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Stain Devils are pretty good. Stain Devil #3 is oil  I think. Though tbh it might be more a case of them reducing a stain, fading it to less eye-catching levels than completely eliminating it.
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Mod fashion and style / Re: to Harrington or not to Harrington
« Last post by DrGonzo2411 on Today at 09:39:34 AM »
I have a bottle green Ben Sherman and a cream Baracuta that I got less than half price a couple of years back (wouldn't pay full whack). Spring/autumn scooter jacket of choice, though I'm regretting that somewhat as a roadside clutch cable change resulted in a nasty oil stain on the Baracuta about a week before I garaged the stallion for the winter! I'm pretty sure that's the jacket f**ked, but if anyone has any tips......

FFS big man , l'd be buying some reputable stain remover , like Vanish (other products are available) . It might even be worth going on Yout*be and finding a video about removing oil/dirt fae a jaiket . Personally , l have had great results with bicarbonate of soda . Might be worth soaking in the bicarb' before getting it into the washing machine. .


. .alternatively , you could go along to your local , reputable drycleaners and give them the problem. .

Did try Vanish, Mr B, but to no avail. My mum also suggested bicarb, so I'll give that a bash next. Cheers for the tip! The LFE on this is take your jacket off before attempting roadside repairs, even if it is pissing down (which invariably it will be when you break down!).
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Mod fashion and style / Re: to Harrington or not to Harrington
« Last post by greenstreet on Today at 09:36:52 AM »

Own a Baracuta harrington in "acorn green".

Wis a TK Maxx purchase a few years ago noo.

No convinced the quality is any better than other brands sellin' fur half the RRP.


Grenfell harringtons n' golf jaikets ur superior.

It had to be green!!!  ;D ;)
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Mod in the media / Re: Terry O'Neill RIP
« Last post by greenstreet on Today at 09:35:53 AM »
An impressing CV, but he'll be remembered mostly (and rightly, IMHO) as one of the star photographers of the so-called Swinging London era, RIP.
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Mod in the media / Terry O'Neill RIP
« Last post by The Laird of Enfield on November 17, 2019, 06:04:54 PM »


https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/photographer-of-swinging-60s-terry-oneill-dies-aged-81






Photographer of swinging 60s Terry O'Neill dies aged 81
Londoner known for his pictures of Beatles, Stones, Bardot and Sean Connery had cancer

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who chronicled London’s 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81.

O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said. He had prostate cancer.

“It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence ‘Terry’ O’Neill, CBE,” a spokeswoman for the agency said. “As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will for ever remain imprinted in our memories, as well as in our hearts and minds.”

A biography on the agency’s website said: “O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the swinging 60s. By 1965, he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.”

O’Neill helped capture an era of cultural and social revolution in Britain. He was one of the first people to shoot the Beatles, and would go on to work with the Rolling Stones, Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery. O’Neill said of the Beatles: “I was only 20, and the youngest photographer on Fleet Street. It was obvious that John was the one with the personality, so I put him in the front.”

O’Neill was one of British photography’s biggest names and after his pop culture work would eventually photograph Nelson Mandela, as well as the Queen, who he said was the only person who ever made him nervous. “I researched some horse-racing jokes to break the ice and, thank God, she laughed,” he told the Observer in 2018.

He experienced the London blitz as a young child growing up near Heston airfield in west London, and originally planned to become a priest before being told he “had too many questions and not enough belief”. He eventually took up photography after a short stint as a drummer.

He was married to the actor Faye Dunaway for three years, with whom he had a son. O’Neill said he regretted getting involved with someone who he had photographed, and that he “hated the whole circus” that surrounded the marriage, which was his second after an earlier relationship with the actor Vera Day. He later married Laraine Ashton, a modelling industry executive. A photograph of Dunaway that O’Neill shot after her Oscar win for her role in Sidney Lumet’s Network in 1977 is included in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

In an interview last year, he mourned the loss of the kind of stars he had photographed, saying: “There’s nobody around now I’d want to photograph. Amy Winehouse was the last person – real talent. All the proper stars have gone.”

He added: “The perfectionist in me always left me thinking I could have taken a better shot. But now when I look at photos of all the icons I’ve shot – like Mandela, Sir Winston Churchill and Sinatra – the memories come flooding back and I think: ‘Yeah, I did all right.’”
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Mod fashion and style / Re: to Harrington or not to Harrington
« Last post by The Laird of Enfield on November 17, 2019, 05:55:30 PM »

Own a Baracuta harrington in "acorn green".

