Unnoticed by many, lovingly appreciated by those who know, for men of a certain age, means or style, John Smedley knitwear can lay credible claim to being the Don of fine gauge knitwear.
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Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:32

Nick Churchill on Clarks Desert Boots

As cultural icons go, the Clarks Desert Boot (other brands are available, but don't be fooled, there's only one that matters)
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Monday, 13 July 2015 18:30

Just Who is The Comedy Mod ?

Like many, idling away on Facebook which is the adult equivalent of staring out of the classroom window at a cat in the playground, I am partial to doing the quizzes for fun; ‘
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The lord of all, the money-god,
Who rules us blood and hand and brain,
Who gives the roof that stops the wind,
And, giving, takes away again…
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, 1936.
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Thinking, each one, “Here comes the winter!
Please God I keep my job this year!”
And bleakly, as the cold strikes through,
Their entrails like an icy spear,…
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, 1936.
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When 5 teenagers in 1978 saw an advert in the NME that read“Do you want Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll?” you can imagine what they said!The advert was referring to the movie Quadrophenia, based on The Who’s 1973 studio album of the same name.
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It’s called Saltdean, and I presume the derivation originates from the sulphurous air that permeates the atmosphere from the sea. It’s about five or six miles outside of Brighton, and unlike its celebrated neighbour, it’s bereft of any of the trappings that you’d expect to find at the seaside; no pier, no cafe, no illuminations or smell of fish and chips. In fact, aside from an imposing hotel that wouldn’t be out of place in The Shining, there’s very little here in Saltdean that one could call memorable.

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I've been long excited about The Action's "In The Lap Of The Mods" book like it was the second coming.  The Action, along with The Small Faces, The Kinks and David Bowie are my favourite 60's artists.  From their first single as The Boys all the way down to the material cut before they became Mighty Baby (released in the 80's on a mini LP "Speak Louder Than") and even lead singer Reg King's 1971 solo LP I'm all on board as a one man American cheering section. I'm still, 18 years later, slowly wrapping my head around Mighty Baby.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 19:38

Carol Harrison All Or Nothing



The Small Faces were one of the coolest bands to come out in the sixties.  Four impeccably dressed lads originally from East London, Steve Marriott (Guitar and Vocals), Ronnie Lane (Bass and Vocals), Kenney Jones (Drums) and Jimmy Winston (Vocals and Keyboards), who was replaced by Ian McLagan in November 1965.
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:09

Secret Affair – Soho Dreams – I-Spy Records

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Ian Page and Dave Cairns release the first new Secret Affair album since 1982. 10 years on from their reformation and 30 years from their last album, it really is business as usual for Secret Affair as they return with a long awaited new album. The album kicks off with the title track Soho Dreams, a slow burner that builds and pulls you in, paving the way nicely for Walk Away, all punchy brass, smouldering Hammond and that signature Premier drum sound over a great hook.
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