Every day 10 million people read The Sun.
What makes it different to the other tabloid red-tops?
It’s got the same stories.
Not much news, lots of gossip, sport, reality TV, the soaps.
So what makes it different?
The Sun is funny.
Everyone can tell you their favourite Sun headlines.
Not The Mirror, or The Mail, or The Star you notice.
Always The Sun.
My personal favourite was when Celtic, the biggest football club in Scotland, lost to the much smaller Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Sun headline ran, “SUPER CALLY GO BALLISTIC CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS”
Another of my favourites was when Tammy Wynette died.
The Sun headline ran, “COUNTRY STAR TAMMY D-E-C-E-A-S-E-D.”
(If you don’t get it, click on the link.)
Or how about when Paddy Ashdown, the leader of the SDP, was found to be having an extra-marital affair.
The Sun headline that ended his career was, “PADDY PANTSDOWN”
And when Prince Phillip was visiting China, and advised two British students, “Don’t stay here too long or you’ll get slitty eyes.”
The Sun headline ran. “THE GREAT WALLY OF CHINA”
How about the time when the Duchess of York disappeared on a secret holiday to an island South East Asia?
The Sun headline ran, “WHERE THE PHUCKET IS FERGIE?”
And, even recently, they showed they’ve still got it.
Starbucks were making staff leave the taps running at all their stores.
Wasting millions of litres of clean water every day.
The Sun headline ran, “STARBERKS”
But the comedian Peter Cook once told me, his favourite Sun headline wasn’t written by The Sun.
It was written by Elton John.
They had accused him of being with rent boys in London.
He proved he was in New York at the time.
He made them give £1 million to charity and print a front cover saying nothing except, “SORRY ELTON”.
Personally I preferred Elton John’s quote in the accompanying interview.
He said, “They can call me a fat, old, talentless poof. But they mustn’t tell lies about me.”