Having just noticed that the initiator of the latest "book" thread left the site taking the discussion with him, it's my turn again to revive it; being too important a topic to be dropped, imo.

Having finished "Get Carter" by Ted Lewis over the Holidays, I'll soon start with "Jack Carters Law", a prequel set in late 60s Soho.

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    • "Modernism has longevity because it recognises two absolute facts. True style and quality never dates and as long as there's a money-go-round, there will always be someone wanting to dress up to fuck off a world that constantly wants to put you down."

      Hear, hear! I think I may have to use that when it comes to explaining to clueless people.

      Please forgive me for changing the subject a little. Last Friday, I am sitting at the bar of my local train station all dressed up and waiting for my train. I am quietly enjoying a double whisky on the rocks on a rather hot day. Two middle-aged men are commenting on the fact I'm drinking whisky - as if I couldn't hear the conversation! One spoke to me and remarked that he thought was "unusual for [him] to see a woman drink scotch", to which I replied: "It's just as well I'm not like everybody else...". He then asked if I smoked cigars as well, and I said no. I tell you what: I love the fact that I can choose to drink whatever I want, wear whatever I want and go wherever I want with a slight air of confidence. The only downside, everybody thinks they're a fucking comedian! :-) Now, if I was dressed like everybody else and had a wine or champagne, I don't think they or him would've said anything... :-)

    • Well said, Bec! :-)


    • That too... ;-)

    • Absolutely!! :-D

    • I have to admit that I have always found it a bit bizarre that some people,  even in this day and age would think that men should drink certain drinks and women should stick to certain others; to me it is nonsensical. Way back in the late 50s or early 60s both vodka and lager were promoted as being a women's drink, now such an idea would seem absurd. I think it shows a lack of intelligence if you ask me MG, and you had fancied smoking a cigar then it would have been none of their business either.

    • Exactly, Chris! :-D

      However, I am in Ballarat, not Melbourne and some of the yokels - I mean locals - are very backward and set in their ways. I know I can be that way with some things, but it doesn't define me... I actually tried my first cigar last NYE thanks to a Skinhead mate of mine who taught me the fine art of smoking it. LOL! Suffice to say, it wasn't that great and I must admit I felt a bit stupid doing it. Oh well! ;-)

    • Classic!

  • 135214049?profile=RESIZE_930xArrived this morning. Always a good read by the fire with a glass.

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    Half way through this very entertaining account of second generation fun around Bristol.

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    • Great story Gary and it sounds like a fine way to pass a few hours. You never let us into the info on how much it cost, or is it too horrific to reveal without trauma ha ha

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