Cannes Can. June 2017.

Dear Rowley, What to make of fashion on the French Riviera? Suffice to say one feels rather inadequate without boobs like zeppelins straining to be released from a tropical print Roberto Cavali silk blouse and Swarovski crystal sandals emitting shards … Continue reading

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Stage Fright. January 2017.

Dear Rowley, While researching Italian film and stage director ‘Maestro’ Franco Zeffirelli I happened to watch his last film Callas Forever: an autobiographical film starring Fanny Ardant as the prima donna assoluta and Jeremy Irons as Zeffirelli. The film blurs fact and … Continue reading

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Reluctant Acquiescence. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Stepping out of one’s life is terribly healthy, don’t you find? As you know, I’ve been at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the past ten days in the Old Bailey sitting in the juror’s box considering two rather fascinating … Continue reading

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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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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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