Misuse of the symbol is a serious matter for the charity: in the UK, it has forced supermarket Asda to remove the cross from a cake and demanded that actor Ken Morley (aka Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street) take scissors to the nurse's uniform he was wearing in a pantomime in Mansfield.
But in the US, the relief organisation has only just averted a threat to its own use of the symbol. In 2004, the American Red Cross licensed companies to use the cross on products for a fundraising drive. This enraged pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson, which, owing to an agreement of 1895, had the right to use the cross as a trademark. The firm sued, and it wasn't until last month that a judge threw out most of the firm's claims and the two organisations reached an out-of-court settlement.
Former deputy Mayor of London Ray Lewis is seething about the circumstances of his fall. But he's not lacking in self-confidence. In his blog at the Eastside Young Leaders' Academy, he attacks "the pimps of poverty" that "get up and get off by keeping us down". He then predicts his own return: "On Friday 4 July, my dream for London was almost destroyed. I said almost. Keep watching!"
Sometimes you just can't win. Welsh homelessness charity Llamau ditched a mass balloon release because of concerns from environment charities that it could harm wildlife. But Plan B, a pigeon race, hasn't fared any better. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it's cruel and suggests a game of cricket instead. But hang on - are those bats sourced from sustainable forests?
Mathew Little, a freelance writer email@example.com