Hard Acts to Follow. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Are you a fan of remakes? I have not yet seen it but hear Kenneth BRannagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is dry as dust compared to the original though the cinematography is spectacular. Why Hollywood tries to improve … Continue reading

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Books Etc. June 2016.

Dear Rowley, I do hate folk music, don’t you? Glad I’ve got that off my chest. Now, don’t these book launches come around quickly? It seemed only yesterday that we were smashing a bottle against the boughs of my Discriminating Guide … Continue reading

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Ready to Begin Again. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, Isn’t gratitude the most marvellous feeling? If I were to describe my career path I’d say it was not dissimilar to Atilla the Hun whose war path might best be summed up as ‘we’ll burn that bridge when … Continue reading

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Green Fire. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Just arrived in Paris to give a luxury lecture for Chaumet at Le Meurice tomorrow pondering the future for fine jewellers. The talk runs the gamut from Marie Antoinette to Princess Haya by way of Coco Chanel, Eva … Continue reading

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The Met Ball. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, The annual Metropolitan Museum gala ball is ostensibly a fund raiser and the opening night of the exhibition du jour: this year a celebration of the remarkable Anglo-American couturier Charles James entitled Beyond Fashion. Of course the true purpose … Continue reading

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