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Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles

the broader picture: Shooting gallery

THE MAN on the right is a Mexican who has been charged with murder; the man in the picture above, Salvador Chavez, is one of the tabloid photographers for whom he is posing.

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MEPHISTOPHELES ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA LONDON

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ir New Zealand are currently promoting an offer that you - or your ancestors - may find hard to refuse: return flights between London and Auckland for pounds 280 plus tax. The only catch being that you have to be aged 80 or more to qualify.

Boots takes a step into the foot business

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I was 15 when I got my first pair of glasses. It was a shocking experience. Not because of their oblong, fake-gold Bamber Gascoigne-ish naffness - which, for some reason, I found winningly attractive - but because of what I saw through them. Every leaf had a separate identity. Hedges were not just vague green mounds but bundles of distinct little privet leaves. I had thought the world was an Impressionist sort of a place. In that moment, I knew it was a mess of Pre-Raphaelite detail.

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Flip-top "Authentics" case, pounds 7.95, Optimum, (01332 365 808)

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No more `four-eyes' jibes - glasses are the fashion accessory everyone wants to wear.

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Reading: Be faithful to your dreams

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Love and human remains

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Books: Recipes for repression in the well-ordered household

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro Chatto & Windus, pounds 14.99, 340pp: Liz Jensen wishes that this buttoned-up, neatly-ironed queen of the quiet domestic trauma would learn to let her hair down once in a while

Film: The big picture - Bugs, boys and big bangs

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