Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hipsters


This photo selfie amused me no end yesterday.
It's a photo of two strangers who met on a flight to Scotland when they found themselves booked in adjoining seats.
Two ginger haired,  bearded hipsters that could have passed for twins.
What are the chances of that?
I like the " hipster" look
I'm far too old for it...and anyway skinny pants would be a fashion faux pax in our house..what with my Beyonce arse and fat thighs.
The other morning, I mused that if I had ever followed a trend in my youth, then in hindsight I would have followed the hipster route rather than the monstrosities that I found myself wearing in the 1980s.
From 1983  I once wore a blue mottled round necked jumper continuously until 1985....and I only stopped when the bloody thing literally fell apart.
I was never blessed with any fashion sense.....my sister inherited my share.
When I ambled around Byron Street, daydreaming what it would be like having a neat, perfectly combed haircut, a sculptured beard and trendy duds, a fantasy that was broken when I spied Bethan Jones who was decorating her hallway.
We chatted about wallpaper for a bit and it was only when I walked off, did I realise that my pyjamas were sticking out from under my combat trousers and there was a load of dried egg crusting up my goatee.

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  1. It seems we all have a double but what are the chances of actually meeting them like these blokes & others I've read about... How weird is that !
    On Saturdays another Penny works with me in the shop & customers think we look alike which leads to plenty of fun xx

    Have put a link to you today for ghost stories xx

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  2. I dread to think that I would ever meet my doppelgänger; on a plane or elsewhere.

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  3. Yes, I saw that pic. They could indeed be twins. My eldest son is sporting that look at the mo, he's a 'ginger' too. I took my Mother to a local museum last week and the young man on the reception desk was a 'hipster'. My Mother said to him ' Excuse me, Young Man, but is that a 'uniform look' all you young lads are wearing at the moment, you all seem to look the same?!' I gave up apologising for my Mother a while back! Nice Welsh referee for the big game today. Hope he fares better than the prat who oversaw the Scotland v Aus match! Good Saturday to you, Sir. x

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  4. oh john, WHAT are we going to do with you? no wonder you get the raised eyebrow from chris constantly!

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    1. PS - you are NOT "a middle aged old poof"; you are a fine aged cheese or wine to be savoured and admired.

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    2. Aged cheese smells

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  5. You could do a hipster look quite well, if you got rid of your fat arse. Australian lads seem to be going for the Ned Kelly look, with a full beard. I not like and gosh the beards must tickle as they munch away. Facial hair sculpting by blokes with a dark beard look great. Unfortunately any time I have tried some facial growth, I look like a dirty and sleazy unwashed blond.

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    1. Perhaps one day...when the arse dissapears

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  6. I think you sell yourself short!

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  7. I wonder what Chris sees in you sometimes John.

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  8. I'm just glad I haven't got a beard, I collect enough food on my ample boob shelf!

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    1. Me too, a lot of crumbs fall out of my ample cleavage when I get undressed each night !!

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    2. A loaf of bread fell out of mine once.

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    3. I rest my plate on mine :-)

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    4. Thank god i cant see photos

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    5. But can you throw them over your shoulder, like a continental soldier??!

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  9. BETHAN What do you think about wallpaper John?
    JOHN I think it is excellent.
    BETHAN I put wallpaper on my walls, what do you do with it?
    JOHN No way! I put it on my walls too!
    (They high five)
    BETHAN Did you know that early wallpaper featured scenes similar to those depicted on tapestries, and large sheets of the paper were sometimes hung loose on the walls, in the style of tapestries, and sometimes pasted as today. Prints were very often pasted to walls, instead of being framed and hung, and the largest sizes of prints, which came in several sheets, were probably mainly intended to be pasted to walls. Some important artists made such pieces - notably Albrecht Dürer, who worked on both large picture prints and also ornament prints - intended for wall-hanging. The largest picture print was The Triumphal Arch commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I and completed in 1515. This measured a colossal 3.57 by 2.95 metres, made up of 192 sheets, and was printed in a first edition of 700 copies, intended to be hung in palaces and, in particular, town halls, after hand-colouring.
    JOHN Wow! That's fascinating Bethan! Anyway, I must be on my way.
    BETHAN See you John!

