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 November, 2007

The following lettres were posted during this month:

The New Government

Posted upon the 28th of November, 2007

It’s been four days since we in Australia elected a new government. I’m still trying to decide what may come of this, so, excited as I am, I haven’t said much about it yet – but I will quote an article by Shaun Carney from The Age which I think sums up what we know […]

Having “The Talk”

Posted upon the 24th of November, 2007

“Father, you brush your teeth with tooth-paste, so why don’t you brush your hair with hair-paste?” “Why, I do, child. Uncle Chester’s Flavourited Hair Paste, with miracle ingredient Vintner’s Wax. It’s the only hair-paste for the fearsome man.” “Oh, I do see, Father, I do see.”


Posted upon the 19th of November, 2007

Hey, gang! Three thoughts today. First, the federal election is less than a week away. I’ve noticed that some people feel conflicted between voting for their favourite party and voting for one of the major parties so that they gain power. In some political systems – the US’s, for instance – this is a real […]

Books! To read!

Posted upon the 13th of November, 2007

My friend in the north, Faye L. Booth, has just released her first published book! Cover the Mirrors is available, including signed first editions – just have a look at her website!


Posted upon the 10th of November, 2007

Staring up at the night sky, watching those little points of colour and light fade and dance, I saw what Thoreau meant when he talked about the extravagance of nature. Nature provides, provides far more than anyone could ever need. Those stars are always there, shining for us, even when we can’t see them. The […]

A Mythical Sidenote

Posted upon the 6th of November, 2007

Arthurian legend describes a ‘Questing Beast,’ a collosal creature with the head of a serpent, the body of a leopard and the legs of a deer. I have a theory I’d just like to get out there: See how it quests. Next week: The Hippocamp – Shark Eating A Pony, Or Pony Eating A Shark […]

From The Director Of ‘Swoony Todd, the Murderous Milksop’

Posted upon the 1st of November, 2007

Anyone who’s undecided about seeing the latest Saw movie: rather than contributing to the franchise, why not give the stale popcorn a miss and read some Poe for free? Although, if anyone would like to write a film about a killer called the Toe Poster, perhaps give me a call.