Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, At some stage in life, we can all identify with the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler anthem I’ve Got A Right to Sing the Blues. Hell, at times, I’ve been feeling blue enough to caterwaul Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and … Continue reading

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Wonderland. December 2014.

Dear Rowley, There is a truly ghastly song in the Marvin Hamlisch musical A Chorus Line that is such toe-curling cant I always want to rush the stage and shake the mezzo-soprano like a stoat. This nauseous ballad is called Everything was … Continue reading

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Back in Business. December 2012.

Dear Rowley, Are you superstitious? I certainly am. It’s not coincidental that we’ve had the wettest year since Noah slipped on his Barbour and those nearest and dearest to me have found 2012 something of a maelstrom both professionally and … Continue reading

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Your Downton Needs You. November 2011.

Dear Rowley, A peregrination to the countryside – more specifically Beeley in Derbyshire – to round up the birthday celebrations with family. I took a turn around the 14th century churchyard where grandmother lies in state. St Anne’s is truly … Continue reading

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