Baubles, Bangles & Beads. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Invariably, anyone who says they are ‘a bit mad’ or ‘eccentric’ turns out to be the bore of the century. Similarly, men who pronounce themselves ‘rakish’ do so at their peril if they are happily married and sprogged-up. … Continue reading

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Lines of Beauty. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, In the week that Phillip Pullman returns to the world of his Dark Materials trilogy with the first of a new series, I do find it heartening that, as a reader, I still await new novels by favourite authors … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Walked Home Alone. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, One of the best Bette Davis biographies written by Charlotte Chandler was titled The Girl Who Walked Home Alone. I have been walking home alone for many years now to Bloomsbury Towers. You know what? I’m living alone and … Continue reading

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Sex. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, One of the benefits of no longer being a spring chicken is learning to accept people’s differences without judging (much) or wishing to impose one’s own point of view. Another is – how does one put this delicately? … Continue reading

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Books Etc. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I must have run the gamut of deadly sins in my time but one that I’ve finally conquered is envy. Being covetous of what others have is the road to Bedlam. Sometimes I find myself lusting after a … Continue reading

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