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everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...

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Comments by R&B on 3rd April 2016  

Hi G thank you for your nice comment. As I said it doesn't rain everytime we go on holiday but I think someone likes it when it does so if you love the comments about us being out in the rain I think you might get some more. I think you are right that some people really like these raincoats because we get lots of nice comments when it is raining. The sort of thing people say are you look prepared for the weather or you look like you are ready for rain and a lot of people ask where they can buy them. When we went to Betsy Coed last year it was really raining and I heard one lady say to her friend I wish I had a plastic mac like that lady is wearing. All you could buy in the shops there were those thin cagoules and Im not sure they are even really waterproof. I can't really understand why the shops don't sell macs now if so many people want them. C&A in Bedford were really good but they closed down. We are just lucky because we bought quite a few in Ireland where they have the Dunnes shops. I don't know if anyone else knows where you can buy them but I hope that is OK for you.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 2nd April 2016  

Hi Jeff that program that had a brief showing of a woman in a plastic Mac the trailer showed nothing but that bit thought that was strange.

Comments by G on 29th March 2016   gwd6992@yahoo.co.uk

Hi Beth it's great to hear from you yes please we would all love to Hear all your comments about macs regardless of who is wearing them any doubts or queries please email me I don't bjte G

Comments by R&B on 29th March 2016  

Hi G when we saw your last comment I also saw that a few weeks ago you asked about our next holiday but we haven't booked anything at the moment. I don't want you to think that it rains every time we go on holiday but it does rain quite a lot. We are not really fans but they are very good raincoats and it is amazing how many nice comments we get from other people so we could write more about that. Rob was going to add another comment about us going out in the rain but we thought perhaps you have enough about our holidays! If it doesn't have to be just about us he thinks that the lady who owned one of the cottages we stayed in had a mac like mine and we went out in the rain together so we could possibly add a comment about that. B

Comments by G on 26th March 2016  gwd6992@yahoo.co.uk 

Hi happy Easter to all Mac fans new and old let's hear from you all

Comments by G on 19th March 2016   gwd6992@yahoo.co.uk

Hi a shop in a town near me has a cafe above a ladies fashion shop after having a coffee went through the shop there was a rack full of brilliant red pvc macs about eight full length and five 3/4lenth what beautiful macs I will be going back for another coffee very soon

Comments by Jeff on 7th March 2016  

Hi Frank, glad to have been able to help. I agree, the scene was too short. However, sightings of see-through plastic macs are very rare these days so we have to be grateful for anything we get.

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 6th March 2016  

Hi Jeff I saw that episode the mac scene was very brief still enjoyed the programme thanks

Comments by G on 28th February 2016  

Constance Constance where art though Constance

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 25th February 2016  

Hi Jeff good to know that there are still a few gentlemen out there thanks

Comments by Jeff on 25th February 2016  

Hello Frank, the scene with the woman in the red plastic mac is from the series "Moving On" which is shown each afternoon on BBC. The episode with the mac is 7.3 in the series entitled "Picture of Innocence". The episode is available on BBC iPlayer and the mac scene starts about 30 minutes into the program. By the way, I thinks it is a Primark mac. Hope that helps.

Comments by G on 24th February 2016  

Hi Beth I just seen a chap with one of them clear brollys strange as its a dry day here where is your next trip have you got anything booked remember to pack your mac

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 23rd February 2016  

Hi does anybody know what new program on the BBC a woman in a red plastic mac

Comments by R&B on 22nd February 2016  

It is kind of you to say so G but I just think these raincoats are ideal for our weather and I think a lot of other people would probably agree. It is just a shame you can't buy them now. If you want a see through brolly you can buy them in most big shops. I think they are called dome umbrellas and they are made from clear plastic with different coloured edges so I am sure you will find a red one. We have had quite a lot of rain recently but I seem to wear my mac more in the summer because it folds up so easily and is ideal for showers! If you are thinking of going to Ireland please don't be put off by all the rain we had one year because it is a lovely country whatever the weather.B

Comments by G on 15th February 2016  

Hi Beth it's good to hear from you again I been around the world but never to Ireland I might try it this year it's great to hear that you are wearing your Mac in all this rain don't think I have seen a red brolly they sound brilliant said it before but Rob is a very lucky man

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 14th February 2016  

Hi I would get a big shock if I saw a woman wearing a nylon or any mac

Comments by R&B on 14th February 2016  

I think you must have had a lot of rain and flooding in Yorkshire G. I think you are right see through umbrellas are usually ladies umbrellas although we both use mine but it is black which is quite a unisex colour. The one I took to Ireland was red and this is probably more of a ladies colour and yes they are ideal with a mac because they protect you from the rain very well but you can still see where you are going. When we had a few wet holidays one after the other we actually called them our summer brollydays. B

Comments by G on 12th February 2016  

Hi bj you have a better memory than me I think you are correct there was a static problem and the b probably was British and maybe the r was rayon just not sure

Comments by G on 10th February 2016  

Hi R and B also Jane thank you yes Rob great comments keep them coming I was in a hotel in Yorkshire just before Christmas it was raining hard the staff give me one of those plastic brolly to run to the car to feminine for me but sure for Beth and other ladies they are ideal with a plastic mac of course and to any other ladies lets hear from you all

Comments by BJ on 10th February 2016  

Now that the word has come up I have very vague early-60s in UK memories of 'bri-nylon' I think it was used for clothes of various kinds. My first guess would be that the 'bri' was short for 'British'. I just Googled it and it seems to have been a specific type of nylon with a specific formulation. (If that sounds vague, I did fail Form 4 chemistry so I'm no expert). One other thing that came out of the Google stuff is that it generated a lot of static electricity and that was a problem.

