An egg thrown by a protester squarely hit him slap bang in the middle of his face and wiped a seedy smirk clean away.
Now I am all for free speech but if you wave a red rag at a bull you will get all that you ask for or so legend has it; so if you choose to use a red newspaper to goad a member of the left-wing of politics you will tend to get a reaction.
According to the Independent "The edition of the newspaper featured a picture of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on its front page and appeared to antagonise the crowd"; are they having a laugh with that last sentence?
The Independent report continues "Defying official party advice to keep a low profile, the man was wearing a dark suit with a tie, and union flag pocket handkerchief. He also had a Conservative conference lanyard around his neck, marking him out as an attendee."
With an estimated 80,000 people attending the protest (which included speeches by musicians Charlotte Church and Billy Bragg, and writer Owen Jones) Lord Feldman had rightly advised Tories attending the conference to be almost incognito; ahead of Sunday he said "it was “particularly important” this year for Conservatives not to identify themselves to the general public in Manchester"; why what do they have to hide?
But according to at least one person on Twitter, Matt Dathan, that did not happen. He tweeted "Tory delegates watch, wave & take pics on the other side of the security ring of steel as the anti-austerity protests."
There are some reports that the egg-thrower was arrested but that is not confirmed.
(There are reports of a largely good natured protest but reportedly there have been four arrests including one person for spitting on a journalist-but that report is in the Telegraph. According to the Mail Online -Marchers wear pig masks to mock PM over lurid allegations in new book)
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