Fine and Dandy? October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The other day, I had the privilege to view pieces tailored by Henry Poole & Co in the Museum of London archive. We saw the black velvet tunic Sir Henry Irving wore to play King Charles I and … Continue reading

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Cambridge Princess. May 2015.

Dear Rowley, The Duchess of Cambridge’s second pregnancy has rather passed us all by considering the mother-to-be has been invisible for most of it. Not being one of those flag-waving loons in Union Jack underwear camped outside the Lindo Wing, … Continue reading

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Lost London. August 2014.

Dear Rowley, Just when you thought you’d got the ‘challenges’ of living in London into perspective, along comes the Daily Mail with an absolute humdinger. Apparently there is an illegal trade in monkey meat on Ridley Road Market that could – … Continue reading

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Three Faces of Florence. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, I must admit to have arrived in Florence for Pitti Uomo No 86 with a certain degree of litost. Roughly translated from the Czech, litost is a word introduced to me by author Milan Kundera meaning a touch of the blues. … Continue reading

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Palazzo Pitti. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Despite being the only person with English as a mother tongue at the Chaumet summit at Le Meurice, my lecture did seem to please. It is always something of a challenge to present a ‘state of the nation’ … Continue reading

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