09.10.2013 · 30-year-old guys are a curious bunch

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I am going too kill two birds with one stone (as they say) with responses to two comments

Hi Gareth

No fear of my sister reading the comments....she has no computer...lives in the dark ages but if I wasn"t such a gentleman I would say "Best place for her"

Hi Brian

I think I gave you the wrong impression as regards the "boring" black and dark grey plastic macs

I suppose I have too admit I do love bright colours and I suppose this was one of the attraction to ladies macs and still is

As regards the dark colours I have a black PVC mac and a unisex double breasted plastic/pvc mac in dark blue which I do find a joy too wear...also a dark blue ankle length plastic mac so contradicting myself with my admission to "boring" dark colours

Isn"t it strange how many of these comments turn back to our schooldays and recollections...I suppose our introduction to plastic macs with memories that stay with us

Good too see the Plastique Unique have reopened...must take a look at what they have on offer

They must feel there is a market out there with profitable returns

As i said in my previous comment..I live in my own little dreamworld...well several little dreamworlds...one being that a High Street store decides too include Plastic macs in their Spring collection...keep them simple....keep them at an attractive and sensible price and too see a young lady walking out of the store in a Plastic mac

Oh dear...I have just came out of my dreamworld into the world of reality...don"t like it

Dreamworld here I come again!

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Hi BJ, I haven't worn a full length plastic or nylon raincoat or a plastic rain hat since I left school in 1973. Today it's very much a 'good' coat and a brolly. I looked at buying a rain hat again for use when my first child was born and I needed both hands to push the stroller, but the ones I saw were too thin and feeble to be any use. I eventually 'made do' with a showerproof jacket with a hood.

About 13 or 14 years ago when my daughter was in her early teens, the two of us were leaving my mother's house, and I remember my mother offered me one of those visor-type rain bonnets, which I've never liked, straight out of her raincoat pocket, scrunched up and still damp and grotty and stank to high heaven, when it wasn't even raining that hard. I said thanks but no thanks. Nothing she ever did or said when my daughter and I were both in the room could ever be taken at face value - we had a very Gilmore Girls type relationship.

I have about half a dozen umbrellas, including a new clear 'dome' like the ones from my childhood only much better, and a handbag-sized 'mini maxi', all the others are the old 70s and 80s kind I had as a teenager, that telescoped down into a mushroom shape, were a great size, a nice shape, sloped ideally to tilt back on your shoulder so you're not hiding under it, but above all incredibly bright cheerful colors. I have a classic red one and a royal blue one, and a couple with simple but beautiful geometric designs. Most important of all, they were well made and they lasted years on end. I had the same one all through my twenties, lasted till I was nearly 35. The ones I have now, I stumbled across at garage sales and such places over the last few years.

Today's umbrellas are rubbish and I'm not surprised kids today don't rate them. They're too small, too dull, too disposable, last five minutes, the frame buckles in the wind, they flap around. But what does my head in most is the 'black' compulsion. Until recently I worked in a local council office and the girls would come in on wet mornings looking like drowned rats, and prop up or hang up their miserable inadequate brollies with spokes sticking out all over the place. They looked like absolute junk, but because invariably they were black they were OK, they were in line with the unofficial dress code. Colors were just too frivolous and immature, or something. I never got it - still don't.

This discussion has inspired me to try and find a nylon raincoat like I wore back in the day - maybe even a rainhat too.

Re the market: That would be Victoria Market, on the north edge of the central City of Melbourne. It's still going strong, but just in the last week or so there's been announcements that they're thinking of giving it a facelift.

Hi again everybody, we don't have the legendary Marks & Spencer here in Australia but we have always had shops like it. Back when I was at high school in the late 60s-early 70s, Coles besides their supermarkets had a 'department store' in every major shopping mall or centre.

These shops sold a lot of imported goods under the brand 'Embassy'. I remember it was the local Coles department store where the navy-blue nylon raincoats I wore for school came from. If I remember rightly the last one I had cost $2.99 (with two plastic rainhats in pouches thrown in for free as a 'back to school special'). They had the 'Embassy' brand, and I have a vague memory they were originally made in England. One of the two nylon coats I wear now, both second-hand but newer, has an Embassy label but was made in China.

I wouldn't be surprised at all to find the coats we had then were Pakamacs in all but name. There was absolutely nothing wrong with them then (except lack of 'cool'), and as I wear them again now for outdoor activities there is nothing better.

A while ago I gave my daughter a bright red nylon raincoat when I found it didn't fit me - now she wears it regularly, even to work. Believe me, if she thought it looked frumpy, or sloppy, or whatever, she would never touch it with a barge-pole.