Third Sector at Large: It's bottoms up for Senor Hurd and bubbly for Sir Bubb

The Charity Commission, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Institution and Unlock are also on our minds this week

- Some racy female voters reside in the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner constituency, if local MP and charities minister Nick Hurd is to be believed. He told guests at the launch of the new Compact that one of these wild women had pinched his bottom and told him he looked like Julio Iglesias - at which the minister had apparently demurred and said: "Surely you mean Enrique?" This is now the subject of constant joshing in the Hurd household. Iglesias pere et fils are pictured below. Make up your own mind.

- You'll remember when protesting students trashed the front office of the Charity Commission in November. Now we can exclusively reveal that at least some of them feel a bit bad about it. At the Compact launch, two women from the National Union of Students sidled sheepishly up to Sarah Miller, the commission's head of news, and said how sorry they were. But is sorry good enough?

- If 2011 is getting you down, treat yourself with RABI news, the cheery quarterly newsletter of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Farmers certainly enjoy their fundraising - dressing up, welly throwing, cream teas. One special headline from the latest issue is "Mice race in Mole Valley". It raises the spirits.

- So does champagne, but should it be Pol Roger or Krug? The new year knighthood for Acevo's Sir Stephen Bubb prompted that other generous knight of the sector, Sir Stuart Etherington of the NCVO, to send him a bottle: bubbly for Bubbles, as it were. It was Pol Roger, which Etherington argues is superior to Krug. But a grateful Bubb doesn't quite agree, of course, so there's a bit of the usual growling going on.

- Also high on the honours list was Bobby Cummines, head of the ex-offenders charity Unlock, with a CBE. His distinctions include prison at 16 for possessing a sawn-off shotgun and 13 years banged up for offences including robbery and manslaughter. But that was before he became one of the sector's most effective campaigners - and, of course, a living monument to the art of going straight.

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