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« 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.

Mod in the media / ROBSON GREEN COAST Mods and Rockers!
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:06:32 PM »

Christ! Saw this the other night.

« on: September 14, 2016, 12:17:40 PM »
I attended the above event last night in London. Original London Mods Jeff Dexter and the now aptly named Mickey Modern shared their memories and stories of adventures through their time as young fledgling Mods with the likes of Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Chris Farlowe and other now famous names. They put to rest many myths and opened up 'cans of worms' with some audience members too. They talked about clothes, drugs, scooters, clubs and all the related topics we associate with the subject and did it all with honesty and no small amount of good humour too. It was a privilege to be part of the sell out audience. Would love to think these guys can do more events like this. Fascinating and fun stuff. Anyone else here go along?

Mod fashion and style / "I'm the only Mod in the Village!"
« on: September 12, 2016, 01:00:11 PM »
OK something that strikes me as interesting is how those far afield, particularly those not in the UK and on the other side of the globe, view styling and clothes. I count myself as being fortunate that I am firstly a fella who has been involved in the whole 'Mod' thing to some extent for the better part of 40 years. Therefore I have made all the mistakes and faux pas many do but fortunately made them as a teenage kid in the late 1970s. Second I have always lived in or around London so have been close to what many consider as a hub with clubs and gigs and such like. Third my other half is very keen on the 'scene' herself' so has no issue with what I like to attend or indeed wear over the last 30 odd years. I have been able, at close quarters, to see others so can gauge what looks good and what perhaps doesn't. I have a number of pals who like me don't consider themselves 'Mods' as we are in our 50s but still dress in what many would consider 'Mod' clobber and can share thoughts on certain brands and shops whatever when we meet so there is a very immediate feedback either positive or negative from people face-to-face. I applaud those who are very young with no pals who show any interest in the Mod thing and kinda 'go it alone', I also have great respect for guys like Rod who is out there still flying the flag without anyone to 'show off' in the flesh too or to share common experiences rather having to do so online and find himself at the mercy of all and sundry. Similarly guys like Baldjo who is into it all in a country with no real history of Modernism but who has been captured by it's power and style. Just putting this out there for anyone to comment on

« on: August 22, 2016, 12:47:51 PM »
Yesterday morning as is the norm for my family we visit a local café for Sunday breakfast. Myself, other half, sister, her husband and our Uncle. The ladies simply normal I guess middle aged women. I am wearing a check shirt, 501s and black weejuns. My brother-in-law, a Fred Perry, jeans and Desert boots and my Uncle, aged 69, a Fred Perry, 501s and loafers too. None of us are Parka or Jam shoe types or sport 'Weller cuts' or any of the obvious stuff and to be honest given our age to most young folk look like average old blokes. However I was surprised to see a young lad, reminiscent of the lead in THIS IS ENGLAND. Stalking up and down out side the café while we were eating. As we left and exchanged kisses and words until next breakfast meet this little Herbert walks by a number of times 'screwing us out'. It was laughable. We are all old enough to be this kids parents if not even grandparents and in my Uncle's case Great Grandfather. All of a sudden he approaches us and, give him some credit, takes off his pork-pie hat and gruffly asks "Mister! Are you lot Mods?". We are all stunned into silence unsure as to whether he was curious or out to give some near OAPs a kicking. "No!" Says brother in law equally as gruffly. Said Skinhead blushes puts back hat and says "Thanks.....bye!"  It was such a mental little moment that I am still unsure what it was all about but I found myself even at my age and size intimidated by the whole thing. Bonkers really.

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