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Before the week is out...: Try this

How much for thumb relief? New York wage slaves are getting touchy-feely with "thumb-ease", noduled rubber pads which slip onto the tips of your thumbs like little knobbly thimbles. Available in a variety of fruity colours, you can become the most popular person in your office by giving impromptu massages and neck rubs. Just two warnings: first, the low moans emanating from your desk might raise eyebrows. Second, make sure colleagues do the same for you - they really do work. DK

Order a pair online, $4.95 (around pounds 3), at www.sensia.com/thumbease