I HOPE it’s chance rather than planning that’s involved in the creation of changing rooms in some fashion outlets.

While Marks & Spencer’s store at Middlebrook has pleasant changing rooms and very helpful staff, for me, it has the meanest mirrors in Bolton. They show the most unflattering angles of your body, whoever you are. While it’s vital to get an honest rear view, these offer a brutal revelation to send you into depression for the day.

I’ve tried other stores’ changing rooms without quite the same negative results and I’d be interested in other people’s views on the subject.