This England

A headmaster has defended his decision to order a schoolgirl to wear a wig during GCSE examinations because she had dyed her hair bright red.
Dr Ian Garrero rejected suggestions that his action in buying 16-year-old Sabrina Cohen an £8.99 Beatles-style wig had been ridiculous. He said yesterday that his aim had been to protect other pupils. "Her dyed hair would have created an unreasonable environment for other students to do their best," said Dr Garrero. - Independent (Francis Harvey)

"We're a very child-friendly restaurant," said Graham. "When do working mums get a chance to get away from their babies and have a good natter? If there's someone who's happy to look after them, why not check them in with the coats?" - Observer (Sigrid Rabiger)

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This article first appeared in the 05 July 1999 issue of the New Statesman, He makes us nice enough for export