The Swimmer. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, As we enter my birth month I do increasingly think there’s credence to all this star sign malarky. I am a textbook Scorpio: determined, complex, secretive, lustful, resourceful, vindictive, fatal when provoked and with an inclination to kill … Continue reading

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Because We’re Worth It. July 2017.

Dear Rowley, If there’s one thing the British public loathe above all else, it is hypocrisy in high places. So when the BBC was forced to list its top earners this morning, the howl about Auntie’s breathtaking mendacity could have … Continue reading

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Diva Fever. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, A number of years ago, a writer called Suzy Boyt published a memoir called┬áMy Judy Garland Life. She and I were working for Weekend FT then: she as a columnist and I as a fashion correspondent. I recall … Continue reading

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The Monroe Doctrine. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Can Strictly Come Dancing’s opening numbers get any camper? I’m just watching a hoedown number with all the boys in spray-on denim and cowboy boots and all the gals in pink gingham. Well, as Julian and Sandy would … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing. 2011.

Dear Rowley, As Joan Rivers would say, ‘Strictly Come Dancing. Can we talk?’ Having just witnessed Nancy dell Olio’s ‘paso’ puts one in mind of those old Vaudeville acts where the boy dancer would attach at life-size marionette in full … Continue reading

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