Saturday, 25 February 2017

Bow ties are cool

In which G.M. Norton takes a bow.


I do love a bow tie and over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself wearing them more and more. It all started when my five year old daughter asked me to wear one as it made me look “handsome and smart”. I now find that both my daughters seem to appreciate them, and generally, the world at large.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Four shades of grey

In which G.M. Norton declares that grey doesn't need to be dull.


Over the last few days, I’ve found myself wearing a great deal of grey. But far from being dull or bland, I’ve found it to be the perfect canvas on which to get some of my more lavish paints out.

I have a grey suit from M&S that I enjoy wearing. It’s double-breasted with super sharp lapels so usually attracts plenty of compliments. As well as this, I have a grey tweed suit from Messrs Walker Slater of Edinburgh. This is a three-piece suit and is a joy to wear. Perhaps it’s only downside is sometimes, it’s too hot to wear. And that’s coming from somebody who loves being warm and lives in a very wet part of England.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Commander of keeping warm

In which G.M. Norton plays toy soldier


There’s something indescribably comforting about pulling on a warm jumper on a cold day.

At the moment, my personal style is evolving towards two looks - university professor and gentlemanly explorer. For the university professor look, it’s all about the tweed, bow ties and glasses with lots and lots of texture. The explorer look is about thick jumpers, coats and a sturdy pair of boots. Of course, there will be crossover from time to time.
As part of the adventurer chic I’m going for, I bought a Woolly Pully commando style navy jumper from a UK company called Outdoor Knitwear. Based in Leicester, Outdoor Knitwear produce the Woolly Pully for the military and government.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Double silk

In which G.M. Norton coins the term ‘double silk’.


‘Double silk’ is a phrase that I now claim ownership of (oh go on, you can use it too). Like most things I come up with, this was dreamt up on the spot when I was wearing a silk cravat and pocket square.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, my beloved secretly ordered me a pocket square from Cravat Club’s new Japanese Ukiyo-e collection. Then my generous chums at Cravat Club decided to surprise me themselves with one of their cravats. They sent me their INDIANA cravat, which perfectly complements the orange hues in the pocket square.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

All decked out

In which G.M. Norton is smitten with his new jacket.


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I recently managed to snaffle a reproduction N1 deck jacket from Messrs E & Bay.

Given that I'm so attached to it, I thought I would show it off.
There's an iconic pictorial of actor and sauce entrepreneur, Paul Newman, wearing one. Isn't it extraordinary how a jacket can transform you to look like one of the most handsome men alive? Paul's enormously lucky to now look more like me.  He just needs to grow a beard now and take that cigarette out of his mouth.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Indiana Jones and the Four Film Challenge

In which G.M. Norton embarks on a four night adventure.


This week I had an overwhelming urge to watch Indiana Jones, so I did just that.

Rather than just watch one film, I decided to go full pelt, all or nothing, and watch the entire film canon. So on Monday, I began with Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by Temple of Doom on Tuesday, The Last Crusade on Wednesday and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Thursday (apologies, it’s all going a bit Craig David there).
I love these outstanding, ripping adventure yarns that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg so ably crafted. Indiana Jones is the perfect hero; wise-cracking and whip-cracking, intelligent but strong, brave but still scared of snakes. The films are so memorable, with fast action sequences following, one after the other. These film adventures really do have it all – an intrepid protagonist, exotic locations, deadly traps and villains – making them perfect fodder to forget the humdrum of real life.

I thought I’d share some of my random thoughts that ran through my mind during this movie marathon.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

What happened this week

In which G.M. Norton reflects on the last seven days.


One of my absolute favourite blogs to read is Retro Chick. I absolutely adore the writing style of Gemma, who is the lovely lady behind it – it’s warm, thought provoking, interesting and very funny indeed. In tribute to her ‘This week I......’ feature which rounds-up her last seven days (by ‘in tribute’, I mean blatantly steal), this week’s periodical offering will follow a similar pattern. Except my personal effort will NOT contain any visits to the gymnasium. I’m far too lazy for that.

Tried and failed to watch Uncle Buck

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Shackleton and tales of derring-do

In which G.M. Norton marvels at Ernest's exploits.


This week marked the 90th anniversary of the death of antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Since the leaves started falling from the trees last year to signal the beginning of autumn, I found myself drawn towards adventurers and their tales of derring-do.
Of course, I naturally turned to Ernest Shackleton, who is perhaps best known for leading the Imperial Trains-Antarctic Expedition from 1914 to 1917. 

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Christmas goodies

In which G.M. Norton shares his Christmas swag.


I do hope you had a super Christmas, chumrades. 

It's been absolutely glorious to be away from the dreariness of office life for a few days. 

Santa, or rather my beloved, has been very kind this year and bestowed on me some wonderful presents. As we have two young and highly excitable children, it wasn't actually until Boxing Day before I could properly admire them. 

At the top of this year's present pile was a Reese's selection box. It's only in recent times that I've started gorging on peanut butter and with a sweet tooth, I turn to America for my fix. So it was with delight that I unwrapped this heavenly cardboard container of confectionery. 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas with Bogart, Bette and two blonde bombshells

In which G.M. Norton gets in the spirit of Christmas.


Well, chumrades, we're almost there. After a month-long build-up where we literally count down the days (well, count up), Christmas Day is but a few hours away. 

Of course, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of a great man born on 25th December. As I'm not religious, naturally the great man for me is Humphrey Bogart. Happy birthday, Bogie, old thing.