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Arsenal update: if not Morata then who? Remy? Benteke? Berbatov?

By Stefano on December 4th, 2013

Well the Alvaro Morata to Arsenal story didn’t last that long did it? Several sources are saying that Arsene Wenger has no interest in the player who was apparently heading for a few months on loan to provide back up for Olivier Giroud.

There are still plenty of names being linked with Arsenal. Pato – though that seems very unlikely – and this morning Paul-Georges Ntep. However it does feel as if there is a lot more journalistic guesswork going on than hard actual facts.

There is still a school of thought that suggests that Arsenal don’t need a striker and that Wenger wouldn’t buy one anyhow. With Walcott back, Podolski in light training and Sanogo back soon (Wenger namechecked him again this week) maybe the team have that forward berth covered.

Surely though if the Gunners go into the second half of January either leading the Premiership or in striking distance of the top two clubs it would be madness for Wenger not to invest in his squad.

So who would fit the bill? Here are a few suggestions

Christian Benteke – The perennial suggestion. Pros are that he could play in the Champions League and has a good record of scoring in the Premiership. On the downside his form hasn’t been quite as scintillating this season as the last. There’s a bit more buzz about him moving to Arsenal today.

Loic Remy - I thought that the Frenchman would have been a perfect back up for Giroud, and could have been bought relatively cheaply. It seems though that Wenger who has expressed an interest in the striker, may have been put off by his personal situation. That seems to have resolved itself, while Remy has been banging them in for fun at loan club Newcastle. Quite how it would work if Arsenal bought him in the window is anyone’s guess because of the loan deal, but I am sure that the three clubs could sort it out if there was a will on all sides.

Paul-Georges Ntep – The Auxerre striker has also been making noises about a prem move but suggest that he doesn’t want to come to sit on the bench. He has been a bit of a revelation this season and it would provide excellent cover for his fellow Frenchman, but I wonder if he is more one for the future than for this window. This year’s Wilfried Bony? Maybe?

Edin Dzeko – Still a long shot as Pellegrini has stated several times he wants to keep the Bosnian and only stupid clubs let their strikers go to Premiership rivals (!), but I do wonder if Wenger could pull off a loan deal for the player who has been a long term target.

Dimitar Berbatov – Not as daft as it sounds, as he could do a job and not upset Giroud too much. He might not be as mobile as he once was (mind you was he mobile ever?) but he is a great finisher and think of the service he’ll get. Cheap loan deal, can play in Champs League etc Long shot but you never know.

Anyhow – who do you think Wenger should add to the mix?



Accessories, Football

Arsenal update: Higuain deal close, Payet buzz, Villa off to Spurs?

By Stefano on June 24th, 2013

There is still no hard news coming out of Madrid this morning, which means that several news sites are running with ‘Gonzalo Higuain deal gets even closer’ type stories. At least a couple of sites have claimed that an Arsenal entourage are in Madrid and that Wenger may be jetting out to join them soon.

Goal also says that Higuain’s father has confirmed that talks between Real Madrid and potential suitors Arsenal and Juventus are at an “advanced stage” regarding the striker’s transfer.

Gunners officials have travelled to Madrid in order to finalise a move for the 25-year-old with Arsene Wenger’s side looking to tie up a deal for just over €20 million, while the Spanish club are looking for a figure of over €25m. The Premier League club have already agreed a contract with Higuain that will start with a wage of €115,000-a-week.

The reason why the deal hasn’t go through is largely believed to be because Real Madrid are without a manager at the moment. So it may take a week more before it all gets finalised.

Meanwhile Touchlinetalk has the lowdown on another key Arsenal target Florent Dimitri Payet. The site runs through the career history of the Frenchman who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder. Payet is said to be a selfless player on the pitch and notched up a very impressive 18 assists at Lile this eason. He can however have his immature moments too highlighted by his altercation with former teammate Blaise Matuidi and failing to turn up to training. It will be interesting to see how this on pans out.

Finally it seems that Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona’s David Villa has dwindled away to nothing. According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo on Monday morning Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has instructed new director of football Franco Baldini to close a deal for Villa.

The disappointment for Villa is that Spurs can’t offer the player Champions League football, this season anyhow. Arsenal can give the player that platform but seem to have lost interest in signing the prolific Barca striker.



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This summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

Ever wondered why the plimsoll is called that? According to Nicholette Jones’ book The Plimsoll Sensation in the 1870s it got the name because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. So just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole the wearer would get wet.

