’s mid-market tabloid. After all, as today’s international online readership figures show, he knows what people like. But I didn’t think that SHOPKEEPER TAKES ON MACHETE THUG WITH A MOP… AND WINS really did the story … Continue reading

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A cryptic headline

This week The Times published a rather special crossword puzzle. Set by Wadham Sutton, it marked the 40th anniversary of his first cryptic puzzle for the paper (this is his 1,414th, apparently, though I’m surprised he’s still counting). Subs love … Continue reading

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