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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Tales from the Water Cooler: Leave The Duke of Wellington's cone alone

For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a traffic cone on the statue

Tales from the Water Cooler: It's time to see some Jedi Jocks

Much excitement among the dweebs this week, with the news that – in what has been labelled The X-Wing Factor (by me, principally) – Disney is to hold open auditions for the new Star Wars movie.

Tales from the Water Cooler: Publish and be dimmed

Your intellectual integrity is perfectly safe
Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, wears a cricket helmet during the presentation of the Vatican cricket club at the Vatican

Tales from the Water Cooler: Extracting drops of newsworthiness

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Donald MacInnes: Pay $750,000 for Google? You must be joking...

Last week I presented you with a lovingly conceived, hand-crafted essay dealing with what I regarded as being the best deal ever struck in business - the one which saw snot-nosed up-and-coming director George Lucas refuse a handsome salary to direct Star Wars, in return for the merchandising rights and total control over any future sequels. Although 20th Century Fox has made a geyser of cash from the space film, Lucas walked away with some $7.3bn (£4.5bn), most of which would have gone into the studio's savings account had it not been done up like a kipper by Lucas.

Sir Henry Cecil with Frankel at Newmarket racecourse on September 29, 2012

Tales from the Water Cooler: An expensive night mare for Frankel

Thoroughbred Frankel has proved quite the stud

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