John Gibson: Just sock it to them with ties

Just get knotted. If only you could see yourselves desecrate your smart suit by going tie-less. Opting for open-neck shirts. In sartorial terms, it’s an aberration.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th March 2012, 12:00 pm

It’s the ‘“fashion’’, well stuff fashion, kiddo! Definitely lowers tone in the office. No tie, no entry should be the rule. Ask any self-respecting woman and she’ll favour a tie every time.

A survey by (I’ve never heard of them either) is saying that ties will be obsolete within the next 20 years. No way. Socks next? You need a brass neck to write all this.

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A CREDIT to the licensed trade. A true gent. Rose Street has not been the historic thoroughfare it used to be since Paddy Crossan retired. His passing this week is widely lamented.

Paddy loved a right good gossip, and the upstairs room at the Abbotsford provided his window on the world.

Ever immaculate, he was, probably, a kind of dandy in the trade, a raconteur and, for somebody in his profession, the soul of discretion.

The funeral’s on Monday at Mortonhall.

Bound to be standing room only for Paddy Crossan.

Afterwords . .

. . . A word in your ear from Bruce Springsteen: “Lack of work creates a loss in itself. Work creates an enormous sense of self.

“I saw this in my mother, she was an inspiring figure to me. I pick up a lot of the way I work from her. I also picked up a lot of the fallout when your father doesn’t have those things . . . I think a lot of the anger that surfaced in my music came out of that particular scene.”