Anne of the Thousand Days. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, One of the most formative films I ever saw on the television as a child was Anne of the Thousand Days. The title refers to Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who reigned for 1000 days before … Continue reading

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Chase the Lady. March 2015.

Dear Rowley, What with the helmeted swarm of Lycra and rage otherwise known as cyclists and the droids in headphones marching towards Holborn tube, London’s streets at rush hour are turning into The Hunger Games. I’m black and blue having been … Continue reading

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Anne of the Thousand Days. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, When London hits twenty-four degrees as it did this fine Sunday, the city sings. It is criminal to not put your glad rags on – in my case a rather dashing pair of yellow cotton shorts and a … Continue reading

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Hot Water. July 2012.

Dear Rowley, Well, that was a close one. I have now used up five of the nine. On this occasion it was not personal negligence. It was a physical horror that left me in too much pain to want to … Continue reading

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Off With Her Head. July 2011.

Dear Rowley, The most extraordinary thing. I was tripping through Bloomsbury Square when I chanced upon a couple eating al-fresco on the grass – not dissimilar to Manet’ Dejuner sur l’herbe – wearing T-shirts bearing the legend ‘Very personal trainer’. … Continue reading

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