'Tis the season of overeating, not that we at End Game would countenance anything but everything in moderation. But we regret to inform you that HSJ has been causing chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson concerns over the health of the nation. Sir Liam recently asked colleagues if the rumours were true; was HSJ planning to mailshot mince pies with each edition of this week's mag? He asked that if the rumour were true, could we not, as mince pies are not the healthiest festive food with which to grace reader's tables.

Alas, readers may have noticed that their copy of every health manager's favourite was not accompanied by the foil case wrapped favourite. We are sorry to disappoint. Next year, free miniatures of sherry for every reader?

Men of a delicate disposition should look away now. Firefighters in Wigan helped surgeons operate on a man who had been rushed to hospital after getting a metal ring stuck on the end of his penis. The firefighters used a mini hand grinder to cut through the ring, having first placed a thin sheet of metal around the delicate area to protect it, after it was feared a lack of blood supply could lead to the man facing amputation.

Some parts of the national press have been getting very excitable over the news that Mid Yorkshire trust had asked staff to point the beds of Muslim patients towardsMeccafive times a day in a bid to improve cultural awareness. We particularly liked one Daily Star headline: 'U-turn over NHS Muslin (sic) prayer beds'.

What sort of person is the average medical school applicant? A Sheffield scheme targeting youngsters as early as age 13, says the stereotype of a medical school applicant is predicted to get 3 A grades at A-level, has been a school prefect, is widely travelled, does worthy voluntary work and plays the cello.

Now they want youngsters to know that one can aim to be doctors and yet, shock, not have to play the cello. Can readers let us know of medical students out there who play, say, the glockenspiel or the triangle?