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 June, 2010

The following lettres were posted during this month:

As Above, So Below

Posted upon the 29th of June, 2010

They said he was so evil, he killed his mother in conception, and that he practiced live sacrifice and blood rituals – but it was all puff and abstraction, and those esoteric texts were never meant to be taken literally. They said she had taken a vow of eternal silence, but it was only a […]

Etch Out A Future Of Your Own Design (Well Tailored To Your Needs)

Posted upon the 20th of June, 2010

As I write this, Katherine Wilson’s article “Steampunk”, included as part of the Meanjin of Winter ’10 (as I eagerly anticipated here) is published and available – and is, and the rest of the journal with it, a cracking good read and certainly recommended. Wilson offers a critical look at the Australian steampunk scene and […]

Two Oilmen in Charing Cross Hotel

Posted upon the 8th of June, 2010

AMERICAN OILMAN: (seated on a large wicker chair) Say now, are you here for the Exhibition of Drilling? ENGLISH OILMAN: (seated at table) Oh, yes, I am. I’m here representing Northern Morgenthaum. And yourself..? AMERICAN: Lanyard Caine; Caine Oil, New York. I’ve come here to recruit – I need a damn good tutor to teach […]