Helen Hughes asks:
Some decisions are just too hard: the Jimmy Choo bag and Louis Vuitton sneakers, or five months’ mortgage (Fashion Special, 25 September)?
If “both” isn’t an option, then we strongly recommend that Helen go for the mortgage. The Choo and Vuitton may be charming, but they’re almost certainly going to be of less long-term benefit than the to Helen than the continued opportunity to live securely in her house.
Additionally, it’s possible to buy different shoes and bags quite cheaply, and with relative ease, whereas it would be time-consuming and difficult for Helen to move into a cheaper house.
Alberta Swan asks:
“Fashion for women has arrived” (cover); “Fashion grows up” (p37). Really? So where was All Ages?
Last week’s Magazine was a fashion-themed special edition, and as such none of the usual fashion features appeared! This might seem contradictory at first, but it makes sense: by leaving out the usual features, the Magazine created more space for unusual fashion-focused articles.
It’s true that “All Ages” is the usual forum the Guardian uses to consider fashion for women of a variety of ages, but it’s possible to accomplish this by different means – for example the “Fashion Grows Up” feature that Alberta mentions.
Brian Boyland asks:
Andrew Anthony says the new Mitsubishi Shogun is bound for Windsor Safari Park. He clearly did not use a satnav: it closed more than 10 years ago. Or is he still driving round Berkshire trying to find it?
No, Anthony is safe and sound – there’s no need to fret on his behalf! The “bound for [somewhere]” criterion in the Weekend’s car reviews doesn’t literally describe the intended destination of the reviewer. It’s merely a shorthand, a way for writers to describe the general context in which they envisage the reviewed car finding a niche.
Professor Alan Alexander asks:
What is the trait Hussein Chalayan most deplores in himself? “I am an idealist, which can be tiring.” What is the trait he most deplores in others? “People taking themselves too seriously.”
Both of Alan’s questions have already been asked, non-rhetorically, by the Guardian itself – and Hussein Chalayan has responded! Furthermore, we’ve checked Chalayan’s answers, and they’re exactly the same as the answers recounted by Alan in his letter. Well done Alan, you’ve answered your own questions with flawless aplomb!