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Back issues from December 2009, with the exception of issues 50 (Apr-May 2010) to 52 (Aug-Sept 2010), are currently available. These priceless heirlooms are available individually at their original cost of £3.25 (or £3.50 for the more recent ones) plus first-class postage, or they may be purchased as a set of six with one issue bunged in gratis (in other words one pays for five and receives six).
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
The Chap met screen legend Sir Donald Sinden, who did his best to recall his illustrious career via some helpful prompts from Michael “Atters” Attree. We investigated five linen jackets available on the high street with prices at both ends of the social spectrum, and advised on purchasing a vintage telephone that actually works. Mr. William Walker provided instructions on how to build your own time machine, while Nathaniel Adams met time travelling American artists McDermott & McGough. Zack Pinsent advised on stiff collars, while Tom Cutler advised on travel. We reviewed the new DVD of Dr Who and the Daleks and Patricia Hammond shared her collection of sheet music, recording an exclusive track for The Chap, still available to download.
Issue 68 Apr-May2013
The Chap finally secured an interview with barrel-voiced thespian and explorer Brian Blessed, who boomed his tales of climbing Everest in tweeds, befriending the Dalai Lama and threatening to box Oliver Reed’s ears. We photographed some pulchritudinous ladies smoking pipes in an oriental boudoir, examined the life of Adolf Loos, the “architect of elegance”; Zack Pinsent began his column on being a teenage dandy; Donald Twain listed the ten top femmes fatales (including Margaret Thatcher, who promptly died just after going to press); our brand-new music column opened with a treatise by Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer on Spike Jones and Ronald Frankau. Plus: stropping a razor, Prosecco; Lost Ealing Classics; Moustache conspiracies.
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.
Issue 65 Oct-Nov2012
This was the beatnik edition, with profiles of the well-know beats plus the elusive Fifth Beatnik. Our interview was with British beat poet Michael Horovitz, who shared extraordinary tales of taking mescalin with William Burroughs. We looked at the evolution of bohemian dress, from Augustus John to Jack Kerouac, the latest film of whose On The Road was also reviewed. We singled out the beret as the ultimate bohemian headwear, while questioning the dress codes of the modern-day hipster. Ed Harcourt submitted to our questionnaire, while our Butler dispensed wisdom on business attire, cravats and haircuts for Chaps. Also showcased was the Gentlemen’s Antisocial networking site, or Facebook for fuddy-duddies.
Issue 64 Aug-Sep2012
This was the gourmand’s edition, with a biography of that incorrigible rogue Keith Floyd, a recipe for a decadent luncheon from Medlar Lucan and an article about George IV, the plumpest monarch. Atters met Good Life star Richard Briers and Tiffany Tondut met Barry Humphries, while cricket looked at the legendary Gentlemen v Players matches. Sartorially we examined the rather lax dress codes now in force at Lords and the rather higher standards witnessed at the Chap Olympiad. We followed in the footsteps of Mrs Dalloway around Mayfair and heard all about the British Beard & Moustache Championships.
Issue 63 Jun-Jul2012
The Sporting life was examined in this issue, with an interview with eccentric pugilist Chris Eubank and the life and times of legendary dandy boxer Jack Johnson. This was the year of the London Olymmpics, so we looked at the previous stagings of that event in 1908 and 1948, as well as the 8th Chap Olympiad. This was also the year of the Siege of Savile Row and we presented a photographic record of that sartorial protest outside the premises of Abercrombie & Fitch. Olympic tipples were covered by the Bon Vivant, while our gambling correspondent looked at the dress codes and the racing at Royal Ascot. Elsewhere we covered pocket watches, Chariots of Fire, cricket at the 1900 Olympics and post-shave treatments.
Issue 62 Apr-May2012
This issue focused on all things Victorian and Steampunk, with an interview with Steampunk author Robert Rankin and a biography of H.G. Wells. We sent a pair of time travellers to Wells’ birthplace of Bromley, who discovered that his former childhood home is now a branch of Primark. Our sartorial section looked at cloaks and capes, our love section introduced vintage dating, Donald Twain looked at youth tribes, the Bon Vivant sampled some pyrotechnic cocktails and our grooming correspondent outlined the rules of shaving with a traditional safety razor. Cricket’s silliest injuries were documented, as well as the rise of Steampunk and how to pick a winner at the Grand National.
Issue 61 Feb-Mar12
This Valentine’s Day issue focused on love and the ladies, starting with the ultimate Chapette, Diana Dors. We also met Monty Python lady Carol Cleveland and wine connoisseur ‘Jolly’ Olly Smith. We delved into the intimate history of love letters and gave tips on how to compose them. Elsewhere, we took sartorial tips from tango dancers; gave political agitators a dressing down; investigated the life of Sylvia Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak; brewed up some love potions; re-enacted the Battle of Balaclava at a wedding breakfast; and our new gambling correspondent visited the Cheltenham Festival.
