Archive for 2007
If you are looking for a way of filling the gap between Christmas and New Year, you could check out the Reggae Injection Christmas Party. If you happen to be in the London area anyway.
DJs Teddy Garcia and special guest Reggae Revolt will be spinning ska, rocksteady, skinhead reggae, glam and conga. And as an added bonus, the beer is at pub prices. Full details are:
Reggae Injection Christmas Party
Friday 28th December, 7pm until 1am
The Herbert Chapman
274 Holloway Road
London, N7 6NE
Find out more at the club MySpace page
Piaggio has a new range of retro accessories available for Vespa owners, including these rather fetching vintage-style scooter helmets.
Three designs are available, a Union Jack, a ‘mod’ target and a target design in the colours of the Italian flag (as pictured here). However, these open-face helmets do benefit from modern construction, using lightweight ABS material that keep the weight down to under 1kg and with a shape that fits easily into a (modern) scooter storage compartment.
The helmets are available from Piaggio dealers in sizes extra-small through to extra-large, retailing at £59.99. Goggles are also available to go with them, priced at £19.99.
Find out more at the Piaggio website
Stylish and safe jackets for motorbike and scooter riders are few and far between – but there’s a choice of smart designs on the Corazzo website, including the retro-styled 5.0, Bomber and Shop jackets.
Like many other retailers, Fred Perry is kicking off its Christmas sale early – with most of the discounts already available online and in its stores.
The discounts are said to be up to 50 per cent, although most seem nearer a third – with most of the existing stock getting a hefty chunk off the price tags. And as well as clothes, there’s also a markdown of accessories, including this rather smart retro green and cream holdall, with both handles and straps, vintage laurel motif and two large pockets.
You can bag this now for £28.
Find out more at the Fred Perry website
If you happen to love Quadrophenia, you might want to attend the Quadrophenia Convention in Brighton.
It’s a two-day event in Brighton, running from April 5th to April 6th 2008, with appearances from the likes of Phil Daniels (Jimmy) Mark Wingett (Dave) Phil Davis(Chalky) Toyah Willcox (Monkey) Gary Shail (Spider) Garry Cooper (Peter) and Trevor Laird (Ferdy). No sign of Sting I see.
There’s a range of events, talks and of course, a movie showing. You can even have a meal with the cast or a brew – but at a price. See the website for full details. Tickets are from £15.
Find out more at the Quadrophenia website
2007 has been the year of the eco shopping bag – and this Twiggy eco shopping bag from Marks and Spencer is up there with the best of them.
UK readers will probably know that Twiggy has become the face of M&S – but thankfully the bag features her classic 60s mug rather than a modern likeness (not that she hasn’t aged well), drawn by fashion illustrator David Downton.
Made from organic cotton, you can buy one instore or online for a bargain £2.50.
Order online at the Marks and Spencer website
Via Retro To Go
Hopefully you can see the details above, but if you can’t, the 6Ts Xmas Party is being held on Thursday 20th December at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street in central London. By all accounts a rawkous and drunken affair – so a great way to get your Christmas break well and truly underway.
No membership needed, the night runs from 9pm until 2am.
Find out more at the 6Ts website
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl 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 7th December to Thursday 13th December.
Highlight of the week
The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – Wednesday 12th December BBC 1. 10.45pm
Chronicling the history of the band, from the psychedelic 1960s through to their reunion appearance at Live 8 in 2005. Originally led by Syd Barrett, who died in 2006, they experimented with sound and pioneered the concept album, while creating ever more visually ambitious stage shows, with Roger Waters the key songwriter for their massive selling compilations of the 1970s, followed by two globally successful albums in the 1980s with David Gilmour at the helm. Featuring archive footage and original interviews.
A new company under the name of Armadillo Scooter Wear has attempted to update the old parka, replacing it with the Urban Parka.
Available for men and women (the women’s one is pictured here), the Urban Parka is designed for scooter riding and adverse conditions, featuring armour in the shoulders and elbows if you come off, a waterproof/breathable fabric and specific pockets for a mobile, MP3 player and headphone loops.
You can pick one up in the khaki or black, with both costing a lot more than the old army surplus – at £175.
Find out more at the Armadillo Scooter Wear website
Ever been to Wolfgang’s Vault? It’s an online archive of live shows that are free to stream on your PC. And the latest addition is The Who at The Spectrum, Philadelphia in 1973.
This was the Quadrophenia tour, so there’s a number of live tracks from that album, as well as a few old favourites too. And if you don’t fancy that, there’s plenty more Who live shows, as well as an endless list of other acts from various decades – although the majority are ‘name’ acts so don’t go looking for anything really obscure.
It’s free to register, once you’ve done that, you can listen to what you like.
Find out more at the Wolfgang’s Vault website