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Issue 85 Feb-Mar2016
This issue took a controversial look at whether gentlemen are permitted to smoke pipes filled with vapour rather than tobacco. Our interviewee Mycroft Milverton made a splendid case for it, by wrapping the subject up in clouds of steampunk and discussing topics as varied as Rainbow Gravity and pirates. Elsewhere, Vic Darkwood created a louche spectrum, looking at such gentlemanly states as Red Mist, Blue Funk and Black Dog. Military watches were synchronised, with a close look at the reproduction watch industry. Other delvings into contemporary versions of classic clothing revealed the Swift Shoe, a novel new type of brogue with a virtually undetectable rubber sole for added comfort. Our King of Chaps was a Queen, for a change, and a female one to boot. Tom Cutler looked at Internet dating for chaps, while the passing of David Bowie was marked by a tribute to his sartorial peak in Berlin. Also: extreme cricket, gentlemanly scents, duffel coats and dressing for duelling.
Issue 84 Dec-Jan2016
Our interview was with former Dr Who girl Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee in the 1970s. Sartorially we examined the Norfolk Jacket in great detail, and learned of the surprisingly elegant costumes of one Elvis Presley. King of Chaps was Zack Pinsent in a gold top hat; Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer sifted through some classic Christmas albums; Steve McQueen’s long-lost film of Le Mans was reviewed; Steve Pittard looked at Cricket on South Sea islands; we ran an excerpt from Drinking for Chaps, Gustav Temple’s new tome; Tom Cutler on Lateral Thinking; Laszlo Krass on the Stasi’s ‘Romeo’ units in Berlin; and Vic Darkwood on the etiquette of the public house.
Issue 83 Oct-Nov2015
We met former masked wrestler and current Zen mystic Kendo Nagasaki, who communicated his replies to our questions via his assistant. Elsewhere, the waxed jacket received our fullest attention, as did umbrella handling and corduroy trousers. Patricia Hammond looked at music hall swells and a Chap from Berlin was crowned King of Chaps. Gustav Temple uncovered the tomb of Beau Brummell in Caen, while Leslie Howard also resurfaced in a brand new biographical documentary reviewed. Also in this issue: Tom Cutler on procrastination; The Hollywood Cricket Club; Laszlo Krass on diamond thievery; Vic Darkwood on how to fall over with panache.
Issue 82 Aug-Sept2015
We met Toast of London Matt Berry, and celebrated the life and work of Patrick Macnee, who played John Steed in the Avengers. The most chappish shoe of all, the Brogue, was given a thorough inspection, as well as the Chap’s own Brogues being showcased. Chap Kit: belts; the new King of Chaps accolade, awarded to Matthew MacPherson; a report on the history of tweed; Tom Cutler on Bachelor Pads; Vic Darkwood on the Etiquette of not jogging; a report on the abomination that is the new England cricket “jumper”; plus Patricia Hammond on sassy sirens of the 30s.
Issue 81 Jun-Jul2015
We met 1990s britpop dandy Menswear frontman Johnny Dean, on Dean Street in Soho, to discuss his hussar grandfather, modism and polka dots. Neil Ridley reported on the opening up of Havana’s rum industry to the rest of the world, while Patricia Hammond reported on the most eccentric pianists ever. Our sartorial section included the Breton sweater and a visit to the Spencers Trousers factory in Halifax. Vic Darkwood offered his second installment of his brand-new etiquette column, since rejoining the chap from issue 80, this time on the etiquette of handling newly-acquired wealth. Laszlo Krass sent us an insightful report from a gentlemen’s spa in Berlin, and we learned about the sartorially splendid criminals of 1930s Sydney.
Issue 80 Apr-May2015
This was an epoch-making edition which saw the return of Vic Darkwood, The Chap’s co-founder who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 2007. His triumphant return was marked by a sterling piece on the Etiquette of Involuntary Bodily Spasms. Elsewhere we met John Mew, an eccentric racing driver now in his 80s, who built his own racing car in the 1940s, took it to Brands Hatch and won. Tom Cutler looked at the joy of uniforms, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer looked at well-dressed rappers, Patricia Hammond sang songs of the Great War and Laszlo Krass penned his first column from beyond the Berlin Wall, on Danziger Goldwasser. Also: gloves, Harrington Jackets, Broughton Boots, demob suits and Sherlock Holmes.
Issue 79 Feb-Mar2015
This issue took a welcome revisit to the ghost of Oscar Wilde, by interviewing his only living heir, grandson Merlin Holland, in the Grill Room of the Cafe Royal, where Wilde himself used to frolic with Bosie. Also inside: a comprehensive look at braces; the Arts of the Gentleman: clubs; Patricia Hammond on glee clubs; How to blend one’s own cocktail bitters; shaving brushes from beehive to milk churn; the art and weaponry required to perform Le Sabrage – beheading champagne bottles with a sabre; the Penny Loafer, Oscar Wilde V Graham Norton, and the butler’s advice on boating blazers and racing attire.
Issue 78 Dec-Jan2015
This issue finally secured an interview with cinematic legend Terence Stamp, who settled the question as to whether he and Julie Christie really were “Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night.” We looked at ghost stories, both in home seances and in the films of MR James’s ghost stories; why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle helped propagate the legend of the Mary Celeste; how to track down a whangee bumbershoot of the very finest quality; scents for gents; The Church organ; the most chappish walking boots; a new column called My new Chap; as well as superstitious cricketers and moustachioed buffoons from around the globe.
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