Saturday, 24 March 2018

On film: The First Great Train Robbery

In which G.M. Norton enjoys a rip-roaring flick featuring stealing, steam trains, a sultry stunner and splendid stunts.

Last weekend, I was flicking through Netflix and came across The First Great Train Robbery, a 1978 crime caper starring Sean Connery.
It looked fun so I decided to watch it. Set in the year 1855, it is about an attempt to steal £25,000 worth of gold bars from a moving train.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Hot tip for low-cost specs

In which G.M. Norton alerts his dear readers to affordable spectacles.

I've worn glasses since I was nine or ten years old (mother may correct this upon reading).

A few years before this, my bespectacled best friend asked me to pretend my eyesight was worse than it was so that he wouldn't be the only glasses wearer in class.
Sympathising, but realising that this was absurd, I did no such thing and the optician declared my eyes to be fine. Of course, that changed so my chum eventually got his wish.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Review: Skull Shaver

In which G.M. Norton celebrates a super smooth dome.

Since becoming part of the baldie brethren, up until the last month, I was shaving my head with a razor.

Looking around at all the shaved headed men, I thought this task would be quite a simple one. But that’s not really been the case at all.
Trying to shave across the contours of my cranium is a challenge and a half. I did try to shave with my safety razor but found the back of the head very difficult to do (it’s all about the angle of the razor with the safety).

Nicks and cuts were becoming a common occurrence. And as I was running a razor across my head every day, yesterday’s cut wasn’t having a chance to heal before the blade would strike red again.

Add to that a burning scalp and the shaving experience wasn’t as enjoyable as it started out as. Beginning to dread it, I decided to seek out alternatives.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Smouldering Sirens: Betty Brosmer

In which G.M. Norton enlists another Smouldering Siren. 

With this frightful weather, I've been seeking things to warm the old cockles.

Enter a new Smouldering Siren - Betty Brosmer.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

New goodies from Cravat Club

In which G.M. Norton champions a best of British brand.

If I had to pick my favourite purveyor of gentleman's accessories, my instant response would be Cravat Club.

As well as offering the finest cravats I've ever had the pleasure of wearing, since launching in 2014, they've broadened their range into pocket squares, neck ties and scarves.

I was recently pleased to see a cravat, pocket square and neck tie added to my collection of Cravat Club goodies.

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.