Welcome to our special Valentine issue of The Primgraph!
We have been getting into the romantic mood. And - rather like I do in my editorial photograph here - you'll find you have plenty to choose from!
First of all, we have the results of our contest to find what YOU the readers think is the most romantic place in the Steamlands. Eight places were initially nominated by readers of The Primgraph aetheric weblog, and the voting took place over the following week via the same medium. Competition for first place was fierce - although always circumspect. And we are now delighted to announce that the Winner of The Most Romantic Place in the Steamlands is ... but you will have to read the magazine to find out!
Miss Rowan Derryth has written a wonderful account of her visit to that location. But we haven't neglected those other places that were nominated - Eva Bellambi, Duchess of Loch Avie, as well as Miss Serafina Puchkina and Miss Beq Janus have visited all of those places and have brought back glowing reports.
The Duchess of Loch Avie also offers a romantic story in celebration of Valentine's Day - we hope you enjoy the tale of Charlotte and her brave Robert. Miss Jedburgh30 Dagger has written on the subject of romance and the customs of courtship in the Victorian Age, while Miss Rowan Derryth introduces us to the greatest Victorian romantic of all... and her identity might surprise you!
As ever, Frau Annechen Lowey is on hand to advise us of the pitfalls and pleasures of the romantic season in relation to the giving and receiving of gifts.
And this issue it is the turn of the Editrix and our fashionable photographer Miss Twisted Lemon who invite you to peek into their closets to share some of their fashion secrets for the most romantic time of the year...
This month we have something different from The Quest for the Golden Prim.
Instead of an episode of the comic, as we have reached the end of Volume 1 and are preparing Volume 2, we thought (courtesy of the actors who portray the Questers and their enemies) that we would bring you extracts from their secret diaries, beautifully illustrated with frames from the comic - and that is courtesy of Mr PJ Trenton!
And we have a Lost Chapter from the novels of Anthony Trollope, reclaimed for our delectation by Mr Linus Lacombe. It is a great pity that Anthony Trollope has fallen out of public favour in recent years, as he is a very fine writer. Once he was far better known - Harold Macmillan, the English Prime Minister of the late 1950s and early 1960s said famously that he was never without a Trollope on his bedside table.
In Mr Lacombe's chapter, the residents of Barchester discover the dangers of Too Much Information, thanks to the over-enthusiasm of a Babbage calculator!
And to illustrate all this, our magnificent team of photographers: PJ Trenton, Twisted Lemon, Wildstar Beaumont and Raven Haalan have captured some stunning images to supply some beautiful romantic eyecandy.
So, with no shortage of fascinating articles and beautiful illustrations supplied by our brilliantly talented team of photographers, we welcome you to this fifteenth - and very romantic - issue of The Primgraph .
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