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 Weasel: A spectacle of myself

The striking depiction of the Weasel by Lucinda Rogers that illuminates this column on a weekly basis is, of course, an impeccably accurate likeness of the author. But if compelled to make a criticism of my likeness I might point out that the specs are wrong. I went through my John Lennon phase over two decades ago. Though fine for the sardonic Scouser's beaky nose, they didn't do much for the Weaselian features, even with the oh-so-cool (or so I thought) amendment of a blue tint to the lenses. After that, I had a brief flirtation with contact lenses. This was even less of a success since the soft lenses failed to correct my astigmatism. "Have you ever considered wearing glasses with your contact lenses?" inquired the ophthalmologist. Whenever I've told the story to opticians they find nothing amusing in it at all.

R&A 'disappointed' as Lyle quits after just 10 holes

While some were sympathising with Sandy Lyle's decision to throw in the towel after just 10 holes of the first round here yesterday, others were not being quite so understanding. As Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, intimated, it is one of golf's unwritten rules – you do not quit. Not in a major, not when there is nothing wrong with you, not when an alternate is standing by, desperate for a berth. "It is disappointing," said Dawson. "He was having a bad day, but I have to say that a professional should always complete his round if he can."

The Hacker: I have seen the future and it's not bright – but at least I saw it

Getting your eye in is more of a cricket than a golf term, but not as far as I am concerned. After a sharp-eyed lifetime I'm having a problem seeing where I've hit the ball.

Specs appeal: All the stars are wearing Wayfarers this summer

One sunny day at Disneyland, LA, earlier this year, Kate Moss who, like Delia Smith can sell 50,000 of anything just by smiling in its direction, tried to avoid paparazzi while wearing a pair of distinctly geeky-looking white-framed Ray-Ban Wayfarers. That's all it took.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Kiss And Other Stories, by Anton Chekhov

I found The Kiss and Other Stories in a secondhand bookshop. I read the title story and wondered why anyone would part with it. Embarrassment, the boredom of social life, disappointment, pointless accident: what Chekhov makes out of these snares, the heart-wringing atmosphere he lightly fashions, remains a revelation to me.

Bionic eye allows blind people to see

Two blind patients have had revolutionary surgery involving the implantation of a bionic eye to help them to see.

Blind patients given 'bionic eyes'

New hope has been given to sufferers of a hereditary disease affecting the retina after the first UK operations were carried out to implant so-called "bionic eyes" into patients, it was disclosed today.

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Not that I care, you understand, but this baby plot sent me ga-ga

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Celebrity brands: How to make a spectacle of yourself

David gets his kit off in Armani underwear but designer glasses are more Fabio's thing

Floaters: Cause for concern?

Two doctors and two opticians have told me I have floaters. Everybody seems to disregard them and one doctor said it was due to old age. Can you advise me on possibilities for the future?

Jackie Rae

Singer, songwriter and entertainer

Health watchdog approves Herceptin for NHS

The breast cancer drug Herceptin has been approved for use on the NHS, under draft guidance issued by the Government's health watchdog today.

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