On 8th May I received a text from a friend saying to look at page 31 of that day’s Daily Express newspaper. What a pleasant surprise it was to see the article about Allan Bradbury who has been cutting quite a figure ‘up North’, looking very dapper in his Westwood togs.
Perfect for a post I thought, so I put the gears in motion & managed to get in touch with him.
Below is the e-mail that he sent me so I shall let Allan carry on from here apart from to say that I liked a comment he said to a friend who was congratulating him on his ‘fame’, saying ‘today’s news is tomorrows fish & chip paper’ & also that apparently the leather patchwork trousers he is wearing in the newspaper article are reputed to have belonged to Jim Morrison of ‘The Doors’ (WoW). They were flared when he got them so he had them altered to be tapered.
I have also included a comment he made to me regarding the issues raised in Vivienne’s Climate Revolution website ( http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/ ) which he had a look at. This is also below…
Take it away Allan…… & Thank you!
I started to dress Westwood style about ten years ago. I came across a grey VW Man label frock coat which appealed to me, labelled Tool hire with some porn font written on the inside, it may have been from early punk days.
The Westwood styles, often asymmetric and somewhat funky, appealed to me because personally, I never actually fit into any box of conformity or mediocrity when it came to my fashion choices. I work as a psychotherapist within the mental health field and often my aim is to help people to rid themselves of the ‘Classical Conditioning’ that they have been taught and to be unafraid and real, often expressing their personality in the way that they choose to dress, this means that they can put aside their fears and be what they choose to be. Yes I was a gunner within the RAF Rgt and a member of the 15 Sqdn parachute team, my role was a machine gunner on the helicopters during the Borneo conflict in 1962- 65. I have had many experiences of that time Ben, too numerous to tell, after all, I was just a young lad from the Lake District and Singapore, Thailand, Malaya and the Maldives were all part of my adventure.
Yes, I have had much reaction to the initial publication in the Daily Express. Today has been spent producing, filming a documentary with third year students from N Wales university which should be completed in about two weeks, the story is about my life and the clothes that I wear, we’re hoping that the finished film has a story with substance and a profound message for those who are less fortunate than myself.
Hope this is what you want; tomorrow I shall don my Westwood gear and strut my stuff in sunny Manchester (No doubt being photographed by some and ridiculed by others)
Regards Appy Allan
Hi Ben, was thinking of my first connection with climate change. About thirty years ago I spoke to an old homesteader in the Dent valley of Cumbria and saw the pain in his face when he told me that his land was ruined with fertilizers because he had to force growth in order to maintain a living, instead of one natural harvest, he had to produce three and he was de-neutralising the worth of the land. This has stayed with me all these years.