Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, At some stage in life, we can all identify with the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler anthem I’ve Got A Right to Sing the Blues. Hell, at times, I’ve been feeling blue enough to caterwaul Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, Rage against technology is so exhausting, don’t you find? I know I’m not the only person who rises to the bait when the voice coming from the self-check-out says something fatuous and patently untrue. I’ve long since made … Continue reading

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The United Arab Emirate of Knightsbridge. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, Every so often I have to pop to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital on the Fulham Road for a check-up. I have learned to love the Fulham Road. Where else in London would have a standalone Le Creuset shop, … Continue reading

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Strike A Pose. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, The divine Suzi Perry was in town this week and we had a jaunt to the National Portrait Gallery to view the Vogue 100: A Century of Style (1916-2016) exhibition curated by Robin Muir. Now, here is the conditional before … Continue reading

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Taking Liberties. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, In 2014 Broadway legend Elaine Stritch stepped into the follow spot in the sky aged eighty-nine having clocked-up over seventy-years in show business. Unusually for an actress, she saved her best almost to the last in a one-woman … Continue reading

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