Paper Round

Can there be such a thing as too much charity? Traders in the Devon town of Honiton certainly think so. According to the Midweek Herald, the rumour is that a former bookshop in the town will re-open as yet another charity shop - the 11th on the high street.

Peter Corke, secretary of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, reportedly told a council meeting: "I've got nothing against charity shops per se, but we've got enough in Honiton. I hardly think tourists are going to be coming by the busload to see 11 charity shops."

The paper reported traders complaining that the rates reduction for charity shops gives them an unfair advantage. Paper Round fears multiple bankruptcies could ensue as over-supply provokes a vicious price-slashing war in the Val Doonican LP market.

One item that is highly unlikely to end up in a charity shop is a diamond-encrusted iPod. Gadgets weblog Gizmodo said the iDiamond had been created for an auction in aid of the Soil Association. The ultimate in gadget bling is coated in 18-carat gold and studded with 430 diamonds, so Gizmodo reckons it will fetch far more than its estimated value of £20,000 once the rich and famous clap their eyes on it.

Presumably, any buyer would have a burglar alarm next on their shopping list - and that is something Little Britain star David Walliams must wish he had invested in before the recent Sport Relief telethon.

The People reported that Walliams' London house was burgled while he was filming the live programme on a Friday night.

Far be it from Paper Round to run a man's life for him, but has Walliams considered a trip to Honiton high street to replace his stolen frocks? He could give the money he saved to Sport Relief.

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