So now we’re officially in summer, we can safely get out our plimsolls! (and hopefully avoid trench foot following a British summer…)

So much cooler than trainers, here’s our top ten plimsolls to step out in this summer.

Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Vulc Low Washed Red Imperial £65

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Heritage sports inspired suede shoes, designed as part of the Bradley Wiggins Collection for Fred Perry. The soft, washed suede upper features a six eyelet fastening and a two colour stripe detail on the tongue. The low vulcanised rubber sole has decorative webbing around the side wall and a table tennis bat inspired tread pattern. Finished with a specially designed stripe tape and Fred Perry badge at the back of the heel. Office



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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

By Stefano on June 19th, 2013

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has it ever gone to plan?

Oddly enough there’s a bit of trend in cricketing garb at the moment. Maybe it is just our penchant for white canvas style shoes or possibly the revival of Great Gatsby era flannels, but there is plenty of cricket influenced fashion in both indie stores and on the high street as well as specialist cricket emporiums.

Here then is what to wear this fabulous cricketing summer. Howzat!

John Smedley Bart Retro 60’s Cricket Jumper £150

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The cricket jumper isn't just for sporty types. It is a Mod wardrobe staple. This 'Bart' Mens V-Neck cricket jumper by John Smedley comes in a cool Vintage ice cream (beige) colour way. Chunky Retro tipping to the low V-neck in purple and Vintage plum. Sixties Mod style fine cable knit detailing throughout. Made from Sea Island Cotton. Atom Retro



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How to dress like Jay ‘The Great’ Gatsby

By Stefano on June 10th, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed The Great Gatsby is back in the cinemas again with Leonardo Di Caprio playing the doomed title role alongside his Daily Buchanan, in this instance Carey Mulligan.

Given that the director is Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet fame the film is not surprisingly rather stylised with much of the fashions that featured in the original 1974 Robert Redford movie cranked up to the max.

Fortunately the 1920s wasn’t a bad look for men, so with that in mind you if you do fancy pretending that you are the king of Long Island here is a jacket and few accessories to help you achieve that look.

Incidentally The Great Gatsby sold very poorly when it was first released. It wasn’t until after Fitzgerald’s death – at the insanely young age of 44 – that soldiers returning from World War two began to read the novel, and not until the 50s when it was first acclaimed an American classic.

Jigsaw Cotton Linen Gabardine Blazer £265

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Single-breasted jacket in Italian cotton and linen gabardine blend. Features flap and welt pockets, functioning button cuffs and a double back vent. Complete the look with the co-ordinating Gabardine trousers also available. Jigsaw



Accessories, features, music

The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

By Stefano on June 5th, 2013

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist.

So without further ado – here you go.

The Sudden Death Of Stars – I’ll Be There - One of the stand out tracks from the French psychsters ace new album Getting Up, Going Down which is out on June 10 via Ample Play. Love the subtle strings and the Rupert’s People vintage 60s organ.

Hounds Tooth – Canary Island - Lovely summery slice of floaty psych from the Portland US based band. Love that extended guitar coda. Their album Ride Out The Dark” will be out in July on No Quarter Records

The Magnetic Mind – Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun – Really exciting new North London band whose debut single is the nearest thing anyone has ever come to The Peanut Butter Conspiracy in four decades. Bet they are amazing live.

The Shadow Kabinet – Nostalgia For The Future – Lovely floaty psych from the always superb Shadow Kabinet. The Camden band’s new album – this is the title track – is out on high quality download is already gaining some amazing reviews.

The Young Sinclairs – Engineer Man – The Virginia based folk rockers have made a series of great albums and singles. On Engineer Man they add a Who/Powder power pop undercurrent. It is available as a vinyl single with the equally excellent Problems – very soon

The Parlour Flames – Manchester Rain - The new band of Vinny Peculiar (who was responsible for the third best ever song with Louise in the title - which is a massive compliment) and Bonehead once of Oasis. This is one of many 60s influenced tracks on the pair’s inspired debut album.

Morgan Delt – Barbarian Kings – Syd Barrett/Electric Prunes influenced dreamy psych with a killer chorus from the mysterious Morgan Delt. The band’s six track mini album Psychic Death Hole is a hugely trippy affair.

West Coast Gnome – As Real As Real - Inspired cover of The Three O’Clock’s 80s classic As Real As Real by the paisley shirted gnome from America’s west coast. There are some great tunes on his Soundcloud page that hover somewhere between The Searchers and British 80s jangle pop.

Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – Black Lady - A key track from another album that a lot of psych fans seem very excited about. Heaven’s Gateway Drugs certainly know a thing or two about making the most of The Brian Jonestown Massacre songbook. The album, which you can hear on Spotify, is very strong and has a hint of British 80s bands Like The Stone Roses too.

The Solar System – Surveillance Cam - Chris Oliver has been making some intriguing lo-fi psych for a while now. With this new release he has a proper band in tow and has delivered his best selection of tunes so far. The title track mixes an uplifting melody with some lovely Beach Boys style harmonies and a bonkers guitar.

and finally…

Hidden Masters – Nobody Knows That We’re Here - Very fine Scottish band who may have just issued the best psych album so far this year in Of This & Other Worlds. You never know quite what will happen in a Masters song. This one has a whiff of both Dantalion’s Chariot and The Mike Stuart Span.

No embeds but you can listen to the song here.

 



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Style – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more

By Stefano on June 5th, 2013

Grey tape striped flat cap £22

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With navy tape style trim and contrasting centre stripes. Metal logo detail to the side. Debenhams

In case you hadn’t noticed the sun has suddenly decide to grace us with its presence which is great news for everyone, except for those of us who are folically challenged.

It is now the time of year when hat wearing shifts from begin a quirky affectation to a necessity.

Fortunately there’s a pretty good selection in the stores at the moment ranging from classic flat caps to straw boaters and Fedoras for those lounging by the river pretending to be an extra in Brideshead type moments – oh that’s just me then…



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Style Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide

By Stefano on May 20th, 2013

With summer fast approaching (- or due to make an appearance any time now) your look is not complete without a set of shades. With so many different styles to choose from and plenty of good High Street versions at a fraction of the cost, some of the coolest ones right now have got to be retro inspired ones. Sunglasses have become iconic items in fashion terms, with certain styles becoming synonymous with particular famous people in history; From James Dean, Gregory Peck, to Roy Orbison and Karl Lagerfeld (- and not forgetting Tom Cruise in Top Gun, if we have to…) here’s our top 12 cool retro picks…

Jeepers Peepers Sunglasses £18

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Jeepers Peepers black plastic flat brow frame sunglasses with silver pips. Top Man

 



Accessories, Football

Some tricky decisions for Alan Pardew and Newcastle for the West Ham game

By Stefano on May 3rd, 2013

Following an embarrassing 6-0 hammering by Liverpool, and after a week where newspapers were warned against revealing the extent of Newcastle’s dressing room tensions, this weekend’s trip to West Ham feels like a particularly important game for Alan Pardew.

Newcastle are now in 17th, just one point away from the drop-zone. They could do without further selection issues, but the suspension of Mathieu Debuchy following his unnecessary dismissal against Liverpool last Saturday gives Pardew with another selection headache at right-back. Luckily, he has a variety of options in that position, Danny Simpson is apparently fit after a couple of injury lay-offs, but James Perch and Vurnon Anita appear more likely to be selected in defence.

Perch has been fielded in the centre of midfield recently, but it probably makes sense for him to be shifted to his natural position at right-back. He’ll be up against West Ham’s left-winger Matt Jarvis, and while Perch can struggle against intelligent movement, he’s decent when battling against tricky but predictable players like Jarvis.

This would allow Anita to come into the side in the centre of midfield, although Pardew might name both players on the team-sheet, and we’ll still be unaware of precisely where they’ll play, as the duo are capable of playing in either position.

But Pardew will also be aware of Andy Carroll’s presence upfront against his former side; he’ll primarily be battling against the centre-backs, but he might also draw wide to meet diagonal balls, and while Perch isn’t the tallest, he’s got five inches on 5’6 Anita.

This post courtesy of Pick Our Team is by Michael Cox. PickOurTeam is a new type of football community giving fans an opportunity to have a meaningful say on the formation and selection of their team. PickOurTeam is the voice of the fans – collecting views on who should play where and ratings on how the players, manager, and referee perform each week. Every match the findings are compiled and presented back to the fans. The article was originally posted here.

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Andy Warhol Pepe Jeans Campbell Soup Jacket

By Stefano on April 15th, 2013

Campbells Soup Jacket £129.99

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Ok, so the Pop Art spotlight is very much on Roy Lichtenstein at the moment what with his retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.

But when it comes to a style/art crossover then there’s only one pop art name that counts, and that’s Andy Warhol.

There are literally hundreds of Warhol’s prints available on t-shirts – check this lot out - but if you want something different how about this Pepe Jeans jacket which I spotted at Atom Retro and is part of the The Andy Warhol Collection from PJ.

