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Mod fashion and style / Re: "Slouch suits" a new low.
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:59:39 AM »
Let me get this right.
I can't buy a pair of trousers from Suit Supply, that don't taper like a pair of "tights", yet this is the option they've come up with???! :o

I'm sure this is aimed at the hipster crowd who now sport loafers w/o socks and trousers hemmed 3 inches too short...

General music chat / Re: Weller Q&A
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:17:18 PM »

But in fairness to the modfather, that's an unsolvable paradox that lies in the heart of the mod scene after the 60s. That's why, being honest with myself, I'd rather be called a "trad" than a "mod", as I unashamedly embrace the nostalgia elements and don't care too much for that ambiguous "forward thinking" that many mods invoke while dressing in a 1964 accurate italian top.
"Trad" is a good description, but I've determined I can't pull off that look, so I'm leaning more toward the "Fwd Thinking" look that the elders like Weller and Watts (and even M. Freeman) are sporting.
As far as his music being "90% guitar based", that's kind of like saying Coltrane's entire catalog was "90% Sax based" ;D.
It's not the instrument, it's how you use it, IMO  :D.

General music chat / Re: Weller Q&A
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:00:32 PM »
Nostalgia's got no future, has it. I'm quite amazed at how nostalgic everyone's become culturally, in the last 10 years or so. I can only think it's people clinging to that in uncertain times. Maybe something to do with that. But in the past when we've gone through times like this it's normally thrown up new kinds of music as opposed to looking back - this is probably the first time in my life that we haven't done that. People find safety in what they grew up on. I can understand that to a point, but I just wanna hear new stuff as well. If all I had was listening to my old records - which I love - I'd be a bit disappointed really.

Totally agree mr weller although most mods seemingly don't agree.

I completely get where he's at on this, it's what also makes him "persona non grata", to a lot of mods nowadays.... ::)

Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:19:24 PM »
I'd agree that the zip pocket spoils what is a decent looking coat/mac. It's funny a mate of mine just got a lovely BENNETON one in the ever popular TK MAXX last week. Very 60s Spy type of thing and only 25 too.

Well, Benetton is hit-or-miss, like a lot of mid-priced high street brands. I remember a lovely black cardie with white piping made by them I bought maybe 10 years ago in Bordeaux; their last season peacoat didn't look half bad either.

Laird, I'm pro pockets!! That is, in polos, BD shirts, even jumpers. But I don't like chest pockets in macs or overcoats, much less if they sport a zip.

I think I have an explanation....
Someone messed up. that zipped pocket was supposed to be on the INSIDE  :o

Scoots and scootering / Re: Lambretta carb alternatives?
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:26:01 AM »
I have the SH2/22 Scootopia re-pop Delorto on a 150 cc motor with a Mugali 188 kit and Ancilotti exhaust.
I've been up and down with trying to dial it in, for all intents, it seems like an exact copy of my vintage Delorto SH 20 so I'm still sticking with it. I think my issues have to do more with the combination of the modifications to my motor.
If you're going to use it on a stock 200 set up motor, that carb should be good right out of the box. toss the jetex

Scoots and scootering / Re: Electric Quazzar
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:36:17 PM »
surprised Vespa hasn't come out with an electric one yet

In fact they have, Mike, due to appear this year. But nothing to write home about in the aesthetic department:

It's a modern looking bike, looks like a new Vespa which doesn't bother me.
 Better than those Asian mass market scooters that look like the illegitimate child of a "Transformer" and a Nike sneaker, IMO.

Scoots and scootering / Re: Electric Quazzar
« on: September 08, 2018, 03:40:43 PM »
surprised Vespa hasn't come out with an electric one yet

Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:26:53 AM »
Found these on the website of Claudio , I think they look very good, a mix of leather and suede but a wee bit out of my price range for a pair of , er trainers. .nevertheless. .

I was looking at those shoes too, Simon.... don't really need another pair, but those would be a nice addition.

Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:07:21 AM »
I'm maybe biased here, since I work for BB (and get a decent discount), but 99% of my dress shirts are from them.
I have trouble fitting into most other shirts, have to size up my collar 1-1.5 sizes just to get my arms trough the sleeves on other shirts (then most times, the sleeve length is usually too short,too).

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