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Bag question once again

Hello, everybody.
I'm new to this forum but not entirely new to the world of 43folders. I have a bag question (which certainly has been discussed here before but I've got some special issues here).

Simply put - I need a bag - and would be grateful for your suggestions. Here's a short list of requirements and issues to be considered):

I'm a very short and slender woman (5ft 1in), so the bag must not be too big. However, it should hold my MacBook (13.3 in) plus mouse and cables, bottle of water, some paper files, Moleskine, wallet, Treo and my beloved iPod (the last 3 easily accessible). I have some back/shoulder issues as well, so a backpack might actually be better than a shoulder bag. I'm a doctor and don't need my Mac every day, so it would be great if the bag was not entirely "notebook-styled" and could be used for papers&books as well (i.e. maybe with a removable laptop sleeve?). Finally, I'm from Europe, so unfortunately, a couple of options are not available for me (sadly, this also holds for levenger stuff...). Finally, the bag should be durable and look not too old-fashioned. I'm not a business type but rather pursue an active lifestyle (yoga, anyone :) ?)

I'd be grateful for all your suggestions. I am in fact a bag junkie and have lots of bags but I want to cut down to the essentials and simplify as much as possible.

Greetings from Germany & TIA for your ideas,

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