At large: Shawcross's spin doctor is off to No 10 to work for 'remarkable' PM

Plus: Help for Heroes fragrance to 'remind your hero of the wild outdoors' and Canada links altruism with sexual success

Rupert Oldham-Reid has been on a short-term contract at the Charity Commission, spending half his time helping the chair, William Shawcross, with speeches, meetings and briefings, and half in the press and public affairs team. Many in the sector saw him as Shawcross's spin doctor. But when Theresa May became Prime Minister in July, Oldham-Reid got a new job at No 10 working with Fiona Hill, May's joint chief of staff, who used to be her political adviser in the Home Office and was recently dubbed by The Guardian "a ferocious political street-fighter". So what exactly is his new role? "We're not commenting on individual appointments," says a No 10 spokeswoman. His political allegiance seems clear, however.

May's impressive list of charity patronage includes Electric Eels, a swimming club for people with Down's Syndrome in Windsor, and - perhaps no surprise - the Pink Shoe Club, "an influential and innovative business network that works to positively impact life-long development of women", as its blurb has it. May herself features in its list of 100 remarkable women with, for example, Coco Chanel, Dame Stella Rimington and the women of the Special Operations Executive of the Second World War. May's also patron of Grandma Flew Spitfires, an exhibition in the heritage centre at Maidenhead, her Berkshire constituency. The nearby HQ of the Air Transport Auxiliary used both men and women to move war planes around the country in the Battle of Brexit... sorry, Britain.

No sweat; no cordite fumes; just "hot spice and rugged smoky woods diffused with amber and a touch of black leather, topped with a fresh citrus herbal accord of lemon and basil". This is Help for Heroes XTREME The Fragrance, sales of which have raised £18,000 for the charity since its launch last November. It's been devised by four ex-soldiers and sold for £35 by Debenhams and The Perfume Shop; at least £3 from each sale goes to the charity. The blurb says it will "remind your hero of the wild outdoors". Is it just us, or does the bottle look a tiny bit like a hand grenade?

The British Journal of Psychology says research carried out at Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada, appears to show a link between altruism and sexual success. Eight hundred people, half of them women, were questioned about whether they pushed a neighbour's car or whatever and how many dates and partners they had. At Large believes the item might actually have been planted by the government in its ever-more desperate drive to get more people to volunteer.

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