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If you’ve ever wanted to travel to New York in the same time it takes to watch The Godfather: Part 2 then we’ve got some good news for you.
Famed billionaire Richard Branson is backing a brand spanking new supersonic jet known as the Boom which is 2.6 times faster than any current commercial airliner, reports The Guardian.
The Boom’s capable of travelling from London to New York City in just three and a half hours or 210 minutes (The Godfather: Part 2 comes in at 202 minutes including credits) making it even faster than Concorde.
The reason the plane’s so fast is because it’s made of lightweight carbon-fibre composites which give it a top speed of 1,451 miles per hour while carrying a maximum of forty passengers.
Sir Richard Branson explained his decision to back the new super plane saying he’s passionate about aerospace innovation.
The tycoon said:
” I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights. As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.
Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions. “
It’s hoped the plane will enter into active testing next year but before you start dreaming of easy trans-Atlantic travel we do have some bad news.
A ticket on the jet will cost an eye-watering $5,000 (£3,500) which is a significant chunk of change.
The Parka was originally designed and worn by hunters in the Arctic regions for protection against the freezing temperatures and wind. Originally made from reindeer or seal skins and coated in fish oils to retain water resistance. Used by the US military in the 1950’s and then copied and sold to the general public. In the 1960s the Fishtail Parka became popular with the Mods, wearing it to protect smarter clothes underneath when riding their scooters. As popular today as it was in the 60’s and manufactured by many of the top brands the Parka seems like it’s here to stay!
The Fishtail Parka
The fishtail parka was first used by the United States Army in 1950 to help protect soldiers from the elements in the Korean War. Following the end of the Second World War the US army recognised the need for a new cold weather system for fighting in as the existing kit was inadequate; the fishtail parka solution was the result of a concerted design effort.
There are four main styles of fishtail parkas: the EX-48, M-48, M-51 and the M-65. The M stands for military, and the number is the year it was standardized. The EX-48 model was the first prototype or “experimental” precursor to all of them. The M-48 then being the first actual production model fishtail parka after the pattern being standardised on December 24, 1948.
The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back that could be folded up between the legs, much like a Knochensack, and fixed using snap connectors to add wind-proofing. The fishtail was fixed at the front for warmth or folded away at the back to improve freedom of movement when needed.
The EX-48 parka is distinctive as it has a left sleeve pocket and is made of thin poplin, only the later production M-48 parkas are made of the heavier sateen canvas type cotton. The EX-48 also has a thin fibre glass based liner that is very light and warm, the M-48 has a thicker wool pile liner with an integral hood liner made of wool. Both are distinguishable from any other type of parka by having the sleeve pocket. This was dropped for the M-51 onward The fur ruff on the hood is also fixed to the shell of an EX-48/M-48 and is of wolf, coyote or often wolverine. The M-48 parka was costly to produce and therefore only in production for around one year. The pockets were wool lined both inside and out. The cuffs had two buttons for securing tightly around a wearer’s wrist. The later more mass-produced M-51 parka had just the one cuff button. The liner had a built in chest pocket which again was unique to the M-48 parka.
The next revision was the M-51, made because the M48 was so good and of such high quality it was just too expensive to mass-produce.
The outer hood of the M-51 Fishtail Parka is integral to the parka shell, an added hood liner as well as a button in main liner make the M-51 a versatile 3 piece parka. The idea behind this 3 part system was to enable a more customisable parka that allowed for easier cleaning of the shell as the hood fur was on the detachable hood liner, not fixed to the shell as in the M-48. It also allowed for both liners to be buttoned in or our depending on the temperature and hence warmth required. It was also cheaper than the M-48 to mass-produce The early M-51 was made of heavy sateen cotton, the same material as the M-48. Later revisions of the M-51 were poplin based. The later liners were also revised from the “heavy when wet” wool pile to a lighter woolen loop or frieze wool design that dried easier and were far lighter. The frieze liners were constructed of mohair and were designed using a double loop system which repelled cold weather.
