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

Diary Of A Supply Teacher: 'We are advised to tread carefully and avoid trouble'

The morning phone call is late, so I miss most of the head's mid-week briefing in the staffroom. Joining the other latecomers in the doorway, I catch most of the final item. Simon, in year 10, has been behaving unacceptably and is now on a final warning. However, he feels he is being victimised and that staff are against him. We are advised to tread carefully, avoid confrontation and report any problems directly to the head. I have never knowingly come across Simon, and in any case regard treading carefully and avoiding confrontation as part of the job description.

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Surfing: Heated wetsuit opens up new frontiers

Technological advances could take the sport all the way to the Arctic Ocean

Essentials: Cassette Playa

"Cartoon couture" is the best way to describe my style — a toxic-bright blend of patterns, graphic shapes, street and sportswear with a focus on sub-cultures.

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Witty snapshot misses the mark

Fashion & Style: `In among the sparkle-scattered sweetness, designers are drawing on a less ostentatious source: the American sportswear tradition'

New season, new look? Not any more. If in times gone by the whole point of the twice-yearly collections was for one mood to be unceremoniously booted out by the next, preferably polar-opposite concern, that is the case no longer. In particular, fashion's love affair with vintage clothing and the rampant eclecticism that goes with it shows no real sign of abating. And with the bourgeois European silhouette and all its jolie madame embellishment continuing to dominate, it's almost as if minimalism never happened. Almost.

Agassi wins tax battle round two

Technology in motion

Can ICT improve the teaching of PE? Janet Murray reports on the wired world of the school gymnasium

McCartney puts style into the gym with range of sportswear

The creations of Stella McCartney have adorned a galaxy of A-list celebrities atfilm premieres and fashion-pack parties, and are soon to make an apparently unlikely transition to the gym.

Sportswear retailers pocket £35m in private equity buyout of M&M

Two sportswear retailing entrepreneurs pocketed about £17.5m each yesterday after selling their company to venture capitalists.

England failure adds to gloom at JJB Sports

JJB Sports, Britain's largest sportswear retailer, revealed yesterday that a hoped-for boost to sales from Euro 2004 had failed to halt its decline in revenues, sending its shares down 15p to 259p.

Leeds finalise new sponsorship and look to offload loan players

Leeds United are set for a multimillion pound cash injection this week, less than a fortnight after being saved from administration.

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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