Paper Round

You'll remember Pythagoras from school maths lessons. Not content with messing about measuring the sides of triangles, Paper Round's favourite ancient Greek also founded a religion, the main two tenets of which were the transmigration of souls and the sinfulness of eating beans.

So expect one nutter with the legal name of Captain Beany to be struck down by lightning when he reaches the top of Mount Snowdon bearing a plate of beans on toast this week. The orange-suited superhero, who also holds the 100-hour endurance record for sitting in a bath of haricot hell, will be carting the evil foodstuff to the Welsh summit in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

According to a grammatically-challenged hack writing in the North Wales Weekly News, the caped crusader from Port Talbot is "considered by many as an eccentric and perhaps a worldwide phenomena" who "is so dedicated to his humble devotion towards the haricot baked bean that his home has become a shrine".

But such shoddy subediting is nothing compared with the street sign that adorned Old Bullock Road in Wellington, New Zealand, for a brief time last week. According to, the offending sign - with the 'u' "accidentally" changed to an 'o' - was quickly taken down by embarrassed council officials. It will now be auctioned off in aid of the country's Prostate Cancer Foundation.

But bureaucratic balls-up of the week must go to the official from Belmarsh prison in south-east London, who left a file containing details of senior prison staff in a Kent charity shop. The plastic folder was subsequently sold to a 79-year-old man, who, worried that the document might fall into the wrong hands, conscientiously posted it to the Sunday Express. Naturally.


'More government money is spent on training hairdressers than it is on training charity treasurers' - Tom Fitch, director of Community Accountancy Self Help, or Cash, which trains small charities in accountancy.

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