Outside Edge: News Junkie

The magistrates in Norfolk have come up with a novel incentive for charity work. The Evening Standard reported that Lord Greville Howard, chairman of the National Playing Fields Association and board member of five other charities, was given six penalty points at King's Lynn for speeding. That made 12, enough to put you or me off the road. But he was spared a ban because of the "exceptional hardship" it would cause, including to charities. Nice one, your Lordship.

Down in Bedfordshire, local charities have been invited to apply for a slice of £100,000 the police have taken off drug dealers and money launderers, according to Luton and Dunstable On Sunday - but you have to be a charity related to "the business of policing".

If you found Animal Farm or some lesser-known tome on the seat of a bus or a park bench on Monday, it was probably left by an author working on behalf of Book Aid International, a charity that sends books to developing countries. The Times reported 100 authors were leaving a total of 2,000 of their favourite books lying around in public: one way of getting rid of your remaindered copies, presumably.

Still in The Times, it looks like tears before bedtime for Oprah Winfrey over her signed lithographs of Nelson Mandela's sketches, sold for charity. A court battle over forgery is about to begin between Mandela and his former lawyer Ismail Ayob.

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