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DUCKS love water, of course, and who could illustrate better how invigorating a shower can be? This new Duck Family Design shower curtain, pounds 9.99 from Lakeland, also has a matching shower cap, pounds 4.99, in quick drying polyester, and the bath mat, pounds 5.99, in poly viscose, can actually absorb six times its own weight in water. Lakeland, Eldon Garden, Newcastle, (0191) 261- 2776.

THIS line drawing of a duckling is from the "Beautiful" range of greeting cards from online card retailer www.squashedtomato.co.uk. Former card buyer for Fenwick Ltd, Hexham-based Zoe Hiles had her Eureka moment when she invented the online service. Anyone signing on with the site, will receive eight cards four times a year, from four themed collections, for just pounds 10, and pounds 1.50 of that goes to charity. Charities include MacMillan Cancer Support, Rainbow Trust and St Oswald's Hospice.

IF you need to fly around town but get frustrated by parking, take a look at the new stylish Vespa scooters by Piaggio. They're just arriving at branches of Mo'Tech Scooters in Byker (0191) 265-9793 and Sunderland (0191) 514-1996. Scooters are something of a green investment, starting prices at pounds 1,911, as in general they are excellent fuel-efficient animals; the Vespa LX50 holds nine litres of petrol and can do over 300km with a full tank. Piaggio mopeds use up to 81% less petrol than the average car for the same journey (Motorcycle Industry Association "Smart Guide" 2002).Check www.uk.vespa.com.

IF you prefer totally natural, yet strenuous methods to get somewhere fast, you might like the new official kit for The Hydro Active Women's Challenge (London, Liverpool and Birmingham, September 16) from JJB Sports. Adidas have created this Pink Ribbon collection with 10% of sales going directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In Diva, Blush and Black, the selection of performance fibre tops, 3/4 pants, shorts and jackets range from pounds 10 to pounds 35, in sizes 8-20. Jessica Ennis (pictured) Britain's No 1 heptathlete will be running on the 16th; she often listens to music before running to be fully relaxed; a good tip. JJB Sports, Northumberland Street, Newcastle, (0191) 221-2153.

IRREGULAR Choice shoes are some of the most weird and wonderful around and these Bow Down gold or silver Angel Wing sandals are simply divine. They're from the fast selling summer collection and there may be the odd pair left in Schuh in Eldon Square or Office in Grainger Street, but you can still buy much of it online at www.irregularchoicestore.com. They're pounds 60, sizes 3.5 to 8.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2007
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