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2012 is over. Why it is time to stop wearing the Union Jack

Happy New Year everyone. Hope is it a great one for you all. 2012 was pretty special wasn’t it! Even if you don’t really like sports you couldn’t possibly fail to be moved by the events of the Olympics and the Paralympics and the amazing stories they generated. And as for the Jubilee, even as person who isn’t much of …

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Ashley2012 is over. Why it is time to stop wearing the Union Jack

Arsenal pursue French striker who has a knack of scoring spectacular goals

With Arshavin apparently on his way to Reading and a number of clubs competing for Chamakh Arsenal clearly has space for a striker or two. One totally left field suggestion has come today from French radio station RMC. In a story reported by LadyArse the club are being linked with a move for 21 year old French forward Anthony Knockaert. …

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AshleyArsenal pursue French striker who has a knack of scoring spectacular goals
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Happy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)

Simon Poulter of the always excellent – What Would David Bowie Do? blog on the human riff. Britain’s Daily Mail, a newspaper you can regard with varying degrees of editorial pointlessness, surmised in June that Keith Richards – the Human Riff, the Human Lab, and a dozen other nicknames reflecting both guitar prowess and indestructibility – was now so broken, …

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AshleyHappy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)
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Houllier tells French TV Thierry Henry might not be going to Arsenal – no contact between the clubs

More problems for Arsene Wenger this morning. It seemed as if Arsenal’s greatest ever striker, Thierry Henry, was destined to return to the club for a third spell this winter. Many papers have suggested that this is a done deal and that Henry would be at the club for several weeks and could even play for The Gunners in the …

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AshleyHoullier tells French TV Thierry Henry might not be going to Arsenal – no contact between the clubs
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Sports Personality Of The Year Bradley Wiggins – and where he got the velvet suit from

It seemed a pretty much done deal last night that Tour de France/Olympic Time Trial Champion would win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. So in this parish at least it was as much about the suit he chose to wore as it was scooping the award. Wiggins plumped for a bespoke velvet (very on trend) double-breasted suit made …

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AshleySports Personality Of The Year Bradley Wiggins – and where he got the velvet suit from
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Arsenal planning double raid on Liverpool – goalkeeper and winger on Wenger’s radar

There has been a lot of Arsenal-related transfer news in the last few hours. Though today it isn’t all about where Theo Walcott will spend the next part of his career, but about the list of players that Arsene Wenger is after in a bid to add steel to his rather brittle squad. The Mirror has a run down of …

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AshleyArsenal planning double raid on Liverpool – goalkeeper and winger on Wenger’s radar
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Brandish Christmas List #13 Peckham Rye Paisley scarf £59

I am a huge fan of both paisley and the very classy Peckham Rye tailors – who have a shop on London’s Newburgh Street. So this red paisley scarf is a must. It is small bean paisley and this one is crimson red, though they also come in eight other colours. According to PR it is finest graded spun and …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #13 Peckham Rye Paisley scarf £59
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Brandish Christmas List #12 Atom Retro Stripey College Scarf

Just in time for Christmas, our favourite vintage store Atom Retro has just taken delivery of a whole load of stripey college scarves. They are available in ten different colours, cost £34.99,  and we are especially fond of this one (above), the green one and the red one (below). Stripey scarves really took off in the 1950s and have remained …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #12 Atom Retro Stripey College Scarf
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Christmas shopping for men; your complete guide – gadgets, jumpers, scarves, randoms…

Over the last few weeks we have been ultra busy putting together a series of guides which may prove very useful if you are buying presents. Here then is the full list Gadgets Top weirdest gadgets and gifts Best gadgets for under £200 The ultimate tech Xmas present Retro gadgets that are actually very cool Best Android phones Best PC …

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AshleyChristmas shopping for men; your complete guide – gadgets, jumpers, scarves, randoms…
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Manuka redesigns the belt – now with added magnets

Here’s a classic Brandish story. It combines style, technology and our favourite website Kickstarter, which pretty much sums up what we are all about. Anyhow, belts, as you know, are fairly boring affairs. Not in terms of style but in the way they work with buckles and holes. This design revolutionises the boring common belt, making it smoother and simpler. …

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AshleyManuka redesigns the belt – now with added magnets

Today’s hot stories – the week’s best Premiership pics, weird gadgets and the ultimate Xmas present for geeks

Here are today’s hottest stories from Brandish and our partner sites It is Atari and Pong’s 40th birthday Buy Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris’s home (complete with football pitch and pub) The best value smartphone so far – the Google Nexus 4 gets reviewed The week’s best Premiership pics The sexy managers Christmas calendar preview The 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts …

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AshleyToday’s hot stories – the week’s best Premiership pics, weird gadgets and the ultimate Xmas present for geeks
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Today’s hot stories – Secret Stones songs, Joey Barton’s French accent, 21 hot gadgets for under £200

Here are today’s hottest stories from Brandish and our partner sites The Rolling Stones Secret Songs Joey Barton’s amazing French accent 21 of the best gadgets for under £200 Mick Jagger’s ten worst crimes against fashion Football boots – the original Nike Tiempo Top 10 Subbuteo accessories The ten weirdest Jimi Hendrix covers Why Chelsea fans will never accept Rafa …

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AshleyToday’s hot stories – Secret Stones songs, Joey Barton’s French accent, 21 hot gadgets for under £200
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21 of the best gadgets for under £200

We talked to the gadget experts at TechDigest and Shiny Shiny as well as a few of our techy chums on Facebook and Twitter and have puled together what we think is the ultimate list of gadgets for under £200. All are on sale in the UK at the moment. There’s no phones included, but we have plenty of tablets, …

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Ashley21 of the best gadgets for under £200
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Brandish Christmas List #8 Polka Dot Hankyz

So you want to add a splash of colour to your suit pocket but can’t be bothered spending time folding up and constantly readjusting handkerchiefs. Well a new Brit innovation has come to your rescue. Hankyz sounds perfect for us – the would be dandy who can’t bring themselves to make too much effort. Basically you get your handkerchief and …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #8 Polka Dot Hankyz
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How to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in

In Winter, at least, the obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses from adding a splash of colour to an otherwise slightly dull suit through to adding a degree of formality to casual clothes. Personally I am a die-hard stripey or houndstooth scar wearer. They can …

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AshleyHow to wear a scarf – and ten you’d look great in
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Brandish Christmas List #6 Ede & Ravenscroft stripey scarf and Reefer Jacket

When it comes to suiting and booting English gentlemen Ede & Ravenscroft tailoring are no johnny come latelys. The company has been in business since 1689, which as all the history buffs among you know that was so long ago William Of Orange was on the throne. These days the store has a great mix of traditional garments aimed at …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #6 Ede & Ravenscroft stripey scarf and Reefer Jacket
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Brandish Christmas List #2 Savile Rogue Cashmere Football Scarves

I have always found it surprising that football clubs haven’t cottoned on to the fact that not all of their fans want to be seen wearing cheap and rather nasty clothes and accessories. There’s clearly a whole group of fans who want to show their colours but wouldn’t be seen dead sporting the usual branded clobber that their team churns …

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AshleyBrandish Christmas List #2 Savile Rogue Cashmere Football Scarves