Donald MacInnes

Donald MacInnes writes Tales from the Water Cooler, which can be found every Saturday on page 2 of i. And, although a financial near-imbecile, he writes a weekly column in The Independent’s Money section, also on Saturdays. He writes regularly on a broad range of subjects in i’s Freeview section and occasionally fills in on Simon Kelner’s daily column when emotionally up to it. @DonaldAMacInnes

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New Jersey teenager Rachel Canning with friends in court

Tales from the Watercooler: Mum made me wash up, m'lud ...

Two stories this week involving spurious lawsuits. First, New Jersey teenager Rachel Canning is suing her parents for £400-a-week “child support”, as well as demanding they pay her college fees and legal costs.

Donald MacInnes: Garage mechanics are enough to drive women (and me) to distraction

If you are a woman and you have passed the Government's test to ascertain whether or not you have sufficient motor skills and spatial awareness to be left in charge of a moving motor vehicle, first, good for you, love! Second, there is a fair chance you will have encountered some of the nonsense about which I wish to ruminate.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Stephen Ward' is to close after four months

Donald MacInnes: When a plumber's grandson's musical goes down the tubes...

If you are a fan of musical theatre (and if you are, what the hell are you doing reading this? Shouldn't you be out in the back garden practising your big solo number at the end of Act Two?), you will be gutted to hear that Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical, which bears the decidedly unextravagant title of Stephen Ward, is to close after it lasted in London's glittering West End less than four months.

Tales from the Watercooler: I still get a thrill from a good motorcade

Merkel swept past me as I was riding my scooter to work this week

Donald MacInnes: I'm launching a sock exchange... and there's a lot floating on it

Sometimes the idea for a column can arrive with remarkably little fuss, like a ninja in marshmallow clogs, causing me to exclaim: "Hold on. Did I just have an idea? I think I might just have had an idea. I think I need to go to bed. Set the TiVo for My Big Fat Gypsy Car Wash and wake me in an hour."

Donald MacInnes: 400 M&Ms for my sweetheart has soured my internet experience

It probably doesn't matter any more, as by the time you read this Valentine's Day will have passed and I'm crossing my fingers that I was able to clean up what had become a heart-shaped mess before my missus opened her present. At least everything was fine with the card I got her, which covered all the bases: pink, Paris, platitudes.

An autonomous construction crew of builder robots that behave like termites, which Scientists have created

Tales from the Water Cooler: Termite be a solution to all of this

I've given robots a hard time, but perhaps they deserve a second chance

Donald MacInnes: How our hunt for a new home has left us feeling rather flat...

The ongoing search by my wife and me for our own home produced its first glimpse of the prize last weekend. Actually, make that two glimpses. We had three viewings set up and began Saturday morning enthusiastic over breakfast (she had the Kellogg's Start, I had the toast and marmalade; we both had coffee).

Prince performs during a secret gig at Camden's Electric Ballroom

Tales from the Water Cooler: Purple rain or pouring rein?

As one prince reiterates his countryside credentials by leaving his bone-dry London palace to bolster the spirits of the flood-stricken folk of the Somerset Levels, another arrives in the capital and proves his man-of-the-people, down-to-earthness by performing a concert of jazz-tinged funk in the relatively sandbag-free environs of a living room in the East End.

Donald MacInnes: Peggy Woolley has my admiration after sticking with The Archers for so long

I must congratulate veteran Archers star June Spencer, who has been awarded a lifetime achievement statuette at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

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