The Monroe Doctrine. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Can Strictly Come Dancing’s opening numbers get any camper? I’m just watching a hoedown number with all the boys in spray-on denim and cowboy boots and all the gals in pink gingham. Well, as Julian and Sandy would … Continue reading

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Black Magic. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Do you ever have those days when you feel like locking the door, pouring a gin, putting Hermione Gingold at the Café Royal on the record player and pretending the last sixty years never happened? Such trying times doing … Continue reading

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bejewelled. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, One of the most fascinating collection of objects in the old King’s Library in the British Museum belonged to Queen Elizabeth I’s necromancer Dr John Dee. I’m particularly drawn to Dr Dee’s obsidian mirror within which he claimed … Continue reading

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Far Pavilions. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Brighton Royal Pavilion has to be the singular most peculiar residence ever commissioned by an English prince. The Nash exterior is an Indian palace decorated with domes, minarets and filigree arches but is painted to resemble Portland stone. … Continue reading

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Hollywood Babylon. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Hasn’t cinema in the West End become a test on the nerves?  The public has become so conditioned to personalise entertainment on iPhones, iPads and Dr Dre headphones that few people know how to behave courteously in a … Continue reading

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