Beaches. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, As you know, I have a reputation for plain-speaking but, until now, have refused to be drawn on the proposed Brexit. Apparently, the markets don’t like it, The Queen does and the government has corralled everyone from Barak … Continue reading

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Bed, Bath & Beyond. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Weren’t you enchanted by Philip Hoare’s biography of ‘prince-of-aesthetes’ Stephen Tennant? As a text book for young gentlemen who understand how to mis-match textiles and have a penchant for Coldstream Guards, Serious Pleasures is equal to the definitive Hugo … Continue reading

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Dudley House. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, Schadenfreude is an emotion one should savour like a Fortnum & Mason pink champagne truffle. I can’t tell you the joy of hearing Google Vice President Dr Vinton Cerf warning this week of a fast approaching black hole … Continue reading

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From Here To Maternity. July 2013.

Dear Rowley, Did you see Burton & Taylor last night on BBC4 starring Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth and Dominic West as Richard? When I saw the publicity stills I nearly choked on my Geraldini (a cocktail made in honour of my agent … Continue reading

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Les Misérables. January 2013.

Dear Rowley, Devastating news that HMV has gone into liquidation, no? I was interviewing the fragrant Emma Willis today for a Rake feature. Her admittedly young team couldn’t understand why we old timers were so depressed by the demise of … Continue reading

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