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skid2

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Had mine originally hard wired into the car stereo. These days I just fire up a load of playlists into the iPhone and the car picks it up and plays away.
Both iTunes and amazon playlist..in the old days it would have been a pouch full of cassettes or minidiscs.
 
I've an iPod classic.

Cracking piece of kit. One of the best things Apple ever made. Now if they'd only left iTunes alone when it was decent.
And therein lies the problem.

The iPod is the only Apple product I ever bought (and that was only because I got it dirt cheap). I do have iPhones and an iPad but I didn’t pay for them.

I found iTunes almost impossible to use. Not because I am a Luddite or technophobe (far from it) but because it seemed almost impossible to use. My guess was that Apple made the PC version so dysfunctional that kids would switch to Apple CashBooks.

I might dig it out and have another look at it although it has been pretty much superseded by better tech. Not in terms of .mp3 players but in stuff like in-car audio that plays virtually anything from any source. Much easier to dump my 13.2Gb Jethro Tull discography onto a USB stick and plug it into the car.
 

udipur

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Can anyone attest to the quality of Gieves & Hawkes off the peg jackets?
I thought that being on Savile Row they'd all be English made but it seems they are actually produced in Italy. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was wondering how they compare to other more high-end brands.
When I started flying all over the world on projects, someone suggested I take a blazer as, well, you never know. I've always found the blue ones rather naff so I popped into Thieves and got a discreet sports jacket. Rucksack, suitcase, daysack -survived them all.

Fifteen years later I can say I've probably pressed it no more than five times and had it cleaned maybe twice. It's rock solid and still looks great.


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Cracking piece of kit. One of the best things Apple ever made. Now if they'd only left iTunes alone when it was decent.
(I know this Apple stuff is a thread drift but it will be brief)

I don’t know what iTunes used to be like but it is not much cop now. I had (still have) an iRiver 40Gb Juke Box .mp3 player and it was brilliant. Plug it into USB and drag and drop any file into it from Explorer. Played anything musical and if it didn’t you could install the appropriate codec. Full user interface to all files, not just music.

I just tried to use ITunes to back up my almost full iBooks. Updated it and also updated iOS on the iPad. Win10 was updated last night. Latest versions of everything.

Opened iTunes. First up is a splash screen asking me if I want to give Apple access to everything I own, all my money and a go on the missus. FO.

Next screen wants me to go to the Apple store. FO.

Go to Devices/Books. Try to upload the hundreds of books from iPad to PC so I can shove them in my Calibre library and free up many GBs on the iPad.

It brings up six books. There are hundreds.

Try to Transfer Purchases. Get Error -54: “the iPad cannot be synced”.

Spend an hour on Google looking for answers. Nada, zip, far call.

It’s a pretty pathetic state of affairs when a bunch of hippy robber barons can’t give you reasonable access to your own data.

If anyone knows how to transfer ALL books from iPad to Win10 I am all ears.
 

W21A

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I usually wear what could be called business casual at work which involves office, stores, driving, meeting people, etc. I found a double breast pocket shirt perfect for phone, pen, tickets, thin optics specs etc; yes just like in the army. (But nobody shouts at me now for having the temerity to actually put things in those pockets.) Saville Row Company used to do a great double breast pocket shirt but have stopped producing them. Anybody know of a good supplier?
 
Why narrow it to 'military'? Any good tailor would be able to make evening dress, wouldn't you think? In which case, a conversation with said tailor would potentially identify (at the very least) the trade name* of the piping being sought - after which over to Herr Google / Fleabay to see what shows up.

Alternatively, there may be still specialist suppliers of this rig concentrated in certain districts - less likely these days, perhaps, than when it was my dad's working dress as an orchestral violinist in the 1950s, but worth exploring perhaps.
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*I'm thinking as in "Petersham ribbon" the generic name for what you find wrapped around titfers assorted:

. . . . aaaand beaten to it by a nanosecond by @Sandbanks :)
Just seen it, do you work in our local butchers!
 
I usually wear what could be called business casual at work which involves office, stores, driving, meeting people, etc. I found a double breast pocket shirt perfect for phone, pen, tickets, thin optics specs etc; yes just like in the army. (But nobody shouts at me now for having the temerity to actually put things in those pockets.) Saville Row Company used to do a great double breast pocket shirt but have stopped producing them. Anybody know of a good supplier?
RM Williams shirts generally have pockets but can be a tad expensive and the collard fray after a few months.
 

skid2

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I usually wear what could be called business casual at work which involves office, stores, driving, meeting people, etc. I found a double breast pocket shirt perfect for phone, pen, tickets, thin optics specs etc; yes just like in the army. (But nobody shouts at me now for having the temerity to actually put things in those pockets.) Saville Row Company used to do a great double breast pocket shirt but have stopped producing them. Anybody know of a good supplier?
Levis.
 
I usually wear what could be called business casual at work which involves office, stores, driving, meeting people, etc. I found a double breast pocket shirt perfect for phone, pen, tickets, thin optics specs etc; yes just like in the army. (But nobody shouts at me now for having the temerity to actually put things in those pockets.) Saville Row Company used to do a great double breast pocket shirt but have stopped producing them. Anybody know of a good supplier?
Me - £160 each, bespoke. PM if interested.
 
I've been looking for some new shoes - daughter's wedding and all, ended up ordering two pairs from Samuel Windsor for £75. Mainly because they do half sizes. An 11 slops about on my feet and a 10 is a bit tight. 10.5 is about right aspecially as I have narrow feet. The seem decent quality.
 
@widow11

18.19 today I got another compulsive "dumb" from you on a post that's 72 hours old.

Got nowt better to do between drinks? :-D

Stick another one here, if it helps.

Everybody looks forward to another tag from the 5-fingered Widow :thumright:
 
Are brogue boots socially acceptable? I haven't seen them mentioned so far in this thread.

If so then I suppose Loake & co are the ones to go for?
 
Are brogue boots socially acceptable?
Well, they're definitely enjoying a certain popularity among the fashionably dressed lately (e.g. the Matt Smiths of the world) but the notion of 'socially acceptable' is a mystery to me - depends what they are worn with, when and where.

I mean, if one morning you found a pair in your bowl of cornflakes, worn by an irritable officer of Marines, that might be seen as socially unacceptable, but no more so than repeatedly ignoring his polite entreaty to pass the sugar bowl.
 
Yes they are. I have a pair of Loake Bedales with the victory sole. They dress up well with a suit and down with cords or moleys. The soles look indestructible.
Be sure to acquaint yourself with Loakes' shoe maintenance service: when they start to look a bit down at heel, and the soles are (at last) getting a bit thin, £80.00 - which includes the cost of shipping, IIRC - will buy you an in-the-factory restoration to nearly new, provided you haven't let any talented amateur high street Timson-monkey do anything to them beyond a re-heel.

Loakes only service their own shoes

Other good quality manufacturers (Cheaney, f'rinstance) offer a similar service

Money well spent.
 
Be sure to acquaint yourself with Loakes' shoe maintenance service: when they start to look a bit down at heel, and the soles are (at last) getting a bit thin, £80.00 - which includes the cost of shipping, IIRC - will buy you an in-the-factory restoration to nearly new, provided you haven't let any talented amateur high street Timson-monkey do anything to them beyond a re-heel.

Loakes only service their own shoes

Other good quality manufacturers (Cheaney, f'rinstance) offer a similar service

Money well spent.
Yup. Used the Loake service often. And Cheaneys. Don't skimp on your plates.
 
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