Halloween. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, I’ve never been a fan of Halloween. As you know, Bloomsbury is the heart of occult London. We have the most esoteric bookshops, occult emporia, the mysticism of the Seven Dials and the heritage of Aleister Crowley’s Golden … Continue reading

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Is That All There Is? Easter 2015.

Dear Rowley, Excuse the positively Trappist silence darling but everyone in our tribe gets the blues once in a while. Rather fittingly this is the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth and nobody could sing the blues with as much … Continue reading

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Madonna? Noooooooo! January 2014.

Oh Dear Rowley, Grammy Awards? Last night? The music business has completely eaten itself and become a parody of a parody of a joke. Ella? Sinatra? Class? What became of? The biggest name on the bill right now (read Twitter) … Continue reading

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Fallen Idols. August 2011.

Dear Rowley, In haste, television is terribly bad for one’s morale. I happened to be watching University Challenge recently (that dates me) and a picture round came-up with classic portraits of the great Hollywood screen goddesses. The cream of our … Continue reading

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London Boys May 2011

Dear Rowley, Was it Saint Oscar who said it was the misfortune of all women is that they turned into their mothers and the misfortune of men that they don’t? My mother rides every day in Chatsworth Park, cooks like … Continue reading

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