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THE classic Sixties Pakamac is back - with attitude. 'Everything we wear is a statement about ourselves, and a Pakamac adds to your personality,' explains Ian McCall. He is the managing director of the Manchester firm Casket, which has redesigned, repackaged and relaunched the original foldaway raincoat.

Bunhill: Trotting on

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OPERA / Starless night: Raymond Monelle on La Boheme at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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