Norton of Morton

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Saturday 10 September 2016

Missing mojo and 4th birthday celebrations

In which G.M. Norton finds his missing mojo.

For a couple of months, my mojo has been missing. I penned something about feeling out of sorts back in July.

Well, chumrades, you will be delighted to discover that I have now been reunited with it.

It turns out, my mojo wasn't really missing at all, I'd merely left it in a drawer and forgot all about it!

As luck would have it, the triumphant return of my mojo has coincided with this periodical's fourth birthday celebrations. My first ever periodical entry can be found this way.

Much Champagne has been guzzled and the finest food has been greedily gobbled up (any excuse).

As is tradition here at Norton of Morton, I enjoy being a little reflective about the last 12 months.

You may have noticed that the previous year, my periodical was awash with free stuff that was sent to me.

Well, for the last year I've purposely declined all manner of things as I wanted to write about the things that mattered to me.

Only a few things sneaked through, including the made to measure shirt from Santamaria Shirt Makers; a pair of tweed brogues from Eves & Gray; a faux fur collar from Peckham Rye; and my absolute favourite, a signet ring from Rebus.

All worthy stuff to grace the periodical, I 'm sure you agree.

So what else? 

You may have noticed a lot of film references over recent time. The reason for that is simple, I'm enjoying an illicit affair with films, particularly British ones. 

I also have a little news. Excitingly, I've just had my first piece published for the incredibly popular American site, Vintage Dancer
Providing they continue to like me, you will find regular menswear articles on there by little old me. Of course, as it's an American website, I've had to adapt my language a little and replace practically every menswear term I use with an American version. 

For instance:
  • Cravat becomes ascot
  • Waistcoat becomes vest
  • Trousers become pants
  • Braces become suspenders
  • Co-respondents become spectators

So naturally, my poor Norton head is spinning a little. 

Anyway, that's enough prattling on for now. I'm off to scoff some more delicious delicacies. 


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

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  1. Cravat is ascot?! Glad to hear you got your mojo back. It's really rather puzzling how one can just leave it lying about. I left mine on a bus once.

    I look forward to reading that '30s article (and showing my husband - why doesn't he get his own blog-following account?!) x

    1. I think that cravat is the better name! I am grateful that you can relate to the old perplexing puzzle that is the missing mojo. In these modern times, it really should have a tracker fitted.

      It was fun writing about '30s outfit ideas. Now I just need to put those ideas into practice...

  2. Congratulations on rediscovering your mojo. (I nearly wrote 'mojito', which is of course a little mojo. Though those are always good to discover.)

    It's so refreshing to see a blogger saying they turn stuff down to concentrate on what matters to them. I have a deliberate no-freebie policy, and I don't mind people reviewing things they have a genuine interest in and are given for free, but there are some out there who, it seems, will promote any old tat that they get given, even if it's not in keeping with the tone of hteir blog. (The less said about the sort of blogger who gets *into* blogging for freebies, the better...)

    1. A thousand thanks! It was a relief to find it again, I must say. I felt like a shadow of my former self. A ghost, wandering through life. And then suddenly...BAM!

      I do admire your strict no-freebie policy. I've not managed to have been quite so restrained in the past but at least its always had relevance. Tat is another matter entirely. Where on earth does it go? My home only has limited space for things that my beloved already considers tat but which I treasure. I simply can't add any real tat to the pile.

    2. I guess it's a side-effect of working in the media professionally - we're not allowed personal freebies, and most stuff goes back, unless it's small tat things or stuff that will be spoiled in the reviewing process, like on a knitting mag where the yarn gets sampled to see how it knits up. (I got very annoyed when I saw a blogger whinging about being asked to review a camera and having to send it back - I currently work on a camera magazine and EVERYTHING goes back.) I've just carried that attitude into my blogging. Blogging is a different thing from mainstream journalism, as many bloggers do make some or all of their living out of it and don't get paid a regular wage, so my main gripe there is with people who don't seem to know what their blog is about and shoehorn any old thing in.

      (I suspect a lot of stuff gets sold on. In my working life, that would lose me my job!)


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