Last Queen of Scotland? September 2014.

Dear Rowley, How did the vote for Scottish Independence get within a gnat’s crotchet of dividing the United Kingdom? We all quite naturally thought that Alex Salmond alone would scupper the misguided bid for independence.  I know politics isn’t a … Continue reading

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Diamond Days. April 2013.

Dear Rowley, When I wrote for the FT one of my favourite assignments was always to indulge in a diamond day: having the opportunity to handle exceptional gemstones destined for the finger or ear lobe of of the imaginary Middle … Continue reading

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Reasons to be Cheerful January 2011

Dear Rowley, Three reasons to be cheerful. It looks like Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are off to American TV so no more X Factor. Hurrah! Betty Driver is on Desert Island Discs tomorrow aka the Rovers Return’s longest-serving barmaid. As … Continue reading

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