THE letters page of the Gazette, the weekly magazine of the John Lewis Partnership, is a gold mine. Partners, as the employees are known, write in with their every moan and sign themselves 'Fish in the Mainstream' or 'Burt Reynolds' Double'. Here is a sample from the sartorially stringent 'Only making plans for Nigel'.
'Also,' OMPFN writes, 'I have noticed in this branch that a lot of females are not wearing tights. How often is this checked? Is that a professional, business-like standard of dress? Or what about section managers and department managers who wear black underwear under what can only be described as a see-through vest? Is that being well- groomed? I think not.'