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.

New Reads for New Readers

Penned upon the 4th of July, 2012

According to my Patented Numbers Ticker, FrillyShirt has a number of new readers – a circumstance I attribute to the capabilities of modern up-to-date-style social media! If I am to manage this influx, or ‘glut’ (from the 13th-century word ‘gluten’, as popularised by medieval fad diets,) I must be a perfect Bonaparte, determining the structures of civil society with a clear and definitive Code, or, at the very least, a short and obscure constitution granting me supreme executive power. Er, what was I talking about again?

Oh, yes, new readers. To begin with basic introductions, I am Sir Frederick Chook (or Sir Frederick Tanah-Chook, to use my married pen-name rather than my bachelor pen-name.) Essential biographical detail can be found at my Biographie and FAQ. FrillyShirt updates weekly or bi-weekly, depending on my ideas-to-free-time ratio. A typical update will be auteur-ish, autocratic (auteurcratic) nonsense of my own choosing, but I do accept reader submissions at my email address below, both of complete work and of questions that I might answer in my irregular advice column, Teacup in a Storm!

Teacup in a Storm is where I offer what little wisdom I have to aid FrillyShirt fans in maintaining composure and civility against the capricious winds and battering rain of this absurd pantomime we call life. For instance, you might ask “Is it good manners to open a door for a lady?” (Answer: Opening doors for others is typically good manners, even when, like ladies, they are capable of ferocious strength.) Or “Does this tie go with this shirt?” (Answer: Yes, but lose the tie-bar.) Or “Who is the best detective who is also a pony?” (Answer: There is much to be said for the greats, such as Sherlock Horse, Miss Mareple, and Lord Peter Whinny, but I think it’s worth pointing out that Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie have solved every single case they’ve ever faced, and there’s not many that could say that!)

One final note, for established readers and arrivistes alike who enjoy the overanalysis of cultural works: FrillyShirt now has a TV Tropes page where you can sort my Ham And Cheese from my Narm, and identify all the nationalistic slurs encoded into the liner notes of the Three Swell Chaps’ last EP. Oh, those Three Swell Chaps. They’re a pack of cards.

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