Jobs aplenty in farming by Facebook
Have you ever heard of Farmville? I hadn't until last week.
Seemingly 1pc of the world's population (close to 83m people) are playing the farm simulation game on social networking website Facebook.
A further 23m fans follow the exploits of these 'virtual' farmers, who plant and harvest crops, and rear stock.
As with ordinary farming, Farmville is based on the market, but points are also given for experience.
These are dished out for such simple tasks as buying seed or livestock, or for ploughing and harvesting.
A cracking idea, you'd have to say, but sadly there is no truth to the rumour that the people in Brussels are taking it on board.
True disciples of Farmville take their work seriously. I hear it's not unknown for players to sit in on a Saturday night to get a crop sown.
In light of this dedication, maybe a die-hard version should be developed for the truly committed.