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James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    We should start a bowler hat store here to raise funds. I mean, where does one find a bowler hat these days? And why on earth did they ever go out of fashion?

    Glad to have you aboard, James. Look forward to reading more of your posts.Report

  2. Googling led me to thus:

    The Coke, more commonly known as the Bowler, was created at James Lock in 1850 for William Coke, a progressive farmer from Holkham in Norfolk. It was a domed hat, hardened by the application of shellac, devised to protect the heads of gamekeepers from overhanging branches of trees, and closely fitting the head so that it would not easily blow or fall off. The prototype was made by Thomas and William Bowler, hat makers in Southwark. It was brought to St. James’s Street to be tested by William Coke himself. This he did by jumping on it and as it withstood his weight he bought it.

    http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/home.aspx

    They have an Extra Firm Coke available 🙂Report

  3. Avatar James Hanley says:

    The Coke, more commonly known as the Bowler, was created … for William Coke, a progressive farmer

    How appropriate, as I am a subscriber to Progressive Farmer magazine (really).Report

  4. Avatar Michael Heath says:

    Perhaps it’s time for The League to publish some sort or short bio for each of its current bloggers on your About page.

    I’m a new reader who follows James Hanley and Jon Rowe.

    I did notice the roll in the left monument titled Ladies and Gentlemen. However this reader would have to spend a significant chunk of time perusing quite a few blog posts to get a sense for the fifteen bloggers on that list with whom I’m unfamiliar.Report

  5. Avatar James Hanley says:

    I should note, for those who aren’t familiar with him, that I also follow Michael Heath, who pseudo-blogs at Ed Brayton’s Dispatches, writing many long and thoughtful comments, and staunchly resisting encouragement to begin blogging on his own. He’s always worth paying attention to.Report

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