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 May, 2007

The following lettres were posted during this month:

Cover the Mirrors!

Posted upon the 26th of May, 2007

This November will see the publication of my friend Faye‘s novel Cover the Mirrors, a tale of dubious mediums, scandalous affairs and family secrets in the gloomiest depths of Victorian England. Cover the Mirrors is being published by Macmillan New Writing and will be available 02/11/07! Can’t wait – congratulations, Faye!

The Philosophy of the Shelley Circle

Posted upon the 16th of May, 2007

I was very kindly asked to speak today, before a class on the history of western metaphysics, by one of my lecturers and someone whose work has been enormously influential to me, Dr Freya Mathews. It’s rather thrilling to be the one wearing the little clippy radio microphone for the first time! I’ve reproduced my […]

Venus Infers: Parties and Partying

Posted upon the 9th of May, 2007

My deepest apologies, devoted readers, for my unforgivable absence. My only defence is that life in the House of Pain is not always the carefree romp one might imagine, and at times it is distinctly lacking in beer or indeed skittles. Necessary unpleasant misdeeds don’t perform themselves, and to top it all off, one of […]

Some Familial Verse!

Posted upon the 8th of May, 2007

Sir Fredericks are not created in workshops, nor do we grow on the shady sides of rocks. No, I have a family, who have been bouncing about the Australian Colonies since the 1840s. You might recall my wonderful brother! My mother, also, is an artist and poet, as well as a dear friend, and I […]