Issue 60 Dec-Jan11/12
This was the dandies issue, with a long interview with Dandy Highwayman Adam Ant. We uncovered some lesser-known snippets about the archdukes of dandyism, Beau Brummell and Oscar Wilde, as well as finding out what some of the lesser-known dandies thought about buttonholes. Elsewhere, we encountered lady dandy the Marchesa Casati; How to be “one-up” over mobile phone users, how to re-enact the Battle of Hastings at a country house party, Viv the Spiv shows how co-respondent shoes can get you into trouble; the history of the smoking jacket; dandy scents, dandy moustaches and dandy hip flasks.
Issue 59 Oct-Novt11
Our playboys issue was centered around an interview with Sir Roger Moore. We examined the high life of notable playboys such as Ruben Porfirio and Gunther Sachs, as well as their female equivalent, profligate socialite Lady Docker. We shared modern-day playboy Nicky Haslam’s anecdotes about Bunny Roger and the Duke of Windsor. Also: the Seersucker Social Club in Washington DC; the patent that changed the cut of neckties; and the Palm Beach Look of the 1950s. You can also discover how to choose the best shaving brush; how to re-enact the Battle of Agincourt on a shoot picnic and why Jenson Button is not a playboy.
Issue 58 Aug-Sept11
This edition looked in equal measure at a well-dressed youth movement of the 1960s and British aviation. Stephen Wilson provided a detailed history of the Mods, while Barbara Cartland’s interest in gliders was discovered in our biography. Phil Daniels, star of Quadrophenia, was the subject of our questionnaire. Elsewhere, we met the last of the gentleman explorers Colonel John Blashford-Snell; we learned what sandals are acceptable for gentlemen; which cocktails were served aboard the Hindenberg Airship; and how to re-enact the Battle of the Nile in a Captain’s state room.
Issue 57 Jun-Jul11
The Chap’s Jun-Jul edition tackled the grand theme of the great British out-of-doors. Our photo feature took place at a strange May festival in Hastings, where our roving reporter’s first instint was to escape the wild hordes. We tackled the topic of camping and whether it is as suitable a pastime for gentlemen as it was in the Edwardian era. Tristan Langlois re-enacted the Battle of Waterloo among the remnants of a hearty dinner, while Fleur de Guerre guided us through the modern-day battlefields that are music festivals. Also: preppy style; a short history of long trousers; an interview with Robyn Hitchcock; Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.
Issue 56 Apr-May11
The Chap’s Apr-May 2011 had gone through a complete design overhaul and featured our brand-new logo. We took an inside trouser-leg look at the burgeoning chap-hop and electro-swing movements, and interviewed Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos. Our American correspondent journeyed to Brazaville to meet the gentlemen of Bacongo, while we looked at the less fun side of living in Africa with a biography of Queen Ranavalona, the mad monarch of Madagascar. Back on home turf, our brand-new advice column from Mr. Bell the Butler was showcased, responding to readers’ queries regarding sartorial, etiquette and seduction matters. All this plus C.W. Stoneking, Gordon Bennett, slippery tipples and film noir fashions.
Issue 55 Feb-Mar11
The Chap showed a rare glimpse of prophesy with this issue, which touched upon the topic of revolution. Just after going to press, the middle east erupted in a series of spirited demonstrations against tyrannical dictators. This issue focused more on the pipe-smoking revolutionaries, chiefly Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas, whose right-hand man was interviewed by our Man in Mexico. With the Royal wedding fast approaching, we offered some sartorial tips to future grooms plus some advice on event management to the happy couple. New Chap writer Sandra Lawrence delved into the sartorial history of Film Noir with particular emphasis on overcoats as cyphers of male power struggles.
Issue 54 Dec10-Jan11
This issue celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve and the sartorial implications of the festive period. William Smith chronicled the chequered history of the dinner jacket, while detailed instructions, plus a spot of history, was given on the art of shining one’s shoes to perfection. That controversial Tory drinking society, the Bullingdon Club, briefly opened its doors to our probing correspondent. Gustav Temple met unlikely Chap icon John Waters to discuss pencil moustaches, Rei Kawakubo and the Manson Family. Also present in this issue were Cyril Joad, George Orwell and Rydyard Kipling.
Issue 53 Oct-Nov 2010
This edition delved into the world of spivs, crooks and gangsters. Contents included a detailed history of the pin-striped suit, a biography of that most gentlemanly of villains, Robin Hood, an interview with spivvy Soho tailor Mark Powell, Arbuthnot & Slipper’s guide to robbing a casino, the definitive collection of the best-dressed Bond villains, the fall and rise of the American Bourbon industry during Prohibition, the newly-released print of Brighton Rock, plus the racketeering thoughts of Viv the Spiv, who features on the cover.
Issue 48 Dec-Jan 09/10
This special tenth anniversary bumper edition looked back over the last ten years of anarcho-dandyism to see what The Chap had achieved, if anything. Features included: The Avengers, celebratory cocktails, an interview with Gyles Brandreth, our top five Chaps of the decade as voted for by readers, a biography of Edward VII, how to wear a kilt properly if you are genuinely of Scottish descent, the top five books for Chaps, the definitive rules on formal wear, an interview with Hardeep Singh Kholi, Sebastian Horsley’s nominations for the best and worst-dressed Englishmen, plus a look back at Christmas in Kabul, 1879.
Six Back Issues
The five most recent back issues, plus one edition entirely gratis, making a whole year’s worth of Chaps.