THE other day I suggested that I was a bit of a messy eater, especially when it came to curries.

And then the next day, I found the perfect answer to my sloppiness in a Betterware catalogue. It’s a Haircut Catcher.

“Simply slip on bib and empty when finished. Fold away neatly for compact storage. 100% nylon. Fits adults and children.”

Yes, I know it’s meant to be used when having a tonsorial touch-up in the front room and the wife doesn’t want your hair all over the three piece suite. But just look at the possibilities for eating curries with your fingers? Or for novices eating Chinese food with chopsticks for the first time? Or anyone who has had a pint or three too many and staggers home with a take-away they insist on eating in front of the telly?

“Slip on bib and empty when finished,” it says.

Exactly, and anything that is spilled will go into the catching bit and not down your shirt or on the new carpet.

And if you save a chapati, you can use it to dip the spillage up out of the rim for afters.