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 August, 2007

The following lettres were posted during this month:

God’s Teeth! It’s Burly-Man!

Posted upon the 26th of August, 2007

Unlikely inheritor of an ancient legacy of warrior-heroines, Reg Wainborough is Burly-Man, protector and champion of femininity and grace! Ne’er-do-wells quiver in their moustaches while Burly-Man patrols! Burly-Man – don’t laugh at his hair!


Posted upon the 26th of August, 2007

Hi ho! Anyone in or around Melbourne who’s thinking of taking up studies might like to pop in to La Trobe’s Open Day today! You might even meet a certain someone helping out at the History booth this afternoon… …or not; a certain someone has the dreaded lurgi. Or, more accurately, the ‘flu.

Questions, Questions

Posted upon the 16th of August, 2007

Hello, everyone! I’ve just been updating the ‘Frederick Answers Questions’ section over at the Bibliographie with some explanation of the origins of FrillyShirt and what all these silly words mean. I’ve included the bulk of the update here also, for ease of reading! Why ‘FrillyShirt’? And is your name really ‘Sir Frederick Chook’? Papers, magazines […]

Not Only, But Additionally

Posted upon the 13th of August, 2007

I’ve been to the library! A few libraries, in fact, and I’ve been leafing through the treasures I’ve come home with: The Vulgarisationon of Art, by Linda Dowling, an account of certain late Victorian thinkers’ attempts to radically democratise art and create an aesthetic utopia; and Daoism and Ecology, by N.J. Girardot, James Miller and […]

Trains of ghost, trains of groove

Posted upon the 7th of August, 2007

I grew up hardly twenty minutes from Victoria’s famous Puffing Billy historic railway, and so, naturally, I hadn’t ridden it for years. When we were invited to ride out to Emerald Lake (a scene I remember fondly for an Alice-themed Adventure, no less!) for a Hanging Rock-style picnic, we accepted with relish, followed by cucumber […]