Beaches. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, As you know, I have a reputation for plain-speaking but, until now, have refused to be drawn on the proposed Brexit. Apparently, the markets don’t like it, The Queen does and the government has corralled everyone from Barak … Continue reading

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The Duchess. January 2016.

Dear Rowley, Much excitement this week when Sotheby’s announced the sale of very carefully chosen pieces belonging to the late Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire on the 2nd of March. As the last surviving Mitford sister, the duchess had lived … Continue reading

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The Duchess. September 2014.

Dear Rowley, To Holy Cocktails with the Rector of St George’s Hanover Square last night and the conversation was dominated by the death of Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the celebrated Mitford sisters, aged 94. Having spent a … Continue reading

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Best of British. December 2011.

Dear Rowley, Last week I made the acquaintance of Jean Clark at James J Fox on St James’s Street: arguably the finest purveyor of cigars left in London. I wanted to include Fox in my The Perfect Gentleman book for Thames … Continue reading

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Ready for Take Off. August 2011.

Dear Rowley, Aren’t you adoring the story that former Home Secretary Jackie (or is she a Jacquie?) Smith has been redirecting convicts from their community service to paint her back bedroom? It just about says it all about New Labour’s … Continue reading

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