It is a very striking looking blue jacket with a zip, 60s style collar and side pockets, But best of all is the lining which is a very cool reworking of the famous Campbell Soup Warhol print.

It sells here for £129.99.

Click on for some more Warhol inspired clothing



Accessories, Grooming

Science of Shaving: we check out Gillette’s cutting edge technology

By shinychris on March 20th, 2013

High Speed filmingEvery morning dozens of men visit the Gillette Research and Development Labs in Reading just to shave. There they are watched by scientists through two way mirrors in little booths to see how exactly how they perform the act.

“Everyone is different,” explains Troy Nimrick, Director, Gillette, Global Blades and Razors R+D . “Some take just around 100 brush strokes and are finished in a couple of minutes, others take over 700 brush strokes and are shaving for over 20 minutes.”

Everything about the way these men shave is measured from the pressure they apply when holding a razor (anywhere from 100 grammes to 1Kg) to the angle of the blade as it comes across their face. Apparently, some men even drag the razor across their lips when shaving which, considering it is many times sharper than a scalpel, shows a little too much faith in the product for my liking.

“It’s just as well everyone is different, otherwise they wouldn’t need us,” jokes Troy before taking a group of journalists from all over Europe off to the labs where around 120 people are responsible for bringing us the latest cutting edge technologies (get it?).

3D Motion Capture

Unfortunately we’re banned from using mobile phones and digital cameras on the premises (they say it’s because of fears of chemical combustion but I notice staff members have their own mobiles so can only assume they are paranoid we are going to run off and sell their industrial secrets to Remington or Bic). So instead it’s back to the good old days of notebook and pen! Nevertheless it’s a surprisingly interesting day – who would have thought that so much could go into producing the humble razor?

Rapid prototyping facilityIncluded is a visit to a 3D Motion Capture department where users are fitted with sensors on their skin like those used for special effects in movies or video games to see how they move their arm when they shave, how they hold the razor and how they move it across their face.

The results are then plotted on a computer screen, analysed and shared with other departments including design to ensure the optimum shaped razor is produced for all types of users. There’s even a 3D printing department (see image left) that can make prototype razors out of polymers for testing and which one day may be sophisticated enough to produce the razors themselves.

Jelly face

While the adverts tend to show hi-tech graphics where the blade chops through straight hairs like a woodcutter ploughing through a dense, flat forest of trees at high speed, the reality of shaving is actually very different and a lot more gruesome. Using advanced filming techniques at 30,000 frames per second (compared to 25 frames for standard film and TV), Gillette is able to see exactly how the blade interacts with the skin.

“It’s a bit like trying to cut copper wire in jello (jelly),” explains Gillette’s Troy Nimrick. Hairs, which are very tough, grow out of the skin at all sorts of strange angles and even when the first blade tries to cut through them the chances are it won’t take them out completely. Wetting the skin prior to shaving is essential because it makes the hair a lot less brittle and easier to cut through but it’s still clear that multiple blades are better than one.

Whether that means you need to have five blades is another matter. Gillette introduced its first five blade razor, the Gillette Fusion, back in 2005. And while some cynics at the time were critical of the need for five blades, and the high cost of the blades, Gillette insists the solution was technologically far superior than its predecessors.

“We only ever introduce products where our research shows that twice as many people like the new design more than the old,” insists Troy Nimrick. Interestingly, Gillette points out that the patent for the first five blade razor was actually filed by Italian Mino Pelizzola back in 1929, but it has taken this long for the technology to catch up with the concept – in particular the ability to produce multiple blades in a single device which are close enough together for an optimum cut (apparently just 1.05mm between the blades).

Style and sensitivity

Though Gillette remains tight lipped on what’s next for the humble razor it’s clear that products which style facial hair – as well as other hairs on the body – are one key area of development. Launched last year in time for prostate cancer fundraiser, Movember, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Style was developed in conjunction with Braun Technologies and is a powered razor designed to capitalise on the trend for more sculpted facial hair (as opposed to the old straggly beard look).

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Another important focus for Gillette is sensitive skinned men. Once seen as something only women suffered from (or at least admitted to), sensitive skin is clearly a massive problem for men too.

