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a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles



(1) An eyeglass lens, with or without a frame, that is held in the eye socket.

(2) The simplest kind of camera lens, consisting of a single positive meniscus-type lens. It is used predominantly in inexpensive cameras for portrait and landscape photographs. The best image quality is provided by a convex-concave meniscus lens with its convex side facing the photosensitive layer and with a diaphragm located in front of the objective. Monocles have a small aperture ratio (not exceeding 1:8) and a small image angle (not exceeding 25°). A monocle is also called a landscape lens.

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The Monocled Mutineer was a gripping true story of the mutiny led by Toplis which took place at the Etaples Training Camp in northern France in 1917 on the eve of Passchendale.
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This was followed by The Monocled Mutineer in 1986, GBH in 1990, and more recently the original adaptation of Oliver Twist for ITV.
MONOCLED MUTINEER: He's never been the British champ and hasn't won back the world title he held for five years but he's still a celebrity.
Nor does it try to win over American audiences by portraying every sailor as a monocled Nazi - or dedicated Nazi-hater.
At first police thought the 18-year-old had been bitten accidentally by his monocled cobra but now say he may have taken his own life.
She's worked steadily ever since on the small and big screens, cropping up in the likes of Edward & Mrs Simpson, Excalibur, Tales of the Unexpected, The Monocled Mutineer, The Mission, and Ellis Island.
The monocled presenter was best known for his BBC programme The Sky at Night.
Bleasdale's last piece for the BBC was The Monocled Mutineer in 1986.
The drama stars Liverpool-born actor Paul McGann (Hornblower, The One That Got Away, Empire Of The Sun and The Monocled Mutineer).
But monocled mutineer Gill, christened Adrian Anthony after the two Roman walls, said the action was "absurd".
PC George Greig and farmer John Grant were wounded by Percy Toplis, aka the Monocled Mutineer, in a bothy in the Highlands.