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    1. Lol..could have been word for word

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  10. Saw this story yesterday, very funny. John you have your own sense of style x

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  11. That was a good photo to see this morning. They just HAVE to be related, surely?

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    1. Tom, as is my wont - pissing on others' parade - they, most likely, are NOT related.

      What they are is "a type". If you actually look at their facial features (leaving their colouring and facial hair aside) the width of their eyes, bridge and length of their noses, bla bla bla, do not match at all.

      Type, yes. I went through a particularly and slightly worrying phase when I'd be running after youngsters I spotted down the road eerily resembling both my brother and my youngest sister. Physical and geographical impossibility since live abroad. Still, must have missed them or something. "Type" similarities can be startling. Literally having to take another take. But then, and I normally leave namedropping to Cro but will make an exception just this once, my mother used to be mistaken for Jackie Kennedy, later Onassis, back in the Sixties. They look nothing like each other. However, at first glance, you see same bone structure (cheekbones), hair style, haughty allure. Bingo.

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    2. I thought they looked remarkably alike

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  12. If you started buying 'artisan' hand rolled, organic pork and free range egg scotch eggs that cost £10 each you would fit right in as a hipster.

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    1. 10£ !!!!!!
      I could get 20 scotch eggs for that in sainsburys!!!!!!

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  13. I wore knickerbockers.....there must be a support group for that somewhere.

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    1. Or an incontinence association

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  14. What fun for the hipsters! You'll always be hip to your readers, and of course there's your Hipster Professor!

    **You asked how old Todd is -- He'll be 5 in April, where has the time gone?

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  15. The egg in the goatee would have bothered me but the pajamas stuffed into the trousers would not have fazed me. You see ... I raised a hipster of my own. . complete with unwashed hair standing up in odd directions and scruffy beard and the oldest clothes that do not match.
    He had to be sure to be nothing like his mother.

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  16. You have the 'casual relaxed comfortable' style...although the egg in the beard could have taken a miss lol.

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    1. The dogs might like it though .. they think ..What else could be hidden in there ?? :)

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  17. I hate hipster beards and hipster tight pants. Most 20 something guys these days are as vain and ridiculous as 13 year old girls....and even more full of shit!

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    1. Pull your punches jennifer why dont you lol

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  18. At least your flies weren't undone?
    JP

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  19. It was nice to see tight jeans come back into style. Of course for some of us all jeans are tight jeans, even when they are not meant to be.

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    1. I am sending Jennifer's comment to my son ... don't worry, it will be anonymous .. lol
      You know , my son, the one with the scruffy beard, longish lank hair, nice shirt but the jeans are disintegrating from age ... he is an editor for a big company in NYC ... they actually allow him to work looking like that.. or so he says ..

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  20. I am so out of touch with the times--my world is old men and women and teenagers; I seem to have lost contact wtih most inbetween; no idea what they look like.

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  21. It must be really scary to meet your look-a-likey!!! I am sure Bethan Jones is used to you idiosyncrasies John! Non blog related - I have sent you a YouTube clip of a creepy song I thought you may like! - it sent shivers down my spine!

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    1. Will check on that later... Just cooking the prof pancakes

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  22. What they forgot to mention, is that EVERYONE looks like this in Scotland!

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    1. Oh not quite all of them Cro... says the wife of a 6', 130 lb., Scot who has long dark hair and no beard. ;-)

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    2. You not far from wrong there Cro.

      My Lovely Hubby looked exactly like these two a couple of years ago, the white (he calls it blonde) in his beard has changed hima bit these days.

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  23. John, get a penny farthing bike and ride it around Trelawnyd, you'll be accepted into the Hipster society by default. Surely getting to skip fashion is worth a broken limb or two?

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  24. I must have someone who looks just like me in Dalton, Cumbria. I was once working in Barrow in Furness when a woman came up to me and said I've just seen you in Dalton in such and such a shop, you got here fast. I had to try and convince her I had not teleported from there and had been at work all day.

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  25. I have decided that I like the man bun. Very much.

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    1. Why yes, do consider the Man Bun.

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  26. That happened to my daughter when she was in college..a girl that looked exactly! like her. People on the campus couldn't tell them apart. They had never met before and were both shocked when they did. When I ran into this girl it was the eeriest feeling, sort of sci-fi.

