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Newspaper review: Kim Jong-il's funeral fills papers

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Most papers contain coverage of the funeral ceremony of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-il.

The Daily Mirror says that in an orchestrated display of grief, North Koreans wept to order for their "Dear Leader."

The Times thinks the snow in Pyongyang was the one thing about the funeral that was not carefully planned.

"The Jong Good cry" is how the Sun views what it says was the country's hysteria at its tyrant's funeral.

Labour warning

The Financial Times quotes one North Korean soldier asking: "How could the sky not cry when we've lost our general who was a great man from the sky?"

But the Telegraph believes the stage-managed grief can not disguise the fact that North Koreans yearn for better.

Meanwhile, the Guardian leads with a warning to Ed Miliband that Labour will lose the next election if it is defined as a defender of public spending.

It says a senior labour figure has said he must avoid the "tax and spend" trap.

Street cred

The Independent reports on the country that's going to bed tonight and waking up on Saturday morning.

The paper says Samoa is never going to see Friday the 30th of December because its rulers want to bring it in to line with Australian and New Zealand time patterns for business reasons.

The Guardian reports on Britain's most expensive street where the average property sells for £4.9m.

It's Campden Hill Square, close to London's fashionable Holland Park.

Egged on

The Daily Express announces it is "a myth that brains slow with age".

It cites a study that shows, in some cases, that people at 70 can be as sharp as they were at 25.

Finally, under the headline "Merry Christmas, have an Easter Egg," the Telegraph says Tesco offered its first Easter eggs for sale on Boxing Day.

It says some customers have criticised the company but a spokesman for the supermarket said demand for creme eggs has gone "through the roof".

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