In which G.M. Norton reveals his extensive pin badge collection.
My name is Norty and I have an addiction. I can't stop acquiring pin badges which adorn the lapels on my jacket.
This is how my collection of lapel pins currently stands. I tried counting them, but I lost count so I gave up, poured myself a generous gin and just admired them instead.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is my 'thing'. A chum sent me a link to a humorous story about having a 'thing' - an item which a person is intrinsically linked to. So Sir Winston Churchill and his polka dot bow tie or John Steed and his whangee umbrella. I was convinced that I could never commit to having my own thing but a week or so later and I realised; my thing is lapel pins.
What I like about pin badges is simply how fun they are. They add a little extra flourish to an ensemble, and reveal a little about your personality too.
Many a conversation has been struck over one. I have an almost obscene collection of Tintin pins, all accumulated with gusto across 2017.
A number of them have been gifts too. Apparently, I'm difficult to buy for (which I dispute) but some very kind people have been coming across badges on their travels and buying them for me.
As a young boy, I remember being fascinated with some badges that my father had. Many were Manchester United ones. I must ask him where they are now.