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 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.

Tales from the Water Cooler: Yet another reason to prefer dogs

The only conclusion I can come to is that the cats are getting ready to take over

Donald MacInnes: The fact that there were no headstones in the garden was genuinely pleasing

In my previous dispatch from the traumatic home-hunting frontline, where regiments of estate agents fire broadsides of scorn at our hilarious budget-to-square-footage aspirations, I detailed how one such know-it-all had been forced to tell us – just as we were about to enter – why the house was unsellable, due to the all-pervasive stench of chemicals from the dry cleaner down below. Needless to say, we weren't inordinately tempted.

Tales from the watercooler: Sour taste of Irn-Bru removal

Irn-Bru also contains properties which assist in the rapid and soothing dissipation of the most brutal of hangover

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