Saturday, 22 April 2017

It's a corker!

In which G.M. Norton rejoices at reaching double figures.


Well chumrades, Spring has now sprung with daffodils standing as flowery proof. As we’re now in a new season, it means that a new edition of In Retrospect magazine is available for your reading pleasure.
We’re now on issue 10 which feels like quite an achievement to move into double figures.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

He is risen

In which G.M. Norton is not here for he has risen.


Not only is tomorrow Easter Sunday, but it also happens to be my birthday. 35 years old. Thank you, that's very sweet of you. Yes, I do look young. And yes, sometimes I do get challenged for ID when buying alcohol. Okay, that last bit isn't true, at least since I've been sporting face whiskers. 

I like Easter and not just because it's my birthday. After all, unlike Christmas Day, Easter has no fixed date (which I must admit, I find this a little annoying).  Plus, I don't really do birthdays. 

Anyway, yes, I like Easter. After all, what's not to like? Not only did the son of God come back from the dead, which is a little far-fetched even for Christianity, but there's the small matter of eating lots and lots of chocolate. 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

When Mr Norton met Mr Jenks

In which G.M. Norton rabbits on about silk hankies.


As you may have discovered through reading this periodical, I enjoy collecting things.

I've always been this way. It's my inner magpie.

One of the collections that I'm most pleased with is my apparant stockpile of pocket squares. After all, any self-respecting gentleman needs plenty of options for peacock preening purposes.

Yesterday I counted my square collection and discovered that I had 33, including two new additions from a Dublin-based men's accessories company called Mr Jenks.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Introducing Percy Le Moo Moo

In which G.M. Norton receives a big surprise.


I recently made the acquaintance of two frightfully good eggs, Percy Le Moo Moo and Binty Bagshot. They make all sorts of things from bags, cushions and aprons to cravats and boxer shorts. What’s more, they are in Bury in Greater Manchestershire, which is only a few short miles from where I reside.
As they seemed so lovely and unable to resist a liberty print cravat and the prospect of a tweed coin purse complete with Tintin lining, I fired off an order on Etsy. The cravat and coin purse was posted out the very same day and arrived quickly and beautifully presented.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The wonder of the fake tweed jacket

In which G.M. Norton reveals his ruse to wearing tweed when it's warm.


With Spring now here, it really is time to consider what to wear when the sun decides to show its face.

I must admit to being something of a forward planner so such thoughts have been whirling around my over-active, confuddled and extremely warped mind for quite a few months.

You see, I simply despise putting away the old tweeds. That’s where the fake tweed jacket comes into play. 

Now, fear not chumrades. I’m not about to encourage counterfeit and illegal wares and risk the good Norton name. I’m referring to a cotton jacket that looks like tweed. Lighter, cooler and unlined.

At this point, I can almost hear mouths dropping open and teaspoons dropping in shock that such items exist. Well, yes they do.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Odds stacked in my favour

In which G.M. Norton wins on the horses. 


I had a flutter on the horses this week. I don’t usually partake, other than the Grand National but I arrived in the office to be told that a horse was running in the Cheltenham Cup called Fox Norton.
Well, that was too much of a coincidence to pass up. Not only is there the obvious Norton link but my beloved’s family name is Fox and I’d had a meeting was a fellow with the surname Fox only the day before. What’s more, the red moleskin waistcoat that I was wearing features a fox on one of the buttons. By this point, I was convinced that I would win oodles of money and was already planning what to spend my winnings on.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

New life, new adventures

In which G.M. Norton takes pleasure in the little things.


If you were to ask me what my favourite season was, I’d always plump for autumn, followed by winter. Although spring doesn’t officially start for another week or so, it is definitely starting to feel like it’s spring. And I must say, I am absolutely loving it.
The seersucker might even make another appearance soon
I put something on the Twittering Device on Thursday about a moment I enjoyed on my walk to the office. I was idly walking along, at my usual slow pace, when the random thoughts in my mind were momentarily paused by one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever had the good fortune of hearing. A symphony of sparrows in full song, high up in a nearby tree. I literally stopped in my tracks, and looked up to see where the noise was coming from. Almost every branch was occupied by one of our two-footed friends, as they entertained me.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Fair Isle and Tintin

In which G.M. Norton brings two loves together.


When I was a young boy, my uncle gave me his copy of a Tintin hardback book, The Calculus Affair. 

From that moment on, I fell in love with the characters, stories, humour and artwork. I found myself consuming absolutely anything I could find that was Tintin related, which included getting up very early to record radio shows onto tape (well, I was an '80s child). 

Recently, I acquired some Tintin pin badges from Messrs E&Bay so have been wearing them frequently ever since.

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.