Approximately 70 per cent of men wet shave on a regular basis with 52 per cent admitting to doing so less often as a result of having problems with sensitive skin. While perhaps not surprisingly Australia has the lowest number of men ‘admitting’ to sensitive skin (around 50 per cent) this figure rises to around 60 per cent for men in the UK, over 70 per cent of men in Russia, Poland and Spain and over 80 per cent of Italian men. Environmental factors such as UV, wind and cold are seen are seen as the major contributing factors as is stress.

Gillette Fusion Silver Touch

As a sufferer of sensitive skin myself I thought I’d try Gillette’s latest solution to the problem: a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Silver Touch razor. I was also supplied with more tubs of cream than the wife has around the side of the bath – and that’s a lot.  As well as the sensitive skin shave gel there’s also Sensitive Balm and Moisturiser (though I must admit I couldn’t bring myself to use the Moisturiser because it just sounds, well, too girly to me). What’s really good about the razor, apart from that it’s much easier to get out the box than previous Fusion Razors that I’ve used thanks to recycled packaging, is that it is powered with a single Duracell AA battery (included).

Although I think wet-shave razors give you a much cleaner shave than electric shavers, I’ve always been a bit wary of them thinking they are going to scrape half my face off. Which is why I tend to shave infrequently, usually only a couple of times a week at the most. To me the Fusion Silver Touch seems like a good solution to the problem. It has the five blades of the Gillette Fusion (actually six if you count the one on the back which you can use for your nasal hair – I only just found that out). But because it’s powered you don’t have to press so hard on your face to shave the hairs off. It’s a bit like the difference between a standard toothbrush and a decent electric tooth brush. And what’s more at around £10-£15 it’s not much more in price than a standard non-powered razor (there is a manual version of the same razor for those who don’t like the electrical noise/feel).

I have to say I was pretty impressed. I thought the manual Fusion was a good razor when it came out a few years ago, but always a little rough on my skin especially when tackling a few days growth. In contrast, the Silver Touch seemed to chop through a week’s growth in an instant and didn’t feel rough at all.  I didn’t even have to hold the razor that hard for it to work well. I still can’t imagine shaving every day – it’s such a chore and blades are so expensive- but at least I’ve found a razor that works really well and doesn’t leave me feeling like a Ronnie red face!

 



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Dress like Steve McQueen – Barbour unveils new range

By Stefano on March 6th, 2013

It is incredible to think that almost 35 years after his sad and premature death that Steve McQueen remains one of the most recognisable and iconic Hollywood stars.

Barbour certainly thinks McQueen is a legend. The British brand has been adding to its McQueen inspired range.

In keeping with McQueen’s on (and off) screen persona it is tough clothing that you’d expect to wear as you hare round the Mojave desert on a bike.

How this translate to waiting at a bus stop in Romford remains to be seen, but hey we can all aspire.

It is, as you’d expect from Barbour, high quality clobber made from tough durable materials. Some of the items are distressed to accentuate that tough guy look. You can make your own minds up about these.

There are however a few less expensive items that might appeal to film buffs. Here’s a selection,but you can see whole load more here.

Sunblast Jacket £329.95

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This is A7 motorcycle jacket which according to Barbour has the dried out appearance of being in the intense heat of the Mojave Desert.



Accessories, Health & Fitness, Sport

Flyknit Experience: We test out the new Nike Lunar 1+ in a running ‘flash mob’ along The Thames

By shinychris on March 5th, 2013

Nike Flyknit launch

If you started running a few years ago, when it was still disparagingly referred to as jogging, you know how heavy trainers used to be – like wearing lead weights on your feet. Not any more. Manufacturers are literally tripping over each other to bring the latest lightweight fabric technologies to our feet.  Last month saw the arrival of the Adidas Boost, now it’s the turn of Nike with the latest incarnation of its Flyknit technology.

Unlike some trainers which are made out of several pieces of fabric, the selling point of the latest Flyknit Lunar 1+ running shoes, is that they are made out of a single piece of fabric. This, Nike claims, helps to reduce friction and keeps the weight down because there isn’t any need for stitching or glue. Certainly the Flyknit Lunar 1+ trainers I ran in at the Nike event at London’s Somerset House were very lightweight indeed (just a shade of 200 grammes). But they were also very comfortable too. This is partly down to the ‘steam-before-you- sprint’ service where the trainers are placed in a steamer for 30 seconds before wearing them for the first time so they are moulded to your feet correctly. But it’s also due to the Lunarlon midsole that gives you extra spring in your step.

