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  • Joanna,

    I have my (Dutch) great grandfather's pre World War II great coat, which I wore for three years of high school but abandoned it in Wellington when I moved to Auckland for uni because it weighs like a metric ton due to its horsehair stuffing. Man I love that coat, but my father and his trips to Canada and Mongolia and so forth has more need of it now, so I'm happy with my bright purple coat from good old Ezibuy, although the sleeves are way too short - apparently purposefully so, which seems ridiculous. Damn coat makers in league with the glove makers!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    At the risk of crossing the threads (satorial pun intended) I'm pretty sure Rick Wakeman would have the purple frock coat of which you speak. Probably tailored slightly on the tall & lanky side though.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I once wore a beautiful Harris tweed frocked coat - silkvelvet darkgreen lapels, dark green silk inner-lining- and got it offered to me, after...my teeth in the picture are beautiful, and my smile innocently joyous. My breasts are obviously already too large to be enclosed by the wonderous winter coat-

    I also have a pre-1939 Swedish Army cavalry great-coat- grey, superbly-tailored, wonderful buttons, and weighs - o, 2 stone?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I've remained quite for long enough.

    Photos, please?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Recomended listening for this activity, Winter Coat by Paul Kelly.

    ...been going round my head as well. It's either that or 'Fired our guns and the British kept a-coming...'

    Two songs I love, but didn't have running through my head. Previously. I love Paul Kelly, but my partner can't stand him.

    Loving all the coat love, by the way.

    Too much black can get boring, but there's a reason why men's formalwear only comes in black*: it's sharp, sculptural and elegant.

    A male friend of mine has a very beautiful black overcoat purchased from Smith and Caughey's (who apparently now have a brand called Not Your Daughter's Jeans) which makes him look very hot indeed.

    Photos, please?

    I shall see if can get my daughter to take some tomorrow. You can all be disappointed - it's a very ordinary coat.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I shall see if can get my daughter to take some tomorrow. You can all be disappointed - it's a very ordinary coat.

    Thats going to depend on what goggles we wear, when we look at our Internets. I have safe to look at laser beams, welding and the usual snorkeling sort. But I really want to get those x-ray jobs that are advertised in the backs of comic books. Do they really work?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And I forgot to mention that I like getting blood tests. It's cool how those glass tubes are vacuumed. Thats why the blood gushes out so fast. Its getting sucked out. I don't know why, but it feel weirdly exiting or something.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Ahem (Yes that is Ms Johansson).

    Ah yes... a serious 'what the...' moment in the careers of everyone involved.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    I'd love a frock coat.

    Ditto.

    Can anyone see a market here?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1660 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I really want to get those x-ray jobs that are advertised in the backs of comic books. Do they really work?

    Everything advertised on the back of comic books works (click to enlarge).

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3558 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    A dear friend and I once bought an overcoat which we nicknamed "Respect" a Heavygrade Brown/White/Grey woollen number in a herringbone pattern; it had bone button sleeves, a pure silk lining and the sort of collar that would get you arrested for animal genocide. Respect - well if you could lift it that was one thing, but to wear it and keep a straight face - well you had to be a serious mo'f**ker !!

    I swapped my share of the coat for an antique dinner jacket, and a pink padded silk dressing gown. I need to blog all the stuff I got form Surrey jumble sales in the eighties ;-) I still have the DJ.....

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    Smith and Caughey's (who apparently now have a brand called Not Your Daughter's Jeans)

    I tried some of these on once. They were blah. I'm not convinced the control top was doing anything in particular, either.

    Re DD pushup, you might try Marks and Spencer. Depending on the degree of pushup you want, anyway. I mean, if you want so much that you are in danger of suffocating, that's probably a specialty thing.

    My winter coat is from the 60s. However, it's also black wool. Do I feel boring right now? Yes I do.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 457 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Your red coat is divine. And you should definitely post a picture of it.

    My boring black wool coat, and lovely green raincoat I have worn precisely twice, because actually, it's too cold for a raincoat, salute you.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Ditto.

    Can anyone see a market here?

