This isn’t a disaster at the laundry or a new fashion trend – in fact it’s a testament to the frugality of this Yorkshireman. It’s my attempt to get some value from a worn out shirt, but above all to maintain my supply of decent handkerchiefs. The items sold as men’s handkerchiefs nowadays are nothing of the sort; they’re little more than a lady’s hankie. A real handkerchief is 16 inches square, which is almost 50% larger than what’s sold in the shops. At this size it will suffice for all its original purposes and one essential new one – to wipe your hands dry instead of having to use one of those wretched hot air machines.