Divine Intervention. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I thought it was fitting that, on the day the Trots voted Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party, I returned to Chatsworth House to view the Duke of Devonshire’s latest contemporary art and design installation Make Yourself … Continue reading

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Art or Bust. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Well, I’m sitting on the balcony of the Albert Ier in Nice on the last night on the Riviera for now watching the sun set and listening to Sarah Vaughan’s I Love Brazil album on the MacBook Air. … Continue reading

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Tokyo Nights. January 2012.

Dear Rowley, Well, as the saying goes ‘nostalgia ‘aint what it used to be’. I had a conversation last night with Better Half who is rather a wise owl when all said and done. ‘Why’, I asked him ‘does it … Continue reading

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Flower Arranging November 2010

Dear Rowley, According to the Saturday Telegraph, the lion’s share of British adults would choose to go back to the 1980s if they could return to any decade. This is really Margaret Thatcher’s compliment. End of story. Have you received … Continue reading

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Noel Coward at the Savoy October 2010

Dear Rowley, You recall I told you about the remarkable Rosy Runciman who is Sir Cameron’s archivist? Well, Rosy invited me to the press night of Noel Coward’s Hayfever at the Kingston Theatre last week starring Celia Imrie as Judith … Continue reading

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