Archive for November, 2006
One of the great things about your kids being young is that, just for a few years, you get to choose what they wear. So why not indulge yourself while they’re very young with these Mod baby shoes.
Handmade in the UK, they’ll protect your baby’s feet and just as importantly, stay on their feet, courtesy fo an elasticated ankle. The shoes are made from natural soft leather, have a durable non-skid suede sole and are coloured with non-toxic dye.
Available in khaki or blue, each pair comes in a starchild gift box with a gift tag and retails for £13.99. There’s also a scooter design available for the same price.
Find out more at the Jellybabys website
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If you missed Philip Townshend’s Sorry You Missed The Sixties exhibition earlier this year, there’s some good news. It’s returning to London, this time at ninetythree from December through to January.
Sorry You Missed The Sixties is the decade as seen through the lens of Philip Townsend, featuring a host of icons and celebrities from "swinging London". Townsend spent most of the decade freelancing for the Daily Express, as well as featuring in the Tatler, Honey, Harpers Bazaar, Der Stern, Neue Revue, Tempo, Paris Match and New York Times.
Included in the exhibition are Marlon Brando, Andrew Loog Oldham, Jimmy Page, Elizabeth Taylor, Aristotle Onassis, Marty Wilde, Dudley Moore, Richard Burton, Twiggy, Jacquelin Bisset, Charlotte Rampling and The Beatles – around 80 images from the photographer’s archive.
There’s a private viewing on Thursday 7th December at the gallery, with the exhibition continuing until 14th January 2007 (but closed during Christmas week).
93 Fairfield Road
Find out more at the ninetythree website
If you’re on the look out for some bargain John Smedley tops, make sure you get down to London for the John Smedley Sample Sale on Wednesday 6th December.
It’s being held at the London College of Fashion, John Princes Street (just off Oxford Circus), London. It starts at 10am and runs until 6pm.
The stock will consist of slight seconds and design samples, with an average price of around £25.
John Smedley website
The world has a new musical super hero…
He doesn’t wear his underwear outside his trousers, he cannot climb walls or leap tall buildings in a single bound, he can however destroy all square music Super-Villains – enemies of the Hammond Groove!
Captain Hammond is the brain child of Mother Earth’s Hammond hero Bryn Barklam who has joined forces with Greg Boraman and Pete Collison of Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours. Greg has leapt from organ stool to drum kit and Pete has supercharged his guitar amplifier to complete this Hammond Organ Power trio.
Mixing up Bryn’s soulful rock organ style with Pete’s heavy R&B guitar and Greg’s soul powered drumming, Captain Hammond mixes blues, rock and soulful Hammond screams – imagine The Small Faces jamming with The MGs – while Brian Auger pours the drinks!
The outfit’s new tracks are currently being recorded for a 2007 release – you can expect to see and hear this Hammond Super group at a venue near you soon! For further information regarding Captain Hammond, recordings, gigs, press & bookings contact [email protected]
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 24th November to Thursday 30th November.
Highlights of the Week
Documentary: Living Famously: Keith Moon. Friday 24th November BBC 2, 12.45am (Sat am)
Absorbing profile of the Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon, who lived the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to the extreme – and ended up paying the price for his excesses. Among those interviewed are his one-time therapist George Patterson and his PA Dougal Butler, who admits he was "more of a male nurse" to Moon the Loon.
Music: BBC 1 Sessions: the Who. Sunday 26th November BBC 1, 10.55pm
A fitting finale to the BBC’s Electric Proms with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and co returning to London’s recently reopened Roundhouse for a set that mixes classics such as My Generation and Pinball Wizard with tracks from new mini-opera Wire and Glass.
Film: Cathy Come Home (1966). Sunday 26th November BBC 4, 11.00pm
Harrowing iconic drama which directly inspired the founding of housing charity Shelter, following the plight of a homeless couple and their children. Starring Carol White and Ray Brooks and directed by Ken Loach.
I don't know anything about this US mini movie titled Mods, so I'll just quote what it says on the YouTube page:
"Short documentary about the mod scene. Vespa scooters, 60s clothes, Parkas its all here. Director: Rob Poswall"
For the rest, check out the clip…
Currently thriving on the South Coast in Brighton, Da Doo Ron Ron – ‘The legendary girl group extravaganza’ (says the NME) – celebrates its 8th birthday in October and is going back to its London roots for a one-off Christmas party on Friday 8th December.
Established in October 1998, Da Doo Ron Ron is a 60s orientated club night with a unique slant – DJs Chris ‘Da Doo’ King & Simon Bridger (Brighton northern soul all-dayers) only spin female-fronted tracks from the 60s (and very occasionally early 70s). Expect the likejs of The Supremes, Ronettes, Marvelettes, Shangri-Las, Chiffons, Crystals etc, sassy soul sisters like Aretha, Dusty Springfield, Brenda Holloway, Dionne Warwick, Tammi Terrell and playful popstrels as Petula Clark, Brigitte Bardot, Lesley Gore, France Gall, Lulu and Helen Shapiro.
The Christmas special is at its original home of the Buffalo Bar, 259, Upper Street, Highbury & Islington, London N1 1RU. Entry is £5 all night.
For more information, visit the website or email [email protected].
I feel like I’m only ever writing about Paul Weller right now – but as he’s got plenty to plug, there’s plenty of stories around. However, this one is a little quirkier than most,
Yes, you can bid for Paul Weller’s wardrobe. Not the one out of his bedroom – this is his old Style Council tour wardrobe. No clothes in here (sadly), what you do get is a large compartment for hanging clothes as well as 6 small drawers and 2 larger ones. The whole interior including the drawers has a velvet lining and the outside of the wardrobe is stencilled “Paul Weller Wardrobe” (in case your mates don’t believe you). Oh yes, there’s a certificate if authenticity too,
Guide price is £2,000-£3,000 and you can bid online. And if that doesn’t appeal, you can also bid for a couple of Style Council keyboards and one of Weller’s old Jam amps.
Find out more at the Fame Bureau website
Good news for anyone disappointed with the Paul Weller Under The Influence compilation – he’s getting a second chance to show off his favourite records this Friday (24th November), when he presents BBC 6music’s 6 mix.
The show runs from 10pm until midnight on 6music (if you miss it or are not in the UK, the show will be online for a week afterwards). During the 2-hour show, you’ll probably get a mix of Weller’s best-loved music interspersed with favourites from his own back catalogue.
Possibly one to record if you have the means – although that’s obviously illegal!
Find out more at the 6music 6 mix page
Jaeger kind of makes me think of older women’s clothes, somewhere where your Mum would go to get a smart outfit. However their new Jaeger London range has some great pieces that make it worth a visit.
This woollen tunic dress with contrast border detail in black and red has a real retro feel and is one of the key pieces of the collection. The two tone colour scheme has a funky 60s vibe, and is something I’d happily add to my wardrobe.
Being Jaeger the price of £250 is more expensive than some of the other high street retro inspired pieces, but the one other thing I think of when I think of Jaeger is quality, so you can expect better fit and quality material from this dress.
The Jaeger site suggests you combine this dress with a spotted scarf and chunky bangle. I would suggest you get a pair of the Belle Vivier shoes featured previosuly on Retro To Go to complete the look.
You can find out more and buy the dress online on the Jaeger website.
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