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Eddie Izzard proves that comedians can run

Eddie Izzard is a quirky comedian who has recently carved out a successful Hollywood film career (his latest film is 'Valkyrie' with Tom Cruise). He has a reputation for many things, but running was not one of them. That has all changed with today's news that he has just run ...

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Is this the world’s first free gym?

Any club owner that is presently charging rather ‘flabby’ looking prices for members to visit a rather mediocre gym, please look away now. Membership at Equinox, the 8-club Danish chain is now free. Well almost free. There is a one-time joining fee of £117 (134 euros), but thereafter, use of ...

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The day Liverpool Street Station erupted into spontaneous dance

This is the day when spontaneous dance broke out among commuters at Liverpool Street station. OK, so it's a staged commercial by T-Mobile, but how inventive. When I last looked, this had been viewed over 13 million times and more than 12,000 people had left comments. Now, that's what I would ...

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Esporta health clubs have a new owner

Members and staff connected to Esporta will be pleased to read that Société Générale (Soc Gen) has now acquired the premium health and racquets brand. Esporta's 55 clubs now become a wholly owned Société Générale subsidiary company. The sale comes just before the August 2009 expiry of the administration order ...

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What UK consumers think about long-term health club contracts

Recently, I was trying out the new web-based survey service from Toluna and wanted to understand more about what UK consumers felt about long-term (3-year) gym contracts. I asked 2,000 UK consumers a series of five questions. This graph illustrates their preference for five different price scenarios ranging from a simple ...

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Goodbye Esporta – it’s been fun

Tracy, my partner, has said goodbye to her long-standing Esporta health club membership. She and her work colleagues have just been put on a short working week as the recession starts to bite. It's a shame as she has enjoyed the club for many years. The £83 monthly fee won't ...

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Halfords bike sales power ahead from Beijing bounce

Following Team GB's cycling success in Beijing when they won a total of 14 Olympic medals, bike sales at Halfords has been impressive. The company now sells in excess of one million bikes a year and has just announced like-for-like sales growth for the period ending March 2009. This means ...

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Fast food outlet closed down for being too close to school

Children were dramatically saved this week from a fast food outlet when London police and council staff closed down an illegal takeaway that had opened close to a local school. The shop breached guidelines that prohibit fast-food outlets from opening up near to parks and schools? Rather than demonising some foods, ...

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