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

The Hacker: I don't want to make a spectacle of myself but I can't see

After a lifetime of perfect vision, my eyesight has gone slightly wonky. I cannot claim it is a major contributor to my poor golf but having to ask my regular playing partners where my ball has gone has exhausted their patience.

Simon Rice: Spits, spats and spectacles at the Emirates

So Arsene Wenger's yet to make an appointment with the optician it would seem.

Richard Ingrams’s Week: Low pension, no savings – no wonder OAPs are drinking

It makes a welcome change, after hearing for months about teenage binge drinkers, to be told about OAPs behaving in exactly the same way.

Gandhi family upset by sale of wire rim glasses

They were the spectacles that the independence leader once claimed "gave me the vision to free India". But now the glasses once worn by Mahatma Gandhi are being auctioned, and one of his relatives is trying to save them for the people of India.

Paramedic suspended over detour to pick up specs

A paramedic who delayed an elderly patient's arrival at hospital by taking a detour to pick up her glasses has been suspended for a year, it was revealed today.

Observations: Jump to the music

The Royal Ballet's Sergei Polunin jumps up – and seems to soar further, hanging in the air. An "oooh" runs around the audience. High leaps are one of ballet's spectacles, particularly for male dancers. For women, pointework and flexibility get the headlines; for men, it's the jumps.

Boots Opticians to merge with Dollond & Aitchison

Boots Opticians is to merge with Dollond & Aitchison, the high street retail chain said today.

Our lives are changed forever, say Rachel's parents

Andrew and Monica Nickell kept their composure today as they saw their daughter's killer finally brought to justice.

Gentlemen of the Road, By Michael Chabon

Having orginally given this book the working title "Jews with Swords", Michael Chabon explains in an amusing Afterword why he wanted to write a novel which finally dispelled the image of the warrior Jew as "an unprepossessing little guy, with spectacles and a beard, brandishing a sabre". Set in the Caucasus mountains around 950AD, this swashbuckling fable tells the story of two adventurers: Amran, a giant Ethiopian, and Zelikman, a Jewish physician from Regensburg, who set themselves up as blades for hire. Their resulting adventures are dizzying, and Chabon's arcane language carefully calibrated – though even the most indulgent of readers might eventually tire of the verbal fisticuffs and self-concious display. The illustrations by Gary Gianni add to the book's old-world charm.

Conference calls: Are party conferences the dramatic spectacles they once were?

As party faithfuls gather and battle lines are drawn between lobby correspondents and spin doctors, James Macintyre finds out whether conferences can still deliver the big stories

Ohuruogu needs time to reflect after one lap in the chariot of fire

Christine Ohuruogu is not the first athlete to return to these shores as an Olympic 400 metres champion. Back in 1924, after riding his chariot of fire to one-lap glory at the Stade Colombes in Paris, Eric Liddell was mobbed at Waverley Station and borne through the streets of Scotland's capital on the shoulders of his fellow students from Edinburgh University. He had been born in China and returned there to join his father as a Christian missionary. He died in a Japanese internment camp in Weifang in 1945.

It took 20-20 vision to see nothing sells like specs

Dame Mary Perkins tells Paul Rodgers how special deals and stylish frames have made Specsavers an unlikely high-street star

How to cut the cost of glasses, contacts and laser eye surgery

You can improve your sight without breaking the bank – if you know where to look, says Kate Hughes

Police cleared over witness's death

Police were today cleared of liability for the death of a court witness who was murdered days before he was due to give evidence.

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