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  1. MBarrett

    Delete my membership please

    Sorry would do it myself but Membership FAQs doesn't explain how to do it.
  2. MBarrett

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    I was with my brother a while back and we went past a wind turbine near where he lives. It was a really still day but the blade was turning. I remarked to him how incredibly efficient they must be but he said "Oh no they regularly turn on a motor to turn the blade to try and con the locals that it's generating electricity - whereas it's actually consuming electricity." I don't think he was deliberately winding me up. Is that possible??!!
  3. MBarrett

    Ben Sherman at it again ?

    Enlargement of the cheese cloth shirt ad. You've got to love the typo.
  4. MBarrett

    Ben Sherman at it again ?

    Couldn't help myself here. I've got some early 70s Melody Makers in the loft which have got some great fashion ads in them. Iconic styles but I'm not sure they would work too well on the changed body shapes of the last 45 years.
  5. MBarrett


    She went to my school Peter. And that was not in some exotic clime - but Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. Honest! Her Mum was a nurse (possibly midwife) in the town for a while. Sade was a few years younger so I didn't know her personally but I believe my sister did in passing. Please everyone be kind about her - she's the only claim to fame our school ever had!
  6. MBarrett

    Ben Sherman at it again ?

    In the late 1960s when the skinhead craze was going strong a clothes shop in our town had a source for Ben Sherman seconds. Just minor imperfections but much cheaper than the regular price. On one occasion the guy tipped me off when he had a new delivery coming in and gave me first refusal. I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I took a few home and my Mum asked me to get her some to wear as blouses. Which I did. I don't know if she was the only 40-something Mum in Britain walking round in Ben Shermans. But if not she must have been in a very select club!
  7. MBarrett

    BBC Biggest Weekend - I Enjoyed It. Anyone else?

    He's a national treasure. What a duller place the world would be without Liam G. LOL! https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b57lx8/biggest-weekend-liam-gallagher
  8. MBarrett


    This is a really neat little video majoring on the origins of the "Popcorn" scene
  9. MBarrett

    ' A youth culture left in the hands of old men'

    It got me out of the biggest darkest blackest hole I have ever been in my life. But josh away. You're cool.
  10. MBarrett

    ' A youth culture left in the hands of old men'

    I love Abba's Voulez Vous album. It was all an extreme "time and place" thing. But hey-ho - it's now hard-coded into my DNA. With me for life.
  11. MBarrett

    BBC Biggest Weekend - I Enjoyed It. Anyone else?

    I'm sure there will be people on here who don't like him. But IMHO what a talented and likeable guy Ed Sheeran is. I totally get why he is the huge star that he is. Constructive criticism of any of the artists welcomed. But not Taylor Swift's skin tight outfit. That's off limits. LOL!
  12. MBarrett

    BBC Biggest Weekend - I Enjoyed It. Anyone else?

    Yes fascinating story! I got VERY interested in the Pre-Raphaelites at one time. It started when I came across a little Burne-Jones stained glass window in a tiny church in Essex. There was something really magical about it - but why was it there? It turned out that a solicitor who was a parishioner had been given it in lieu of a debt. And he had donated it to the church. That set me off on quest for more information about this intriguing bunch of artists - and then on to John Ruskin - and then William Morris etc. etc. etc. So a mash up of soul music and the Pre-Raph look is right up my street!
  13. MBarrett

    BBC Biggest Weekend - I Enjoyed It. Anyone else?

    PF reminds me a bit of Toyah. Lovely and talented lady. And what a great vibe when Billy Ocean was on the stage. Saw him interviewed afterwards. A TRUE gentleman. I'm having a real multi-genre musical love fest this weekend. LOL!
  14. I dipped into some of the live feed and then some other acts on iPlayer. I must have been on some weird "natural high" this weekend because I enjoyed almost every act I saw. Taylor Swift to Liam Gallagher. And all shades of music in between. It's true. I can't deny it! I haven't seen every act yet but my favourite thus far is Jess Glynne. Quite a soulful vibe to her music and looks like a DG Rossetti painting. Beautiful! https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p066b6s7/biggest-weekend-jess-glynne Probably talking to myself here but anyone else care to comment?
  15. MBarrett

    ' A youth culture left in the hands of old men'

    Steve Interesting to read your thoughts and opinions but the one above worries me. Can I ask what age you were say 1963 thru 67 when the Beatles were at the top of their game? I lived those years as a young to mid teenager and for me the Beatles were absolutely huge - beyond anything else in the musical world. OK I was of an impressionable age but the Beatles were everything I wanted to be. Beyond swinging and beyond groovy. LOL! And trust me I wasn't alone!


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