The M-65 fishtail parka has a detachable hood and was the last revision. It features a removable quilted liner made of light nylon / polyester batting which are modern synthetic materials. The M-65 fishtail parka first came in to production in 1968. These parkas featured synthetic fur on the hoods after an outcry from the fur lobby. As a result, only hoods for these parkas made in 1972 and for one year later have real fur.
Designed primarily for combat arms forces such as infantry, they are to be worn over other layers of clothing; alone, the fishtail parka is insufficient to protect against “dry cold” conditions (i.e. below about -10 °C). As such all fishtail parkas are big as they were designed to be worn over battle dress and other layers.
In the 1960s UK, the fishtail parka became a symbol of the mod subculture. Because of their practicality, cheapness and availability from army surplus shops, the parka was seen as the ideal garment for fending off the elements and protecting smarter clothes underneath from grease and dirt when on the mod’s vehicle of choice, the scooter. Its place in popular culture was assured by newspaper pictures of parka-clad mods during the Bank Holiday riots of the 1960s
A truly enduring British style icon, the parka has spanned several generations of youth culture and remains as popular today as it was when this heavy duty item of US Army outerwear first became de rigueur for scooter-riding Mods in the early Sixties.
Developed by the US Army after World War II and first seeing active service in the freezing conditions of Korea in the early 1950s, it was the parka – more specifically the M51 model of ‘fishtail’ parka, rather than its cousin, the N3B ‘snorkel’ – that first captured the imagination of British Mods looking for a utilitarian coat to protect their stylish clothes from dirt and grime when travelling by scooter. Mass-produced by the military, it was easily affordable for cash-strapped teens and readily available from any army surplus store.
The popularity of the parka came from its practicality. Originally designed to be worn over full combat uniform, the parka was large enough to cover any tailored suit and robust enough to survive the elements of a bank holiday scooter ride to the coast. With its fox fur lined hood and its ‘fishtail’ specially designed to be tied around the legs for extra insulation, it was even warm enough to sleep in on the beach if necessary. Of course, if your scooter broke down, you could just spread the parka on the ground to protect your clothes while doing the repairs.
Parkas were easy to customize too, an added bonus for the Pop Art obsessed Mods: patches, badges, slogans, union jacks and targets were added to enliven the military sage green.
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The new documentary Oasis: Supersonic compellingly positions Britpop legends Oasis among the most influential artists of the ’90s — and maybe of rock history. The film chronicles the band’s early years, from playing dingy Manchester rehearsal spaces to releasing two of the decade’s beloved albums, 1994’s Definitely Maybe and 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, to the seeds of brotherly conflict between Oasis’ Gallagher brothers that eventually precipitated their downfall.
And though the band dissolved years ago — and faded into chaos long before that — singer Liam Gallagher tells EW by email that he always expected the Oasis story would be depicted on the silver screen. “Without a doubt,” he says, “as we were the band of a generation.”
As director Mat Whitecross explains to EW, the film’s making was “really quick.” Producer Simon Halfon approached Whitecross “a year and a half ago” with a simple question: “Do you like Oasis?” The director immediately jumped to grand conclusions. “Are they getting back together?” he recalls asking. “Maybe we’re going on tour with them! This is going to be great or terrible or something — it’s going to be interesting. … As it turned out, they wanted to make a film about the past, but they didn’t really know what it was going to be. It was up to us to decide, which is great. Kind of terrifying, but great.”
Whitecross bookends Oasis: Supersonic with with footage of their famed, Aug. 1996 gigs in Knebworth, England, where the band drew a quarter-million fans over two consecutive nights. The shows represented, in some ways, Oasis’ apex and Whitecross says they were a focus of conversation from his earliest interview with guitarist and primary songwriter Noel Gallagher.
