Weighing-in. September 2018.

Dear Rowley, Whatever happened to professional drinking? You know, the Mad Men two fingers of scotch to seal the deal, the neat whiskey and a steak that sustained 60s Vogue editor Diana Vreeland or the vodka rocks imbibed by the first supermodels – … Continue reading

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A Room With A View. July 2014.

Dear Rowley, Writing, I find, can be the most exhilarating and frustrating of professions. I was fascinated to read a feature by the delightfully named Maria Popover recently about writers’ working habits and habitats; the superstitions and rituals that help … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Heading back to London after a really rather lovely sojourn in Derbyshire for Christmas and pondering how heroic parents of young children are. We’ve got a dad travelling on his own with two very young daughters sharing my … Continue reading

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Christmas Message. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Such is the way of the world today that the first line of HM The Queen’s Christmas Speech has been pre-released. Her Majesty begins ‘with so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock’. … Continue reading

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The Admiralty. August 2013.

Dear Rowley, I love a Biblical Epic, don’t you? Only problem with Hollywood Biblicals is that the pagans always appear to be having infinitely more fun than the Christians. They also get nicer cossies. I’m just watching a rerun of … Continue reading

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