Comments by R&B on 9th February 2016  

Hi G we said we would add another comment about us going out in the rain when we were on holiday and I hope this is the type of thing you wanted to hear. We think it rained almost every day when we went to Killarney but I wondered whether it was quite as bad as we remembered so I searched on google for the weather in August 1997 and someone has saved some old BBC weather forecasts. Although they don't show Ireland very well you can see how much rain we had! Despite the atrocious weather we still had a lovely time and I think Robin is right because sometimes you can still have a nice time even when it is raining especially when other people are so pleased to see you like the lady at Muckross farm. She was really kind and she said she thought our macs were really good and because we also had wellingtons and a brolly I remember her saying look at you, you look like you are prepared for the weather did someone tell you it rains a lot in Ireland! We had so much rain that I think we could add a few more comments if this is the type of thing you would like to hear more about.

Comments by R&B on 9th February 2016  

Hi G sorry it has taken a long time to add another comment but I wasn't sure whether you wanted to hear more about our macs or more about us going out in the rain so we have added both and I hope they are OK. I think you probably have a good idea what our macs are like now anyway because you are right they are the type of nearly transparent clear and black plastic macs that you could buy in lots of shops. I think they are probably the most popular colours for ladies and gents macs and we are so pleased we bought them when we did because it is quite hard to find them now. We like them because they are completely waterproof and not just showerproof and they are quite long so we don't need waterproof trousers on so they are much better than cagoules. And because they fold up so easily we can take them with us if we are not sure whether it is going to rain or not so they are really good for days out. Beth added a comment about our umbrella and the one we took to Ireland was one of the see through plastic ones because they are really good for sight seeing and we don't really worry about rain dripping off it because we usually have our macs on anyway and I don't think we would notice the difference between this and the rain outside.

Comments by Jane on 9th February 2016  

Hi G we think Bri nylon was a make they came about or after Polin macs but do not quote me prefer plastic macs myself

Comments by G on 4th February 2016  

Hi when nylon macs first came out they were called bri nylon does anybody know if this was a make or were they different.

Comments by G on 29th January 2016  

Hi its great to have ladies writing comments I did try a few days ago to persuade a lady who used to write before to start again but sadly failed but I live in hope

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 27th January 2016  

Hi Colin, that is exactly why I never waste my money buying cheap umbrellas these days, that are undersized, feeble, and you see them flapping in the wind and popping inside out, they last five minutes if you're lucky. Besides the Fulton 'bubbles' I was talking with Beth about, I also have a few of the near-original Knirps telescopics from the 70s and 80s, bought from Salvos or Vinnies, which have lasted me 10 years plus as the second owner. They're just better designed and better made, and I've never ever had one buckle in the wind.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 27th January 2016  

Frank, often-times your brother's right, it does get stinking hot at various times in most parts of Australia,but it also be downright miserable here, even during the summer. Melbourne gets exactly the same rubbish from the rest of the country about its crappy weather that Manchester does. Last Friday my daughter and I went into the Aust Open tennis, and it rained right up to mid-afternoon.

Melbourne gets about 600m of rain each year (no idea how that converts to inches), most during the spring but the spread month-to-month is more even than you'd think. In summer (usually) there tends to be heavier rain events with more time between, while in winter it can drizzle for days at a time. (Sydney gets more rain overall but has less wet days.)

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 26th January 2016  

Hi
Elizabeth Anne how much rain do you get down under my brother said that you could fry eggs on the payment
.

Comments by Colin Porter on 26th January 2016  coleport39@gmail.com 

Hi Elizabeth Anne.

I live in Blackpool, England, which can be wet and windy at times (it's having a spell of them now) and abandoned umbrellas which have been blown inside is a common sight. They can also drag people off balance at times, so be wary of what kind of umbrella you choose.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 25th January 2016  

Hi Beth, it's nice watching the raindrops slide down the front when I'm under a clear brolly - and of course you can see where you're going, and the tips are pointing downwards, which makes us all safer from those morons who forget they don't own the street.

But I wonder, if I'm doing a lot of walking whether I'm better off with a proper full-size nylon umbrella, because the flatter shape and extra size means I'm not stepping out into the drops falling off the front edge all the time.

I absolutely draw the line at cheap Reject Shop umbrellas.