“He’d been talking about Knebworth and how they had all this unseen footage and how important the gig was to him,” Whitecross says. Beginning and ending with those concerts seemed “like a great way of focusing our attention on the really exciting bit in any band’s life and trajectory, which is the early days,” he continues. “Once you get big, the stories kind of converge and become similar. Whereas the early days, particularly for Oasis, were so intense.” Adds Liam: “With it being 20 years since Knebworth, I guess it was the perfect time to do it.”
The anniversary was also meaningful to Noel who, according to Whitecross, said the documentary might have to wait until the 25th anniversary of the shows in 2021 if the production team couldn’t complete it for a 2016 release. But while the Gallagher brothers had similar visions for the film and both served as executive producers, the endeavor didn’t help to sweeten their notoriously sour relationship. Liam says they weren’t in communication “one bit.” When asked about his own executive producer credit, he says, “Well, obviously I was in it. I’m the good looking chap down the front, center stage.”
But Liam adds that he — like Noel — spent a tremendous time with Whitecross answering questions and going through troves of unseen footage that made it into the documentary. “To be honest, I didn’t realize we were being filmed, especially in rehearsals,” Liam writes. “I’m not really sure how that happened, but I’m glad that it did. Whenever there was a camera around, we’d shut up shop, as [we] didn’t really like being filmed. We must’ve let our guard down.”
So, while Oasis shows seems unlikely to reunite in the near future — Noel released his second album as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in 2015 and Liam’s solo debut is expected to arrive next year — the documentary proved a positive experience for both Gallaghers. “I said, ‘Look, I’m going to ask you a lot of questions, but you need to forget about what you read on Twitter this morning and try and remember how it really was,’” Whitecross recalls. “They seemed quite moved by trying to remember the relationship they had, as opposed to the relationship they have now.” And in reflecting on those early years, Liam notes that “the whole experience was f—ing great!”
Oasis: Supersonic hits American theaters for a limited, one-week run throughout the U.S. tonight. Read on for EW’s full interview about the documentary’s creation below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about your earliest meetings with the Gallaghers. MAT WHITECROSS: [Halfon] said, “Do you want to come meet Noel?” The next question was, “Is Liam on board?” Everyone was like, “Yeah!” It was wishful thinking, because no one had dared to pick up the phone in case he wasn’t. And actually, he was great. He said, “Well, you should’ve come to me first. Secondly, why didn’t we make this film 10 years ago?” The other thing he said was, “There’s no footage from that time. It’s going to have to be a radio play or something.” I was lying through my teeth and I was like, “No, we’ve got great footage!” I just wanted him to say yes.
How did you go about acquiring footage?
There were like a couple terrifying months where we were just [seeing] if there was any. Before we even knew we had the green light, I started looking on YouTube. Then we started doing shoutouts and fans started sending things in. And a lot of people that we interviewed were like, “Well, I’ve got some footage” or “I might know someone.”
What role did the Gallaghers play as executive producers?
It was just having them on board and them allowing us into their lives. They watched the film a couple times at the end; I wanted to know what they thought. [Their feedback] wasn’t [what] I expected. They were very happy with all the insults and all the banter. That was fine — I guess they’re used to it. It was much more like, “That gig feels like we don’t spend enough time with it. Let’s talk more about that.”
Noel said, “If there’s any point to this film, it should inspire musicians now who feel that the world of music is too bleak, it’s too difficult for them to get into, it’s too corporate. They should feel, if these five s—kickers can do something like this, then we can do it too.” I had taken all that [background] out, because we needed to save time. And he was like, “Look, to me that feels important.”
They opened up their contact books to us. The people we spoke to, a lot of them have turned down interviews in the past, because they haven’t been given the nod from Noel or from Liam.
They have such a fraught relationship. Did you ever worry about portraying one Gallagher more positively than the other?
They didn’t pull their punches when they were talking about each other. The question [was] about finding that balance in terms of remembering the good times as well as the bad. From the amount of insults they threw at each other when we were doing the interviews, I could have made something that was pure vitriol from beginning to end, but that didn’t feel right to me. As far as I’m concerned, they’re both right and they’re both wrong. What made them work was the same thing that destroyed the relationship in the end.
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