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

Letter: Boot bores

Sir: Now that the World Rugby Cup has ground to a stultifying conclusion the overall statistics speak for themselves. The top 16 scorers in the entire championship included 15 kickers and Jonah Lomu.

Letter: The Monsanto nerd

The Monsanto nerd

City and Business: The chief geek could be bad for business

he only surprise when you see Bill Gates in the flesh is his posture. Here's the richest man in the world - with personal assets of $40bn (pounds 25bn) - the man who is the information technology revolution. And yet he walks with his head shoved forward and slightly lowered, as if he's ducking.

Nerds love literature too, it seems

Anyone with the right equipment will tomorrow be able to read, on the BBC's website, the result of its month-long poll to identify the "greatest writer" of the millennium. For those with the wrong equipment - well, here is the news.

Drama: Just imagine how Mom feels

Glory of the Geeks Channel 4

Letter: We're no nerds

Sir: As a female member of Mensa for the past 18 years (longer, I believe, than Julie Baxter) I deeply resent the nature of recent coverage concerning our society ("Angry chairman to set up Mensa rival", 28 September). While Ms Baxter seems determined to peddle her concept of "emotional maturity", and use the media to kickstart her Atticus concept, few members of Mensa have been given the opportunity to refute her allegations concerning our collective nature.

Network: Nerd's the word as geek becomes chic

A new Channel 4 series honours the heroes of the Internet.

Network: A new image for nerds

IF YOU are reading this week's Network surreptitiously, for fear of being labelled a computer nerd, then take heart from a new Gallup survey. Commissioned by Intel, the results of the poll indicate a drastic swing away from the geeky stereotypes usually associated with computers. The nerd, it would seem, is dying out.

Letter: Nerd or profiteer?

Letter: Nerd or profiteer?

Network moves to Tuesday

From next week, The Independent's Network section will be moving to Tuesday, when

Not square, just 'don't care': icons of uncool

Comedian Paul Kaye as ultra-geek Dennis Pennis - the man that style forgot

Letter: It's lonely at the top with the CV of a confirmed `nerd'

Sir: Charlie Skelton's article on listing hobbies in your CV ("Sky divers need not apply", 16 January) makes disturbing reading for confirmed loners like me (hobbies: gardening, sitting in libraries for hours, Internet discussion groups, hill-walking in New Zealand).

Virgin bids to put 'non-nerds' online

Internet service offers three months free to new subscribers

The quintessential guide to voguish words

Have you noticed the way certain words swim in and out of fashion? The way a word which hasn't been used commonly for hundreds of years will suddenly emerge blinking into the spotlight, have its short season of celebrity and then get kicked out of the stage door into the alley behind and back into the dictionary?

Target Practice

Anal Obsession might have been a better collective title for these two one-man plays by Richard Hope, for although they are wildly different in tone, they skilfully expose the hidden depths that fill up the gaps and make us tick. In "Dear Prudence", we see the archetypal Beatles geek, who "coulda been a contender" until, like Pete Best, he was dropped from the drumstool while his band went on to make a million. The piece comically confirms the adage that those who can do, those who can't teach - or, as is the case here, become tuppeny-ha'penny hacks.
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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