Seeing as last weekend I was at the Writers Bureau Tutor get together in Manchester, I spent a couple of hours browsing the city centre before catching the train home. The WHSmith's there is huge - far bigger than anything I have in my home county.
All in all, I spent about £35 on magazines, and one of them was this one - The Chap. It's strapline is The Journal for the Modern Gentleman. Hmmm, having looked through it, that seems rather tongue in cheek!
One of the main articles in this latest issue is an interview with Adrian Dannatt, who played 'William' in the 1970's TV series 'Just William' (the version that had Bonnie Langford as Violet Elizabeth Bott). I think that sets the age range of the typical 'Chap' reader.
The website hints more at what the magazine is about. It says:
"The Chap 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."
Whilst you probably need to be of a certain age to really appreciate this magazine, there were a couple of articles, which may have been freelance written, including:
- A Biography of Edward James - an aristocrat who turned his back on Upper Class England and built a magical Surrealist kingdom in the Mexican Jungle.
- A look back at some of the dress codes of the pupils of Eton school.
- How to buy a proper 'vintage' watch.
- John Ruskin - the dapper dresser that many people don't realise.
- La Grande Distillation - a history of the village that became the epicentre of Cognac.
So, for all you gentlemen out there, who are exasperated at the number of women's magazines on the newsagent's shelves, here's one that may interest you.
For more information, visit the magazine's website at www.thechap.net.