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Mod today and the New Untouchables

Paul Weller’s on his way, and hotels in Brighton are getting ready for one of the biggest concerts of the year.

Now, while Weller’s still a Mod icon, there’s much more to this movement than its parker jackets and scooters.

To dig a little deeper we’ve caught up with Rob Bailey from the New Untouchables. Also working as DJ Dr Robert, Rob’s at the heart of the Mod movement.

Q. To the outsider, Mod is retro, so what’s happening on the Mod scene?

Mod is back to the future. Mod always comes back with each new generation adding a contemporary twist. It’s no coincidence. Great music, style and substance that is a unique British trait has not spread its appeal globally.mod2010

Q. Are there different sub-Mod groups by which people are now defining themselves?

Yes of course hard Mods (skinheads/Seudeheads) Dandy’s/Freaks/Swirleys the more swinging London/Psychedelic look, original Mods, Mod revivalists, Brit Poppers and Mockers and mix of Mod and Rocker. That’s what makes Mod unique, it has so much diversity.

Q. At the recent Brighton weekender a biker, on his chopper, rode by the collected scooters gunning his engine, all good-natured stuff?

Yea of course we got much more in common than most.

this-is-the-modern-worldQ. Weller’s playing Brighton soon, is he still a Mod icon?

Of course without Paul Weller there would be no recognisable Mod scene as we know it today. That was my introduction to Mod like millions of others.

Q. On music, who is best representing the new Mod scene?

You mean new bands? I like Little Barrie, The Faithkeepers, The Shoestrung, Big Boss Man

Q. It’s easily forgotten how progressive the modernist/Mod movement was. What defines it now?

What defines Mod for me is attention to detail.

If your interested in finding out more check out the New Untouchables network and get involved – there’s events on all the time.

Here’s some pictures from the last outing to Brighton, proper Mod!

And if you are looking for a hotel in Brighton for the Weller concert, look no further, we’ve got deals running.

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Brighton’s Ballroom gets it right

Hectic eclectic

Country, Ska, Pop, Mod and all in one venue: it can only be the Brighton Ballroom.

Recently refurbished and lovingly re-launched, the Ballroom plays host to Brighton’s most eclectic mix of genres and cultural germinations.

One quick look at the play list reveals all:

30 Sept: Ska Toons,  jazzy Ska classics and rock-steady versions of great songs in the old-skool 60’s style.

1st Oct: MISS HOPE SPRINGS presents BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – Dance to Bacharach, Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass, the Carpenters Sergio Mendez Sylvester, DIvine and latin jazz of the 70’s and let your hair down to the latest handbag hits.

2nd Oct: Boogaloo Stu’s Popkraft – A good old-fashioned party with boogaloo stu, dollyrocket, sparklemotion, the size zero albino & darran duran, with things to make and do – plus pop music too.

4th Oct: Mercury Music Prize Nominees Villagers play the Brighton Ballroom

And from here on it gets more interesting: There’s a We Love Pop night, a night for Mods featuring ‘The Spitfires’ and ‘Departure From Normal’ and even something described as Electro Swing versus Speakeasy Jazz!

Sounds like our kind of night!

More information, look here.

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Shopping in Brighton? Bag a bargain

It’s often thought people visiting Brighton are only here for the sun and fun. Well, there’s another reasons hotel rooms in Brighton are full week-on-week: Shopping!

In the first of a new series we are looking at the boutiques that make Brighton the south coast’s shopping destination of choice!

Porta Bags

As a new business, Porta exemplifies the bespoke Brighton shopping experience. Shockingly, before April 1st 2010, there were no stores dedicated to selling fashionable handbags in Brighton. What! So, its little wonder you find tourists and locals taking a good long look in the window!

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Where is it?

Situated in Bond Street, North Laines, Porta is limited only by its size. Inside you’ll find an intelligently created layout where bags are featured, not piled high.

Few shoppers enjoy a pushy ’sales experience’. Well, assistant manager David has the perfect antidote to the fake world of snivelling sales mantras: be natural.

Here’s a man who knows he’s onto a good thing: the bags are exceptional quality, in a great location, priced really well and when he offers a word to help, it is to help – he clearly loves his products, so if you want to find out more you’ll be happy to ask – he won’t be pestering you.

What’s it got?

