Friday, 25 February 2011

A Ragged Rambler's Birthday!


Huzzah! The occasion of a Ragged Society of Antiquarian Ramblers birthday is always quite an occasion. What kind of gifts will make the heart of a Ragged Rambler skip a beat? Well, for the new member there is always one of The Society's RSAR Starter Packs (see photograph, above). However, for the established member, there are Advanced Packs...


"What wonders are contained therein?' I hear you ask. The RSAR Advance Pack will contain an array of antiquarian accoutrements, many of which will surprise and amaze the uninitiated. However, one thing you may be quite sure of is the certainty that there will be tweed and Paisley patterned items. To illustrate this, here are some photographs of one of the Ragged Ramblers relaxing at home. This collection was taken recently (February 25th 1952) on the birthday of this RSAR member.





Huzzah!

13 comments:

  1. Sir!
    One is astonished that one kept that really quiet!
    However, Happiest of Birthdays to you! and Huzzahs all round!

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  2. Johnson P Chevalle25 February 2011 at 21:46

    That is the most finest of Tweed jackets I have seen in many a day.

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  3. My dear Thadeus,

    I thank you for your Huzzahs Sir. However, I wish to correct the record: I did mention my birthday on Tweeder, but feared that I had been black-balled such was the prevailing silence. Why, it was almost as if The Silence of Mandy herself were 'replying'!

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  4. I have had a most satisfactory Tweedday Mr. Many Coats. Thank you!

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  5. Dear Johnson P. Chevalle,

    I thank you heartily for your comment. The garment in question is a Norfolk Jacket (or 'Norfolk shirt', as I call it). These date from the 1860s. and were originally exclusively country wear. You can find more information at the Victoria and Albert museum website -> http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O78848/norfolk-jacket/?print=1

    Huzzah!

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  6. Munro,
    It is with deep regret that I missed the said Tweeder, but shall in future ensure that the infernal machine that interacts with the very essence of one's being is brought under control and reports without posteriority!

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  7. Dearest RJ,
    Indeed corduroy is a fine material with excellent qualities however it is very prone to dye crocking and will 'crock off' with friction.
    That certainly can never be said about the finest tweed... the gentleman's fabric of choice!

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  8. Dear Mr Basil-Snapper

    Corduroy is a fine cloth and the 'crocking off' you refer to is only associated with lower grade material produced I'm the lowlands of Essex - a cloth that I would never be seen wearing.

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  9. By 'i'm' I mean 'in', for I'm always in and never go out. (Mrs R J simply won't allow it)

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  10. Dear R.J. Oooooonstead (deceased),

    I should very much like to know whether or not being deceased proves an encumbrance when it comes to going out?

    Mr. Munro Tweeder-Harris, Esq. R.S.A.R.

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  11. My dear Mr Tweeder-Harris
    I thank you for your concern and in answer to your question being deceased does not stop me going out, although it does impact on my social life. Primarily because being deceased means that I find it difficult to keep up with topical events and have very little to talk about anyway. Picture the scene: "Hello R J. What have you been up to? Nothing, I'm dead" you see my predicament....

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