Reluctant Acquiescence. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Stepping out of one’s life is terribly healthy, don’t you find? As you know, I’ve been at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the past ten days in the Old Bailey sitting in the juror’s box considering two rather fascinating … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, At some stage in life, we can all identify with the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler anthem I’ve Got A Right to Sing the Blues. Hell, at times, I’ve been feeling blue enough to caterwaul Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and … Continue reading

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And Then There Were None. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Who knew January was the rainy season in London? Every day since Christmas, London has been bathed in a miasma of mist, gloom and sleet: perfect weather for a hanging at Holloway. Speaking of capital punishment, did I … Continue reading

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How Much Can One Bi-Polar Bear? June 2014.

Dear Rowley, There are certain movies that I can’t bear to watch again. One of them is Vivien Leigh’s performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. I heartily dislike Tennessee Williams. His cruelty towards his heroines turns my stomach over and makes … Continue reading

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Easter Parade. April 2012.

Dear Rowley, Where have I been all your life? Well, truth to tell after finishing off The Perfect Gentleman I’ve gone from 5th to 1st gear. Bliss, isn’t it? Of course having time on one’s hands allows the devil to make … Continue reading

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