Monday, 16 July 2012

"...Smile and Whistle under all circumstances"

Me as a Cub Scout
This subject of this post came up in conversation with The Lady Wife the other day and I thought 'Hmmm, I could do a nice little bit about that on the blog!' plus, in a way, it's something of a reaction to the myriad of recent posts by fellow enthusiasts Retro Chick (here and here) and Tuppence Ha'penny (here, here and here) about why they wear 'Vintage', partly in relation to the recent 'Vintage backlash' (I might do a proper post about that as well).

Now, over the last few months I've had the pleasure of being interview about my Southern Retro project for publications such as Vintage Life Magazine, Flush Magazine and Milkcow Vintage - and one of the questions that often comes up is why the retrospective life appeals so much over that which modern life has to offer.

My answer nearly always has something to do with keeping history alive, or the great music and dancing, or the important of clothes and pride in ones appearance or, most importantly, ones positive attitude to life in general.

This last one I think is interesting because it's so fundamental to me and I have trouble understanding why it is that modern life just doesn't seem to embrace attitudes such as good manners, courtesy and respect in the same way that it did in the past. I think the reason for this is it was instilled in me at a young age and in such a positive way it just makes sense.

This 'instillation' for want of a better word was carried out during my time as a boy in the Boy Scout Association.

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