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, 2009

The following lettres were posted during this month:

Sky piracy is glamorous, but they don’t tell you about the zep-lag

Posted upon the 26th of November, 2009

Hello, my swells! The little string which tethers my mind to my body like a hot-air balloon in the Roaring Forties has finally been reeled in – that is to say, I’ve recovered enough from flying across half the world to rub two sentences together, so here’s the continuing account of our Mexican journeys! Now, […]


Posted upon the 13th of November, 2009

America! America America America America America… We’re in the United States! Though it’s an odd tradition, that name – if I said “We’re in the Republic!”, would you know that I meant Guatemala, and not the Congo, Sierra Leone, Cyprus or China (Taiwan)? But there’s only one other United States, and we’ve already been there, […]

It’s What’s Inside that Counts, or, Dem Bones

Posted upon the 8th of November, 2009

Hello again from Mexico City! You’ll all be relieved to hear that my hatlessness situation has been resolved. As Day of the Dead approached, decorations and altars appeared everywhere through the city, and we decided it was high time we found something to contribute too. So, Todos Santos saw us exploring an artists’ market in […]


Posted upon the 1st of November, 2009

The Plaza Popocatépetl by night. Greetings from Condesa, Mexico City! Yea, Ms Merah and I are abroad; each intercontinental for the first time. Our inspiration, primarily, is artistic – we have two weeks in Mexico to take in the bountiful museums and galleries; the works of Kahlo, Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros; the beautiful architecture and […]