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Lifelong sweethearts are hardly promiscuous.

Byline: Jane Wolstenholme

THE champagne corks may have been popping in the Owen household this weekend with the news that footballer Michael and his longterm girlfriend Louise Bonsall are to have a baby.

But reader Nora Bennett, of Tarbock, was one of a small handful of readers who didn't feel the Liverpool striker's imminent fatherhood was cause for much celebration.

Mrs Bennett telephoned our newsdesk on Monday morning to tell us that she was disgusted at our Page Three piece about the happy couple - which she described as an ``advertisement for promiscuity''.

In case you hadn't guessed, Michael and Louise are not married.

As far as promiscuity is concerned, however, you probably couldn't find aless impressive example of it if you tried: The couple were childhood sweethearts who have been utterly devoted to each other since they met at school.

More importantly, we can't help feeling that, if this newspaperintroduced a policy of never featuring stories about people whose children were born out of wedlock, our news would be a poor reflection of life in the 21st century (and that's aside from the fact that we'd never be able to write about everyone from Al Pacino to Alistair Campbell).

As it stands, we would probably agree wholeheartedly with Liverpool Football Club's spokesman Ian Cotton. As he said on the day: ``Everyone is very happy for them'' - and that includes us.

WE MUSt also jump to the defence this week of our colleague Peter Elson, whose young sons kindly acted as reviewers for the new Harry Potter film. At the age of 10 and seven, as well as being huge Potter fans, we felt that James and Alexander were more qualified than any grown-up would be to give their views on the subject.

Sadly, Mrs Margaret Jones, of Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, imagined something far more sinister at work.

``So Peter Elson's boys are now young reviewers for films, i.e. Harry Potter? Jobs for the boys!,'' she raged.

``We have Peter Elson on his Taste Test for six people, he takes his inlaws and boys. Why this many? Don't say we need all age groups as I am sure readers of the Daily Post would oblige and take their family on a free meal and give a review.''

Peter explains: ``The Potter review was the just by-product of our son's birthday treat to see the film which we paid for ourselves (and I wasn't intending to claim from the DP).

``As for the six people Taste Test, I don't think I ever got round to claiming my pounds 50 anyway (having mislaid the receipt again). So much for freeloading!''

I hope that puts your mind at rest, Mrs Jones.

FINALLY, apologies to those readers of the Daily Post's English editions who spotted that we'd accidentally featured some Welsh channels in the TV listings one day last week. Yes, it's inexcusable - and we promise it won't happen again!
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2002
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