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 “Advice Columns”

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Deflecting Further Awkwardness by the Strategic Employment of Anagrams

Posted upon the 4th of June, 2013

Since the publication, little more than a year ago in these very pages, of the first Deflecting Awkwardness by the Strategic Employment of Anagrams, I’ve received a great deal of ADMIRING CORRESPONDENCE… though much of it, I admit, CONCERNED DESIRING A ROMP. These idle flirtations aside, I remain convinced of the efficacy of anagrams in […]

New Reads for New Readers

Posted 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 […]

Deflecting Awkwardness by the Strategic Employment of Anagrams

Posted upon the 2nd of June, 2012

Charm is the art of apparent effortlessness in all one does, and this appearance is very difficult to achieve indeed. Etiquette gives us rubrics to follow in the hope of simplifying social intercourse, but even the best among us will find ourselves lost for words, overcome by sentiment, or otherwise put at an embarrassing disadvantage. […]

Po’Boy and the Arcane Practices of History

Posted upon the 21st of November, 2010

My old chum Andrew has a new project which you really should see – a marvellous mag which goes by the name of Po’Boy! You can already read my debut article there – So You’ve Travelled Back In Time, a string of antique conchiolin deposits of wisdom for the cautious Connecticut Yankee. I thought I […]

The Fop and the Dandy, a Guest-Parable

Posted upon the 8th of December, 2008

It is my great pleasure to present a guest-post by my friend Melanthios; a story… well, I shall let his own words be all the introduction it needs, other than to say that I think he has reached the heart of the truth of things. I am a Taoist Fop. It has come to my […]

How to be Transcendental

Posted upon the 27th of November, 2008

“His business taught him expedients to husband time: in our victimizing climate he was fitted for storms or bad walking; his coat must contain certain special conveniences for a walker, with a note-book and spy-glass, – a soldier in his outfits. For shoddy he had an aversion: a pattern of solid Vermont gray gave him […]

How To Be Lovely: How To Wear A Suit Part 1

Posted upon the 26th of April, 2008

This is a guide for all those men out there who don’t usually dress up, but want to. Why? Because I’ve been researching clothing history for years, and suits are still frankly BAFFLING. Suits are weird! Guides to wearing suits already exist on the net, of course, but they usually say things like “a navy […]

Lord Gilchester’s Practical Precepts for the Morally Lax!

Posted upon the 14th of April, 2008

“Tally-ho! I’m Lord Gilchester, and this is some life advice for young and old, pulled from the experiences of my many, debaucherous – some would say lecherous – years. – Tired of bills? A revolving collection of false moustaches gives you as many identities as you like. You can be Olaf Hunderson at your tailor’s, […]