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.

In Medias Res

Penned upon the 14th of October, 2011

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Commentary upon “In Medias Res”

  1. Cass was heard to remark,

    Upon the 16th of October, 2011 at 1:35 am,

    I think is my favourite FrillyPost for a while ;)

  2. Sir Frederick Tanah-Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 17th of October, 2011 at 1:23 pm,

    Once, you had to be careful which “L” buttons you pressed, in case your correspondent was a dastardly society blackmailer. Now – they’re all blackmailers, and spies, and disreputable Cockney spivs to boot!

  3. Denise M. Baran-Unland was heard to remark,

    Upon the 19th of October, 2011 at 9:36 am,

    I agree with Cass.
    However, jellied snake roll is rarely served at church picnics since it is best paired with Zinfandel.

  4. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 6th of December, 2011 at 9:45 pm,

    Like my oompah always said – if you eat all the snake cake, you’ll get the snake ache. Poor old oompah. It was all he ever said.

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