Happy Valley. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, While immersed in the 1920s Henry Poole ledgers, I chanced upon an order from Sir Jock Delves-Broughton, he of the still-unsolved Happy Valley murder in Kenya in 1941. You’ll recall cash-strapped Jock married young beauty, Diana, and took … Continue reading

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Man of Letters. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, In my extensive, some would say exhaustive, research into the history of Savile Row, there is a frustrating lack of information about the founding fathers: Gieves, Hawkes, Kilgour, Davies, Huntsman, Anderson or Sheppard. Of them all, the most … Continue reading

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Soul Sisters. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, An unexpected pleasure last night when the divine Suzi Perry invited me to see British Queen of Soul, Beverley Night, play the London Palladium: her first solo tour for four years.  The diva’s West End star has since … Continue reading

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Beaches. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, As you know, I have a reputation for plain-speaking but, until now, have refused to be drawn on the proposed Brexit. Apparently, the markets don’t like it, The Queen does and the government has corralled everyone from Barak … Continue reading

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Madame X. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, This weekend I reacquainted myself with an old favourite movie made in 1966, Madame X, starring two totally underrated Hollywood actresses Lana Turner and Constance Bennett. It was Connie’s last film and Jean Louis made her and Lana look gloriously … Continue reading

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