Life and Style

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.

The Ten Best Men's Trainers

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.

Book Group: Ciar Byrne reviews 'Clear' by Nicola Barker

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas