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Paper review: Impact of wintry weather focus of papers

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

A "lack of grit" is how the Sun sums up the response to the wintry weather.

Amid pictures of abandoned cars and stranded airline passengers, the Express feels we're a "laughing stock once again".

Many question why Heathrow decided to cancel hundreds of flights as a precautionary measure.

The Independent says many passengers were left stranded and that at least a dozen British Airways flights were unable to land at the airport.

'More billionaires'

Several papers call on David Cameron to end British aid payments to India.

It follows reports an Indian minister asked the UK to end the programme last year because he felt it promoted a negative image of Indian poverty.

The Daily Mail says a country with more billionaires than Britain and a space programme does not need our help .

The Mirror says it is the "hundreds of millions of people scraping a living in India who need our support, not a political elite buying warplanes".

Copying characteristics

The Times is delighted to learn that drawings by its cartoonist, Peter Brookes, that are of Ed Miliband and inspired by Wallace and Gromit are appreciated by the character's creator.

"Your cartoonist is excellent," Nick Park tells the paper.

The Daily Telegraph says such is the popularity of the cartoons at Aardman Productions, that it has been suggested Wallace may even be starting to copy the characteristics of Mr Miliband.

'Glamorous princess'

The Daily Mail gives thanks to the Queen, saying she remains a "powerful, unifying force in a nation whose respect and affection she has never taken for granted".

Matthew Engel, writing in the Financial Times , says that her very longevity in the role is an incredible achievement.

The Express calls for three cheers for Her Majesty.

The Guardian says the Queen has gone from being a "glamorous princess to the oldest ever monarch" .

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