1. Missing the slopes?

Finn Communications will launch a flashy snowsports complex called the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead next week. Verbier it ain't. Nevertheless, top athletes will showcase their skills at the 5 May press launch.

2. Nice work by Friends of the Earth in persuading MPs to ride a bucking bronco in Westminster this week. Among those who mounted the fake bull in support of the charity's campaign against factory farming was Tory MP and brother of Huntsworth boss Lord Chadlington, John Gummer. Yes, the same man famously photographed feeding his daughter a burger to allay fears over BSE.

3. Time-poor journalists are increasingly chained to their desks. But The Clear Agency has thoughtfully hired a 1950s caravan to tour publishing houses, inviting hacks to check out their clients' key pieces - and scoff copious amounts of food and booze.

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