    Some people are beyond fashion, they have style - completely different. That's what you have John, style!

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  27. I don't see hipsters, I see Bears, or possibly Lumbersexuals. Beards make men all look the same to my eye. And gay. Because of the Bear thing. ;-)

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    1. Lumbersexuals is a new one on me lol

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    2. Good innit. Lumbersexuals are straight men who wear plaid shirts and boots and have big beards, but actually work in IT or something sedentary and urban. They are a plague!

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  28. When I was 20 I was working at the University of Newcastle and the Dean and a senior member of staff went to Sweden to attend a university conference. They said that they saw me in the street and assumed that I had been sent over to see them for some unknown reason. They were so sure it was me and they went over and asked why I was there. It wasn't me. They told me when they got back and still could not believe that it wasn't me and I had been in Newcastle all the time. I wondered about her at the time and how much she really looked like me and now I wonder if she still does.

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    1. I love the thought that we all have a doppelgänger

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  29. The last time I was trendy was in the early 1990's and stirrup pants were "in". That was the last fashion train I ever rode on. Those of us with no fashion sense are forced to rely on our intelligence and good wit instead. Adversity DOES build character!

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  30. Sigh ... John, you are really not that hopeless, are you?

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  31. I have a doppelganger named Debbie... she lived in the same small town I did, at one point in our younger days. Never met her in person, but a shop owner had a photo he showed me and we did look very alike, even to hairstyles.

    It was rather a relief, when we moved away, to not have people asking "Which one are you?"

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  32. I had or was a doppleganger a long time ago.
    Imagine this ... Me ... wearing a hat because they were cool then, in San Francisco .. at the airport .. getting ready to go to LA ... some people were talking , pointing and looking at me .. smiling but still... staring .. then one of them said sort of loudly... Hey .. Jane !
    I didn't see any woman responding to that .. they one of them pointed at me and said Jane !!! Can I have your autograph ! Jane Fonda !!

    It happened more than once. Forget about the time I went with the man I worked for to the airport .. he was the celeb .. "Jane Fonda" was at the airport with another celeb !! we had to get security LOL

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  33. I love gingers AND hipsters. And like you, I would totally rock that look were I not creeping up to my 5th decade. And my size 10's would look ridiculous in skinny jeans. Like I wore the boxes instead of the shoes.

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  34. I'm not sure about doppelganger so much as 'famous' double. When I was much younger I was frequently taken for 'someone ' famous. Even asked for my autograph by a London cabbie. I never worked out who as I was too embarrassed to ask and they were equally embarrassed to tell me. I think they thought I was trying to remain incognito. And it was not just adults - a young boy on a trip to France kept badgering his mother and eventually plucked up the courage to ask me if I really was " you know the one off the telly". I denied it but they still wouldn't tell me who they had mistaken me for. I'm sure there are loads of 'fans' out there who think that a TV/film actress was too mean to admit they had been spotted. There was one children's TV presenter who looked like my sister ( though totally different hair and eye colour) but maybe that was it.

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  35. I try to stay pretty well dressed, but when I get the urge to really stay au courant, I go in the store, freak out at the prices, and go back to my tried-and-true conservative duds.

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  36. I've never ever been "on trend" - in fact in my youth I think I positively made sure I wasn't. When all about me (1974/5) were walking around with flares, platform soles and long hair I went for a sort of odd DA haircut but longer ... I think I created the mullet thinking back now - drainpipes and winkle pickers that really didn't do my little toes any favours - I'd show you pictures now that would still turn your stomach - esp given I have size 11 feet and they are wide too!

    1976 - PUNK!!! Safety pins and Dad's old tweed jacket inside out... oh and briefly and very stupidly green and orange hair... that didn't work.

    1977 - everyone was buying faux Punk so I went off to the Heavy Metal hinterland - denim, denim and more denim and really long hair just like I'd avoided 4 years earlier!

    I slowly settled on.. jeans, rugby shirt (nearly exclusively of an England variety), black coat and comfy shoes.... still works - it is such a good look... ;-)

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  37. Its what my husband calls the "mountain man look". Sigh, John you and my husband are completely hopeless!!!

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