Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

Fleet Street's finest enjoyed themselves last week with Cherie Blair, down under on a tour raising some £100,000 for a children's cancer charity - oh, and a reportedly similar sum for the Blair family mortgage fund.

The Times' man was slung out of a dinner, the Evening Standard shrieked about "money-grubbing" and The Independent on Sunday dubbed it "the PR trip from hell".

Back home, The Guardian gave half a page to the charity bracelet craze, with the white one for Make Poverty History leading the pack. Publicly-stated support for charity was becoming "cool", according to psychologist Cynthia McVey.

Quis custodiet? The BBC news website reported that two probation officers were suspended over claims that they swiped clothes donated to the tsunami appeal: at the time, they were supervising offenders sorting the clothes on community sentences.

The personal tragedy, the charitable impulse: the Mail on Sunday wrote about Peter Sidebottom of Wiltshire auctioning a classic Jaguar XK120 for the Child Bereavement Trust. He and his son, killed in a car crash six years ago, had been restoring it together.

And a quick reminder that fundraising is not always pretty. Jag Laehri, a London optician, raised £400 for Vision Aid by eating 10 and a half burgers in an hour. "I like to have a big lunch, but after seven I started to feel it," he told the Harrow Times. "It hasn't turned me off burgers, but I will be cutting down."

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