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 April, 2007

The following lettres were posted during this month:

l’Amour de l’Armoire: The Tao of the Fop

Posted upon the 30th of April, 2007

First, the matter of terminology: by ‘fop’ I refer to that great swathe of the population who dabble in the arts of appearances. No suitable umbrella term exists for the range of philosophies which can fuel such a passion – ‘clotheshorse’ implies an actual absence of such philosophy, while ‘dandy’ is too militantly contested by […]


Posted upon the 29th of April, 2007

Patti Smith, Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, has released a new album; a collection of twelve covers, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Nirvana and The Beatles. Patti remains a magnificent artist and I dearly hope she visits Colonial Capital MELBOURNE; to paraphrase coveree Bob Dylan, I’d stand in line to […]

Banners, Questions, Teacups

Posted upon the 23rd of April, 2007

Hideho, all! New to FrillyShirt is my Bannerkammer, gracing the links section of the Biographie page! The first banner is that of the House of Krypilo web emporium (webporium,) offering such delights as cravats, watchchains, hats, shoulder-capes, gloves and bellydance veils; all with a playful, worldly aesthetic I’m sure will charm you. The House is […]

Some Verse

Posted upon the 22nd of April, 2007

Dear readers. Your author is laid out, suffering under a contest of a pointed pain and a loud throbbing for the space behind his eyes. Fresh content is surely not far away, but, for now, this is some of the poetry with which I have been comforting myself. I hope it captures your mind’s eye […]

Pride & Prisoner

Posted upon the 12th of April, 2007

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, […]

Teacup in a Storm: Opera Capes.

Posted upon the 5th of April, 2007

Dear Sir, I am curious about the etiquette related to the wearing of opera capes. I am also wondering whether or not colored opera capes are appropriate for semi-formal occasions. Additionally, I would appreciate if you could recommend a good store that sells opera capes. -Allen Goebl Dear Allen, As you know, ‘etiquette’ comes from […]

If you were excited, you’re now disappointed!

Posted upon the 5th of April, 2007

Gogol Bordello have cancelled their Australian tour due to unforseen circumstances. My theory: Eugene Hütz’s beard license wasn’t valid to bring his moustache into the country. To tide us all over until they can tour proper, here’s a fragment of one of their paticularly poignant works. Nobody is making merry, only trotting scared of boss […]