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 “History”

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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 […]

Sky piracy is glamorous, but they don’t tell you about the zep-lag

Posted upon the 26th of November, 2009

Hello, my swells! The little string which tethers my mind to my body like a hot-air balloon in the Roaring Forties has finally been reeled in – that is to say, I’ve recovered enough from flying across half the world to rub two sentences together, so here’s the continuing account of our Mexican journeys! Now, […]


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 […]

The Public’s Peacocks, Part One

Posted upon the 17th of October, 2009

Among the fops and dandies of history, there have been more than a few whose philosophy of life was, shall we say, a little conservative. Brummell himself moved in the most elite circles – so select as he felt justified in snubbing the Prince Regent, albeit with provocation – but he was a down-to-earth man […]

Every Good Boy Deserves Laudanum

Posted upon the 6th of October, 2009

Fellow logophiles will no doubt be cognisant of the fascinating blend of Romance and Germanic language inherent in modern English. We’ll freely use words from both to describe the same thing – a large, behorned animal may be a Latin beef or a German cow, for instance! Even our system of time has a little […]

The Terror of London!

Posted upon the 18th of September, 2009

I love a good mystery – Ms Merah will attest to my Sherlock Holmes mania – but the most fascinating cases are those which actually happened. A lot of people have a favourite mystery – they make good stories to tell and re-tell, meaning that writers and such will pick them up as inspiration, spreading […]

Walking Through Australian Art

Posted upon the 19th of July, 2009

I thought it high time for something local here on FrillyShirt, and so devised this little art history piece specifically for Melbornians and for visitors to our fair city and its fair-weather fair weather. Specifically, this shall be a short, informal walking tour to the National Gallery’s collection of turn-of-the-20th-century Australian art. I am far […]

We Need to Talk about Zombies

Posted upon the 13th of June, 2009

Zombies, you see. Zombies and pirates. Now, I love zombies and pirates as much as anyone – anyone could tell you that. At this point, though, I think zombies and pirates have contributed as much to our culture as they possibly can – at least, without a long period of contemplation and re-imagination. Therefore, I’m […]