Thursday, December 4, 2008
During my wanderings about the aethernet, I stumbled upon a smart British site called "The Chap". It describes itself as...
[a magazine which]... takes a wry look at the modern world through the steamed-up monocle of a more refined age, occasionally getting its sock suspenders into a twist at the unspeakable vulgarity of the twenty-first century.
Since 1999, the Chap has been championing the rights of that increasingly marginalised and discredited species of Englishman - the gentleman. The Chap believes that a society without courteous behaviour and proper headwear is a society on the brink of moral and sartorial collapse, and it seeks to reinstate such outmoded but indispensable gestures as hat doffing, giving up one's seat to a lady and regularly using a trouser press.
Any source of information that focuses on moustaches, pipe smoking, and good manners is a simple "must-read", especially with news articles such as...
"Last of the Afghan Dandies"
"School children forced to wear clipons"
"The Bollywood Moustache", and
"History of the Cufflink"
... certainly merit a visit. While not all are topics are Victorian (many are Edwardian, and others, are simply modern), the essence of being a gentleman (a chap) is certainly re-enforced here! To pay it a visit, please turn to...