Comments by R&B on 24th January 2016  

Hi Elizabeth yes we have had a few of those Fulton umbrellas. They are good for holidays because you can see everything and we definitely had one when we went to Ireland. I stopped buying them for a while because they were a bit fragile but when I last bought one it seemed stronger.B

Comments by G on 21st January 2016  

Hi Frank them MS nylon macs that was a very long time ago must be over fifty years ago and Woolworths were selling long plastic macs nothing like that now

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 20th January 2016  

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.

Comments by G on 18th January 2016  

Hi ROB YES PLEASE GREAT STUFF MACS PLEASE thank you

Comments by R&B on 18th January 2016  

Hi G I think our worst holiday weather was in 1997 when we went to Ireland. We stayed in Killarney and I think it rained every day! The days we went to Muckross I think it was the last weekend in August were very wet and we both remember walking around the grounds in the rain. We were prepared for bad weather and I remember one of the ladies at the farm asked us whether someone had told us it rained a lot in Ireland! She also said she thought our macs were really good and as we often get nice comments I think lots of people really do like them. Despite all the rain there were quite a few people there and we had a nice time. As I said we bought our macs in Ireland and they are the semi-transparent black and clear plastic macs that were quite popular back then. I might have to add another comment about our umbrellas because I don't know so much about them but we quite like the see through ones because you can still see the gardens when it is raining outside. I am sorry it has taken a little time to write this comment but I hope it is the type of thing you wanted to hear. Please say if you would like to hear about the other days or more about the macs.

Comments by G on 17th January 2016  

Hi Frank I had a girlfriend once who had a sister who had a Ms mac she borrowed it one rainy night happy days

Comments by Frank Barnard on 17th January 2016  

Hi does anybody remember the M S nylon macs somebody's wife or
Girl friend let thought they were the best

Comments by G on 16th January 2016  

hi Rob and Beth yes we would to hear about your holidays and mac wearing ASP

Comments by R&B on 15th January 2016  

Thank you for your comments. If you would like to hear more about our holidays we will try to add some comments about the rain and our macs and brollies for you.

Comments by G on 12th January 2016  

Hi R B yes please take no notice of daft comments Brian this is a great site but can you only post comments about macs not daft or persnol attacks please it just puts people off most of us just want to read peoples tales about pac a macs

Comments by Susan on 12th January 2016  susan@plasticmacs.uk 

Well R&B, I for one love reading your contributions here about wet Welsh and Irish holidays in plastic macs. The place names may be unfamiliar to me but the plastic macs aren't and that's what is important. We are all here as Pakamac fans but I don't suppose anything new can be said about genuine Pakamacs.

We are Pakamac lovers living the memories in the plastic macs and nylon macs left for us to enjoy in the 21st century. I imagine in a few years we'll all be consigned to history.

Let's have no sniping or griping about contributors. Surely that should be the only reason to block a post.

As always, my email is published here should anyone wish to chat about these garments. As has happened in the past, I will delete the email address once the spam becomes too heavy. As a reminder or for those who don't know me, I am TG. I avoid the inappropriate approaches that keep our lady contributors to themselves. The men only have themselves to blame.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 12th January 2016  

Hi again Rob & Beth, I meant 2013 not 2014 when we were discussing umbrellas - I mentioned that I have a couple of Fulton clear domes I use often, including one with a white outer edge and Beth had one like it. They are excellent umbrellas, I love the thick handle you can really grip, and they're bigger and nicer shape than I remember when they were first seen in the 70s.

You're the absolute last posters on here that should worry about being boring.

Comments by R&B on 11th January 2016  

Hi G yes they are transparent black and transparent clear plastic macs and you are right we always need them when we go to wales! Although they are not very fashionable it is amazing how many people make nice comments and ask us where they can buy one. Most people are very kind but if you have a garden and it is pouring with rain you are probably just pleased to see some visitors! We are getting fed up with some of the comments on here but if you have any more questions or would like to hear more about Wales or Ireland please say and we will try to add some more.

Comments by G on 11th January 2016  

Hi Frank patience is a virtue

Comments by BJ on 11th January 2016  

Hi Rob & Beth, the last thing you need to worry about on this forum is being boring - check how much of Frank's Pullitzer Prize winning insight has been canned.

Comments by G on 10th January 2016  

Hi Beth and Rob been a long time is your Mac transparent did you ever get to Wales lots of rain to wear your macs

Comments by R&B on 10th January 2016  

We stopped writing last time because there are so many so many negative comments here.

Comments by FRANK BARNARD on 10th January 2016  

HI Rob all that fuss and you still have not put one comment

Comments by R&B on 10th January 2016  

We bought lots of plastic macs in Ireland G. Rob's are made by Go and are black and mine are mostly St.Bernard macs from Dunnes. They have kept us dry lots of times and have lasted pretty well. It is just difficult to buy anything similar now even though a lot of people say they like them.

Comments by Rob on 10th January 2016  

I had a cagoule G but we bought our first plastic macs to go camping in Wales in the late eighties. They were brown and blue and I think we got them from a mail order company. We started going on holiday to Ireland a few years later and we have been quite a few times since. We have often had wet weather so we have bought quite a few plastic macs! When we stayed in Killarney one year we had really bad weather so we can write about this but we will have to do this together R&B.



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