Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

Red Nose Day left The Daily Telegraph wearily unamused. The paper decried the "enforced jollity" of Comic Relief as part of a wider tyranny where everything is a joke and, if you don't join in the laughter, you are condemned as weird. From vulgar birthday cards to email animations of George Bush singing, the symptoms were everywhere, it said.

From Comic Relief to dance relief. The Guardian reported that all proceeds from dance music festival Tribal Gathering, which takes place in July, will go to Disasters Emergency Committee relief efforts in Sudan. "We've got the chance to show that dance can unite and do something for the good of other people," said 'director of fun' David Vincent, who obviously hasn't been reading the Telegraph.

Gordon Brown's International Finance Facility, the plan to bring forward billions of dollars of aid for developing countries by selling special government bonds, took a hit in the Financial Times. European central bankers believe the borrowing should count as government debt, which would break the Treasury's own rules and threaten the involvement of France and Germany.

BBC News reported a "battle" between British trawlers and Greenpeace in the English Channel last week. Flares were fired at Greenpeace inflatables trying to stop the vessels from 'pair-trawling' - fishing with huge nets strung between them - which allegedly kills thousands of dolphins a year.

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