Shall We Dance? December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Christmas? Couldn’t have liked it more. The day began with the last ten minutes of the service at St George’s Mayfair and a handshake with Rector Roddy who rather likes my new look. Then on to the Beaumont … Continue reading

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True Blood. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have recently been initiated into the cult of HBO vampire series True Blood. The vampire myths intrigue me: drinking human blood to live, living as the undead, lasting for centuries and living on the dark edges of humanity. … Continue reading

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Cheers. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Never liked New Year’s Eve very much, have you? All that forced jollity is rather a busman’s holiday when you’re a party boy in London who is old enough to know better but perseveres nevertheless. I take the … Continue reading

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The Crown Season Two. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Netflix is clearly more addictive than laudanum. The Crown Season Two is flawlessly scripted, acted, shot, costumed and bejewelled with a performance by Claire Foy as HM The Queen that is quite simply majestic. The dignity, intelligence, vulnerability … Continue reading

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Too Many Cooks. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have a confession. Every time a TV cook appears on film or in print my blood pressure rises like the Emperor Fountain at Chatsworth. It is quite simply baffling to me why anyone can find cooking on … Continue reading

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