The Master of Swish. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The inspiration for my appreciation of fashion was two-fold. Hollywood movies costumed by the greats such as Travis Banton, Edith Head, Irene, Orry Kelly and Travilla taught the power of glamour. But it was portrait artists such as … Continue reading

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Ewe Turn. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, So looking forward to Sheep on Savile Row day today.  I wasn’t five minutes out the door of Bloomsbury Towers this dull, dank morning when my throat started to scream for Whiskey with a Lemsip chaser closely followed by … Continue reading

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Old Friends As We Are. December 2014.

Dear Rowley, Being something of a Luciaphile, I have on more than one occasion been asked what I thought about the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels. Like Noël Coward, W. H. Auden and Nancy … Continue reading

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My Judy Garland Life December 2010

Dear Rowley, A couple of years ago, one of my former colleagues and columnists on the FT wrote a book called My Judy Garland Life. The fact that the lady in question was happily married, had sweet children and was … Continue reading

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Back to Titanic September 2010

Dear Rowley, What excitement. Today Mrs Thomas and I reported to the staff entrance of the Savoy to have our security photographs taken and take possession of the keys to the museum vitrines and a swipe card that gives us … Continue reading

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