Funny Girl. November 2017.

Dear Rowley, There are few performers who can trade under one name and be instantly recognisable. There are the divas – Liza, Barbra, Bette, Cher – and there are the pop queens Madonna, Beyonce and Rihanna who didn’t bother with … Continue reading

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Paying the Rent. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, Let’s get the official business out of the way first. Sartorial Treasures: A Gentleman’s Guide to Fine Jewellery has been commissioned by Thames & Hudson and we go to work as of this month as soon as the ink … 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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Benidorm. April 2014.

Dear Rowley, Do forgive the radio silence. I’ve just been taken on my first holiday in over two years. Where did we choose? Benidorm. Which hotel did we end up booking? The Melia where all the cast and crew of … Continue reading

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