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 Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers

Penned upon the 6th of November, 2008

Euchronia is coming up – got your tickets yet? – and you really ought to know about the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers. I quote: “Membership to the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers is offered to any and all lovers of the Victorian era & steampunk genre. We particularly welcome devotees of anachronistic fashion, poetry and literature, and those with a strong interest in genuine historical recreation and authenticity. Prospective members should be of firm mind and body, possess a sparkling wit and vivid imagination, as well as a most adventurous spirit. And I can assure you there is no finer band of time travellers in this hemisphere.

As well as the obvious benefits of membership – personal documents of status, inscribed watches, access to the Mysteries of Time Itself – members may attend a private event at Euchronia, an unprecedented in-depth tour of local history guided and informed by a well-respected authority who goes by the name of being me. And let me tell you, what I have planned spans the affairs of three continents and penetrates into the private lives of the highest statesmen*.

*This is actually true.

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Commentary upon “The Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers”

  1. Melanthios was heard to remark,

    Upon the 30th of November, 2008 at 12:00 pm,

    Sir Frederick, you wicked creature, tempting me to move to Australia rather than England with every report. I do wonder what it would be like to have Christmas in summer and my birth-day in the fall….

    And I’d be closer to my birth-place.

    And…no, I must cease this line of thought. I *must*, else I lose all sense and fly helter-skelter beneath the equator (What on earth would my wife think?).

  2. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 9th of December, 2008 at 1:11 am,

    I can try to dissuade you! It’s too hot to wear nice suits for half of the year… and the economy’s in downturn! That said, Euchronia is going to ROOCCCKKKKKK.

    (Incidentally, I quite like having Christmas in summer. It’s not quite a midsummer festival, but it’s close, and it makes a nice opportunity to sneak the family down to the coast, or up the hills, and have some nosh in the cooling evening air.)

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