La Dolce Vita. July 2017.

Dear Rowley, I am getting about a bit these days! H and I had three days in Rome over the weekend where we had the privilege to swim through herds of tattooed wildebeest in spray on shorts marauding round the … Continue reading

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Meeting Miss Fisher. December 2016.

Dear Rowley, Whisper it but I am rather looking forward to Christmas 2016. This is usually the cue for Fate to send a memo to Nemesis: ‘Why not make him choke on a tuppence in a lit Christmas pudding, set … Continue reading

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Divine Intervention. July 2015.

Dear Rowley, When Atlantic Records producer Ahmet Erteg√ľn first laid eyes on Bette Midler he cut to the heart of her act: a class performer masquerading as trash. The Divine Miss M persona took elements of Mae West, Sophie Tucker … Continue reading

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Clams on the Half Shell. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, I think you know I am rather a fan of the Divine Miss M otherwise known as Bette Midler, queen of the concert tours, our fearless leader and the only woman who makes one iota of sense on … Continue reading

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Cupidity. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, I adore the German word schadenfreude. ¬†There is no translation for it in English other than saying out loud ‘I told you so’ with a satisfied smile and a smack of the lips like a cat that’s got … Continue reading

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