Why can't people use their common sense any more?

Cheryl was lucky enough to sit next to 1980s pop star Sinitta, pictured here at a previous event   Picture: PA

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An unknown person simply known as Secret Santa has been told by a council that if he or she continues to attach toys to trees in a park for excited children to find, they will be caught and prosecuted.

Ah, the festive spirit is well and truly here.

I can think of many great fictional characters over time whose stories wouldn't be the same in these days of health and safety and officiousness.

Scrooge would have been closed down long before his staff could ask for another lump of coal on the fire. If the ambient temperature of an office falls below 16C, you can walk out!

There would be no saving of lives in The Railway Children as the line today would be electrified and fenced off.

Oliver Twist would certainly not have to ask for any more these days as portion sizes are far more generous.

My favourite story over the past week or so has been about members of a coffee morning group in Waterlooville who have stopped serving tea or coffee for fear of scalding children. Now they only serve water.

Come on now, surely you can cover your children in heat-resistant bubble wrap to protect them?

McDonald's is now so paranoid about being sued because of hot coffee, it puts the warning 'contents are hot' on cups.

With this in mind, surely the sort of idiot who doesn't realise and scalds themselves on the contents should also have a warning put on their burger box – 'contents may make you fat'.

Whatever happened to common sense? Didn't our folks call it savvy? Kids need to fall out of trees, roll in dirt and graze their knees falling off their bikes.

Unfortunately the worrying trend is to let the kids stay in and play Xbox all day.

I find it hard to believe that the Victorian condition of rickets is returning because of people not getting enough sunlight.

Will future human beings grow bigger thumbs to operate mobile phones and consoles? Will eyes double in size to watch bigger TV screens?

Remember the film ET? That wasn't an extra terrestrial; it was a human from the future returning because he forgot his mobile phone!