Is reconciliation really bruin, or is it all just made up?

- Cast your mind back to the pre-election, downturn days of 2009, when the then health secretary, Labour's Andy Burnham, caused dismay in the sector with his rejection of the "any willing provider" formula for the health service.

The NHS itself would henceforth be the preferred provider, he declared, and for months the air was thick with accusations of hypocrisy and broken promises - primarily from Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the chief executives body Acevo. Fast forward to last week, when Burnham contended at an Acevo conference that the government had neglected the voluntary sector's role in providing NHS services and he was looking forward to an era of "trusted partnerships". So there's a result ...

- The #nomakeupselfie craze is weird enough in itself, but some of those taking part and donating came perilously close to adopting a polar bear. Nearly 3,000 people with thumbs for fingers texted the keyword "bear" instead of "beat" and went through to WWF-UK rather than Cancer Research UK. The unexpected surge of interest in the white and furry killers brought no advantage to the conservation charity, however: it has to phone people back to activate donations, so keeping the lolly wasn't even an option.

- Third Sector is always on the prowl for a charity angle to the big stories, but was beaten to it by OnePlusOne last week when history's most pretentious split-up was announced. While everyone was still at the sniggering stage about the "conscious uncoupling", an email arrived from the relationship charity about its admirable new online service that helps parting couples put the interests of children first. So will Gwyneth and Chris be logging on to make a parenting plan for Apple and Moses? Hmm, perhaps not. Quick footwork, though ...

- Rivalry between Camelot and Richard Desmond's Health Lottery is like a volcano: it smoulders quietly most of the time, but erupts dramatically now and then. In his speech last week, Andy Duncan, the National Lottery operator's managing director, couldn't resist a remark about lotteries existing "to make returns to society, not the people running them". Ker-boom - back came a jibe about the £2.1m pay packet of Dianne Thompson, Camelot's chief executive. Given that kind of thing, you might be surprised to hear that Thompson and Desmond are in reality great friends, enjoying the odd glass of champagne together away from the limelight (sorry, we made that last bit up).

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