Newspaper headlines: Glasgow bin lorry crash, Farage app anger and Joe Cocker

Photographs of the bin lorry that careered into shoppers in Glasgow, leaving six people dead, appear on many front pages.

The press captures the shock of witnesses who'd been doing their Christmas shopping when the truck ran out of control, with its driver presumed to have been taken ill. The Daily Mail quotes comedian Janey Godley describing the scene as like "something out of a horror movie".

"You could hear the screams above the sirens," she's reported as saying. In the Times, Nick Drainey writes that the city was still in shock over the deaths of 10 people when a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha pub.

For the Sun, the latest incident marks a "devastating end to a triumphant year" for Glasgow. "After hosting the Commonwealth Games and playing a key part in the referendum vote, its people were rightly celebrated. It is no surprise that in this horror, so close to the Clutha pub tragedy, Glaswegians were not found wanting."

Likewise, the Daily Mirror says: "Two freak catastrophes would be hard for any area to bear, but the shoppers running to help the injured and dying proved that the people of Glasgow are resilient and will pull together to cope with another frightening calamity."


Sprouts and sales

Tuesday is expected to be the biggest day this year for supermarket sales as people stock up for the festive period, reports the Guardian. Its factbox notes that about 65 million sprouts of more than 100 varieties will be sold this week, despite a Google search for "hate sprouts" returning 852,000 results. And the paper adds that it's the most popular day for online food deliveries. The Daily Express quotes credit card firm Visa's estimate that £1.3bn will be spent in the UK.

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However, the Mirror points out that things may not be going entirely according to plan. It says Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Asda supermarket websites all suffered technical problems that left customers fearing their online shop won't turn up for Christmas. The chains insist all lost or delayed orders will arrive in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile, the millions travelling to see friends and family face "chaos" as rail firms carry out engineering work, says the Times, adding that Highways Agency works on 12 motorways and 13 A-roads are likely to cause delays which could be exacerbated by a "Boxing Day weather bomb" in the form of sleet, heavy rain and gales.

Those seeking solace in retail therapy may find positive news in the Daily Telegraph, which says High Street chains have started sales early to tempt buyers off-line and into stores. Three in four shops are offering fresh discounts, reports the Sun. It selects some potential gifts for family members, such as a £70 handbag for mum - down from £139 - and a £68 shaver for dad, reduced from £160.

However, many of its female readers might feel somewhat cheated. While the recommendation for grandpa is a half-price £99 kindle, the suggestion for gran is a 70% discounted candle for just £4.80. The wife gets a half-price £45 perfume, while the paper offers a husband an £849 LED TV, discounted by 28%.


Game for a laugh?

In his political review of the year, the Telegraph's James Kirkup argues that "few could deny that 2014 has been Nigel Farage's year". However, despite his party's growing popularity and recent by-election victories, the UKIP leader finds himself the butt of a number of jokes in Tuesday's papers.

The Daily Star reports his criticism of a group of sixth-formers who designed a mobile phone app called UKIK in which users control a character called Nicholas Fromage, who kicks immigrants off the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Meanwhile, under the headline "bonkers, bizarre and often offensive", the Guardian quotes a UKIP parliamentary candidate trying to laugh off a question about a party colleague's controversial claim that "some homosexuals prefer sex with animals" by saying that a male donkey "tried to rape my horse".

Craig Brown, in the Daily Mail, imagines a conversation about preparing Christmas lunch in which Mr Farage argues: "Frankly, in recent years, our Christmas turkeys have taken such a very, very long time to roast largely because of our open-door immigration policy - but, then again, we're not allowed to say that these days, are we?!"

However, after hearing an anti-immigration rant on the Tube, the Telegraph's Emma Barnett finds little to laugh about in Mr Farage's defence of a former candidate who quit after using the term "Chinky". "This isn't something to embrace or excuse," she writes. "This is an ill we must cure; our political leaders should set an example, not encourage the lowest common denominator to rejoice in their ignorance."

However, Daily Express political commentator Ross Clark argues that dismissing UKIP as "fruitcakes" insults an electorate keen for a referendum on European Union membership. "UKIP has risen to be a threat to the established parties because the leaders... have tried to close down debate on an important subject on which the electorate has a different view from them. Give us a vote and they might well find we take a kinder attitude."


'No half measures'

The death of singer Joe Cocker, aged 70, prompts many tributes to - as the Express puts it - "the gas fitter who became a rock legend".

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The Telegraph's obituary describes the Sheffield voice honed on "a bottle of bourbon and 80 cigarettes a day" that could "rage, bellow, rasp, screech or - if circumstance demanded - be unexpectedly yearning and vulnerable". His other signature, it says, was on-stage mannerisms "legs bolted to the floor while his hands, arms and upper body convulsed" that caused him to look like "a dancer in a wheelchair".

For Mirror music critic Gavin Martin there were "no half measures" when Cocker performed. "More often than not, no matter who had originated the song, by the time he was done he had asserted ownership," the writer argues, saying Cocker "shredded" the Beatles' version of With a Little Help From My Friends.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen writes in the Guardian that Cocker's performance of the song at the 1969 Woodstock festival in New York "is still considered by many as one of the great moments in rock performance history".

In its obituary, the Times recalls how Cocker stuffed a cheque for the royalties from the subsequent Woodstock album in the back pocket of his jeans and forgot about it. "Nor was it the only cheque he lost. In 1987, his father Harold reported finding another uncashed cheque for a six-figure sum in a drawer. It was dated June 4, 1971."


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