Weighing-in. September 2018.

Dear Rowley, Whatever happened to professional drinking? You know, the Mad Men two fingers of scotch to seal the deal, the neat whiskey and a steak that sustained 60s Vogue editor Diana Vreeland or the vodka rocks imbibed by the first supermodels – … Continue reading

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Lines of Beauty. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, In the week that Phillip Pullman returns to the world of his Dark Materials trilogy with the first of a new series, I do find it heartening that, as a reader, I still await new novels by favourite authors … Continue reading

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Fine and Dandy? October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The other day, I had the privilege to view pieces tailored by Henry Poole & Co in the Museum of London archive. We saw the black velvet tunic Sir Henry Irving wore to play King Charles I and … Continue reading

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Easter Parade. April 2014.

Dear Rowley, Happy Easter darling. Having been something of a curmudgeon about Easter, I decided to spend Sunday morning with the Gorgeous Georges at St George’s church, Hangover Square in Mayfair for Sung Eucharist at 11am. St George’s is distinctly … Continue reading

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Nigella Dolorosa. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, I’ve rather avoided the subject of Nigella Lawson’s appearance in court this month not least because the media has given it more attention than the Nuremberg Trials and because everyone from the Prime Minister down has voiced support … Continue reading

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