Saturday, 30 May 2015

Retrospective life

In which G.M. Norton shares issue 03 of In Retrospect magazine with the help of John, Paul, George and Ringo.


As I reported back in February, I've now added Editor-at-Large onto my growing list of titles. That's along with Commander of Gentlemanly Operations, Protagonist, Father and of course, Soulmate. 

I'm still extremely proud to be part of the editorial team at In Retrospect magazine. If you haven't had the pleasure of perusing a copy, I would most certainly encourage you to get your mitts on Issue 03 which is out this coming Monday, 1st June.

Pre-order your Issue 03 by visiting In Retrospect's rather marvellous webular site.
Coincidentally, 1st June is also the date that The Beatles released their 1967 long player, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

So as a little bit of fun, this week's periodical posting will be set to the song titles. Let's see if this works shall we?

Side one


1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

We have some marvellous articles in Issue 03. One of the most controversial topics concerns a certain decade. To explain, I've adapted the first verse from the opening of Sergeant Pepper.

It was twenty years ago today
Blur and Oasis were the bands to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The debate you've been waiting for all these years
Are the 1990s really vintage now?

2. With a Little Help From my Friends 

This publication relies on a collection of incredible writers, including my chums at Eclectic Ephemera, Porcelina's World and Crinoline Robot

3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds  

Well, Lucy may be in the sky with diamonds, but fellow editor Ms AvAviaciĆ³n is on the front cover of the magazine in a super frock, along with the equally lovely Katie Pedlow.
4. Getting Better 

"It's getting better all the time", sang Messrs Lennon and McCartney. And it's true for In Retrospect. Issue 03 is without doubt the best issue yet. You wouldn't dare to question the word of a gentleman now, would you?

5. Fixing a Hole 

The emergence of In Retrospect fixes a very big hole in the vintage magazine world. As a subscriber to 'The Chap', this particular journal is quite different to In Retrospect so there is plenty of room for them both to cohabit. 

Of course, the most well-known of the magazines is the established Her Vintage Life. While I do enjoy flicking through the occasional ladies magazine, Her Vintage Life ignores all the vintage-loving men out there. And quite frankly, In Retrospect is far superior. So there.

6. She's Leaving Home   

Yes, the magazine is leaving home on 1st June so grab her before she is snapped up by another admirer.

7. Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite! 

I can't promise a show on trampoline, but there are all manner of vintage goings-on in our summer-packed events section. Well worth getting a copy for this alone!

Side two


1. Within You Without You 

To me, this song is about life, spirituality, consciousness and the universe. So everything, basically. To others, it's about an LSD trip. In Retrospect is quite wide-ranging too with topics including style, fashion, transport, history and beards. Yes, that's right, I think you may have spotted one of my contributions there.
2. When I'm Sixty-Four 

When I'm 64 - a song about getting older and a desire to spend your life with that special someone. A lovely present for your significant other would be a subscription to In Retrospect.

3. Lovely Rita  

Another jaunty number by Paul and his attempts at wooing a traffic warden. Let's enjoy the words.

"Took her out and tried to win her,
Had a laugh and over dinner
Told her I would really like to see her again
Got the bill and Rita paid it......."

I beg your pardon? Please repeat that, Paul.

"Got the bill and Rita paid it."

Mr McCartney, please do read my article on chivalry. And may I also recommend my wooing article in Issue 02 for good measure.
4. Good Morning, Good Morning   

Juggling the editing of a magazine around my other commitments involved rolling the old sleeves up, chumrades. What with the office job, husbandry duties, spending quality time with my children and drinking myself into a stupor. That meant working into the early hours of the morning at times and saying "Good morrow" to the sparrows.

5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

By the power of the Twittering Device and Facebook, the 90s feature contains comments by readers, who shared their opinions on whether the 90s can be considered vintage. 


6. A Day in the Life   

Each issue of In Retrospect includes an interview with a vintage lovely for the Southern Retro project. As I adore finding out about people's lives, this is fascinating stuff. Do take a look at previous interviewees over on the Southern Retro esoteric site.

Well, there you have it. Somehow, I may have pulled this off. 

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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