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Out! Out! Out!

by | 18th, June 2003

‘READING today’s news that David Beckham has been signed by Real Madrid evokes memories of the last days of Margaret Thatcher’s regime.

Putting the pain into Spain

Such is the boredom with hearing, seeing and breathing in the Beckham nonsense that it’s a wonder no paper begins with the headline: ”Beckham. Beckham. Beckham. Out! Out! Out!”

For those readers who mistake Beckham for the sports pages, the newspapers have all placed the news of the England captain’s £25 million sale from Manchester United to Madrid on the front cover.

Readers get ”El Becko” in the Star; ”Sold” in the Mirror; and ”Yes, he’s on his way at last” in the Mail.

On the back pages we see more pictures of Beckham and more pictures of his wife, the limpid Posh. Dressed like her husband in dark jacket and white vest, the Posh one flicks her hair (Mail) and aims for the cameras.

So let’s change the tune and give it a hearty: ”Posh. Posh. Posh. Gone! Gone! Gone! Yipppeeee!!”

This leaves us with time to look at the Sun and see England lose the one-day cricket match to Pakistan. Michael Vaughan, England’s new one-day captain, will have better days than these.

England scored a low 209 for nine wickets of their allotted 50 overs. It would never be enough against a spirited Pakistan side, and so it proved to be. It was, nonetheless, close and England were only killed off with four balls left to go.

But the big news should be Saturday night’s big heavyweight bout between Lennox Lewis and the hulking Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.

The Express features the great white hope in conversation, hearing of his four languages and PhD.

We learn of his love for the Ukraine, even though he now lives in sunny California. And of his respect for Lewis.

Over in the Sun, Lewis is reading about Beckham. ”I am always going to be 10 times more famous than David Beckham,” says Lewis.

Perhaps so. But he should concentrate more on his preparations for a tricky fight than the moves of a footballer.

But at least if he loses, we’ll know who’s to blame. That’s right – Posh.

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