Baubles, Bangles & Beads. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Invariably, anyone who says they are ‘a bit mad’ or ‘eccentric’ turns out to be the bore of the century. Similarly, men who pronounce themselves ‘rakish’ do so at their peril if they are happily married and sprogged-up. … Continue reading

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The Swimmer. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often quoted the late, great Diana Vreeland apropos water is nature’s tranquilliser: to drink, to swim in, to watch and to listen to. In the absence of owning a villa by the sea in Menorca or Corfu … Continue reading

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Diamonds as big as the Ritz. June 2011.

Dear Rowley, Am I the only one who thought ‘justice has been done’ when I saw that picture of Nancy Dell Olio dumped in a wheelbarrow legs akimbo being ploughed through a muddy field by a disgruntled lackey? If only … Continue reading

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Elizabeth the 1st March 2011

Dear Rowley, So it’s farewell my lovely Elizabeth Taylor. Put your hands together and give the girl a round of applause. As Richard Burton said of her, ‘Elizabeth wears her fame lightly, like a second skin’. Rock Hudson proved to … Continue reading

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Out of Africa…March 2011

Dear Rowley, The age of anxiety seems to be growing apace. So now we’re policing Libya’s no-fly zone as well as Afghanistan and Iraq while cutting the armed forces to the point when all we’ll have left is equipment made … Continue reading

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