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.

Playlist and excerpts from script for The Difference Hours on SYN 90.7 – 13/4

Penned upon the 15th of April, 2006

Ceci n'est pas une Wireless

Week Six 13/4 – ADVENTURES (Final Difference Hours!)
In which Sir Frederick was packed off to a distant colony by the CROWN, and related tales of past explorations.

Features this week:
STORY TIME
TEACUP IN A STORM

Music this week:
Yann Tiersen – Guilty
Loyko – Loyko
Marusia Georgevskaya – I See Wonderful Spaces
Gogol Bordello – When The Trickster Starts A Pokin
Balkan Beat Box – Adir Adirim (ft Victoria Hanna)
Unified Gecko – Dane Dane
Turkish Gypsies – Rast Tsiftetelli
Augie March – This Train Will Be Taking No Passengers
Firewater – I Often Dream Of Trains
Thomas Dolby – Budapest By Blimp
Romanyi Rota – Korkore Zav Ande Kalyi Ratyi
Sherlock Holmes – Silver Blaze
The Decemberists – My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist
Rasputina – Momma Was An Opium Smoker
Katzenjammer Kabarett – L’Amiral Cherche Une Maison à Louer
Marlene Dietrich – Lili Marlene
Revue Noir – Amsterdam
The Deadfly Ensemble – Horse On The Moor
Billie Holiday – I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Tom Waits – Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
Johann Sebastian Bach – Air for G String
The Beatles – Day Tripper
Dandelion Wine – Begin Journey (Rejiggered)
The Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

Excerpts this week:
“Thrown from the wreckage of my flight-machine, I lay bruised and bleeding in the midst of a blizzard, my left ring finger completely severed and my hat knocked to a dangerous, if not wholly unfashionable, angle. I must have lapsed into unconsciousness, for I have very little memory of being found by a party of Siberian Tartars, who rubbed me with felt and lard to revive me, and when that didn’t work, rubbed me with brocade and olive oil, before finally succeeding with Harris Tweed and Blue Nun.”

“My last visit to the seat of the Ottoman Empire had been trying to say the least – midnight runs laying spools of cable through the sewers, a tea party in which every cake was a different fashion of deadly and a final confrontation with an undeniably well-dressed man with the most dangerous cane in Europe. And/or Asia.”

“Inspired by the local culture [of Budapest], I became a balloonist, though I later learned this was an elaborate scheme to have me be quite high above the ground for hours at a time, so that an international ring of thieves could use my shovel to tunnel into the vaults of Buda Castle and make off with a marquess’s ransom in national bonds.”

A Telegram from Romanian poet Tristan Tzara: “I WRITE TO YOU FOR ADVICE IN THE BEST OF FAITH COMMA AS ALTHOUGH I AM AGAINST ADVICE COLUMNS I AM ALSO AGAINST FAITH STOP”

“If I shout snug, snug, snug, comfortable, comfortable comfortable, secure, secure, secure, I have recorded fairly accurately all the qualities that intelligent people who discuss Progress, Laws and Morals prescribe to their ideal monocle.”

“[of The Earl Grey] It is thus our noble spiritual goal to bring the works of Delacroix, Gogol, Baudelaire and Wodehouse to the masses, or die in the trying of it! (note to potential members: risk of death very, very low)”


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