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The Garmsman dozen #4: Roland from Italy


Reading Time: 13 minutesWelcome to the fourth instalment of the “Garmsman Dozen” question and answer session. The response to the first weeks has been tremendous. Did you miss earlier articles? There are links at the bottom of this page. This week we welcome Roland from Italy! Who are you, where do you live and what interests you? Name: Roland, approaching relentlessly the 50ieth…

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The Garmsman dozen #3: Klaus from Germany


Reading Time: 8 minutesWelcome to the third instalment of the “Garmsman Dozen” question and answer session. The response to the first two weeks has been tremendous. Did you miss Jon or Shaun? This week we welcome to the Garmsman Dozen Klaus from Germany! Who are you, where do you live and what interests you? Name: Dr. Klaus, 45 Instagram: kbaier11272 Location: Aachen, Germany Job: I…

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The Garmsman Dozen #2: Shaun from Scotland


Reading Time: 17 minutesAfter last weeks popular first instalment in this new series, we follow up with another case study of a modern gentleman. Whereas Jon last week was more into bespoke suits and vintage militaria, this week Shaun shares his insight into dressing well on a budget, through hunting elusive bargains on eBay and charity shops. Welcome to the Garmsman Dozen Shaun!…

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The Garmsman Dozen #1: Jon, from Great Britain


Reading Time: 11 minutesWelcome to the first instalment of a new series I’ve decided to call “The Garmsman Dozen”. Garmsman? Street-lingo for Garment Man, and dozen because I send out a list of questions and ask for at least a dozen to be answered. Enough waffle though and over to Jon aka Heavyjon on Instagram. Welcome to the Garmsman Dozen Jon! Who are…

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Consumer advocate: What is customer service?


Reading Time: 8 minutesI live in a fairly small town in Norway. It’s a place a lot of people visit, so it’s well served with hotels, both large and smaller. There is a certain amount of competition in the market, so they all try to offer the best possible experience. Except one, a small and apparently family run establishment. Ideally located in the…

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When “eco fashion” means “con-oaf, he is”


Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s been a while now since I last posted a rant. You might be forgiven thinking that my more Meldrewesqe tendencies have been under control, my life has been utterly copacetic (such a great word, aren’t great words just the greatest?) and there was nothing around to make me shake my fist in annoyance. Yet, as I wander around, observing,…

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Someone asked: That poor John Elliott shirt, how did that go?


Reading Time: 7 minutesSomeone dropped me a note the other day asking whatever happened with the ill-fated John Elliott shirt I bought in Edinburgh last year. It’s nice to be reminded, and it’s a clear hint that updating the original post about developments in such a thrilling story doesn’t reach out all that may be interested. So, while you could easily go back and…

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Is there a relationship between quality and cost?


Reading Time: 10 minutesAn interesting topic revealed itself yesterday, spurred on by WDW noticing that yet another of her items of clothing was ripe for recycling. Not that it had totally failed in it’s mission, it was still quite serviceable in that it had no holes, failed seams or other mechanical failures. It was just not in the same condition as when it…

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Knitted wool hats can get stuffed.


Reading Time: 5 minutesI realise I’m going out on a limb here, stating the unutterable, voicing the opinion that dare not be muttered, yet standing up for the freezing man in face of popular opinion. You just know I’m about to go off all half-cocked now, right? So, knitted wool hats. What a load of crap! Apart from hiding your bad hair day, what have…

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The scent of the apocalypse


Reading Time: 5 minutesWe’ve all been there. Squeezed up against the window in some public transport or other, jammed solidly in place, no possible means of dignified escape. It’s not the physical restraint that is the main issue, more a matter of olfactory lockdown, if you get my drift. We’re talking about the terror of a woman of advanced age (and no, I’m…

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