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.
Stephanie first after her public appearance as a woman at Rad Fest 2014

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
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Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift


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Russell Brand at an anti-austerity march in June
peopleActor and comedian says 'there's no point doing it if you're not'
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Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' in Bristol
art'Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' followed hoax reports artist had been arrested and unveiled
Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
voicesThokozile Masipa simply had no choice but to jail the athlete
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Sister Cristina Scuccia sings 'Like a Virgin' in Venice

Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album