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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Re-Joyce. January 2016.

Dear Rowley, Don’t you long for the days when Vanessa and Corin Redgrave were the only luvvies who bored us witless with their politics? Now it seems our actors and actresses have taken upon themselves to favour us with their … Continue reading

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Cut, Print, Move On. April 2015.

Dear Rowley, Language is so terribly important isn’t it? I recall the shock when I first heard a newspaper feature of mine – deftly penned with great care I might add – described as ‘content’. A little piece of me … Continue reading

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The Monroe Doctrine. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Can Strictly Come Dancing’s opening numbers get any camper? I’m just watching a hoedown number with all the boys in spray-on denim and cowboy boots and all the gals in pink gingham. Well, as Julian and Sandy would … Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe in Florence. June 2012.

Dear Rowley, If prosecco is drunk in sufficient quantities, it is really rather remarkable how fluent I am in Italiano. I’m interacting like a native this season’s Pitti Uomo in Florence even though I suspect I sound like a gibbering … Continue reading

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