Newspaper headlines: New year tips, Ebola nurse and Jenson Button wedding

Photographs of fireworks exploding behind the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, adorn the front pages of papers' later editions.

While the Times says London's celebrations went "with a bang", the Sun reports complaints that some of the 100,000 £10 tickets issued for the display were changing hands for up to £200 on ticket re-selling site StubHub. The Daily Star, however, is in upbeat mood, celebrating the prospect of a "five-day bender". It says many readers have the prospect of no work until Monday, while New Year's Day's football fixtures kick off a weekend of sport.

Picture spreads give a flavour of New Year's Eve across the world, while the Times focuses on "how the rich and famous partied". Roman Abramovich's yacht shindig had to make do without a performance from Beyonce, the paper suggests, as she was on the Thai island of Phuket with husband Jay Z. X Factor's Simon Cowell was reportedly in Barbados with a host of pop stars, while Sir Mick Jagger was "said to be throwing his usual party" on Mustique.

As ever, the weather makes headlines. "Happy Hotmanay," puns the Daily Mirror as it notes Met Office confirmation that 2014 was the hottest year since records began in 1910. Meanwhile, the Daily Express hears from forecasters who say New Year's Day temperatures of 14C (57F) will make parts of Britain "hotter than Mallorca, Portugal and Turkey".


Resolutions and predictions

David Cameron writes in the Telegraph that the country is "on course for a brighter future", but the paper's sketchwriter Michael Deacon tells readers what the PM - and other notable figures - really think about the year ahead. He interprets Mr Cameron offering a "simple choice" between "a prime minister you can trust... [and] a Labour leader who, between ourselves, has privately committed to raising income tax for ordinary families by an eye-watering 70,000%".

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According to the writer, Ed Miliband says: "The ordinary working people of this country want to know my hopes for 2015, and I've been absolutely clear: I'm going to be laying out my hopes for 2015 in full. Just as soon as 2016 is under way."

Daily Mail sketchwriter Quentin Letts offers some resolutions on behalf of a variety of celebrities. He suggests that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson should run for London Mayor, "chatty man" Alan Carr should take a vow of silence, MP Keith Vaz should realise that "not everyone is quite as in love with him as he is with himself" and that journalist Michael Buerk should "promise he will never EVER again show us his bare torso."

The Sun asks a host of experts to offer "quick 'n' easy life hacks" to save cash and energy, such as Jamie Oliver's advice to save dripping from roasts to use for stews and soups, and Sarah Beeny's tip to find a property's secrets by checking out its fuseboard. Judge Rinder, meanwhile, offers the cheery advice to "write a will before it's too late".

Meanwhile, the Times asks its correspondents to peer into the crystal ball. Deputy political editor Sam Coates predicts Labour's Ed Miliband becoming prime minister of an unstable government after May's general election, to be followed by a second national poll within a year. Arts correspondent Jack Malvern envisages a "box office bonanza" for cinema on the back of a revival of blockbusters such as James Bond and Star Wars, while sports editor Tim Hallissey sees an Australian Ashes victory and Andy Murray Wimbledon win.


'Guinea pig'

Most papers cover the hospital treatment offered to British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone. Pioneering methods, such as being given plasma from a survivor of the disease, make her a "human guinea pig", as the Daily Mirror puts it. The paper's health editor Andrew Gregory spells out what her environment - within a protective tent at north London's Royal Free Hospital - is like: "A filtration system sucks air away from inside the tent, removing all contaminated vapour before it is pumped out of the building," he writes.

The Sun contrasts the care she's receiving from "the best in the business" with Heathrow Airport's health security measures, saying it's "difficult to imagine a more obvious candidate" to be picked out for screening on arrival in the UK. It suggests: "Her story is a modern British parable. On one level, utterly shambolic. But when it comes to the crunch... absolutely brilliant."

"It is clear that security and screening measures at UK airports must be reviewed," says the Daily Express. But Chris Smyth writes in the Times that it's easy to miss the "telltale signs" of the disease. "The first stage of illness is marked by a fever and headaches, and other common symptoms such as muscle pain, sore throat and weakness - which makes Ebola difficult to distinguish from many other diseases."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says police have come under fire for responding to insulting tweets about the case from TV personality Katie Hopkins who had written about "sweaty jocks" and tweeted: "Glaswegian ebola patient moved to London's Royal Free Hospital. Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?" The paper quotes a TaxPayers' Alliance spokesman saying: "Miss Hopkins' tweet was insensitive, tasteless and not particularly amusing, but for a whole number of reasons it's not the sort of thing the police should be dealing with."

In the Daily Telegraph, Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston responds to "mean-spirited and alarmist" comments, such as suggestions that all returning aid workers ought to be quarantined. She writes that the greatest risk to the UK would be if the battle against Ebola was lost in Africa, adding: "[Aid workers] deserve our thanks and huge respect, not to be treated as pariahs on their return."


'Bride and vroom'

The Hawaii wedding of racing driver Jenson Button to lingerie model Jessica Michibata leads to some high-octane punning. "Two become F1," says the Sun, noting that Button has a "wife in the fast lane" and that they'll live "lappy ever after".

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The Mirror says the "lap-py couple" are "head over wheels" and reports that the "bride and vroom" told each other: "You're the F1 for me." The paper's sufficiently interested to have style editor Dinah Van Tulleken run the rule over the clothes worn by "the sporting world's most beautiful couple". She can't resist declaring that Michibata wore "the Rolls-Royce (or should we say McLaren) of veils".

"Jenson Button drives off into the sunset with his model bride," is how the Mail puts it, picturing the couple after the ceremony in a classic Pontiac GTO.


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