Battle is on to pay for a President

Of all the wonders of the Internet, it is the medium’s ability to enable you to glean the most useless information and buy the most bizarre items that dazes the Diary the most.

Only last week, the Diary was able to use the wonderful Web to confirm that the name of the dog actor in The Littlest Hobo was, in fact, London, and not Rin Tin Tin, as so many people seem to think.

But of all the ‘Web wonders’ available, the burgeoning online auction industry offers some of the most amazing purchasing opport-unities known to man. Take online auction site QXL.com. For a starting price of &£1m, the HMS President – a World War I war ship that has been moored on the Thames for 75 years – is apparently up for grabs.

Form an orderly queue please.

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