All Good Things…

Posted by 2 months ago

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending! - J. R. R. Tolkien

A year ago, I took ownership of Dieselpunks.org. It was this site, started by the Dieselpunk Founding Father Tome Wilson, that introduced me to Dieselpunk. Because of this I wanted to keep Dieselpunks.org going.

However, I’ve found that this site is expensive in both time and money. Therefore, I will not be renewing the web domain. As of May 21, 2017. Dieselpunks.org will be shutting down.

I wanted to thank everyone for all of their assistance with this site.

As I always say at the end of each episode of the Dieselpunk Podcast, remember to take care of each other because that’s what life is all about.

          -  Boss Larry

Mayday! Mayday! It’s The May Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted by 2 months ago

Since you've got to be modernistic, why not be modernistic with the May edition of Pilsner's Picks? After all, this ancient music was all very modern, once upon a time.

For example, John Kirby and his hot little combo were making Beethoven roll over, years before Chuck Berry did!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

HERE’S A DIESELPUNK CAUSE TO GET BEHIND!

Posted by 2 months ago

Sign this petition fellows, and SHARE it far and wide! There is NO film classified as dieselpunk, and this one looks the part.

https://www.change.org/p/warner-brothers-please-officially-recognize-wonder-woman-movie-as-dieselpunk

Chap Cricket Jumpers Get Seal of Approval

Posted by 2 months ago

“Sported by cricketers on the field for over one hundred years and the sartorially discerning off the field since the 1920s, the Chap cricket jumper, traditionally made in England by hand and finished to an impeccable standard, is amongst the finest examples of such a garment one could hope to find.

The jumper is instantly recognisable as the sort of attire Len Hutton and Denis Compton would have worn on the field of play during their careers. It is the jumper England wore, proudly embroidered with a crown and three lions for the first time in 1948, when comprehensively defeated during the Ashes series that summer by Don Bradman’s “Invincibles”, and the same construction as that worn in 1981 during Botham’s Ashes, the finest hour from England’s greatest all-rounder.

Once again this year, the cable knit jumper forms part of the official kit of England, who are returning to a “proper” jumper after a nine-year hiatus. This is the style of jumper worn by both the 2016 County Cricket Champions, Middlesex, during their undefeated season and that of Bertie Wooster when playing against Worborough Green, both of whose colours are available from Kit & Kaboodle.

“Play up, play up and play the game” reads the bas-relief inscription at Lord’s cricket ground in St. John’s Wood and one could look no finer on the village green or watching play at Lord’s than by sporting garments such as these. I would personally conclude that you could find no better example of the traditional 100% wool hand-made cable-stitched cricket jumper than that sold in Kit & Kaboodle. ”

You heard it here first. Matthew Howard has been wearing cricket jumpers for the last 25 years and is an historian on cricket clothing. The photograph was taken at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The cricket jumpers are available from www.kit-kaboodle.uk

England Team Reverting to Knitted Jumpers

Posted by 3 months ago

In a bizarrely pleasing volte-face, the England cricket team have decided to stop wearing ridiculous synthetic “clima-cool” garments and revert back to proper cable-knit jumpers, to keep the chill off after sunset for that long walk back to the Pavilion.

The decision to stop having Adidas provide their new fangled modern tops did not, however, come from the team itself, but from Adidas. The German sportswear company has been the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) kit supplier since 2008; but the firm has decided to shift the brand’s sports sponsorships strategy more towards association football, including a £750m shirt deal with Manchester United.

American sportswear brand New Balance will replace Adidas and have promised to ditch the controversial synthetic white clothing used by England since 2008. England will revert to their traditional cream Test match kit this summer, with the Three Lions restored to the centre of an old-fashioned cable-knit jumper. The New Balance kit will be worn for the first time at the men’s one-day international series against Ireland on 5 May.

It is disappointing that the contract hasn’t gone to a British manufacturer, especially since the new kit sees a return to traditional cricket wear. There are plenty of British makers of cable-knit cricket jumpers, including the ones sold by www.kit-kaboodle.uk

Pilsner’s Picks – The April No-Fooling Edition

Posted by 3 months ago

Contrary to rumor (started on my Facebook page as an April Fool gag), Pilsner's Picks has not closed up shop, so here's the April edition— no fooling!
 
This month featuring a famous sister act, a famous brother act, Syncopators, Klezmorim, Feetwarmers, Mud Mashers, and "a cast of thousands!"
 
...Well, dozens, anyway.
 

