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.

Hello fellows.

Penned upon the 3rd of June, 2005

The Four Glorious Days that will change the world! I can already taste liberty, sweet liberty.

I’m in a touch of a bind, dear readers. I am uncertain what direction to take FrillyShirt in. Of course, this publication is quite new and I am sure it will evolve to fit its proper role, but…

Do I wish to create a steam-punk web-log, emphasising perhaps the more fantastical and fictional elements of my life? Do I have the writing skill and talent?

Do I simply embellish the more mundane elements of my life, with a period touch? Would that not be terribly dull and contrived?

Do I write in a modern fashion, and let the background speak for itself? That hardly seems proper.

Or something else?

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Commentary upon “Hello fellows.”

  1. Jess Nevins was heard to remark,

    Upon the 3rd of June, 2005 at 1:44 am,

    Bigawd, sir! Your waffling is (Jenkins! My brandy snifter is nearly empty!) unsuitable for a man of the Empire! Why, if Kitchener had waffled at Omdurman, Khartoum would today be in the hands of the Germans!

    Resolute decision and forceful application, sir, that is the British way!

  2. Madam C was heard to remark,

    Upon the 3rd of June, 2005 at 2:07 am,

    It’s time to take a look in my crystal ball. Gaze deep, and see what THE FUTURE holds…

    *picks it up and shakes it*

    “It is decidedly so!” Well, that’s encouraging then. Cross my palm with silver, young sir, and I will tell you the manner of your death. For Madam C knows all, and my minions in the nether realms are ever-vigilant…

    *descends into mad cackling*

  3. Cornelius_Hemingway was heard to remark,

    Upon the 3rd of June, 2005 at 4:08 pm,

    The magic croquet hoop says ‘future hazy, ask again later.

  4. Chesterfield Snapdragon McFisticuffs was heard to remark,

    Upon the 4th of June, 2005 at 12:10 am,

    It would be a crime to let this unique self-journalling experience to slip seamlessly into the midst of the endless desert of “b-logs”.

  5. Master Bestor was heard to remark,

    Upon the 4th of June, 2005 at 4:28 am,

    I once spent an evening in the fine company of Mr. Rudyard Kipling, while he was on one of his sojourns to Alexandria (I was summering there at the time). While we shared a bottle of Napoleon brandy, he related the story of a young nephew of his: a feisty but aimless lad who had come into a substantial inheritance. He would wile away his hours walking the moors of his native Scotland, contemplating how to occupy his life of leisure.

    Upon one such fateful occasion, he pondered so long and so hard about his future goals that he had neglected to pay attention to his surroundings, and had inadvertently stumbled directly into the marsh, where he was set upon and eaten by crocodiles, which were at that time endemic to the Scots. His Portuguese servants were, alas, too solvenly to respond to his cries in a timely fashion, and the poor boy perished.

    I forget what the moral of Kipling’s tale was, but it was some delightful brandy.

  6. Sir Frederick Chooke was heard to remark,

    Upon the 4th of June, 2005 at 8:09 am,

    Well put, Madams and Sirs!

    If you’ll forgive your loving Author a few days’ silence, in order to put his affairs in order and take in more Retainers, Assistants and Guerrillas… pardon, I mean ‘Hunting Companions’… then you can expect a literal (but not literal) smorgasbord of celebratory modernity and visceral social analysis!

    Also, regular announcements concerning my Highly Enjoyable Wireless Entertainment Hours, and paid publications on behalf of Leopard Oil Inc., Wilsonia Magnetic Corsetry and HMS Undeterrable – “The Big One”!

  7. Sir Dreal was heard to remark,

    Upon the 4th of June, 2005 at 7:26 pm,

    Well when one look for direction one shoud seek a compas with in one’s medium, may i advise the surgeon general? he speak works of wise words.

    Alas I must also say that so far this layout speaks volumes, the words on it 100o pictures contain, though the more fantastical and fictional elements of your life do sound exciting.

    Though i do see from day to day the more mundane extremitys of you exquisite life within our humble mannor, may i say that these would be equaly enjoyable to read as told in one’s, truley exquisite type?

    hmmm.. yes… haha … mmmm what what??

  8. admiral turnher was heard to remark,

    Upon the 5th of June, 2005 at 11:54 pm,

    what will be, will be …

    liberate yourself from the constraints of ordinary periodicals! vive la revolution!

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