Meet the Virgin Mary July 2010

Dear Rowley, Can you remember that line we both love in the Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest when Christina gets expelled from school for heavy petting? Driving home, a furious Joan reaches for her hip flask and – finding it … Continue reading

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A Bucolic Interlude 29th July 2010

Dear Rowley, You will find this amusing. A couple of nights ago I happened to be having a cigarette opposite Madame Jo Jo’s in Soho. Back in the day when it was London’s premier drag cabaret, I used to spend … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Windsor’s Jewels

Dear Rowley, Wouldn’t you just die without cornflowers? As promised, the view from my office in Bloomsbury Square overlooking the Duke of Bedford’s private gardens. It’s like being in a Fragonard darling. Thanks for the get well soon note. There … Continue reading

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Savile Row Book Cover July 2010

Dear Rowley, The hazards of the digital age darling. I’ve always said the pride before the fall really emerges when you find yourself Googling your own name in the twilight hours after one too many sherries. Well, I wasn’t quite … Continue reading

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Kensington Palace July 2010

Dear Rowley, It’s too funny. Patrick Grant, the cute chap who owns Norton & Sons on Savile Row, is relaunching his website. He is very keen to revive the art of letter writing at which point I said I never … Continue reading

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