    Civil War groupies and steampunks? The problem with the more convoluted forms of retro fashion is that they were made for an age when it was assumed dandies had hours to dress, and servants to help. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    My winter coat is, by several miles of daylight, the most complimented thing I have. If you added together all the aesthetic praise I've received for my cat, my games cabinet and my breasts, it still wouldn't come close

    That might be slightly related to the fact that people may note the awesomeness of something, but repress the desire to pass compliment out loud, if they feel it might make them look like a "lecherous bastard" or "jealous bitch".

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Yuk, I can't imagine liking blood tests. But for those who don't mind it, can I urge them to consider being a blood donor (if they pass the very stringent and controversial requirements) as it is an easy way to be philanthropic. But not if you're a fainter.
    [By the way, I might have missed something but why blood tests at the opthalmologist's?]

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    That might be slightly related to the fact that people may note the awesomeness of something, but repress the desire to pass compliment out loud, if they feel it might make them look like a "lecherous bastard" or "jealous bitch".

    Or totally gay, as the kids like to say -- but not in my hearing, if they want to live. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    But for those who don't mind it, can I urge them to consider being a blood donor (if they pass the very stringent and controversial requirements) as it is an easy way to be philanthropic.

    There's a big blog right there. My blood it one of the common types. As much as I would like to see a pint or two siphoned out and saved, I don't know If the health authorities would want it. And I fear rejection.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    I am 'a fainter' but I have been a blood donor ddespite that. It is just a question of me not looking at the needle being pushed through the skin and into the vein - I think I perform an automatic system shutdown when I sense some deliberate act of sabotage like skin/vein puncture.

    But I have been forbidden from donating any more blood since they found that I had been in the UK during some specific period that they seem to think renders my blood a haven for BSE prions.

    It kinda pissed me off after having overcome my fear of deliberate puncturing and done soemthing vaguely altruistic.

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I have my (Dutch) great grandfather's pre World War II great coat, which I wore for three years of high school but abandoned it in Wellington when I moved to Auckland for uni because it weighs like a metric ton due to its horsehair stuffing. Man I love that coat,..

    Given the age of that coat, and what my Dutch in-laws have told me about what it was like under the German occupation, that coat should definitely be treasured. The Germans took most of the fuel and the winters were bitter. That coat probably saved lives.

    Best coat I've had was a classic long navy overcoat I bought at the second hand market they used to have on the corner of K Rd and Ponsonby Road (there's a service station there now). Cost me $15 in winter 1985. I always thought of it as my 'writers coat' - I had Aspirations in that direction at the time - and wore it for 10 years. When I moved to Wellington I gave it to my flatmate, who also had Aspirations in that direction.

    He's since also moved to Wellington, done the Manhire course, won the prize that year, and published 3 novels. I'm certain my coat helped.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Here's the basic eligibility questions from NZ Blood. There are some more forms to fill in for first time donors, mainly to do with informed consent (and some questions about sex history), and they do a finger print to test you are not anaemic. They are all very nice non-judgemental people. And you get tea and chocolate biscuits after.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    There's a big blog right there. My blood it one of the common types. As much as I would like to see a pint or two siphoned out and saved, I don't know If the health authorities would want it. And I fear rejection.

    Steve: I think I can confidently chime in here -- a quick look at the New Zealand Blood Service website would disabuse you of the notion that there's a sanguinary equivalent of the butter mountain. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Sorry - Finger prick (not print).

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Snap, Hilary! As they say at the NZBS, all blood types are always needed. Can't be clearer than that. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    But I have been forbidden from donating any more blood since they found that I had been in the UK during some specific period that they seem to think renders my blood a haven for BSE prions.

    It kinda pissed me off after having overcome my fear of deliberate puncturing and done soemthing vaguely altruistic.

    I, too, am unable to give blood because of my time in the UK during those years. When Ian had leukemia, I wanted desperately to give blood - just a little gesture, since I had seen for myself the restorative powers of blood transfusions. I was a bit pissed off too, and I still don't really understand the logic. Surely this many years down the track, our blood would have ceased to be "unclean" ?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

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