Sunday, 5 June 2011

Old men are cooler than you, part three

In our series documenting how old men are cooler than you, we've taken a look at Sikhs and retired officers. Now it is time to spotlight one of Lord Bassington-Bassington's personal heroes.

While Lord Bassington-Bassington feels that any gentleman (or gentlehound) should be open to the possibilities of magick and the joy of mystery, and that any blog can benefit to both from fatwas and pastoral care, Lord Bassington-Bassington remains a staunch Caninist.

And His Lordship finds few people more inspiring to the committed Caninist than James Randi, who has spent a large part his life debunking fraudulent claims of the supernatural. Lord Bassington-Bassington also admires how, even if Mr. Randi himself is an atheist, he makes a point of respecting and cooperating with decent individuals of other persuasions.

He has been hanging upside down over the Niagara Falls in a straitjacket. For a while, it was his job to guillotine Alice Cooper on stage. He travels the world in a black cape and a fedora adorned with peacock feathers. It was also touching how Mr. Randi, then already an octogenarian, made the choice of coming out as a homosexual.

In other words, Mr. Randi might be the coolest person alive. He is certainly cooler than you. He probably dresses better, too.

We here at the Chronicles, who were lucky enough to be Mr. Randis hosts on his recent visit to Little Storping-in-the-Swuff, can only hope that some of that cool rubbed off on us. And we are very grateful for the peacock feathers sent by Mr. Randi from his personal peacock flock.

Perhaps it is finally time to join the James Randi Educational Foundation.


  1. He is one of the most charming men it has ever been my pleasure to meet. And a sublime dresser; American style at its best, with some flamboyant touches (he IS, after all, a professional magician).