Mike Giggler, via email

Mike Giggler is Private Eye’s fictitious letter writer, who upholds the great British tradition* of writing funny letters to newspapers. He would approve of this gem from Mark Bartlett, who wrote to today’s Guardian about a protective case for transporting bananas:

I hope the genius behind the Banana Guard (April 8) is feverishly at work inventing other fruit protection products, as I for one find it extremely distressing when my plums get squashed.

I laughed like a drain at that one.

* I’m assuming it’s a British tradition, but as I only read UK newspapers I may well be unaware of a global comedy phenomenon. Can anyone enlighten me? Is there a German Mike Giggler?