In which G.M. Norton receives gifts to awe and delight (and you can too!).
I love receiving interesting parcels in the post. There’s something very exciting about opening up a box, especially if you don’t have the foggiest what is hiding inside.
This week, I received a surprise from 32Red. They are running a Twitter competition, giving people the chance to win a personalised gift by sharing a moment in your life where you have been wowed. I was fortunate to be selected by them to receive my own moment of excitement.
After tearing off the 32Red wrapping paper (I was far too excited to carefully take a photo of it), I found not one, but two very well-chosen presents inside.
A Konstruktor DIY SLR camera and a Cocktails of the Movies book!
This is my surprised/pleased/emerged victorious at Scrabble face.
I must say, I am super impressed with them – top marks, 32Red.
Recently, I've been casting a furtive glance or two at the Konstruktor camera. As a weird sort that loves new gadgets but all things analogue, this is the perfect present for me. It’s not every day one gets a chance to build their own camera!
It claims that the camera can be built within two hours. Given I’m not a particularly ‘handy’ sort of chap, I expect I’ll exceed this but I’m going to have fun doing so! I’m immensely looking forward to gaining a knowledge of the components that make up a camera and experimenting with 35mm film.
The Cocktails of the Movies book is really quite wonderful! Since receiving it, I've not been able to put it down. Combining cocktails with classic films (and Sex and the City) is an inspired idea. The book is superbly presented with a plethora of hand-drawn illustrations, including some of the Hollywood greats such as Cary Grant, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Not a photograph in sight.
The book contains 64 cocktails recipes, which are joined by informative details about the origin of each cocktail and the role the drinks play in each cinematic offering.
To be in with a chance of winning your own moment of excitement, toddle across to the 32Red website, who will explain how to enter. There's even a monkey that is doing a perfectly passable Kenneth Williams impression.
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'