Colin v Cuthbert

In what promises to be one of the most important legal cases of modern times, M&S has begun legal action against Aldi over its caterpillar cake. As everyone knows M&S’ Colin is a top tier cake for all occasions, but several other supermarkets have created their own versions. While M&S seems to have just gone along with it, the company is now claiming that Cuthbert infringes on its Colin copyright as it is too similar. 

Colin’s appearance has changed little down the years except for adaptations for events such as Halloween and Christmas. He was also joined by a female friend Connie the Caterpillar in recent years.

A spokesman said: ‘Because we know the M&S brand is special to our customers and they expect only the very best from us, love and care goes into every M&S product on our shelves. So we want to protect Colin, Connie and our reputation for freshness, quality, innovation and value.’

Tynwald Day

President of Tynwald Steve Rodan has announced that planning is underway for this year’s Tynwald Day ceremony on July 5. Last year Covid saw the ceremony take place in a modified form with no fair or special guests.

Mr Rodan said: ‘Whilst some uncertainty remains, I am pleased to announce that the Tynwald Ceremony Arrangements Committee is planning optimistically for a Tynwald Day which will include more of the traditional elements of the Ceremony that were not possible in 2020 and a programme of enhancements that will lift the National celebration. Those enhancements include the Tynwald Fair and the public entertainment before and after the Ceremony.

‘My hope is that islanders will be able to come together on July 5 to celebrate their National Day at St John’s in as normal a fashion as possible. Islanders should collectively and individually feel proud of their response to the pandemic, and I hope Tynwald Day will provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved.’

Sports Split on Season Ending

The Isle of Man’s FA has confirmed that its members have voted in favour (17 in favour, 10 against) of continuing this year’s season until June 30 to allow for all senior competitions to be completed. However rugby clubs have taken a different approach and will not be completing their season, with the Manx season coming to an early conclusion once again. As a result, there will be no Manx Cup for the second year running. 

Taliban Proclaims Victory

With US President Joe Biden confirming US led coalition troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11, the Taliban has told the BBC it has won the war. Haji Hekmat, the Taliban’s shadow mayor in the Balkh district, told a BBC reporter: ‘We have won the war and America has lost.’ While the country has a government, the Taliban controls law and order in large parts of Afghanistan and is also in charge of schooling. It says it will continue to seek to rule Afghanistan through Sharia law and there are fears it will return to the brutal regime which ruled the country prior to the invasion after 9/11.

Lobbying

This doesn’t seem like it’s going away any time soon as the lobbying scandal continues to shake up Westminster. Speaking before MPs, Tory Peer Lord Pickles said there did not appear to be ‘any boundaries at all’ between civil servants and the private sector. It comes after news a top civil servant worked for Greensill Capital while working in gov. Greensill Capital is at the centre of a row about access, influence and lobbying that has engulfed Westminster. The gov has announced a review of contacts between officials and ministers, including ex PM David Cameron, and the now failed finance firm.

Pleas for a Cover Up

A Canadian MP has been caught stark bollock naked during a virtual meeting of the House of Commons. Liberal MP William Amos is seen behind a desk between the Quebec and Canadian flags, with what appears to be a mobile phone preserving his modesty. Raising a point of order (which is not a euphemism) Claude DeBellefeuille, an opposition MP, suggested that parliamentary decorum requires male members to wear a jacket and tie, but that a shirt, underwear and trousers were also expected. 

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