Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles
Geeks And Nerds
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Monday 19 August 1996
As the club for clever-clogs reaches 50, William Hartston explains why its members are no more than a bunch of useless eggheads with chips on their shoulders
Tuesday 30 April 1996
"In England, if you debate anything more important than traffic lights, then you must be mad. I come from a very intellectual family. We used to debate things for breakfast."
Monday 07 August 1995
A computer wiz tells Joseph Gallivan it's time to pull the plug on the wired world
Friday 10 March 1995
The geek shall
Tuesday 05 July 1994
The makers of Love Heart sweets are swapping romance for abuse to attract male customers. A new brand abandons 'I Love You' for words such as 'weirdo' or 'nerd'.
Neon Nerds: a taste to suit the times: Joseph Gallivan on the new generation of 'super-intense' streetwise sweets
Sunday 19 June 1994
ADULTS buy 90 per cent of all the sweets sold in Britain - but children eat 63 per cent of them. This may explain why the Asda supermarket chain has recently announced that a third of all its checkouts will from now on be 'sweetie-free zones', to relieve customers of the pressure of wheedling youngsters. But parents can do nothing about the flourishing sweetie 'underground' - the penny dreadfuls, as they are known in the marketing trade.
Saturday 11 June 1994
ON BEHALF of the Independent Traveller, I have signed up for the globe-encircling Internet system. Wherever you are in space or time, you can report your travels and tribulations to me by e-mail to calder@cix. compulink. co. uk. Or, if you are not so flash, send a postcard.
Sunday 17 April 1994
ALLISON Pearson and other British television critics seem unfamiliar with a key term in the vocabulary of MTV/Channel 4's Beavis and Butt-Head. It's not 'woosie' but 'wussy', a combination of 'wimp' and 'pussy', which rhymes with the latter. The term is invariably used as a noun in variant forms, ie 'what a wuss'. It is mildly euphemistic, closer to 'wally' than 'wanker' in effect, and like these cognates, reserved exclusively to describe other males.
Sunday 06 February 1994
YOUR sports Comment ('Reality of the Fantasy fad', 30 January) was unimaginative and cynical. Fantasy football is an attempt by fans to become more involved in a sport that has traditionally ignored them. The suggestion that we are all nerds 'playing out fantasies on computer networks with no more
BOOK REVIEW / Big draw for 'sophisticated' nerds: 'Adult Comics: An Introduction' - Roger Sabin: Routledge, pounds 35/ pounds 9.99
Sunday 21 March 1993
ARE comics anything more than kids' stuff? That's for Roger Sabin to prove here, and something less like a comic than his book would be hard to imagine. Each chapter closes with suggestions for further reading in media and cultural studies. The book is out to redeem the popular image of comics and those who bother with them.
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
i100... with this review
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster