Devious goings-on in the world of classical music, exposed in The Sunday Telegraph. A CD recorded by a 10-year-old girl to raise money for the Down's Syndrome Association has been chucked off the classical chart following "pressure from behind the scenes to reclassify it". Songs for my Sister, recorded by Zoe Mace, had reached number two in the classical chart, having sold 5,000 copies, when it was suddenly withdrawn from the chart by the Official UK Charts Company for not being "classical enough".
A spokesman for record company Sony BMG said: "It sounds as if somebody is jealous of a 10-year-old's talent."
Tesco is being targeted by a group of eight NGOs, including Friends of the Earth and War on Want, said the Daily Mirror. They accuse the grocery giant of hurting farmers, local shops, overseas workers and the environment and have launched a website, Tescopoly, which replaces the catchphrase, "Every Little Helps" with "Every Little Hurts".
Another tale of local authorities going out of their way to help charities, this time in the Stevenage Comet. A sign advertising a fundraising dog show for the Healthlands Animal Sanctuary had a "cancelled" sticker slapped over it by council officials on the grounds that it was a distraction to drivers. Stevenage Borough Council later apologised but the charity slammed the action as "disgusting". It is not known whether it was a breach of the Compact.