Suits You Sir March 2011

Dear Rowley, I’ve been reading a superb new biography of all the Empresses of Rome from Livia to the fall of the empire and feel quite an affinity with the Empress Livia, Augustus’s wife. The lady allegedly poisoned most of … Continue reading

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Panic on the Streets of London March 2011

Dear Rowley, You, like I, would defend any Britisher’s rights to peaceful protest. As a matter of fact, even an old Thatcherite like I would agree with some of the concerns voiced by the quarter of a million people who … Continue reading

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The Tower of London March 2011

Dear Rowley, Don’t you feel ten years younger with this Spring sunshine? I hate to sound like a Pollyanna but the world looks better for a lick of sun. Wouldn’t it be heaven to leave England in January and return … Continue reading

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Elizabeth the 1st March 2011

Dear Rowley, So it’s farewell my lovely Elizabeth Taylor. Put your hands together and give the girl a round of applause. As Richard Burton said of her, ‘Elizabeth wears her fame lightly, like a second skin’. Rock Hudson proved to … Continue reading

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Golden Shears March 2011

Dear Rowley, Congratulate me darling. I’ve just been to a tailoring do at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall – the bi-annual Golden Shears Awards – and I am home with a bottle of Valpoliparrot at 9.30pm. Usually it’s 3am and Keith … Continue reading

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