I Kissed A Girl and I Liked It. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, I mourn the closure of so many of my old haunts: The Piano Bar, The Black Cap, 79CXR and Madame Jojo’s. Worse perhaps is a change of ownership when a pub notorious for rent boys such as The … Continue reading

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Puppy Power. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, As you know, I am a terrific fan of Round the Horne and no character more so than Betty Marsden playing an ancient actress who has had – how to put this delicately? – a colourful past. When asked … Continue reading

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Bring Up The Bodies. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, You’ll be relieved to hear that come Christmas Day, prohibition was repealed at the Sherwood family home so knees were rouged, stockings rolled down and a good time was had by all. We had a house full of … Continue reading

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Secret Rooms. October 2013.

Dear Rowley, Have you read Catherine Bailey’s Secret Rooms? I’m rathe a latecomer to Miss Bailey’s work but tore through her archive trembler of a book about the 10th Duke of Rutland’s race against time to redact his family’s papers and … Continue reading

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A Princess Margaret Moment. July 2013.

Dear Rowley, Don’t you find it mildly ironic that after the endless Ice Age over the United Kingdom that made us all suicidally depressed, one hears nothing but complaints now we’re basking like salamanders a midsummer heatwave? Radio 4 is … Continue reading

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