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

Matthew Norman: It will take more than Chilcot to nail Campbell

As the warm-up man for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell was perfect

Blind in business: Cutting-edge seeing aids

Could you do your job without reading emails, searching the web – or being able to see your boss? Paul Ryb can, thanks to the gadgets that have helped to give him back his sight. By Mary Harboe

Unsteady Eddie is a national treasure, not a national joke

Twenty-one years after his last-place plummet, the 'abominable snowman' will soar again when he carries the Olympic torch before the Winter Games...there's even a Harry Potter star playing him in a new film

Dom Joly: Amusingly, I now wear my own glasses

I've always had 20/20 vision. If I'm honest, I used to look at people wearing glasses with a touch of disdain. To me, it was a physical manifestation of a weak gene pool – a little hint that all was not well within their DNA.

The Flea (1665), Robert Hooke

engraving published in his Micrographia

How an old banger turned Nepali minister into a slapper

Memo to all Nepali civil servants: when junior minister Karina Begum arrives in town, send the smartest, swankiest government car to pick her up. Or else expect to get slapped.

Philip Hensher: Seeing the world through hipsters' eyes

Down at Frieze, the immense London contemporary art fair which takes over a chunk of Regents Park every October. My attention is not altogether on the art, however, but on an interesting development in eye-wear. This is a crowd which evidently fancies itself to be on-trend and one step ahead of the high street.

Carefully does it! The museum removal men

Moving an exhibition of priceless artifacts across the globe is no simple matter. Rob Sharp meets the museum removal men who make light work of heavy lifting

Man gains normal eyesight after stroke at 70

A grandfather revealed today that a massive stroke miraculously cured his ailing sight.

Meet Meg Rosoff: young-adult novelist and self-confessed big mouth

Child abductions? They don't happen. 'The Lovely Bones'? Dying-teenager rubbish. As for anorexia, people in war zones don't get it, do they?

Janeane Garofalo, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Geeks and troughs

Spooks expenses: We've been inspecting you, Mr Bond

Even the secret service has been rocked by the MPs' scandal. Under new rules, frontline agents have to account for every (Money)penny

Pensioner crashes into opticians

He may have needed to go for an eye test – but possibly not by car. An 89-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while driving down a busy street yesterday and ploughed through the front of an optician's shop, causing damage estimated at thousands of pounds.

Bereaved children: We need to talk about death

Sir Al Aynsley-Green knows how it feels to lose a parent at a young age – and now he wants to help other bereaved children. By Amol Rajan

Howard Jacobson: Without a healthy dose of intelligence, sex is just a mechanical process

A bit of rough is a fantasy only in the minds of the well educated
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

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Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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