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

Kevin Pietersen

Cyber Culture: Increased screen resolutions may be a good idea, but none of us can see it

I've written many times about my cynical attitude towards technological developments that our senses have difficulty detecting, whether it relates to HD telly, camera megapixels, gold-plated speaker connectors or 24-bit audio.

Anthony Hilton: Lawyers are facing a tough task making a case for the survival of their profession

Despite having worked in London for years, I had never until this week stepped inside the Chancery Lane headquarters of the Law Society – a magnificent example of a building whose architecture reflects the confidence of the Victorian age and indeed of the profession itself in that era.

Broadcaster and author Libby Purves

'There was terror of having a pregnant woman on screen': Libby Purves on sexism at the BBC

Broadcaster Libby Purves has spoken out about the sexism she experienced during the early years of her career at the BBC.

Glasses £179, Alexander McQueen, 01423 520 303; silk printed shirt £45, and silk printed tapered trousers £55, both Vera Moda Very, veromoda.com

Editorial: A rose by any other name...

Had his father not been a tree surgeon, then it would be Billy Fentiman – rather than Billy Twelvetrees – making his England debut in rugby’s Calcutta Cup on Saturday. How so? Because the Gloucester centre’s father took his wife’s name when he married, to make his nascent arboriculture business more eye-catching.

Michelle Collins on This Morning

Coronation Street's Michelle Collins tells of 'scary' confrontation with gang on train

Coronation Street star Michelle Collins has described how she was threatened during a "scary" confrontation with a group of teenagers on a train.

Halloween on a budget: DIY costumes for lazy people

Love making stuff, or hate spending money on costumes? Check out our guide to making Halloween costumes...the lazy way!

Hundreds of jobs at risk as United Carpets fails

United Carpets has become the latest retail casualty after it collapsed into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats is a brilliantly bonkers illustrated encyclopaedia of all things feline. £12.99, published by Atlantic Books on 3 May.

Leading article: Justice should be open to public view

The court is the power of the state at work. As such, it must be open to scrutiny
Tuesday, White House lawn: A word with Barack about extradition, and he said he could send Steve Hilton back

David Cameron's big American adventure

The PR machine in Downing Street was beside itself with joy at David and Samantha Cameron's visit to the US last week, with the "love-in" between Barack Obama and the Prime Minister surpassing Mr Cameron's other bromance, with Nick Clegg, and some even drawing excitable comparisons between Roosevelt and Churchill.

Last Night's Viewing: Daddy Daycare, Channel 4<br />Versailles, BBC2

"I get the feeling sometimes that the staff want us to fail," said Stefan, one of three men who featured in Daddy Daycare, a Channel 4 reality series designed to address a social crisis that almost certainly doesn't exist. I don't mean for a moment, by the way, that there are no incompetent or deadbeat fathers out there. Or that it isn't useful for even the most well-intentioned man to learn some lessons about childcare. But the implication that today's men are unusually bad at fatherhood ("Modern British life has spawned a generation of dysfunctional dads") is surely not true. Even the horror statistic used to underwrite this exercise in mental re-education could be seen from another angle as a silver lining: "Almost half of all mothers feel fathers don't do their share," said the voiceover at the beginning of the show. Really? You mean that as many as 50 per cent of mothers now feel fathers do? The truth of it was that it wasn't the staff at the south London nursery Stefan had been sent to who wanted him to fail. It was the production company. And even they only wanted him to fail a bit comically in the first half so that he could recover in the second, make a public act of contrition, and score a modest triumph before the final credits.

Ian Burrell: There are too few female comics on TV – and the BBC knows it's not funny

This is a critical year for BBC comedy, when it will finally seek to address previous failings in giving a television platform to the funniest women in Britain.

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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'