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 July, 2007

The following lettres were posted during this month:

On A Lighter Note

Posted upon the 31st of July, 2007

Meaghan pointed out to me something that should be entertaining: Candlelight Productions are performing Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As well as the play, they promise the ‘complete Bunbury experience’ – I’m not sure precisely what that involves, but they invite dressing up and it sounds fun! Candlelight sound like a rather admirable […]

Votes for young people!

Posted upon the 31st of July, 2007

An interesting tidbit appeared in the news this week: State Labour MP Evan Thornley has suggested a reform to the electoral system, theoretically giving the vote to children and teenagers. He has spun this as the next step in the continuing expansion of suffrage – to include the unpropertied, to include women, and now children. […]

Films I Personally Enjoyed (Even If Others Didn’t)

Posted upon the 25th of July, 2007

Lady Tanah and I don’t often get out to the pictures, but when we have lately left the comforts of home, the reward has usually been well worth our efforts. There have been a few films, though, which we have thoroughly enjoyed but which haven’t been so popular with everyone. I thought I might devote […]

Antiques I Love & The Imaginary People Who Wore Them, a Notion by Darling

Posted upon the 16th of July, 2007

Gala Darling, by name and by nature, recently penned this joyous little piece about unorthodox shoes and who might wear them; and, you know, it was so much fun, I had to write one of my own! I’m no shoe-xpert, so I indulged my fancy for antiques and took to the collectors’ collections and auction-houses […]

The Arts of Islam

Posted upon the 5th of July, 2007

If you’re anywhere near Sydney – whether you’re New South Welsh (that’s fun to say) or just passing through – you might like to visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and see The Arts of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D Khalili Collection. The exhibition features hundreds of items from the 7th to […]