Blue Murder. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, It was with some trepidation that I heard Sir Kenneth Brannagh is determined to remake Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Granted, I found the Cybil Shepherd and Angela Lansbury reboot of The Lady Vanishes by far superior to … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. June 2015.

Dear Rowley, How many times were you asked as a boy what you wanted to be when you grew up? Having visited the Crown Jewels before most boys had varnished their first conker I always said I wanted to be … Continue reading

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The Mirror Has Two Faces. August 2014.

Dear Rowley, Two contrasting Hollywood deaths this week gave great pause for sadness. What can one usefully add about the suicide of Robin Williams? I find it rather over-simplifying the matter to say manic depression gave Mr Williams his career … Continue reading

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House of the Rising Sun. September 2011.

Dear Rowley, A sybaritic life sunning oneself like a salamander on the beaches of Corfu is amusing up to a point but I do miss putting pen to paper and sending you regular dispatches. Isn’t it perplexing that the simplest … Continue reading

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