I enjoyed the excellent Mod exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk over the weekend. It made me wonder if there’s a person among us who hasn’t had ‘the scooter phase’ at one time or another. You may even have acted upon it and got yourself one – and props if you did – but it’s the ‘phase’ bit I’m wondering about: that fortnight or so you spent poring over the classified ads for secondhand Vespas, wanting to look like Phil Daniels in Quadrophenia or Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley — and it never going further than that.
Likewise, is there any one here who hasn’t had a Metal phase? You must have lusted after a leather jacket, surely? Haven’t we all at one time decided to build up an impressive collection of novelty erasers but only got as far as five or six? And who can say they haven’t pledged to keep a diary but fallen at the first hurdle? Actually, on second thoughts that might be even more common than scooters and Metal.
Your thoughts please. Are you a craze refusenik or an enthusiastic adopter of fads?