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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Nasty Blouse. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Be still my beating heart, Jack Whitehall is hosting the Brit Awards 2018 on the telly tonight. I do have something of a pash for Jack ever since he nailed it as Paul Pennyfeather in the BBC adaptation … Continue reading

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Falling Stars. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, The sadness of watching Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the late Whitney Houston last night. You might disagree but I think the single greatest gift a person can be born with is a voice. Voices like Whitney’s come once … Continue reading

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Lady Sings The Blues. August 2017.

Dear Rowley, To the Wyndhams Theatre for Audra McDonald’s performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. For anyone who knows Broadway, Audra’s voice is one of those once in a generation lyric sopranos comparable to Barbra Streisand or Bernadette … Continue reading

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Is That All There Is? Easter 2015.

Dear Rowley, Excuse the positively Trappist silence darling but everyone in our tribe gets the blues once in a while. Rather fittingly this is the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth and nobody could sing the blues with as much … Continue reading

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