Shall We Dance? December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Christmas? Couldn’t have liked it more. The day began with the last ten minutes of the service at St George’s Mayfair and a handshake with Rector Roddy who rather likes my new look. Then on to the Beaumont … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Not For Turning. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, Did I have you fooled with the recalcitrant alcoholic hot mess act? I tend to preempt what anyone cares to say about me and double it just to make damned sure there is no comeback. If I say … Continue reading

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Palazzo Pitti. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Despite being the only person with English as a mother tongue at the Chaumet summit at Le Meurice, my lecture did seem to please. It is always something of a challenge to present a ‘state of the nation’ … Continue reading

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The Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I have made it no great secret that I consider Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies are two of the finest novels ever written in the English language. It was sheer brilliance to take Henry VIII’s villainous Master … Continue reading

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She Shoots She Scores. December 2012.

Dear Rowley, Glorious tintanabulations, the Duchess of Cambridge has announced this afternoon that she is with child. Quite frankly it couldn’t have come on a more fortuitous day. In a weaker moment I’d agreed to do an interview for a … Continue reading

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