MUCH comment in the tabloids about the Metropolitan Police lending an old police horse to former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks.
As reader Bruce Skivington explains: "When they lent her a horse because she wanted to go hacking, I don't think they realised it was their phones she meant."
Body of lies
WE opened the door again to your Jehovah's Witnesses stories, and Irene Paterson in Hawick recalls: "My friend Lyndsay, who is slightly vertically challenged, was staying at a friend's in Hamilton and had her sleeping bag, air bed, pillow and clothes in a tote bag which was almost as big as she was.
"She was dragging it down the stairs on the Sunday morning and met two Jehovah's Witnesses who asked if she was moving out. 'No' she replied, 'just getting rid of the Mormons who came this morning.'
"They didn't stay for tea."
OUR story about old-fashioned union recruitment reminds one former shop steward in the Glasgow shipyards of how it used to be done: "I'd approach each new recruit on their first day and ask if they were in the union. If they said 'no', I just telt them, 'Well, ye ur noo!'"
Halcyon days indeed.
WE suggested on Friday that Edinburgh audiences can be a bit stingy. Christian Schulte-Loh, who is appearing at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, tells us he was once handing out flyers for a show at the Edinburgh Fringe when he proffered one to a local with the request: "Can I invite you to see a free comedy show?"
The suspicious chap asked: "Well, how free is it?"
Always a catch
MICHAEL Gove, David Cameron's Education Secretary, may seem the epitome of a Home Counties Tory, but he was brought up in Aberdeen.
That would probably explain why, according to leading political information service Dods, he told a lobby lunch – that's a lunch with journalists, not one that's a sit-doon in the hall – that "Rangers has a new buyer – a German millionaire living in Italy.
"It turned out to be the Pope."
INCIDENTALLY, Rangers fan and entertainer Andy Cameron was auctioneer at the Celtic Charity Fund's sporting dinner last week at Parkhead for the British Heart Foundation's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
The MC Paul Cooney couldn't stop himself when introducing Andy as suggesting it was the perfect event for him.
At his convenience?
VERBAL misunderstandings continued. Russell Smith was having a meal in the former Yugoslavia when he went up to the bar and said he would like to pay.
The young barmaid, who prided herself on her knowledge of English, called a waiter over who graciously led Russell to a door marked WC.
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