The Casting Couch. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The case against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein alleging multiple counts of sexual harassment, assault and rape over a thirty-year period is as morally murky as it is complex. We know, for example, that predatory men were at large … Continue reading

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Jewellery for Gentlemen. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, Well, the manuscript for Jewellery for Gentlemen is finished and at the last count we have about 500 pictures in the files; many of them shot especially for the book by Andy Barnham. I’ve gone cross-eyed checking thousands of Academy … Continue reading

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Cilla. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, I was just digging out Cilla Black’s greatest hits to wish a fond farewell to the carrot-topped Liverpudlian chanteuse who’s been a star of British music and, later, television for over fifty-years. I was distracted however by a … Continue reading

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Old Friends As We Are. December 2014.

Dear Rowley, Being something of a Luciaphile, I have on more than one occasion been asked what I thought about the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels. Like Noël Coward, W. H. Auden and Nancy … Continue reading

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The Oscars. February 2013.

Dear Rowley, The red carpet arrivals at the Oscars always bring out the Madame Defarge in fashion critics. All the trolls come out of their caves to mock, knock and hurl derision in a colloquial, condescending tone as if given … Continue reading

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