Miffed ministers, belly from Bubb and Valentine volunteers

Ryan Postlethwaite and Charlie Tombs, who met while volunteering at the Commonwealth Games
Ryan Postlethwaite and Charlie Tombs, who met while volunteering at the Commonwealth Games

The launch of Navca's report on the future of infrastructure was a chance to observe the chemistry, if any, between the former charities minister Nick Hurd and the incumbent, Rob Wilson.

The two stood far apart, exchanging barely a word, and Wilson's speech opened with a reference to his predecessor that had a generous if somewhat exasperated note: "Everywhere I go, people tell me what a fantastic Minister for Civil Society he was." On the theme of former ministers, Brooks Newmark was spied in parliament that day, taking a break from battling demons by giving local schoolchildren a tour before he stands down as an MP in May. No selfies please, kids.

Much righteous huffing and puffing, vigorous nodding and spontaneous applause at the launch of the final report of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, where derision was of course heaped on the lobbying act. Lord Hodgson, recently tasked by the government to review the new law, took it in his lengthy stride. "I'll invite you to kick me later," he quipped. There was also some baffling advice from Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the sector leaders group Acevo: "We need to avoid too much navel-gazing, and we need to avoid showing our navel to the public." What can he mean?

Barnardo's came under fire recently for its offer of a £3,000 fee to Binky Felstead, a Sloane Ranger in the TV show Made in Chelsea - but at least it was quick on its feet. Third Sector's story in the morning quoted the charity saying it had been "a business decision", and included a comment from Joe Saxton of the consultancy nfpSynergy that it should have said this was "a decision that would help more children". Within an hour or two, the charity's Twitter feed was using Saxton's formulation repeatedly. Being a public-spirited sector person, he's not going to send them an invoice.

Smart footwork also from the volunteering website Join In, which used Valentine's Day to publicise the story of Ryan Postlethwaite and Charlie Tombs, who went to the website to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games, met on the anti-doping team and experienced love at first sight. One lives in Manchester and the other in Cornwall, but they are apparently still together. NB: Join In's primary purpose is not lonely hearts, but linking users with sports clubs that need help, OK?

A recent press release from the software company Access Group trumpeted how it had been hired by the Canal and River Trust to integrate software systems that were "set up on a Keith Robinson basis". Who? Ah, yes - Keith, the lesser-known brother of Heath, presumably, in the same way that the composer Carl Orff had a brother called Jack.

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