News Tesco has removed a line of clothing featuring pictures of animals wearing glasses with the words 'nerd' and 'geek' underneath

Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles

Manhood for Amateurs, By Michael Chabon

In the name of bungling fathers

Motion picture academy honours nerds of filmmaking

Forty-five men you've probably never heard of were honored with an Academy Awards ceremony of their own that recognized scientific and technical achievements in moviemaking.

First person: 'I am a teenage elf'

Chioma Nri, 17

Paper Heart (PG)

This indie squib wobbles briefly on a tightrope between sincerity and cuteness before plunging headlong to a death-by-whimsy.

Year One (12A)

Primitive gags fail to scrub up

Rhodri Marsden: The net's impact on the Queen's English

There's a post over at Everything2 which addresses the slow erosion of the proper order of fullstops, commas and quotation marks in online discussion. Apparently, keen to avoid mistakes being reproduced when placing code in quotation marks, geeks have taken to always putting fullstops and commas outside the quotation marks regardless of context

Michael Williams: It's wrong to think all rail fans are geeks

Historians trying to get to the heart of the early 1960s should inspect photographs of any major station in the land. Here the platform ends were thronged by adolescent boys adorned with enamel badges of their favourite locos, munching sandwiches and feverishly underlining numbers from their ABC guides. Then, express engines were sexier than anything on earth.

John Rentoul: Can we use Twitter to break the Political-Nerd Ghetto?

Latest in my occasional series of headline questions to which the answer is No.

Paperbacks: Crow Country, by Mark Cocker

A "long cylinder" of roosting birds over his Norfolk home sends Cocker on a quest to discover the science, myth and lore behind the crow family's clouds and calls. Nature writing at its best (and Cocker is a leader of the British pack) illuminates the strangeness of familiar sights and sounds. Crow Country gazes deep into the everyday magic of roosting corvids, but mysteries persist: "The journey, in truth, has been everything".

Paperbacks: And Now On Radio 4, by Simon Elmes

If Radio 4 defines the nation – or a certain section of it – what defines Radio 4? This neat little guide is as good an explanation as any, by an author who is steeped in the BBC.

Exit the dragon master

One of the 20th century's most influential cultural figures passed away this week, scarcely noticed except by the millions whose lives he changed. Michael Bywater celebrates the achievement of Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons

Teenageer fighting for life after street shooting

A 15-year-old boy was fighting for his life in hospital today after he was shot several times.

Ask Alice

Do you have an interiors dilemma? Consult our resident specialist

Sports Letter: Unionitis cure

Sir: John Caird (Sports Letters, 10 November) begs for a release from the "grim strangehold" of rugby union, a game he says is "hamstrung with rules, petty judgements and cheating, with the honours going to the teams who can sucker the opposition into making mistakes and then employ their resident boot nerd to capitalise on the error."
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'