Category Archives: John Steed and the Avengers

Patrick Macnee (6th February 1922 – 25th June 2015), RIP

Patrick Macnee | Patrick Macnee.

I am sad to learn of the death of Patrick Macnee; one of my heroes; RIP.

Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33279566
Patrick Macnee (6th February 1922 – 25th June 2015).

http://www.patrickmacnee.com has a short history of his life.

John Steed’s Flat is a fansite about the fictional character John Steed from the British TV series THE AVENGERS which ran from 1961 – 1969 and from 1976 – 1977 as THE NEW AVENGERS. John Steed was portrayed by actor Patrick Macnee (1922 – 2015) who created an iconic character in TV history – http://www.johnsteedsflat.com

Patrick Macnee as John Steed in the Avengers, Escape in Time, 1967.

Patrick Macnee as John Steed in the Avengers, Escape in Time, 1967.

Gareth Hunt (as Gambit), Joanna Lumley (as Purdey) and Patrick Macnee (as Steed) in the New Avengers, 1976-1977

Gareth Hunt (as Gambit), Joanna Lumley (as Purdey) and Patrick Macnee (as Steed) in the New Avengers, 1976-1977.

Patrick Macnee in A View to a Kill playing Sir Godfrey Tibbett and posing as his chauffeur, 1985. Interestingly Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger; Diana Rigg played Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and Jonanna Lumley also played in a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld's "Angels of Death").

Patrick Macnee in A View to a Kill playing Sir Godfrey Tibbett and posing as his chauffeur, 1985. Interestingly Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger; Diana Rigg played Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; and Jonanna Lumley also played in a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s “Angels of Death”).

Photograph of Patrick Macnee from http://www.patrickmacnee.com

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Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes

This article on British made clothes is very comprehensive – please give it a few seconds to load. You may wish to use ‘find on page’ to help you look for something in particular.

I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.

Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.

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British made hats and British made scarves – Hats Made in the UK – Scarves made in the UK

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

I have heard it said that a hat worn well is part of a British gentleman’s heritage. For ladies it is said a hat for every occasion is required. These days it probably won’t be a bowler you choose, but perhaps it’s time to rediscover the hat?

Get ahead, get a British made hat!

British made – watch caps, beanies, wooly hats, trapper hats, Jinnah caps, pork pie hats, flat caps, dress hats, trilby hats, fedoras, homburgs, bowlers, top hats, panama hats, tweed hats, military headwear, baseball caps, etc.

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Umbrellas made in Great Britain – Umbrellas Made in England – British Made Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Shooting Sticks and Awnings

British Made Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Shooting Sticks.  Umbrellas made in the UK.

An umbrella (or brolly) is used to keep off the rain or the sun. A parasol more often than not is a term used for an umbrella designed to shade people from the sun and unlike a rain umbrella may not be waterproof. Umbrellas are widely used in the UK, Japan and elsewhere. You can get full sized umbrellas, folding umbrellas, travel umbrellas and the larger golf umbrellas, plus work umbrellas and garden umbrellas.

It is generally recognised that London has been the home of the best umbrellas and walking sticks and to some extent that tradition is carried on today, although the majority of umbrellas sold in the UK are made in China nowadays.

It is sadly the case that to the best of my knowledge there are no umbrellas made entirely in the UK any longer.  There are companies like those below claiming to sell “Made in the UK” umbrellas, but actually all the umbrella frames (the key component of any umbrella) are manufactured in China.  One might take the view simply attaching a canopy or handle (neither of which are of UK origin in some cases) in the UK does not make it genuinely “Made in the UK”.

You might consider getting a vintage British umbrella from somewhere like eBay, a charity shop, an antiques shop or a car boot sale but these are often in need of rather lot of work before they might be presentable. There is a buoyant and sometimes expensive market in secondhand English umbrellas on eBay.

The following are the UK manufacturers and retailers of British made umbrellas that I know of:

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