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CHRISTA ACKROYD, wisecracking Express columnist, was having a go the other day at Madonna, who had been photographed at a fashion show wearing a see-through top. "Is that how she intends to attend parents' evenings?" asked Ms Ackroyd of the 41-year-old mother, and the picture was duly reproduced by the Express so that readers could make their own judgements. Then came the pun. "Sorry, Madonna," wrote the indignant Ms Ackroyd, "you boobed."

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Branson swears he is sorry

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Fayed's clean-up trust is dissolved

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Policeman on drugs charge

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Why doesn't The Independent stop bleating about predatory pricing by rival broadsheets and just slash its own cover price to compete? Our readership would instantly balloon and advertising would flood into our Canary Wharf headquarters to compensate for the loss of cover price revenue, wouldn't it?

They're just men behaving successfully

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