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Another cup of tea: A Frenchman desperately seeks Sevenoaks

Herve, my best friend from Paris, is here to stay with me in Kensington for a week. On the whole, both of us will be pleased when he goes back to Paris. Like the English themselves, Herve has a romantic view of England, and London in particular, as a Department of National Heritage theme park that should mostly be preserved in aspic, horizontally layered and vertically sliced for serving like a galantine of English culture and history. He has not been to London for 10 years.

Shares: On a profitable rebound: Four companies recovering from recession offer the prospect of big capital gains

BARGAIN basement bonds finally seem to be pulling in the buyers. The good news is rubbing off on shares, with investors further encouraged by reports that company directors, usually net sellers of shares, have turned heavy buyers in recent months. My expectation of a sleepy summer for shares may prove too cautious.

Sisters, Home Counties style: 'It's not quite throwing yourself under a horse, is it?' Jojo Moyes discerns a lack of passion among a group of middle-class feminists

Janet Suzman, raising an eyebrow, quoted Aristotle: 'We should look on the female state as being, as it were, a deformity.' This, like the other descriptions of man's disregard for the female sex, provoked only mirth in the female audience.

BAA gets foreign management offers: Higher revenues from retailing cancel out restrictions on air traffic charges

The privatised airports group BAA has received inquiries about possible management contracts from operators of up to 30 overseas airports, Sir John Egan, chief executive, said yesterday.

Travel: Terminal shopping

THE JOKE about Heathrow airport used to be that it was a shopping centre which happened to have parking space for a few aircraft. With the opening of a new 12,000 sq ft retail area at Terminal Four, you now really cannot see the planes for the shops.

Style: The very model of a modern English gent: Hackett is taking its empire overseas. Jonathan Glancey meets the man who gave classic clothes an international twist

'I SHOULDN'T say it,' said Jeremy Hackett, founder of Hackett, the Englishman's clothes empire that fits as neatly as a pair of jodhpurs between the high street chains and Savile Row, 'but I went to a meeting in Japan with the people who sell our clothes there. I was dressed much as I am today (a beautiful grey three-button suit, shirt, tie and shoes to match). The next time I went they were all wearing exactly the same thing, down to the tie-pin.

Retail Therapy: Shopper's boon

THE recently launched shopping pamphlet The Good Deal Directory is now available on annual subscription. With a recession-hitting, make-do-and-mend philosophy, it provides shopping tips varying from interesting ways of purchasing near-perfect (or last season's) clothes from factory shops to Viz-style handy hints. For example: 'Fed up with your home, but can't afford to change it? It's amazing what a difference rearranging the furniture can make.'

Software firm discovers gold seams in clothing

THE FASHION business, generally considered as unhealthy as any in the current recession, has proved a surprisingly profitable niche for a young computer software company, writes Roger Trapp.

Unique, but others are planned: 'Bond Street by the sea' offers haven for shops and shoppers

HORNSEA, a quiet backwater on the Humberside coast south of Bridlington, seems an unlikely site for an innovation in shopping, imported from the United States.

Selling British classics with Japanese service

RETAILERS in central London are facing competition from the Japanese for the custom of Japanese tourists. Sogo, a department store group with 28 stores in Japan, opened its first British store yesterday on Piccadilly Circus.

Name brands risk loss of faith: Discounting is undermining brand loyalty in clothing, writes Karen Falconer

HAVE AUSTIN Reed, Alexon, Aquascutum and other upmarket retailers got it wrong by refusing to devalue their brands when large chunks of the high street have been displaying discounts of up to 75 per cent?
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