Arm candy

Arm candy

For bag fans – I’m not one, but still found some lovely laptop cases downstairs – there are designs from “Coccinelle” and “Ameko”; the vintage Italian butter leather, handmade “Lie down I think I love you” Sweetheart collection; as well as the ever-so on trend “Nica” and “Mischa Barton” bags.

If that’s not enough, you’ll soon spot funky stuff from “Red or Dead”; quirky styles from the “Zandra Rhodes handbag collection”; Eel skin bags, clutches and purses from London brands “Bobelle” and “Makki” and the timeless shapes of “Ri2k”.

Guys are also catered for with great men’s bags from “Skyve and Tool”, “Simon Carter”, “Ashwood” and the Italian “Giada pelle“.

There’s an equal spread of glam bags (upstairs) and stylish utility satchels (downstairs). The only criticism is of the display on the stairs, with the bags hanging off of the lights.

“I want to make Porta the ultimate bag destination in Brighton,” David told me. Well, he may have already done it!

New stuff?

Looking to come winter shopping in Brighton? Porta’s expecting deliveries from “Nadia Lala”, “Hobo”, “the Cambridge Satchel Company”, “Aftershock”, “Miss Budd”, “David Jones” and the best selling and hugely popular brand “Fiorelli”.

Every weekend there’s a bed in a hotel room in Brighton piled high with designer bags, and why not? Try shopping in Brighton after the nightmare of chasing labels in London; you won’t be disappointed!

For more information on Porta

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Proper mod

When you run a Brighton bed and breakfast, you get to see a mod or two! Well, this weekend gone there were some of the best dressed people and  best maintained scooters ever.

Sat by the Volks enjoying the weather; scooters rolling up, people drinking, taking in the sunshine and the good times.

So, here’s some pictures for all the guys and girls who rode down. And a big hello to the biker dude who revved his engine on the way past!

If you like the images, just share on Facebook via the link at the bottom and watch out for more…



By Julia Horbaschk
By Julia Horbaschk
By Julia Horbaschk

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Everyone’s coming to Brighton!

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

It’s official: Brits are staying at home! The latest government statistics prove that more than ever, British people are choosing Brighton over Bologna.

There were 11 million fewer trips made to foreign countries from 2008 through 2009, and 15 per cent fewer trips abroad for holidays.

That’s because it’s so good here! Take Brighton for instance: We have had three weeks of glorious weather – it’s only rained once, and that was in the middle of the night!

The beach has one of the highest cleanliness ratings, there are half a dozen parks to enjoy, and as for the nightlife, it really is second to none.

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After Gok, Brighton rocks! It’s Brighton Fashion Week!

It's style time

It's style time

This week saw the visit of stylist to the masses Gok Wan, when he awarded prizes at the University of Brighton’s fashion show.

It’s really no surprise that the TV celeb was drawn to the coast; there is so much good fashion in this town and people always travel from London to shop. It’s true.

Well if you are visiting Brighton this week, or are a local who can shop till you drop, you are in for a treat.

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We’re up for an award!

Yes indeed, The Ambassador Hotel is up for an award in this month’s Golden Handbag Awards! Woop,Woop!

If you didn’t know it’s gay owned, gay run and a long-time supporter of Brighton’s thriving LGBT scene. So if you’re a fan, do what you can and give us a vote. Follow the link below for more info.

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What’s on this week?

Music everywhere

Entertainment all week

Brighton’s summer program is in full swing! There’s so much happening for families visiting Brighton, and plenty for its culture hungry residents too.

This week starts in style with the Hove Champagne Festival, gets its soundreack from Steve Harley and his band Cocknet Rebel, and gets its style with the start of the sixth Brighton Fashion Week.

So much going on, such little time, so let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the Ambassador’s pick of the bunch:

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Here comes Johnny – Smiths guitarist set to play Brighton

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

It has just been announced that Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist who was Morrissey’s side-kick in The Smiths, is set to grace a Brighton stage during the city’s The Great Escape festival.

Marr, whose jangly playing style inspired thousands of teenagers to put down their air guitars and pick up real ones, is now plying his trade with British indie group The Cribs – who will be appearing at the Corn Exchange this Thursday, May 13th.

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Brighton goes Green

Visitors to Brighton this weekend will probably already know that the city has changed British politics, forever. Yes, true to form Brighton has shown its progressive power and voted in the country’s first Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas.

Even if politics is not your thing, you can’t help but notice the efforts being made in the town to consider the environment.

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