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Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles


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Blair confesses: I wear glasses at home

BILL CLINTON has a pair, so does Michael Douglas and even Clint Eastwood. Now, like other ageing icons of male virility across the globe, Tony Blair has admitted that he, too, wears specs.

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NEED A loan? "Pay-day lending" is one of the US's fastest-growing industries and it's hoping to expand into Europe. What's more, office support staff constitute one of its chief targets. The theory is great. Borrow a couple of hundred quid to pay off the electricity bill and try out that new Mexican down the road - and pay it off next month when you're in the clear again. All you have to do is write a post-dated cheque to the lender which is cashed on pay-day. The reality, however, is rather less attractive. "The interest rates charged by these people would make the Mafia blush," says Lang Clark, an Alabama lawyer who recently reached tentative settlements with several pay-day lenders in the United States. The Florida Public Interest Research Group claims some rates are more than 20 times greater than the highest credit card charges. Consumer groups and employers are, not surprisingly, campaigning for a law to block pay- day lending in the UK.

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