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Manchester United is using a £500,000 camera system to track players during training

First-year Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal (above) is shaking things up at the soccer club, but perhaps no change is getting more attention than the cameras that have stated popping up around the pitch. According to <i>ESPN</i>, roughly £500,000 of camera equipment has been set up at the club's …

Madrid: Dignity and Indignation

By Aaron Shulman<p>December 7, 2012<p>Since I moved to Spain two and a half years ago, my personal life has settled into a state of contentment I’d never …

Trick or tweet: the boy who hoaxed the football world

For five minutes, Sam Gardiner panicked. He had been rumbled: he wasn't Dominic Jones. He hadn't spent years as a football scout, going to games most nights, searching for that one-in-a-million prospect, getting home at 3am, as he once claimed in an article he had written. He wasn't now a reporter …

Yves Saint Laurent: the battle for his life story

In 2001, seven years before he died, Yves Saint Laurent agreed to be filmed by documentary-maker David Teboul for a rare behind-the-scenes look at his work. In the opening scene, watching a slideshow of family photographs, he grimaces: "<i>J'ai joué le 'grand couturier'</i>…" His voice is both sad and …

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How To Negotiate Your Salary

I mentioned to an advertising honcho friend of mine that I was thinking of writing a story on how to negotiate for the best salary in job interviews. My friend, who is in his 50s–we’ll call him Don–was inspired to write me a 10-point memo on how he’s done it. Don likes to play hardball.<p>Don’s tips …

Britain's rag trade revival

Once, we were fashion warriors. The land that gave the world the spinning jenny (a means of multispooling cotton that kickstarted the Industrial Revolution) was in the ascendancy for hundreds of years. When the decline came it was merciless. One by one the great manufacturers fled to Asia, where …

Two killed as more storms batter Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 32 people were rescued from a seaside restaurant on Friday as storms and strong winds battered Britain, adding more misery to areas already hit by widespread flooding and transport chaos.<p>Gales of up to 80 miles (129 kilometres) per hour and heavy rain …