Third sector at large: Who likes the Charity Commission's Facebook page?

Mandy likes sea turtles, keep fit and the charity regulator

- Samita Tamang is 21, lives in Aldershot and is studying for a BSc in nursing.She likes astrology and describes herself as "a fun lovin' gal." Why do we want to know? Because she was the first of two people so far to register a liking for the frankly rather dreary Charity Commission Facebook page. Perhaps Samita hit the wrong button. Mandy Smith, though, sounds the real deal: she likes exercise, the Friends of Sea Turtles and Charitycomms. Next week: friends of the Cabinet Office.

- J K Rowling last year resigned as president of the MS Society Scotland, saying she had had enough of disagreements between the charity and its English counterpart. Now the Harry Potter author has pledged £10m - more than double the society's £4.1 income for 2009 - to the cause. But the money isn't going to the charity. It will be used to set up the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic to research MS, in memory of her mother, who suffered from the condition. Ouch.

- Show Racism the Red Card, the charity that recruits high-profile professional footballers to fight racism, is campaigning to keep racially insulting words out of Scrabble, including the official dictionary. Mattel, which makes the game, says it is not its job to censor words. Discuss. Comments at the bottom of a News of the World story about the campaign might help you form a view. "If you find a word unacceptable, don't use it," says one. Another says: "When we play, we always try for naughty words - I spelt willy once."

- A final word on Sir Stuart Etherington's portrayal of the blind sage Teiresias in a performance of Antigone by sector leaders at a seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado last month. A reviewer in The Aspen Times got seriously carried away by alliteration ("The T-shirted thespian troupe triumphed in this threnodic theatrical tragedy"). But he also paid tribute to the NCVO boss's "British accent and dignified authority" and looked forward to "Sir Etherington's joint appearance with David Cameron in the road version of Spamalot."

- News from the Manchester United Foundation: it's going to have its first fundraising ladies' lunch at Old Trafford on 23 September: stars from Hollyoaks and Corrie, a goodie bag worth £300, tickets at £110 or £1,000 for a table. You don't have to be a United fan to go. You don't even have to be called Chardonnay.

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