Sir Ian McKellen Admires The Chap

Posted by 3 months ago

An unexpected missive from Sir Ian McKellen revealed a fondness for this humble publication. He described The Chap by saying, “I think your magazine is stylish and a model of its kind.”

The actor has always been viewed by this publication as stylish and a model of his kind; Sir Ian expresses the sort of louche dandyism thought to have disappeared with Peter O’Toole. He always wears some form of suit jacket, often twinned with items that no-one else could possibly carry off, such as animal-print silk shirts, knitted cardigans and even canvas tennis shoes. Hats are very often parts of his ensemble, and we are talking about proper hats that come in hat boxes, not ones with sports logos.

He is also known for his trademark printed scarves, his favourite of which is pictured here. Sir Ian’s views on whether actors should have cosmetic surgery are as uncompromising as his choice of accessories:
“Some people try and look younger in the face but the trouble is, if you’ve had the face done, what about the hands? I once met a nice 80-year-old lady in Hollywood. There was the face of a 35-year-old on an 80-year-old body. I didn’t know whether to flirt with the face or help the rest of the body up the steps… It’s a dreadful sort of ego and arrogance to think ‘All that’s wrong with me is I need a little tuck here and I’ll be back to what I was’. No you won’t, because your mind is older. Your experience makes you older and if your experience is expressed in your face, what’s wrong with that?”

The Chap couldn’t agree more, as long as the subject’s dress sense evolves over time, and old age is never seen as a period to give up on being sartorially daring and experimental. But without dressing like a teenager.

The Chap Olympiad 2017

Posted by 3 months ago

The 13th Chap Olympiad will take place on Saturday 15th July in its usual home of Bedford Square Gardens, London. This celebration of British sporting ineptitude will feature the usual programme of ridiculously unchallenging acts of buffoonery that can barely be described as sports: Tea Pursuit, Umbrella Jousting, The Oddjob Challenge and Tie Versus Cravat.

New challenges will be presented, to avoid any chance of contestants preparing for the event. Any form of training, working out, gymnasium attendance or the consideration of anything except the cut of one’s trousers and the perfect buttonhole is frowned upon by the judges, who simply know when someone is trying too hard.

The only qualities required by contestants are skulduggery, subterfuge, caddishness and guile. The only preparations they need to make are within the confines of their tailor’s fitting room. Ladies need not concern themselves with anything but choosing suitable hosiery for the climate and which particular cocktail they might take several of on Saturday 15th July.

This year we are inviting participants to design their own 11th event. Simply purchase your ticket and if you can dream up a suitable event you’d like to see on the day of the Chap Olympiad, send your suggestion to olympiad@thechap.co.uk

Tickets are available from www.designmynight.com

Interview on my modelling art

Posted by 3 months ago

Several times, I published Dieselpunk-related pictures of my special kind of modelling art. Under the German title 'Virtuelle Eisenbahnwelten' (virtual railway worlds), the online campus magazine of TU Braunschweig, which is the University of Technology at Braunschweig, Germany, published an interview on my art activities. The text is in German but can be easily translated online using the Google translation tool:

https://magazin.tu-braunschweig.de/m-post/virtuelle-eisenbahnwelten/

The Albert Slippery Slope

Posted by 3 months ago

The Chap usually reports the adoption of a traditional garment in the world outside our stained-glass window favourably, for it often indicates a promising shift in contemporary fashion towards the values we hold dear.

However, when it is a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet showing sartorial élan, our loyalties are ripped asunder, especially as it is so unusual for anyone in Trump’s circle to display anything but tasteless vulgarity when it comes to clothes.

Secretary of State Wilbur Ross attended one of Trump’s speeches to Congress wearing a pair of Albert Slippers. There is nothing wrong with appearing in a public place in velvet slippers – in fact The Chap has always advocated them as an eccentric accessory to Black Tie dress. It’s just that Mr. Ross’s slippers were embroidered with the Commerce Department’s logo, rather than a pair of antlers or a personal monogram.

Mr. Ross has his slippers made by Stubbs & Wooton, an American company based in Palm Beach, Florida, where incidentally the president has an exclusive resort. To be fair, others in Mr. Ross’s collection bear more tasteful designs, such as top hats and, in this photo, some racy spiderwebs.

The Chap always welcomes celebrity endorsement of any item of gentlemanly clothing which may thus enter the sphere of street fashion, but in this case we can only conclude that Wilbur Ross has given the Albert Slipper a bad name.