Charles Nevin: The sweet smell of success

Start the week: The Odor-Eaters National Rotten Sneakers Contest was won this year by a nine-year-old from Utah

Share
Related Topics

Happy Monday. Some people, I know, will be looking forward to the Easter break already; but not you. You are focused, driven, snatching only a few moments away from the graft-success interface to read this. So here is some topical inspiration and encouragement: today is the centenary of the birth of Ivan D Coombe. Some people, I know, would be content with giving the world Just for Men hair colouring and Odor-Eaters; but Coombe wasn't: try Clearasil, Vagisil and Scratchex flea repellent. A memorial is the Odor-Eaters National Rotten Sneakers Contest, won this year by a nine-year-old from Utah. Not to be sniffed at.



Still, obviously, all work, no play etc. And if you're looking for some fun a little closer to home, there's always the Central Contracts Car Leasing Service Roundabout Idol Competition 2011: yes, you can nominate your favourite (or most hated!) roundabout; but hurry, it closes on Friday so cast your vote at www.centralcontracts.com. Or, if you have one, entries for the Cuprinol Wood Preservation Society Shed of the Year close on 16 May. If you're going on a stag do to Poland, though, I must warn you against dropping your trousers in public: Polish police are cracking down on what they claim is a uniquely British practice. I'm afraid it's the result of too many Carry On films and public schools. And you will have trouble getting away.

ce

What's happened to that nice Mr Cameron? Oxford, laggardly street party take-up, Gaddafi, you, if you're a cut, or a surplus-to-requirement immigrant: it can't all be down to paying extra for the Ryanair sandwiches. If Dangerous Dave's really looking for trouble, I have some more suggestions: 1. Jump the queue at a Waitrose deli counter. 2. Goose Gillian Duffy. 3. Goose Vince Cable. 4. Phone Andrew Sachs. 5. Bite David Attenborough. 6. Kick Dame Judi Dench. 7. Shoot a deer. 8. Or Gillian Duffy. 9. Kiss someone in Soho. 10. Criticise Mme Sarkozy's guitar-playing.



On this day in 1930, the BBC, famously, announced that there was no news. So, just in case: 1. Burglars have stolen a tea towel from a house in New Milton. 2. Five new sets of traffic lights are being installed in Nairn. 3. A man in Cincinnati has been charged with barking at a police dog. He told police: "The dog started it." Happy Monday.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Assistant / Credit Controller

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...

Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform Engineer - VMware / SAN / Tier3 DC

£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...

Recruitment Genius: Purchasing Assistant

£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Ledger Assistant

£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Labour and the Liberal Democrats would both end winter fuel allowances for pensioners with enough income to pay the 40p tax rate  

Politicians court the grey vote because pensioners, unlike the young, vote

Andrew Grice
US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have a drink after agreeing a deal on carbon emissions  

Beijing must face down the perils of being big and powerful – or boom may turn to bust

Peter Popham
Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable