Stuart Rose has done a superhuman job turning the fortunes of M&S around. As he unveiled a fantastic set of results this week, Bogof was starting to wonder if he would soon be wearing his underwear outside his trousers. But no. He's too conservative for that.

At M&S's investor conference on its full-year results this week, Rose described the retailer's new ladder-resistant tights. "They are very comfortable to wear," he enthused, "and great under tight-fitting clothes."