The Survival Instinct. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a bumpy ride for anyone under thirty. Am I the only person with a few miles on the clock who is fed the fuck up with ageism? I read that … Continue reading

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Diva Fever. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, A number of years ago, a writer called Suzy Boyt published a memoir called┬áMy Judy Garland Life. She and I were working for Weekend FT then: she as a columnist and I as a fashion correspondent. I recall … Continue reading

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Is That All There Is? Easter 2015.

Dear Rowley, Excuse the positively Trappist silence darling but everyone in our tribe gets the blues once in a while. Rather fittingly this is the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth and nobody could sing the blues with as much … Continue reading

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Madonna? Noooooooo! January 2014.

Oh Dear Rowley, Grammy Awards? Last night? The music business has completely eaten itself and become a parody of a parody of a joke. Ella? Sinatra? Class? What became of? The biggest name on the bill right now (read Twitter) … Continue reading

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Diamond Days. April 2013.

Dear Rowley, When I wrote for the FT one of my favourite assignments was always to indulge in a diamond day: having the opportunity to handle exceptional gemstones destined for the finger or ear lobe of of the imaginary Middle … Continue reading

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