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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Blue Murder. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, It was with some trepidation that I heard Sir Kenneth Brannagh is determined to remake Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Granted, I found the Cybil Shepherd and Angela Lansbury reboot of The Lady Vanishes by far superior to … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. June 2015.

Dear Rowley, How many times were you asked as a boy what you wanted to be when you grew up? Having visited the Crown Jewels before most boys had varnished their first conker I always said I wanted to be … Continue reading

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Easter Parade. April 2012.

Dear Rowley, Where have I been all your life? Well, truth to tell after finishing off The Perfect Gentleman I’ve gone from 5th to 1st gear. Bliss, isn’t it? Of course having time on one’s hands allows the devil to make … Continue reading

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Savoy Museum 19th May 2011

Dear Rowley, A full-on day at the Savoy is over and it all went rather well. Famous last words. This is usually the point in my life when the Gods arrange a conference call between Fate and Nemesis to do … Continue reading

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