Back issues from the last year may be purchased at their original price plus first-class postage, or as a set of six with one issue free. For earlier back issues, see above.
Six Back Issues
The five most recent back issues, plus one edition entirely gratis, making a whole year’s worth of Chaps.
Issue 73 Feb-Mar2014
This issue made a valiant attempt to find the connection between Steve McQueen, ornamental hermits and gentlemanly light fittings. The sartorial oddities of the Thomas Crown Affair were balanced with the tailoring precision of Douglas Hayward, while an American penned a persuasive eulogy to dressing impeccably instead of watching Mad Men. Atters met the legendary Ken Dodd to discuss diddymen, UFOs and Terry-Thomas’s doppelgänger, while Steve Pittard looked at the great cricketing moustaches of yesteryear and yesterday. The career of “Whispering” Jack Smith was given an appraisal by Patricia Hammond and the Lip Weasel included a man eating dinner from his beard.
Issue 72 Dec-Jan2014
This issue had a feline theme, with a long piece about Eartha Kitt and her enduring influence. We learned about British wristwatches and the company still making them; Tom Cutler celebrated the loucheness of Peter O’Toole, we took a detailed look at overcoats and the case of Sherlock’s missing Belstaff Milford. Michael “Atters” Attree met Peter Stringfellow, and they put the world to wrongs in a seedy Soho nightclub on a rainy afternoon. How Cluedo lost its marbles by stripping Colonel Mustard of both rank and moustache and moving the setting to a gangster’s house in Essex; Raffles the cricketing thief; the top five shaving soaps for gentlemen.
Issue 71 Oct-Nov2013
Michael “Atters” Attree met Jilly Cooper, in an interview which went on to be plagiarised by the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. The issue also advised on what to wear when riding a horse and how to do it; advice from the Butler on starching collars; Tom Cutler on how to be witty; Zack Pinsent on Waistcoats; Patricia Hammond on Opera Divas; Tiffany Tondut on the Human Zoo of Paris; and a pony with a moustache in the Lip Weasel. We also printed a full extract from I Am Dandy, with a profile of its author, Nathaniel Adams. Other dead dandies featured included the cake-making dandy of Helsinki, Baron Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim.
Issue 70 Aug-Sept2013
At a top-secret paranormal location, The Chap met graphic novelist, magician and seer Alan Moore, to discuss the existence of God and other more important matters such as the Northampton shoe industry. We also paid a separate visit to that fabled source of British footwear and advised on the best way to purchase bargain Goodyear-welted shoes. A real police sergeant listed his top chappish fictional detectives, while Tom Cutler advised on the gentlemanly art of pipe smoking, with particular emphasis on Sherlock Holmes. The Bon Vivant created the perfect G&T; Earl Okin shared his love of pre-vinyl recordings, and we experienced a review of the very same production of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End that will feature at this year’s Chap Ball.
Issue 69 Jun-Jul2013
Issue 68 Apr-May2013
Issue 67 Feb-Mar2013
The Chap’s Science edition sought an audience with comedian and erstwhile boffin Ben Miller, to ask him to tackle some of the secrets of the Universe. For the more practically minded, we provided a handy cut-out-and-keep instruction manual to build your own medium-sized Hadron Collider in your garden shed. Donald Twain awarded the Noble Prize For Services to Chapkind to Kim Jong-Il, Daruma Buddha and Terry-Thomas, while Tom Cutler instructed readers on the Gentlemanly art of Taxidermy. Grooming is devoted to purchasing a cut-throat razor, “Jolly” Olly Smith provided counsel on wearing white tie, and we took a historical stroll around the gentlemanly icons of St James’s.
Issue 66 Dec-Jan2012/13
This was the Eccentric edition, showcasing an interview with Sir Patrick Moore which sadly turned out to be his last. Sir Patrick discussed the planets, UFOs, his role in the Second World War and the Clangers. We profiled two sensational narcissists, The Marquess of Anglesey and the Contessa di Castiglione, as well as some lesser-know British eccentrics, such as Maj-Gen Charles Wingate, who used to give briefings in Burma in the nude while munching an onion; contemporary eccentrics such as Dame Grayson Perry and Sir James Sutcliffe Beelzebub Saville, ‘Keeper of the King’s Catamites’, were also included. The Albert slipper was considered an eccentric enough item of clothing to examine in detail, as was the life of Australian cricketer Leslie Fleetwood-Smith, nicknamed ‘the Guardsman’due to his rakish moustache and spotted cravats.
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