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.

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Of Diets Most Diabolical

Posted upon the 14th of October, 2012

This post originally appeared on the BryonySeries blog. For a number of years, I have been a practising vegetarian (a curious expression – a non-practising vegetarian would, I suppose, be one brought up in the faith, but who now only forgoes meat at Easter and Christmas.) Meatless diets have been prescribed throughout history, by different […]

A Catalogue of Chrononauts

Posted upon the 20th of September, 2012

I have theorised before, here and elsewhere, about the possibilities of time travel. Time is a slippery fish indeed, and its very definition is difficult to pin down… assuming one pins down a fish. Perhaps we ought to hook it. Or perhaps, rather than a fish, time is a fearsome moth… but, fish or moth, […]

Tales of Fallen London: The Silver Tree

Posted upon the 3rd of August, 2012

Failbetter Games, the creators of Fallen London (née Echo Bazaar) – the Victorian gothic fantasy browser game of which I have rhapsodised here before – have begun a Kickstarter project to finance another game in the Fallen London story – Tales of Fallen London: The Silver Tree. Set in Karakorum, capital of the Mongol Empire […]

New Reads for New Readers

Posted upon the 4th of July, 2012

According to my Patented Numbers Ticker, FrillyShirt has a number of new readers – a circumstance I attribute to the capabilities of modern up-to-date-style social media! If I am to manage this influx, or ‘glut’ (from the 13th-century word ‘gluten’, as popularised by medieval fad diets,) I must be a perfect Bonaparte, determining the structures […]

Scenes from a Fashionable Nightclub

Posted upon the 27th of June, 2012

THIS WHIT MONDAY EVE ONLY AT THE MAISON PARESSE BOP TOTTENHAM AND HIS ORCHESTRA REALLY KNOW HOW TO JAZZ! RELAX IN THE BEAUTIFUL MEDITERRANEAN COURTYARD! CANAPÉS BY FAMOUS CHEF DOUGLAS SCRAPE COME DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! Such handbills as this had evidently had some effect in hooking that capricious fish that is the attention of […]

Deflecting Awkwardness by the Strategic Employment of Anagrams

Posted upon the 2nd of June, 2012

Charm is the art of apparent effortlessness in all one does, and this appearance is very difficult to achieve indeed. Etiquette gives us rubrics to follow in the hope of simplifying social intercourse, but even the best among us will find ourselves lost for words, overcome by sentiment, or otherwise put at an embarrassing disadvantage. […]

A Nocturnal Academe

Posted upon the 7th of May, 2012

Scene: Atop a stone wall of small historic interest. Arrive two students from opposing sides. D: Hullo, Chuffers! C: Oh, hullo, Duffers! What are you sneaking in for? D: I’ve just been at Buffers’ party, over at All Voles. C: Couldn’t get leave to go? D: No, I suppose I could have if I wanted […]

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Posted upon the 2nd of May, 2012

I had the very good fortune to be treated to an advance preview of the Melbourne Museum’s next exhibition, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. By good fortune, shortly before the exhibition was announced, I had been studying Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilisation; birthplace of writing, of cities, […]