i know its not the safest option, but i and prefer the look of the bike with no brakes. so thats how its staying.
cheers for the opinions though
It is a nice looking bike steve, but bear in mind that although it's your bike, they're not your roads. You don't just share them with motorists behind their crumple zones and bikers in their body armour either. You share them with other cyclists and pedestrians. If a child runs out between some cars (which you would be totally unable to anticipate by "reading the road") and you clatter them because you can't brake, I suspect that your explanation that you didn't fit brakes because you didn't want to ruin the look of your bike will cut very little ice with the parents, let alone the police.
Fit some sort of stopping mechanism for yourself sure, but do it for everyone else as well.