Fashion. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Awoke this morning with a fatal sense of optimism and well-being. I say fatal because the moment you pre-ordain a day lucky is the moment Dame Nemesis casts a spiteful glance towards Bloomsbury and, before you know it, … Continue reading

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Strike A Light. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The heaven of finding an unfamiliar Alec Guinness film, The Scapegoat, at the Cinema Store on Upper St Martin’s Lane this week. Finding a Bette Davis cameo in said film is the cat’s pyjamas. Having long mourned the loss of Centre … Continue reading

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Happy Endings. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The late Elaine Stritch told a wonderful story about drinking into the small hours with Judy Garland when, as the sun began to rise over Manhattan, Garland stood up and drawled ‘Elaine, I never thought I’d say this … Continue reading

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Basket Case. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’m having a terrific time with Sofka Zinovieff’s book The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me. She’s a super writer and has a talent for sketching pen portraits as economically as Don Bachardy. Some writers think it … Continue reading

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Rose Tinted. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, I know you would be the first to agree that the past is a comfortable pillow on which to rest your pin curled locks. We both tend to alight on the 20s and 30s as a period in … Continue reading

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