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 “Events”

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The Antipodean Steampunk Exhibition!

Posted upon the 9th of May, 2014

Hulloa, fellow Melbornians and fascinating travellers! That sterling institution, the National Trust of Australia, will soon be hosting a show that looks immoderately unmissable: The Antipodean Steampunk Exhibition at opulent 1870s townhouse Tasma Terrace! The exhibition shall showcase the works of steampunk artists, including “engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoe-makers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and […]

Failbetter’s Sunless Sea

Posted upon the 9th of September, 2013

Hello, FrillyShirteans! (I feel as though my readers ought to have some sort of club name, like the Nerdfighters – something like the Gilded Pangolins or the Farcical Researchers. Though, admittedly, my readership is small enough that you could all basically just learn each other’s names without too much trouble.) I have an excellent little […]

Tales of Fallen London: The Silver Tree

Posted upon the 3rd of August, 2012

Failbetter Games, the creators of Fallen London (née Echo Bazaar) – the Victorian gothic fantasy browser game of which I have rhapsodised here before – have begun a Kickstarter project to finance another game in the Fallen London story – Tales of Fallen London: The Silver Tree. Set in Karakorum, capital of the Mongol Empire […]

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Posted upon the 2nd of May, 2012

I had the very good fortune to be treated to an advance preview of the Melbourne Museum’s next exhibition, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. By good fortune, shortly before the exhibition was announced, I had been studying Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilisation; birthplace of writing, of cities, […]

Euchronia, and, The Interview In Full

Posted upon the 24th of October, 2010

Heigh ho, all! If you haven’t seen it already, I have some very good news for you! Euchronia – Melbourne’s steampunk ball par excellence, whose success in its 2008 run can only be described as ‘frabjous’ – returns this year, this time transforming The Substation Arts Centre, Newport (a hair’s breadth from Newport station, on […]

Beauty is Life on the Birrarung

Posted upon the 24th of December, 2009

The 20th was our semi-anniversary (our sixmonthniversary, as we’ve taken to calling it,) and, while we did amuse ourselves in the evening by reading of gifting traditions (the wiki claims that the 13th anniversary is the barometer anniversary. Barometers? Really?) our celebrations of the day were directed elsewhere. The star of the day was Katie […]


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 […]

Quickly Quickly

Posted upon the 5th of October, 2009

A quick update, in short advance of a longer one! First up, Love Vintage: A Passion For Collection Fashion‘s Melbourne launch has a date attached: October 21st. It’s also available or pre-order! Second, locals with a dab hand for the needle, the jeweller’s pliers, the sculptor’s gimlet… or any other artisinal tool… may well be […]