La La Land. January 2017.

Dear Rowley, It is always a mystery to me why it comes a shock to movie producers that musicals score like Reinaldo at the box office. Director/writer Damien Chazelle’s  La La Land  is a case in point. London in January … 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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Soho Nights. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, Only the other day Anthony and I were discussing how peculiar we found the compulsion for all young gay men and women to marry and produce children. As Bette Midler once said, ‘I knew something had to replace … Continue reading

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The King of Couture. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, Last night was the fashion world’s answer to the Oscar ceremony: the annual New York Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Ball. Strike that, old mother Wintour the US Vogue editor has clearly banked enough chips on the New York … Continue reading

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Go East Young Man. March 2013.

Dear Rowley, One of the joys of visiting my parents in Derbyshire for Mother’s Day is the rail journey from London courtesy of East Midlands Trains. With a rare flash of foresight, I had booked First Class without, like Anne … Continue reading

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