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Why Retro Sportswear Is A Winner For Men

By James Brooks

We take sportswear for granted nowadays to the point where only a fraction of the clothing made by the big sportswear manufacturers is actually bought for performing athletic activities. Walk into a modern sports retailer and you’ll see hundreds of types and brands of trainers, tops, caps and trousers (and the occasional pair of shorts) that will probably never see a running track, football field or baseball diamond.

So it’s fair to conclude that sportswear is now so ingrained in our modern fashion sensibility that we hardly notice it any more, even when we are wearing it. Most of us own a pair of trainers as a comfortable way of getting from A to B on foot. While trainer purists will argue about the stitching and number of eyelets until doomsday, the rest of us will pull a half decent pair off the shelf, try them and buy them, taking care to leave our old pair on top of a bin somewhere public.

It’s tempting to think ‘sportswear as everyday wear’ as something dating back to the 1980s, with the ‘Scally’ look that emanated from Liverpool (city and football club) after their tours of Europe. For sure, this look did start a trend that spread to Manchester and then nationally, partly influenced by football moving about throughout the season. And briefly, it was the height of fashion.

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But let’s not forget that classic 50s and 60s male college fashion in the USA is largely divided between the sporty ones (often called jocks) and the intellectual or nerdy ones, especially when given the Hollywood treatment. Think of any film containing a 1950s college, and you’re sure to see at least one baseball jacket, but usually a group of mischief-makers wearing identical jackets bearing an admirable display of sewing skills. And they always get their comeuppance at the end, preferably with a truckload of manure. And wasn’t there a time in the 1920s when a pair of plus fours was the trouser to be seen in, on and off the greens?

Something about sportswear triggers certain emotions in men. Perhaps it’s a desire to show off their masculinity, or maybe it’s a sigh at what could have been. It shows allegiance to a clan, too, just as much as being an emo or a punk does. And although team football shirts are not seen quite as much as they were a decade ago, match day in any major city will produce thousands of walking billboards for the teams’ sponsors.

Retro sportswear could be the perfect compromise between maintaining a sporty air and not looking too much like a latter-day jock. Because of the rich history of sporty casual-wear, there’s plenty to choose from in most vintage clothing stores, much of which evokes a period when sport was less commercialised, less aggressive and played for the love of the game or the badge. The names and the logos of the top brands might have changed little over three or four decades, but a little retro sportswear in the wardrobe will tell the world that you’re a man who love s his sport, if not all the hype that comes with it.

About the Author: James is a sports fan at heart and his fashion taste has a similar direction. A classic t-shirt or jacket from a

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range can look very cool. Many of these sports wear items are now highly sought after in

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stores and James helps us understand why.


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What Is Learned On A Business Course?}

What is Learned on a Business Course?


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Sarah Maple-11606

BA Hons Business and Management offers a range of modules over three levels. During the first level, some institutions focus on Business Environment, taking in how the market economy functions, and study of the importance of trade on an international level and what the EU means to UK business. Level one modules also tend to teach the Fundamentals of Marketing – including branding and studies of consumer behaviour, Business Skills, Business Finance and Human Resource Management.

Second level study will build on the foundations established by level one. Project Management is a primary focus, with the aim of teaching students to be able to apply understanding of project management concepts and software, as well as additional study on outsourcing, IT and project closure. A move into business planning may occur during level two, applying study to financial management and its relationship with good organization and decision making. Further level two modules of study also include: Marketing and Sales Management, Operations Management, Leadership and Managing Teams, and Financial Decision Making.The final level of the Business and Management Degree will typically become more diverse and will encompass many areas. The first module is Business Management, in more depth students can learn about the importance of strategy and policy, whilst at the same time being given the opportunity to critically evaluate current working practices of management. At the modules close, students should then be able to, among other things, display understanding of correct strategies in appropriate contexts. Other modules tend to include Internet Marketing, Global Business Environment, Business Law, and Operations Management.Not only is Business and Management an increasingly popular and relevant subject currently, but studying online is growing in popularity. Online degree courses are easier to schedule around your life such as work and family. All study is done from home so transport costs could be lower, and it doesn’t matter where you are.

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Best Interior Design Software}

Submitted by: Donald Pang

Interior design requires an exceptional skill in drawing presentations since it will build the client’s first impression on the project. One has to be very keen in how he makes the outlines of the project, the material boards, and most importantly the perspective drawings which will serve as the client’s guide on how the outcome of the project will look like. Before hi-tech softwares were invented designers would spend most of their time working on the floor plan drawings, perspective sketches with the precise shadow blending and rendering, which eats up most of their time. Thanks to software innovations, a new and powerful software was created to help designers create the perfect floor plans, elevations and perspective presentations that could win them tons of clients, the Intericad.

