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.

Nostalgia and sociability.

Penned upon the 26th of September, 2006

I have observed that a symptom of social alienation is the belief that one was born at the wrong time; that one’s self and one’s character are irreconcilably different to those of one’s peers. Those who see the mass of people as too docile and insular might believe they were intended for an era of great social dynamism, perhaps fin de siècle Europe or 1960s America. Those who deplore people’s weakness and uncontrollability might long for the time of one of the Powers of history – the Roman Empire or even the Cold War.

It would be easy to mistake FrillyShirt for an exercise in such nostalgia, and perhaps it once was, but that is not what FrillyShirt now means to me. I was born at precisely the right time and place that I may be here now, speculating upon this. For all its qualities and flaws, the world and its inhabitants we have now are those which we have now, and we must work with them as we can. No, FrillyShirt is at it is because of the nature of symbols – such times, people and places as are so often evoked in these pages are incredibly potent symbols of modernity, integrity and artificiality, the rift between the powerful and the underdogs, the ways which culture may evolve, refine and subvert itself, and so much more besides. Also, they’re terribly, terribly funny. Observe.

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Commentary upon “Nostalgia and sociability.”

  1. Barnaby-Cruxton Smythe was heard to remark,

    Upon the 3rd of October, 2006 at 1:29 am,

    Good Heavens, I hope he wasn’t talking about me!
    Oh woe betide, the jeers I’ll get at the adventuring chaps club.

  2. Sir Frederick Chooke was heard to remark,

    Upon the 6th of October, 2006 at 10:33 pm,

    Who are you talking to? And what about?

  3. Barnaby-Cruxton Smythe was heard to remark,

    Upon the 7th of October, 2006 at 2:14 pm,

    Why my Moustache of course?
    It’s still a work in progress, but if the fellows get word that it’s too dainty then I’m in for a bellows of a time.

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