Scotch mist

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For the new wave of Japanese students, London offers freedom, excitement... and second-hand clothes. For just one year, they can live out their sexual and sartorial fantasies, before going home to conformity. Just don't tell mum and dad. By TAmsin Blachar

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an eye on the new macs factor

This spring, it's going to be wet, wet, wet - but lightweight raincoats, from classics to fashion victims' favourites, will keep you warm and dry. Get ready for the macs of the day

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Chirac refuses to play the game

BUNHILL

village of the damned good bargain

SHOPPING at Bicester Village is probably the nearest thing to pillage available in Oxfordshire today. A cutely "architect designed" cluster of shopping units outside the small town of the same name, Bicester is Britain's first upmarket American-style discount centre. Retailers sell off their surplus stock here at reduced prices; the majority of the outlets sell quality clothes. A trip here is a serious business requiring speed and ruthlessness. Because all the stock is surplus from regular high street and shopping-centre stores, supplies are limited. It's first come first served, and shoppers are well aware of it. Dithering in Monsoon over a feather-light lilac jumper in a spider-web knit (pounds 35.95 from pounds 65), one woman asked her friend if they should come back later. "Take it now!" snapped her friend. "If you come back later it might not be here."

Soaring, soaring Arsenal

Highbury fans used to spend summers quietly contemplating the prospect of another grim but probably successful season under George Graham. But since Bruce Rioch, Dennis Bergkamp and David Platt have arrived the uncertainty is glorious. Nick Hornby, the author of Fever Pitch, can't wait for the season to start

Free to do what they do best

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