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Girguiding UK, Charlie Marshall and Big Society Capital are on our minds this week

Thoroughly modern brownie: Everyday life for the girls
Thoroughly modern brownie: Everyday life for the girls

- A quibble, too, from former military man Charlie Marshall at the Scottish Seabird Centre, who doubts that NCVO chief Sir Stuart could have been a "former officer cadet in the Royal Artillery", as stated last week. It was indeed a terminological inexactitude: we double checked and Sir Stu was actually an officer cadet in the University of London Officer Training Corps, in the Royal Artillery Sub Unit - where, if the picture on the website is to be believed, he put a lot of boot polish on his face. It's uniforms, isn't it? They always get the juices flowing.

-* Studying politics, philosophy and economics at Christ Church, Oxford, might lead to a glittering career and a knighthood, but it doesn't protect you against certain schoolboy errors. Sir Stephen Bubb, leader of Acevo, discovered this while waxing lyrical about the autumn in his blog last week, and referring to "Shelley's line 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'". The pedants were down on him within minutes: Keats, dear boy, Keats...

- What self-respecting charity bod wouldn't sit up straight when an email arrives with the subject line: I WANT TO DONATE TO YOUR ORGANISATION? But they'll slump back again when they see it is expressed in tortured English and comes from "George Adams, former chairman of Nigeria railway corporation". The rest you already know. It's a new twist on bogus appeals and charity cons: if you get one, the best advice is to forward it to the National Fraud Authority.

- We know former PR men rely on presentation rather than substance, but Big Society Capital is seriously narked about the Prime Minister gaily telling MPs last week that it was soon going to be in business "giving grants to small voluntary bodies." No 10 is getting lots of indignant calls saying: "Repeat after me: we don't do grants ..."

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