Wis a TK Maxx purchase a few years ago noo.

No convinced the quality is any better than other brands sellin' fur half the RRP.


Grenfell harringtons n' golf jaikets ur superior.




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Mod fashion and style / Re: to Harrington or not to Harrington
« Last post by greenstreet on November 17, 2019, 03:15:46 PM »
Valid observations both. My point was more about impersonation not being a particularly Mod characteristic.  There is little doubt, in my mind, that the ubiquitous tartan lined G9 analogues to be found on market stalls the high street are cynically copying features and aspects of Baracuta’s brand. 

Sartorial authenticity isn’t about wearing expensive clothing, it’s about wearing clothing that is genuine and purports to nothing more than what it is.  I guess this is what irks me about the tartan lined Harringtons that use a tartan other than Fraser. Strikes me as almost parasitic. A bit like the Aldi model of grocery retail in which approximations of leading brands fill the shelves. Perfectly lawful but just not cricket to these tired eyes. By all means make an affordable, quality Harrington but does it really need to have a predominantly red tartan lining?

I think it is entirely possible and laudable to build a stylish Mod look on a budget. Heaven knows, with a young family to support, that’s been my default approach for many years.

Valid points all of them, A. I see now your quibble has more to do with the specific tartan lining of the cheap Baracuta clones than anything else, and that shows, if nothing else, the obsessive attention to detail that most here share to a certain degree. I was talking about a different issue: the various takes avilables on the original Baracuta design, not the unashamed zero-quality copies of the G9.

Yes that’s it exactly. It’s quite a cross to bear as once you get an eye for Fraser tartan, anything else on a Harrington is impossible to ignore. At the risk of over-sharing in my debut forum debate, this may be a tad closer to borderline OCD than I had fully appreciated 😉. Don’t get me started on people wearing remembrance poppies after 11th November......

Well, it's like the fellas that leave poor Santa hanging from their windows/balconies past spring!
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Mod fashion and style / Re: M&S Desert Boots
« Last post by Rocketman on November 17, 2019, 02:50:11 PM »
I love my Astorflex.
Superb shoes got their grained leather walkflex chukka’s at top of my (xmas) want  list.
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Mod fashion and style / Re: to Harrington or not to Harrington
« Last post by Getdeeper on November 17, 2019, 01:30:42 PM »
Valid observations both. My point was more about impersonation not being a particularly Mod characteristic.  There is little doubt, in my mind, that the ubiquitous tartan lined G9 analogues to be found on market stalls the high street are cynically copying features and aspects of Baracuta’s brand. 

Sartorial authenticity isn’t about wearing expensive clothing, it’s about wearing clothing that is genuine and purports to nothing more than what it is.  I guess this is what irks me about the tartan lined Harringtons that use a tartan other than Fraser. Strikes me as almost parasitic. A bit like the Aldi model of grocery retail in which approximations of leading brands fill the shelves. Perfectly lawful but just not cricket to these tired eyes. By all means make an affordable, quality Harrington but does it really need to have a predominantly red tartan lining?

I think it is entirely possible and laudable to build a stylish Mod look on a budget. Heaven knows, with a young family to support, that’s been my default approach for many years.

Valid points all of them, A. I see now your quibble has more to do with the specific tartan lining of the cheap Baracuta clones than anything else, and that shows, if nothing else, the obsessive attention to detail that most here share to a certain degree. I was talking about a different issue: the various takes avilables on the original Baracuta design, not the unashamed zero-quality copies of the G9.

Yes that’s it exactly. It’s quite a cross to bear as once you get an eye for Fraser tartan, anything else on a Harrington is impossible to ignore. At the risk of over-sharing in my debut forum debate, this may be a tad closer to borderline OCD than I had fully appreciated 😉. Don’t get me started on people wearing remembrance poppies after 11th November......
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Cycling / Re: Cool cycling clobber
« Last post by greenstreet on November 17, 2019, 12:15:36 PM »
More newbies by De Marchi. First a most classic LS merino jersey design (in 5 or 6 colours) that allows personalization for the central band (200€)



More controversial, I guess, this couple collabs with Italian brand Camo, in merino wool too. Too many things going on there for me (that framed colourblock looks a bit weird), but a strong retro vibe nevertheless. As everything De Marchi, steep prices (300€):



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