To test out the Lunar1+ running shoes, Nike had advertised for a group of runners via Facebook to take part in the ‘Flyknit Experience’. So off we went in a big gang, running along the banks of the Thames along with British middle distance runner, Hannah England (World Championship Silver Medallist, 1500m). It was all good fun, like a giant running flash mob, armed with neon coloured batons. Up we went onto the Millennnium Bridge, running up the steps to the theme tune to Rocky then across the bridge (thankfully no longer wobbly) up to Waterloo and back round to Somerset House on the north bank near Temple. Along the way several activities were planned, most of which seemed to involve shouting and screaming and waving our batons in the air – no wonder  pedestrians seemed to scatter in fear, as over 100 Nike-clad runners approached at speed.

Nike Flyknit pink and blackGiven that before the Nike run, I hadn’t actually been running for a month because of a football related foot injury I actually felt pretty good at the end of it. Whether that was because of the Nike trainers, or the thrill of running around central London on a crisp, clear night I don’t know. But one thing is for sure: the Flyknit Lunar 1+ running shoes felt very comfortable. As they are so light weight I thought running on the pavements may have taken their toll on my legs, but in fact they felt really bouncy too, giving me an extra spring in my step.

Obviously with a price tag of £140 they aren’t exactly cheap. But for serious running enthusiasts, especially those who belong to running clubs, they are a very sensible investment indeed. And while the pink and black pair I tried out wouldn’t be my first choice of colour, there are several colour ways to suit different tastes.

To find about more about the technology of the shoe see our interview with Nike product ‘Ekin’ (a product manager who knows Nike back to front, geddit) Sam Adams.

Sorry it’s a little dark (and pink) but it was late by the time we finished our run.

And here you can see my pair of Nike Lunar 1+ coming out of the steamer, before putting them on before my first run. Looks great doesn’t it, like they’ve been cryogenically frozen for thousands of years and are just seeing daylight for the first time!

You can see Hannah England, Silver medalist, World Championship 1500m talking about Nike and her training regime here.



Accessories, Gifts

Oakley and The Macallan launch the ultimate (indestructible) Whisky Flask

By Stefano on March 4th, 2013

Now you might have thought that creating a whisky flask was a largely straightforward job. It is not though when you get high-end luxury whisky brand The Macallan and sports equipment specialist Oakley Inc together and get them to rewrite the flask design book.

The pair have been working together to hatch this – just called The Flask – which they claim is ‘the ultimate auxiliary tool for the aspiring single malt whisky aficionado which creates the definitive solution for the industrious and active gentleman.’And we think might just be a work of design genius.

From the release it sounds like The Macallan tasked Oakley with the job of coming up with the ultimate whisky flask – one that had a unique design, but would also include materials that enhanced the whisky’s subtle flavours and aromas.

It also had to be really really tough to withstand the pressures put on it during testing – see the ever so slightly bizarre video to see exactly what they put it through – not nice.

They did an amazing job too. Take the inner flask which is apparently made ‘laser welded and made of food grade steel is wrapped in carbon fibre composite as well as treated to an intensive passivation and electro-polishing procedure.’ Or the outer casing which sports ‘black anodized 5-axis machined aerospace grade Aluminium.’

There’s also ‘a rubberised bottom for non-skid grip to a small rectangular air vent on the side of the funnel to allow for ventilation.’

Even the The Flask’s cap is apparently ‘double sprung to allow for effortless drinking, so it maintains an appropriate distance from the mouthpiece when in use for optimum enjoyment and allows for smooth open and close action.’

I am not entirely sure what a lot of that means – but it sure sounds impressive…

All that and it can survive being dropped from a helicopter.

The only downside… It’ll cost you £600 to own one.

The Macallan are always doing interesting things – like this collaboration with Peter Blake from last year.

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Accessories, Style, Style Safari

Style Safari – Fred Perry Barrel Bag

By Stefano on January 22nd, 2013

Still agonising over whether you need a bag to lug all your gear around? Well I’d get over it. How else are you going to transport your iPad, Kindle, various chargers – and maybe even the odd book or mag if you are old school?

One option that more and more blokes seem to be adopting are medium sized Barrel bags. These are the smaller versions of the the kit bags that you used to put your footy stuff in back in your fourth form days.

There’s now a good range that are suitably stylish, classically retro and big enough to accommodate a load of gadgets.

I love this Navy one from Fred Perry that has just gone on sale via The End. It not only has a striking Blue and Beige finish, but there’s a load of little details too like the Embossed Laurel Logo Stud and the small zip pocket at one end.

You can buy it now for £55. its is also available in grey and yellow and there are also a pair of Fred Perry shoulder bags that sell for £45.




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