Issue 1409

29 Nov 2021
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A guiding light  It’s as scary now to be told you’re losing your sight as it was 90 years ago. What’s changed though is that a guide dog may make life much easier. And it’s all down to two remarkable women from Merseyside, writes Saskia Murphy. Photos and cover: Cat’s Dog Photography.

Fashion’s plain truth  Fashion designer and star of the Great British Sewing Bee, Patrick Grant has left Savile Row behind to begin a textiles revolution from Blackburn. He tells Michael Taylor why workers, communities and the planet will benefit if your Christmas presents come from Community Clothing.

Monkey bars  A new short story by Donal Ryan. Illustration: Steph Coathupe.

Second act soundtrack  Michael C Hall has made the move into music with more credibility than most. But the Six Feet Under and Dexter star’s switch shouldn’t come as a surprise, finds Richard Smirke, as he delves into the actor’s past and that of his illustrious bandmates too.

Tunnel takes its toll  On the fiftieth anniversary of a new link under the Mersey, there remains concern about which side of the river benefits most – and tolls people pay. Roger Ratcliffe reports.


News, arts and entertainment, Engelbert Humperdinck’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.