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The athletic aesthetic in menswear goes far beyond New Year’s resolutions, says Lee Holmes

As both a motivational tool and a gadget, the FuelBand is a success

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Can the sportswear giant gamify your daily exercise routine?

The 10 Best running shoes

Whether you are running for the bus or preparing to run April’s London Marathon, these shoes are sure to help you on your way

On the colour run: Fun footwear to brighten up those dark morning jogs

(Clockwise from top left) New Balance Minimus Zero Trail shoes, £75, newbalance.co.uk

The Fashion Audit: Selfridges Quiet Room, a new “wonder” bra and Victoria Beckham

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Book of a lifetime: I Capture the Castle, By Dodie Smith

When people ask if I've "always enjoyed writing", I tend to regard them with horror. Of course I haven't! Writing fiction is incredibly hard work. My ideal is to be paid, per word, to read. This preference dates back to my "early years" which were divided, as authors say on book jackets, between an off-grid sheep farm on a rain-sodden Exmoor river valley, and a gloomy villa in shrubby suburban Brussels.

Even Bolt cannot help Puma in the race for sales

Proof that publicity can't buy you a profit came from Puma yesterday as the sportswear brand that was plastered across Usain Bolt's chest this summer missed expectations and announced cost-cutting plans.

Even Usain Bolt cannot help Puma in the race for sales

Proof that publicity cannot buy you a profit came from Puma yesterday as the sportswear brand that was plastered across Usain Bolt's chest this summer missed expectations and announced cost-cutting plans.

Disabled man who was robbed while he sat in wheelchair makes appeal for help

A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants.

Hundreds of jobs at risk as United Carpets fails

United Carpets has become the latest retail casualty after it collapsed into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Bolton's Matt Mills (right) tussles with Luciano Becchio of Leeds

Sports Direct to buy 60 JJB Sports stores

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct is set to buy 60 stores from struggling rival JJB Sports out of administration today but thousands of staff will lose their jobs at the Wigan-based chain.

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Ready to Wear: 'My mum wouldn't be caught dead in Crocs. Me? I wear them to the shops'

"I can't believe you're wearing Crocs," says my mother, who is far too chic a woman to ever think of so doing herself.

The former England coach Brian Ashton is wanted by Sale

Sale keen for Brian Ashton to team up with Danny Cipriani

Sale, brimming with ambition ahead of the new Premiership season after making significant strides on and off the field, are hoping to tempt the former England coach Brian Ashton back into big-time rugby.

With Good Timin', a UK No 1, Jones became the first black artist to sell a million copies of a single in the UK

Jimmy Jones: The first black singer to have a UK million-selling hit

The most unlikely feature of rock'n'roll music was the prominence of falsetto singing whereby male singers mimicked female voices. It is prominent throughout the hit recordings of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison and Frankie Valli, and one of the first artists to exploit this sound was Jimmy Jones, who had international success with "Handy Man" and "Good Timin'" (both 1960). With "Good Timin'", a UK No 1, Jones became the first black artist to sell a million copies of a single in the UK.

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