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

What's the world coming to when the most important worry about a cosmic event is whether you've got your glasses?

I'm off to see the eclipse next week in northern France and please don't anybody tell me that I am exposing myself to an unnecessary danger of blindness.

Experts challenge health chief over risks of viewing eclipse

CONFUSION REIGNED among government advisers last night over the safest way to view next month's eclipse.

Letter: `Racist' birth plans

Sir: The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services supports women of all races and cultures in getting the birth care they need. In 30 years we have never been asked for a "white only" birth (letter, 15 July). But recently we were asked to help a white woman who had been sexually abused throughout her childhood by a black man.

Be prepared for a total eclipse of common sense

`The more scare stories we put out, and the more people decide to stay at home, the better'

Laser eye treatment `can damage night-driving ability'

HI-TECH laser treatments, which have been touted as a "miracle cure" for the visually impaired, may leave patients unable to drive safely at night.

It was 15 years ago today: Frankie says ... have two hit songs at once

`Pansy Goes to Queersville are no one-off bum's rush, but potentially the most potent force of the 1980s": that was the verdict of Sounds's singles reviewer on hearing Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes", an "amazing" follow-up to "Relax", their No 1 debut single.

Contact lens scare `exaggerated'

OPTICIANS YESTERDAY criticised the Government's handling of advice from scientists that people risked catching the human form of mad cow disease from re-used contact lenses.

Words: pun, n. and v.

NO SOONER had I written about Acas than came the hope that the next time negotiations stall, some headline writer comes up with "Burnt- out Acas". A way with puns stretches to the denizens of Wardour Street, in their red-rimmed spectacles, and the free-associating David Helfgott. To pun can suggest clinical mania.

The Critics: Theatre: Testosterone, testosterone, one, two, three

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Health: The future is blurred

Half of us could be short-sighted soon - and it may be an evolutionary consequence of modern lifestyles. Roger Dobson looks at a worrying development, while Eileen Fursland (below) finds a new surgical procedure offers hope to the blind

Health: A furry shade of grey

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Comment: High time we saw solicitors as the heroes they really are

SOLICITORS OFTEN complain that their profession is unfairly painted as drab and mean-minded, while other callings have an aura of glamour and romance.
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