Third Sector at large - Silence is golden, a missing Tweet ... and knives are out

Rolande Anderson, Twitter and Nick Hurd are on our minds this week

The knives are out
The knives are out

- So farewell, then, Rolande Anderson, who has been director general of the Office for Civil Society for a year and now gives way to Gareth Davies.She came on loan from the Office of National Statistics and is something of a mystery woman. She's done no interviews and her public statements were confined to brief bromides about her appointment and departure. She's leaving the civil service, but where's she going? "She's asked us not to say," says the minder. Takes discretion to a whole new level.

- Is it a breach of Tweetiquette to prune your earlier messages? During the Tory conference the charities minister Nick Hurd tweeted: "Amanda Holden held my hand on The One Show - I will not be washing for a week." Males of a certain age will understand where he's coming from. But the message has mysteriously disappeared, unlike his other tweets about the very same TV appearance.

- But then he's full of quips, that Hurd. When the Best Relaunch of an Existing Scheme was announced at the Payroll Giving Awards last week, he was straight in there with: "This is something the government knows nothing about." They laughed.

- Not content with its in-house PR team and its long-standing agency Shine, the copiously financed youth volunteering charity v has engaged another agency called Bite to push stories such as "Can volunteering close the gap on graduate unemployment?" Shine and Bite, eh? Like what you do with an apple?

- Motability, the national disability charity, has received a donation of £115,000 from the supermarket chain Asda. The money comes from the fines it imposes on those thoughtless people who park against the rules in disabled and mother-and-toddler bays. That's the way to do it!

- HR problems? Staff cutting up rough? Christine Williamson, the HR manager of the international support charity People in Aid, told a conference last week that a dispute on pay differentials in one far eastern country where she worked ended with a warehouse burning down and a knife fight in a staff meeting. Just like an average day in the Old Street charity ghetto, then.

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