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

Step aside Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockefeller: the foundation funded by Microsoft boss Bill Gates is now worth $30bn. This makes him the biggest donor in history, according to The Times. Gates has given $750m to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. "Just a downpayment," he said modestly.

The Mail on Sunday ran a story about the Red Cross, this time over alleged plans to replace the cross - too Christian. The replacement would be a square, tipped up on one corner: as a name, though, does Red Square (Moscow? Alcopop?) have the appropriate connotation?

Still on colours, we've had green luminaries like Lord Melchett and Des Wilson forming alliances with the opposition. Now there's traffic in the other direction: outgoing Shell chairman Lord Oxburgh wants to join a green NGO, said the Sunday Times. Friends of the Earth was sceptical, but Greenpeace said he might be "a welcome addition".

The same paper also had a pop at "Cherie and the charity wizard of Oz" - a tour by the PM's wife which will benefit children's cancer charities and give her a whacking fee as well. All to do with funding that big house they've bought, apparently.

A pat on the back for Oxfam's business practices from the pink 'un. The FT also relates how charities get cheap seats from airlines, still known as "missionary tickets". Probably dates back to Imperial Airways taking God's representatives to the heathen.

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