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No capes!" shouts Edna Mode, in the Pixar classic The Incredibles. "Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. All was well, another day saved, when his cape snagged on a missile fin! Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on take-off! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex! No capes!"

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D J Taylor: Circumlocution Office: telling it like it isn't

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New directions: Inspiration for Autumn

Tomboys, vamps and foil-clad dolly birds...Take inspiration from the catwalk, says Susannah Frankel, and an autumn season that is brilliantly diverse

The Hacker: At long last I get my hands on some silverware, even if I didn't win

Proud moments don't come often in a hacker's life so it was a rare treat to be presented with a handsome silver bowl on the sun-bathed terrace of Cardigan Golf Club overlooking the Teifi estuary last Wednesday.

Ready To Wear: The new season's style is borrowed from the guys

Do you like high-heeled loafers?" asked Kitty, 13, brandishing a copy of Grazia that included a full-page selection of the footwear in question. "I suppose they're quite good for women who don't like wearing girlish heels," I replied. "Or even for women who don't like wearing women's clothes," added Joe, 11, neatly summing up his mother's personal style – and it's true that high-heeled loafers are a feminine twist on an essentially masculine wardrobe staple.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (14 August 2011)

I think it odd that among the disaffected youth, those arrested apparently also include comfortably off people such as a graphic designer and an IT specialist, who are no longer in their teens. Such well-educated people aren't taking part because they want to have a bit of fun or loot a pair of trainers: they have extremist political motives and their tactic is cynical manipulation of dissatisfied young people.

Susannah Frankel: 'Who could resist Givenchy&rsquo;s knit, emblazoned with a black panther nestling in a wreath of pansies?'

Due to financial uncertainty, and in some instances, also just uncertainty, my autumn/winter wardrobe is still at planning stage. These are some of the things, however, that in my dreams I might be buying.

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Put yourself in the frame for a creative career

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