Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891

Lettres

Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for January, 2010

The following lettres were posted during this month:


The Adventure of the Extraordinary Adaptation

Posted upon the 16th of January, 2010

I was quite prepared not to enjoy the new Sherlock Holmes film (directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law.) The previews seemed to promise thrills, sex appeal and edgy modern costumes – none qualities I really look for in a Holmes story. I certainly wasn’t expecting a faithful treatment of […]

Parlour Gamer, or, The Blog for the Discerning Pleasure-Seeker

Posted upon the 6th of January, 2010

In past centuries, idle amusements were achieved with recourse to the rich tradition of parlour games; that is, games which could be played indoors, at a whim and with little need for set-up or heavy equipment. Such perennial favourites as Blind Man’s Bluff, Snap-Dragon, Fall-Over and Are These Your Drawers Vicar? are now largely consigned […]