Sideswipe: February 7: Will trade for door handle

Light bulbs are a valuable commodity in Sochi.
Light bulbs are a valuable commodity in Sochi.

Media bartering at Sochi

The accommodation at the Sochi Winter Olympics has come up a little short, says Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel, who tweeted this picture and said: "To anyone in Sochi: I am now in possession of three light bulbs. Will trade for a door handle. This offer is real."

Sorry, mum, but can't you take a hint

Ten years on from the birth of Facebook, Dublin man James Duckham still hasn't responded to his mother's friend request. "The request is still there every time I log in," said the 31-year-old IT consultant. "Every time I go on Facebook I have to be careful not to accidentally click accept. My mam is a great woman altogether, but I just didn't want her seeing my comings and goings online." So how did he manage to dodge the maternal friend request for nearly a decade? "At first, I just bluffed that I didn't know how to accept Friend requests," squirmed James. "That bought me about a year or so ... then I would pretend that her request didn't show up on my feed because I was using a laptop and she was using a desktop, and that bought me another 18 months or so.

And I just kept going like that; any time I went around for dinner or at Christmas, I would just assure her that I would click accept as soon as I got the request, and try to get her to cancel it and re-send it ... It's only a matter of time before she stops trying," he said with hope. "Either she forgets about sending the request, or takes the hint. I mean, she knows I work in IT for a living. There's only so brain-dead at computers that I can pretend to be." (Source:

Plea for soap with no smell

Slow news day, so why not ... Judith has a problem with perfume and therefore requires a non-perfumed soap. She has one called mud soap. It won't last forever. Judith says she would be very grateful if someone could recommend a good brand of non-perfumed soap, and where to buy it.

Missing the word tree, maybe? (Source:

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