The Swimmer. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often quoted the late, great Diana Vreeland apropos water is nature’s tranquilliser: to drink, to swim in, to watch and to listen to. In the absence of owning a villa by the sea in Menorca or Corfu … Continue reading

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Politics. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, There isn’t a translation for schadenfreude in the English language. It can be best described as satisfaction from retribution rained down on the head of one who bloody well deserves it. I felt much the same hearing that UKIP … Continue reading

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Luxury. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having been asked to give a lecture about luxury for Chaumet – Imperial jewellers to the court of Napoleon I – in Paris next month, my thoughts turned to the obvious cliche that celebrity is the new aristocracy. … Continue reading

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The Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I have made it no great secret that I consider Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies are two of the finest novels ever written in the English language. It was sheer brilliance to take Henry VIII’s villainous Master … Continue reading

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Polo. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, We’ve all been to awards ceremonies in London that invariably end up either head first over the handlebars on the way home after polishing off the after dinner Chivas Regal or being led from the Natural History Museum … Continue reading

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