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According to Hilary Alexander we women will see high winds sweeping out our entire closets and, to the tune of thousands of £s, redressing us as tweedy, tailored (Jacqueline Kennedy Déjà Vu), and odd (knitted cardigans over sequinned cocktail dresses). "Luxurious, shimmery" fabrics are dedicated to the clothes where they can do the least good - sportswear. The latest colour is lavender. For those of us who do not want to reinvent our wardrobe, the colour is black.

Is there something depressing about this fashion news, darling, or is it just me?

On the same island of Britain, Scalextric, the world-famous car game, turns 50 this year, and enthusiasts (read men and boys) are celebrating half a century of replica racing by thoughtfully adding a luxurious, shimmery line of new models to their extensive slot car sets. Says one of those boys -

“I had one. My best mate had one. My friends at school had them. When I was 10, Scalextric was THE toy for a boy to play with.

And it was an inspired British toy-maker who set off a craze which endures to this day."

In 1952,

"Britain's Fred Francis launched a range of clockwork tinplate cars. He called them Scalex.

His cars were popular because they were detailed replicas of real racing cars. But they were about to become even more popular.

In 1957 at the Harrogate Toy Fair, he unveiled his first Scalex car to be powered by an electric motor. It ran on a moulded rubber track.

For the brand name, he combined the words "Scalex" and "electric" and the legend of Scalextric was born."

Meanwhile, laying track in their cords and pullover sweaters, the men look just terrific. . .