Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


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

The Grand Commencement!

Penned upon the 23rd of May, 2005

Attention Dandies, Fops (but not Cops), Gents, Ladies, Lady-Gents, Childs, Youths, Infants, Papists, Dissenters, Anglicans, Easterners, Paganists, Left-wing Aristocrats, Labourers, Builders, Artisans, Innhands, Machinists, Engineers, Collectors of tickets, Barmaids, Washerwomen
Riveters, Organisers, Agitators, Punkers, Funkers, Spunkers, Spelunkers, Luddites, Swingists (but not Swingers), Radicals, Socialists, Anarchists, Levellers, True Levellers, Anthropologists, Diplocolocusists, Soldiers, Sailors, Freebooters, Buccaneers, NCOs, Deserters, Mutineers, Intrellectuals, Populists, Aesthetes, Industrial Unionists (but not Industrialists), Suffragettes, Zeppellin-pilots
Historians, Hobos, Tramps, Swagmen, Outlaws, Bushrangers, Highwaymen, Robbers, Communitarians, Quakers, Bakers, Mischief-makers, Troubadours, Bards, Songsmiths, Quartets, Colonials, Brigans, Oafs, Feminists, Share-croppers, Yeomanry, Small Farmers, Migratory Agricultural Labourers, Wireless-hobbyists and Children of Eire!

Sir Frederick Chooke‘s Periodical, Frilly Shirt,

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Commentary upon “The Grand Commencement!”

  1. Monsieur B_____ was heard to remark,

    Upon the 23rd of May, 2005 at 4:15 pm,

    A great many Huzzahs to your good self!

  2. Cornelius Hemingway was heard to remark,

    Upon the 23rd of May, 2005 at 9:09 pm,

    Splediferous and Phatasmigorical lad. Old french St. Swithens and I have come back from the hunt what what and have heard the exciting news.


  3. Frederick Chooke was heard to remark,

    Upon the 23rd of May, 2005 at 9:12 pm,

    Huzzah to you, dear fellows! M. B_____ is to be commended and recommended to all.

  4. Sir Dreal was heard to remark,

    Upon the 24th of May, 2005 at 8:06 am,

    Well good good yes hmm… Magnetic Corsets yes hmmm… ha ha ha… Good good what? Yes hmm

    Brilliant Sir yes yes good good… Jollie fine i say. Hmm yes…

  5. Chesterfield Snapdragon McFisticuffs was heard to remark,

    Upon the 27th of May, 2005 at 6:01 pm,

    On high morrow last I happened upon this periodical whilst stalking game in the Tropazon.

    The hunt was proceeding in the most fashionable of fashions, I had just trebled my expectations of the expedition by sighting not less than three Balder Worries skulking by a watersource. Not wishing to be outdone in the field of skulking, I changed tactic to sneaking, and when sneaking was exhausted to perambulatory lurking.

    Disastrous misfortune came within fathoms of striking me, when possessed by some foul humour I found myself most treasonously turning my rhinocerous gun upon myself. Had I not serendipitously sighted the latest edition of The Frilly Shirt Lettres Digest lounging just below the canopy, I may have done myself a grievous demise!

    Wouldn’t I have looked quite the fool to the Para-Engineer’s Club!

  6. Master Bestor was heard to remark,

    Upon the 27th of May, 2005 at 6:21 pm,

    Indeed, social disaster was quite fortuitously averted by the timely intervention of Dr. Chooke – albeit in a literary capacity.

    Personally, I too find nothing cures a bout of the suicides like a warm brandy at the club with a copy of the good gentleman’s Lettres.

  7. Sir Frederick Chooke was heard to remark,

    Upon the 27th of May, 2005 at 6:31 pm,

    Should thoughts of self-termination reoccur, I suggest diluting half a tin of Leopard Oil in water and giving it to a passerby to drink – perhaps a bank clerk or financier. Their reaction should slow the dread creep of melancholia by minutes!

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