Newspaper review: Duke of Edinburgh dominates papers

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Many of the front pages lead on photos of the Duke of Edinburgh being driven away from hospital after treatment for a blocked coronary artery.

"Back in the fast lane" is the headline in the Daily Telegraph , which declares the Duke is its "Briton of the Year".

The Daily Mail hails Prince Philip as the "Iron Duke", reporting that he joined a shooting party lunch just hours after returning to Sandringham.

As the Daily Mirror's headline puts it, the Duke was "off like a shot" .

Murdered teenager

"Good to see you again sir" is how the Daily Express greets the news.

The Times says the Duke's wave shows he saw his illness as a temporary setback, while the Sun headline sums up his recovery as "the Phil Good Factor".

In contrast, the The Independent's front page carries a picture of the teenager murdered in front of Boxing Day shoppers in the West End of London.

"Killed by a single stab wound" is the paper's headline for its account of how 18-year-old Seydou Diarrassouba died.

NHS cuts

In other news, the Express and the Telegraph give prominence to a report a third of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance have a criminal record.

The Telegraph says MPs are poised to unveil work programmes for offenders.

The Guardian reports four out of five doctors said patient care had been affected by cuts to the NHS over the past year when questioned in a poll.

Dr Mark Porter of the British Medical Association says the findings confirm the health service is now retracting.

Holiday hopes

The Times says business is booming for pawnbrokers, but in the current economic squeeze they are no longer just a refuge for the poor.

It says Ferraris, Rolex watches and even a Henry Moore sculpture are among items pledged as collateral for loans.

Finally, the Telegraph says today is expected to be the busiest time of the year for holiday bookings as people try to shake off the post-Christmas blues.

The paper predicts internet traffic will peak post-work, at 17:38 GMT.

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