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« on: February 12, 2019, 07:23:31 PM »
Hi all. Great news with Adam and JTG sponsoring this place for us all. Absolute legendary stuff and also Rod's offers too. Class. Now we look as if it will be plain sailing on calm seas for at least a year there isn't so much need for the 'safety net' we put in place over at FB. However I am keeping it open for emergencies and if people just want to dob in if they can't get in touch with people here for whatever reason. Certainly over the last few days with the messaging I've done I've learnt you can't send more than 5 messages in an hour. I believe everyone who voiced an interest is now in there but anyone who wanted to join for the above reasons do give me a shout. Panic over. Normal transmissions to be resumed. Again though hats off and clasped hands to Dave. Thanks mate.

General music chat / SPIDER-JAZZ Music from the 60s Spider-Man Cartoon!!
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:57:27 PM »

Blimey guys very excited about this. Kids in the UK will first have been introduced to the show in the early 1970s. However it was a good five or six years old at that stage having been screened in the US in the 1960s. Done on the cheap with library music to add atmosphere rather than specific composers I always loved the quirky Jazzy music even as a kid. Worked superbly well. Given the source for much of the music a guy over here describes in the link how and why he came to get this LP together. Of course now like a few of us I have a little bit of an ear for jazzy 60s music with keyboards and flute, sax etc despite not being an afficianado of any sort. Can't wait to hear it all again whilst thumbing through some vintage comics.

« on: February 01, 2019, 11:39:04 AM »
Sat 9 Feb on the Beeb is the final part of the Bowie 'FIVE YEARS' documentary trilogy. Fantastic Radio Times cover to bring it to the public's attention too. Covering in part, what many consider as, Bowie 'The Mod Years' so sure to be of interest to those here with even only a passing interest in him. For me it is a must watch. The jewel in the crown of the production sounds like a previously thought to be lost LIFT OFF WITH AYSHEA (Remember that guys!) performance considered to be the first telly appearance of Bowie in the Ziggy persona. Can't wait.

« on: January 17, 2019, 11:50:02 AM »
Not sure if there is a TV tie-in advertising campaign but in todays paper, METRO, there is a full page ad in a supermarket aisle with a Mod lad and '60s 'Bird' on a scooter. A bit naff really but interesting to see it is a recognisable image that even modern advertising folk feel is relevant and worthy of use. It is meant to promote the prices are so good they could be from the 1960s I guess.

« on: August 28, 2018, 12:50:54 PM »
So, one of the big weekends for guys and gals into our stuff has come and gone once again. I understand there was stuff going on in Worthing, gigs in London, Brighton of course and the usual fun and games on IOW. How did it go for those who attended any of the events? My weekend was a bit quieter than usual as family stuff kept us away from staying over as we usually do but we did get down to Brighton Saturday evening. Small Fakers at Pryzm a new venue for me at least. Early start to allow the venue to get in the usual 'raving teenage' punters at 10.30 but it actually suited me and my other half. The Fakers have a couple of members who do a Who 'Mod Years' tribute too and they acted as support. I know tributes aren't to all tastes but I think most agree these guys are something else. Great gig and crowd although it has to be said they attract a little bit of what some would call 'Comedy' elements. However it never detracted from my enjoyment as these sort generally keep themselves to themselves and just want to enjoy themselves. After that we were off to Dave Edwards' SEA-SIDEWINDER. (D'ya see what he did there?). Great music from Dave, Paul Anderson, Eddie Piller and other usual suspects. Great across the board stuff from the obscure to the obvious but to me that is what provides the best entertainment. The venue is usually a pizza place I think but tables were cleared for the night and it was a packed house. Even though we were there just a few hours I had the chance to meet pals and even have a bit of a dance. So! What about the rest of you guys?

Mod fashion and style / I'M ONE OF THE CARDIE-GANG!
« on: February 23, 2018, 07:16:37 PM »
As discussed of late the whole controversy surrounding the dreaded, or not, Cardigan amongst our merry band. Not much of a picture poster as you know but wanted to show, I hope, that even a fella in his mid 50s can pull off a cardie without looking too much like a Grandad. As promised to GS the Smart Weston vintage corduroy fronted one. Then a GUS from ART GALLERY both accompanied with a Mikkell Rude shirt and LVC 501s. Then a cheap as you like eBay Shawl Collar about 20 a few years back with a Uniqlo sweat. Finally a Zara zipper cardie that I liked as it reminded me a bit of the ones from OUR MAN FLINT but finding it increasingly reminds me of a 'Casual' trackie top. Anyhow cardies for every occassion and not just Christmas!

« on: January 30, 2018, 01:16:02 PM »
Michael Caine is fronting a new documentary to be released in a month or so. People like Mary Quant, Lulu, Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, David Bailey, David Puttnam and tons more will be featured talking about the decade that I know most of us have a great interest in. Can't wait as from the names involved it will be covering film, music, photography, design and all the things which transformed life in the UK and later the whole World. An NFT screening coming up too with Caine himself but doubt tickets will be in abundance for that. Fingers crossed though.

Upcoming mod events / MOD REVIVAL AND THE RISE OF SKA EVENT JAN 23 2018
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:43:50 AM »

I attended a similar event earlier this year charting the rise of the original Mod movement in London and the home counties in the late '50s and into the 1960s. Great venue, great guests and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all. This is kinda like the follow up event so I am already booked. Certainly worth a look for London based fellas around these parts

Films / TV / 1960s TV SPY DAY at BFI LONDON NOVEMBER 25 2017
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:52:54 PM »

I know there are a few fans of 1960s TV spy stuff and the above event is celebration of them all. From THE AVENGERS to THE PRISONER by way of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., DANGER MAN and grittier stuff like CALLAN all aspects of the genre look to be covered in three individuals events throughout the day from 2pm with screenings, on stage Q&A sessions and presentations. I'm in for definite!

Upcoming mod events / DREAMSVILLE 2017
« on: July 10, 2017, 12:55:54 PM »
Not an upcoming event I know but unsure where else to post. Like most of you here in the UK my pals and I have been doing runs/rallies, 'night's', weekenders or whatever for too long to remember. Over the last few years lots of guys and gals we meet or chat to at them have all mentioned or suggested DREAMSVILLE as one to check out. So this year we did. I cannot speak highly enough of it and for me it already, after one visit, feel it stands head and shoulders above events I go to at Brighton or Margate (The regulars I've been going to for some years) for example. Nothing taken away from those or other things like the MODCAST events or gigs we go to of course but DREAMSVILLE really was something special. Great venue, superb DJs and music some of whom I knew but some who were new to me. The crowd were good too. Think I may have spotted a few familiar faces from around these parts but not at a time an introduction would have been appropriate so apologies to anyone from here who may have felt they were 'blanked' you honestly weren't. (That's if you even recognise me)  It is a bit of a 'hidden gem' on the Mod Calendar and rightly so as I know from one trip I wouldn't want it spoilt by loads of 'erberts just out to get beered up at the sea-side which some other events have devolved in to. I know there are some who don't like the so called 'elitist' attitude of some but any venue that has a dress code has a perfect right to do so. I think at Mod related events so many Fred Perry and Harington type blokes simply pitch up somewhere because they see a Target or a scooter rider on a poster for an event expecting to hear The Who or The Jam and Madness all night and then are disappointed and simply decide to get hammered at the bar. DREAMSVILLE is very strict and this meant the crowd were generally superbly turned out, into the music and less into the booze and mindful of those around them. I found it a breath of fresh air and think the guys behind the event are to be applauded big time.

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