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 archive for October, 2006

The following lettres were posted during this month:

In the news, not in the news.

Posted upon the 29th of October, 2006

As astute readers will no doubt have noticed, the article which was to feature myself did not appear in today’s Sunday Age. It will instead be appearing next weekend. What has been appearing in the paper recently is a very great deal of fuss over Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, whose expressed views regarding women have […]

The Salon opens!

Posted upon the 25th of October, 2006

My trusty Irish labourers have finished hanging paintings and buffing chaises longues; the galleries can now be viewed! Take a tour, at left.

Playlist for Highly Enjoyable Wireless Entertainment Hours, 24th of October

Posted upon the 24th of October, 2006

The ultimate and final Highly Enjoyable Wireless Entertainment Hours! In recognition of the end of an era, every song this week is about the end of the world. Ms Jill Tracy – Doomsday Serenade Conflict – You Cannot Win Firewater – Dark Days Indeed Doctors of Madness – Kiss Goodbye Tomorrow OutKast – Synthesizer Legendary […]


Posted upon the 22nd of October, 2006

After two years of boundlessly popular Baroque Punk, Sir Frederick Chook’s Highly Enjoyable Wireless Entertainment Hours is coming to an end. This is due, alas, to the cessation of broadcasting at SubFM following the student union’s right to collect funds from the student body being abolished by the Liberal Party government’s recent Higher Education Support […]

Teacup in a Storm: Pocket Squares.

Posted upon the 19th of October, 2006

Dear Sir Frederick, I had thought I looked quite smart when I stepped out today, dressed in my one-button suit, trilby and elaborate five-point pocket-handkerchief. I met a conglomerate of merchant bankers, however, who informed me that my kerchief was far too formal for the outfit I was wearing. Is this true, have I made […]

Playlist for Highly Enjoyable Wireless Entertainment Hours, 17th of October

Posted upon the 17th of October, 2006

Mr Tom Waits – Alice Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out The Dresden Dolls – Modern Moonlight The Adverts – Male Assault Mr Stevie Wonder – Superstition Firewater – The Circus Ms Amanda Palmer – I Don’t Care Much The Jam – Start! Katzenjammer Kabarett – Lies Suck Not The Arcade Fire – Haiti Hot Club […]

Cyril & Handicap, ‘The Finest Pritners in the South!’

Posted upon the 15th of October, 2006

If you enjoy reading FrillyShirt, feel free to pass on this trade card, featuring the editor, as photographed by the lovely Ms Turner. Perhaps to a friend, or a maiden aunt, or in lieu of payment to your tailor.

A Romantic’s Guide to Urban Shamanism.

Posted upon the 11th of October, 2006

Extracts from a text to be published Autumn, 1896, by Unreliable Narrator Books, “The most disappointing publishing house in Europe!” “The urban shaman has the contradictory but necessary role of spiritual leader to a disparate and individualistic people. They are an oasis to the psychological nomads of modern life. Through ritual, manipulation of symbols and […]