Saturday, 17 February 2018

Alive and well

In which G.M. Norton feels alive.


Back in October, when announcing that I'd decided to step away from the editor's desk at In Retrospect magazine, I revealed something extremely personal - my struggle with depression.

I received so many messages from readers, it was truly heart-warming. Including fellow sufferers, sharing their experiences and advice.

I thought it was time for an update on how I've been getting on.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Review: Groom Mate Platinum XL

In which G.M. Norton can finally impersonate Kenneth Williams without fear of stray nose hairs.


There comes a time in life where we need to address something right under our nose. And inside our ears for that matter.

Yes, that’s right, chumrades. I’m referring to nose and ear hair.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Ever evolving style

In which G.M. Norton thinks about clothes. And food.


I must confess, I spend much of my waking life thinking about two things. The first is food, which I absolutely adore, and the second is menswear.
Unfortunately for me, the food I eat has a detrimental effect on the fit of my clothes, although in truth, I quite like my larger build. I'd just like to lose half a stone so that some of my jackets aren't quite as snug as they are at the moment.

During the dark, wet winter, I crave hot tasty food so with a bit of luck, once spring has sprung, I won't be seeking quite as much comforting stodge and can shift a few pounds.

Over the last couple of years, I've been making a conscious effort to improve the casual side of my wardrobe.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A magnificent man in his flying machine

In which G.M. Norton marvels at a true showman.


My five year old daughter is currently learning about what’s in the sky, different ways to travel by air and the weather. While brushing our teeth one morning this week, she told me that the Wright Brothers were the first people to ever fly an aeroplane. Naturally, I shared a story about a Brazilian chap by the name of Alberto Santos-Dumont.

An aviation pioneer like the Wright Brothers, in my opinion, Santos-Dumont was much more fun.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The wonder of Williams

In which G.M. Norton thanks a different white-bearded man for making his childhood.


Whenever I hear the theme tune for Indiana Jones, it fills me up with the most glorious feeling of happiness and excitement.

The same goes for Star Wars and the Christopher Reeve Superman films.
Now, what do all these have in common? The composer for all of these wonderful films and more is one John Williams.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Review: Bow ties from Glass and Bow

In which G.M. Norton tests out the most practical bow ties known to man.


Bow ties are usually made from silk, providing a little luxury for a chap.

But what if that chap wanted to celebrate reaching the summit of Everest clad in a bow tie? A silk bow tie is too delicate for such a task.
Thankfully, we now have a solution. Ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for Glass and Bow, inventors of the first waxed cotton bow ties.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hair we go again

In which G.M. Norton reflects on being bereft of hair and the reaction it’s received.


Well, it’s now one whole week since I revealed my bold (or should that be ‘bald’?) new look.
It’s been quite a change for your favourite protagonist so I thought it was only right to document what the reaction has been from people and how I’m feeling now I’m hairless. Well, on the top of my head, at least.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Off with his head

In which G.M. Norton seizes control of his follicly-challenged head.


A little over a year ago, I discovered that I was going bald. It was a shock to the system as I've always had very thick hair. It may sound short-sighted, foolish even, but I never thought that I'd lose my hair. Whenever I pictured myself in my more advanced years, I always had a full head of hair.

I've spent the last year or so coming to terms with the idea of losing my hair. I've also been keeping a very close eye on it. Alas, the top of my head has continued to thin and my already high hairline has crept further and further back.

In my periodical entry on my hair loss discovery, I stated that the idea of having a completely bald head made me physically sick. But as a realistic sort, I've actually warmed to the idea of sporting a sans hair look. So much so that I started to look forward to getting rid of my hair completely. It's a strong look, a statement.

Feeling that my hair was disappearing before my eyes and keen to take control, over the festive period I took the plunge and shaved my head.

Here are the results.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Review: Savile Row Company

In which G.M. Norton samples some new shirts from Savile Row Company.


I love getting new shirts. There’s just something very pleasurable about removing a pristinely-folded shirt from it’s plastic wrapping and knowing that nobody has ever worn it before. It's yours and only yours.
I must be honest and admit that the majority of the shirts that I tend to buy are from charity shops. While that means that I get to sample some of the finest shirts for a relative pittance, it does mean that I miss out on that new shirt experience.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Dreaming of a warm Christmas

In which G.M. Norton looks at some warm, snug options for this Christmas time.


It's definitely getting chillier by the day, which is just as well, as I love to wrap up in layers at this time of year.

Chained to my desk in an office during the week, the temperature is never quite right. Too stifling one minute, freezing the next. The heating must have been on the blink on Tuesday though as it was perishing. In fact, one fellow sat across from me kept his hat, scarf and coat on until early afternoon. 
That got my mind racing with thoughts of knitwear, and thick, heavy ones at that. I have a real hankering for a shawl necked cardigan at the moment.