Books Etc. June 2016.

Dear Rowley, I do hate folk music, don’t you? Glad I’ve got that off my chest. Now, don’t these book launches come around quickly? It seemed only yesterday that we were smashing a bottle against the boughs of my Discriminating Guide … Continue reading

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Bed, Bath & Beyond. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Weren’t you enchanted by Philip Hoare’s biography of ‘prince-of-aesthetes’ Stephen Tennant? As a text book for young gentlemen who understand how to mis-match textiles and have a penchant for Coldstream Guards, Serious Pleasures is equal to the definitive Hugo … Continue reading

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Photo Finish. April 2012.

Dear Rowley, Has there ever been an event so inappropriately named as Ladies’ Day at Aintree? Should Little Britain make another series, they need look no further for inspiration than the tango-tanned, porcine, peroxide blondes absolutely crucifying the British fashion industry … Continue reading

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The Runaround. September 2011.

Dear Rowley, In my capacity as curator of the Savoy Museum I happened to do some research about Fred and his sister Adele Astaire’s first stay at the hotel in 1933. Fred and Adele were a famous dancing duo on … Continue reading

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