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Messages - Martin G

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It does sound a bit of a shocker. Looks like the bloke who plays Nick Cotton in EASTENDERS is involved too perhaps playing Don Arden? All sounds too horrible for words doesn't it. I too saw QUADROPHENIA in Brighton and thought it just didn't work. I am not a huge theatre goer but have seen enough things, including TOMMY about 20 years back which I enjoyed, to gauge what makes a decent show. Similarly like most of the crowd here I'm sure I have been a gig-goer for 35+ years and have seen THE WHO many times so again have a bit of a yardstick on this sort of thing. It was so flawed and disjointed and really was no surprise to me that it sort of died before there was a chance for it to hit London's West End. Sounds about as bad as this CARNABY ST show doing the rounds at the moment.

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Books and other printed media / Re: The What Are You Reading Thread
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:58:36 PM »
Just finished THE BEATLE WHO VANISHED about Jimmie Nichol the guy who sat in for Ringo in 1964 at the start of The Beatles World tour in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia. A fascinating and revealing book that gives some great background to the London music scene of the early 1960s too along with some truly bizarre twist and turns to Jimmie's life. A great read.

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Films / TV / Re: Seen any good films recently?
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:53:29 PM »
Just grabbed the recently released DVD of the old British monster flick KONGA from 1963. Michael Gough hamming and camping about along with some great 1960s London street footage, a bloke in a gorilla suit and some young starlets in pointy bras and tight jumpers. Jess Conrad square-jawed and wooden as the lead hero type. Amazing and ridiculous stuff. I loved this as a kid when I saw it in the Summer holidays on telly in the early 1970s and am so glad it is out now on DVD. (Maybe I should be ashamed of myself)

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Relco shirts
« on: May 10, 2013, 06:17:49 PM »
I live in Welling in Kent but have a few TK MAXX' near me in Woolwich, Charlton, Bexleyheath and Dartford. I am often up in London too and there is one in Charing Cross Road. Obviously there is a ton of stuff you wouldn't be seen dead in but I bet if you have a good sniff around you'll see something mate. Like I said I've gotten some of the more decent Ben Shermans with the longer '3 finger' collars, Brutus Trims, a couple of Lee corduroy button down shirts and a few 'Harringtons' too. All nice enough and good for work or whatever. I saw a very Marriot-like Madras 3 button jacket at the weekend too. They always seem to have a selection of Penguin stuff which I don't mind depending on the design and style. They even have Pretty Green regularly if that is your thing. I've just got a pair of corduroy Desert boots and saw a beautiful pair of Ralph Lauren ones almost identical to the ones McQueen wore in BULLITT with the thick crepe sole. Bass loafers are often on sale too. Of course you are never going to please everyone and there are those who look down their noses on such shops but for me balanced out with more expensive stuff that I often have to buy the bits and pieces I get here and there in TK Maxx does me alright. 

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Banter / Re: What to do in........
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:30:29 PM »
Hope you have a bit of decent weather and maybe manage to get some clobber or some records. Good luck with LAMBRETTAS too. As I recall they had a couple of scooters in the area adjacent to the window last time I was there about a year back but the place was closed. May have just been a closure for a few days or something but good luck.

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Banter / Re: What to do in........
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:24:55 PM »
http://www.pennydreadfulvintage.com/vintage-shops-bath/

This may offer some pointers too mate Good luck.

There was even a bar/cafe' called LAMBRETTAS but I think it has closed now but is still showing on-line

http://bathpubs.co.uk/tag/lambrettas-bar/

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Banter / Re: What to do in........
« on: May 03, 2013, 06:00:03 PM »
There is a venue called MOLES under a pub in the centre of town. We get down there once a year and last time by chance managed to see VINTAGE TROUBLE who were excellent. There is also on a Saturday a collectors/antiques sort of market where there are quite a few record dealers. A number of vintage clothes dealers there too and close by some shops doing the same sort of stuff. Just get down there and have a nose about. Good luck.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Relco shirts
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:01:08 PM »
Same thoughts and comments as the rest really. I have 4 or 5 and certainly the Ben Sherman style check or Gingham ones really ain't bad for the price for work or knocking about. The patterned ones aren't so great and OK under a jumper but again not bad for 20 quid a time. At the moment at TK Maxx you'd get better for your 20 as they have tons of decent Ben Shermans, Brutus Trimfits and others certainly local to me anyway. Have to say though for youngsters or people on a bit of a budget Relco can be OK if worn with a few more decent bits of gear.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: The What Are You Wearing Thread
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:31:13 PM »
Off Topic I know but DEAR BOY is a great read. I actually went to school with Tony Fletcher the author. Always mad for his music even back then almost 40 years back. He was in a band who actually supported The Jam on their final gigs at Wembley. Good bloke who I recently met up with again at The Chords reunion gig in London. Back on Topic now guys sorry!

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All great shows and faves of mine. DEPARTMENT S has Joel Fabiani in some lovely clobber. THE PERSUADERS! is a class show as well. Obviously 1970s but for me that is not a worry. Love THE SWEENEY too and stuff like SPECIAL BRANCH as well again because of the snap-shots of London life sort of thing. in THE PRISONER McGoohan wore those lovely Smedley turtle necks and in the opening episode, before he is given the piped blazer and beige trousers, has a beautiful suit and 3 button sea island cotton top and looks just the business.

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