Intericad was developed and dstributed by YuanFang Software (YFCAD) , specialists in interior design and furniture design software products, in Guangzhou China. They build softwares, such as Intericad, which is an all-in-one program capable of providing excellent and realistic drawing specially with perspective presentations and rendering.

The company has also come up with an intelligent marketing plan for these programs and, unfortunately for those software pirates, YFCAD has also found a way to contradict illegal software duplication, through using a USB as the software’s key to open the program when installed, without it, the program can’t be run and operated. It can only be shared by a few networked computers. Prices for this genious product are quite high, but compared to its long term value and capabilities, it’s more worth buying than wasting your time drawing and rendering perspectives all day. With YFCAD’s continous innovations and development of the Intericad software, just like mobile phones, previous versions of this program has their prices depreciating, so you can wait for their value to go down if you really want to get one of these neat sofwares.

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The software is built mainly for interior designers, offering more than 3000 furniture, vehicle models, and materials, they won’t have a hard time looking for what they would need to put into their designs as it’s already served for them by the software. You can also choose to expand your furniture library by downloading some 3D models available from their website, which, however, may come with a price.

Intericad can simply be compared to Autocad and The Sims, without the character simulation part, all rolled together into one. It’s the best software design tool for interior designers and even architects beacause, it definitely makes their life way easier than manually drawing plans and rendering perspective presentations.

The program has capabilities of producing floor plans and elevations just by making one perspective. It’s more user friendly and more realistic when it comes to 3d rendering capabilities. However you must need the Autocad as its base software so you can provide a detailed plan that will be used as a guide to build the 3-dimensional room views. Intericad is also more flexible when it comes to lighting manipulations and enables realistic manipulations of glare and light wattage.

With these softwares, there’s no more limits to what a designer can do. They have paved a way for designers to become even more bold and adventurous with the design, since they won’t be having a hard time trying to sketch and present it to clients. With just one click on the program, everything they need is completely served for them and for their clients.

About the Author: Donald Pang is the International Admissions Director of Raffles International Colleges. Start your interior design career with Raffles! We offer

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Boise State Football Helmet A History

By Donald Plunkett

No football team has captured America’s attention in recent years quite like the Boise State Broncos. A school that was just a junior college until 1967, shocked the world when it upset the University of Oklahoma in an overtime win of 43-42 in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The game featured trick plays, unbelievable comebacks, multiple lead changes, and a 2 point conversion in overtime on Statue of Liberty play. The program is not just defined by that game, however, as they returned to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (a BCS game) in 2010 and regularly finished ranked in the Top 25. They have also defeated a number of other Automatic Qualifier schools like Georgia and Virginia Tech.

Boise State’s first helmet as a 4 year university (Boise State College) was believed to be all orange with a blue stripe. It was later switched to all blue. In 1972, the team added a bronco head logo in an orange circle. The head was white with a blue mane and orange background. The logo was switched to a stylistic font in lowercase spelling b-s-u in 1974. Some form of this logo was in use all the way until 1996 with the exception of the period between 1976 and 1977. In 1976, the logo was radically changed. A bronco head in orange was plastered across the side with blue shadowing and a white outline. Frankly, it looked a little strange and not necessarily very menacing to opponents.

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The changes that happened between 1978 and 1996 did not have to do with the lowercase b-s-u logo. That stayed the same with its orange letters, white outline, curvy s, and unclosed b. The changes included going to a blue facemask instead of gray in 1980, then later to a white facemask with orange and white vertical stripes in 1987. The stripes were dropped in 1991. By 1997, it was time for a change and the word ‘Broncos’ replaced the b-s-u logo. This is somewhat similar to the Gators logo that you see today on the University of Florida helmet. This logo remained until 2002 when the modern day Boise State words, with the fierce looking bronco head built in and on top, came into being.

The modern day Boise State helmet has been about the same since 2002, with the exception of the facemask and special games helmets. The facemask went from white to gray in 2009. On a few occasions, the logo has been changed. The bronco head is greatly increased in size where it covers a large chunk of the Boise State football helmet. The words ‘Boise State’ are dropped altogether. The 2 variations of this include the blue background with grey and blue bronco head (and orange eye) which was worn against Virginia Tech in the 2010 season opener and Utah in the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, and a white helmet with blue and white bronco head (again with orange eye) which was worn against Georgia in the 2011 season opener in the Georgia Dome. These variations match up with well with Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms to give them a modern, edgy look.

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