NaplesOfTheNorth

A blog about clothes, football, music and ale - The very things of life itself
Saving our club one step at a time #rovers

Saving our club one step at a time #rovers

Bit late with this but RIP Patrick Edlinger - Les Blondes

The man who defied gravity and brought climbing to the mainstream. As ever I am drawn to the mavericks and Patrick was certainly one. Bit of an oddball and renowned for being argumentative and difficult, fairly standard for a frenchman…….. He maintained a proper bohemian lifestyle throughout his fame in the 80’s living in a camper van and surviving off water and sandwiches. He was the man who turned climbing into a sport with the way he transformed climbing into a terrifying yet terrifying and compelling version of yoga and gymnastics performed hundred of feet above ground without safety equipment.

There are loads and loads of videos of him on Youtube that are absolutely mindblowing, if you get 5 minutes have a look and revel in the wonderment of one of the true outdoor sporting pioneers.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a vid and promised to back in the swing of blogging, well it turns out I lied, sue me. As a sort of apology have some festive musical wonderment to spin in your ears, with a twist, sort of……….

I’ve been massively uninspired blogging wise lately but thought I’d try to get my eye back in with a few new posts over the coming week or so.

I’m Easing myself in with a tune from my favourite band in the whole wide world, a band that were beaten into me by my mothers love/obsession with Mr John William Weller. The Jam split 30 years ago this week and PW is still as cool as a Penguins bollocks.

So Naples Of The North blog has been quiet of late, thats because I have gone and got myself married to my childhood sweetheart. Following the wedding we went straight on honeymoon to avoid the many scorned women in Lancaster……….. so we packed our bags (lots of them) and headed off to Asia, Bali and Singapore to be precise. We pretty much did everthing we could and got properly stuck in. Went to more temples than you could wave a stick at (hence the sarong shots), ate prawns the size of a bin lid, went parasending, surfing, went up a volcano, went into the jungle, down the rice stairs, drank Caffe Luwack (Mongoose shit coffee),snorkeling and that was before we tackled the amazingness of Singapore, an absolutely batshit mental place with some of the best trainer shopping I have ever been lucky enough to throw money at. Here is a few snaps of my trip, sozzer for the lack of gratuitous bikini shots of my wife ior me for that matter.

Although for a reasonable fee I am willing to make some available.

Tour De Really Fucking Wet!!

The Tour of Britain cut a swathe through the great british countryside yesterday within a shot walk of my house, well I’d have been able to walk if it wasnt for the downpour of biblical proportions, we actually travelled there using a small skiff and paddled the last few hundred yards!!

Myself and a few pals joined a hundred or so hardy souls at the final ‘King of The Mountains’ checkpoint at a crossroads in the Trough of Bowland in torrential rain to grab a sight of the current Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins and world Champion Mark Cavendish as they made their way towards the stage finish at Blackpool. Along with these cycling superstars were a number of big names on the domestic cycling circuit and the coolest team going Rahpa Condor, whose rider Kristian House was in the leading group. I’ve been to watch the Tour of Britain before but last time it was very much a one man and his dog affair whereas this year the crowds and techinical support behind the race along with the teams involved gave it the feel of one of the classics. It was great to see so many folk turn out in absolutely filthy weather and bodes well for the development and expansion of the tour.

Blogging is ace as it gives you chance to chat to and meet like minded folk, with that said I recently got chatting to Michael Richardson @realsuedeshoes who you may recognise from Rig Out/Paszport magazine fame, the content of said converstaion was around the joy of Vera shoes. I thought it might be good to expand this blog and have some interviews and guest pieces on, here is the first of ‘hopefully’ many  more. The article below is a much more eloquent and less gobshitey look at the new styles of the ever developing brand.



The stressful task of trying to decide on a decent pair of summer shoes usually starts at the end of summer so it is with great care and timing that the good people at Veras have released their latest batch of creations into the world. The superior Spanish shoemakers and brainchild of Welsh sole-boy Neil Morris, have produced an uplifting collection for S/S13 that underlines their quality and celebrates their success. For a few years now Veras have kept turning-over a winning hand whether launching new ranges or freshening up key designs and the S/S13 shoes are cut from the same cloth.

 

To those of a certain vintage Veras summer shoes give-off a whiff of the fabled cord shoe and this, as you know, is a very good thing indeed. The suede Seville has the advantage of being produced in the finest fabric for shoe-making and ticks most of the boxes on the perfect summer shoe spreadsheet. (Obviously nothing ticks them all yet).

 

Veras take a well-toned, post-casual approach to shoemaking, offering another successful example of British style engaging with and adapting European design.  Their popular mesh espadrilles are already well on their way to being a style classic and the suede Seville looks like being another serious contender. From the sands of Playa de Puerto Rey to the shores of Port Talbot, a pair of Veras …

 

Veras S/S13 collection will be available at Number Six (London) and Oi Polloi in Manchester. As usual numbers are (righteously) limited so if you’re planning on owning a pair (like you should be) you’d be best to do it sharpish or else move to Japan.

Stand, the new fanzine for likeminded souls to air their gripes about the way our favourite past time has gone wrong.
I wrote something for it, so buy it. You wont regret it and if you do then your probably a bad ted anyway.

Stand, the new fanzine for likeminded souls to air their gripes about the way our favourite past time has gone wrong.

I wrote something for it, so buy it. You wont regret it and if you do then your probably a bad ted anyway.

"It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince people they have been fooled".
Mark Twain.
I’m not going to lie, I am wounded.

"It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince people they have been fooled".

Mark Twain.

I’m not going to lie, I am wounded.