Hard Acts to Follow. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Are you a fan of remakes? I have not yet seen it but hear Kenneth BRannagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is dry as dust compared to the original though the cinematography is spectacular. Why Hollywood tries to improve … Continue reading

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Divine Intervention. July 2015.

Dear Rowley, When Atlantic Records producer Ahmet Ertegün first laid eyes on Bette Midler he cut to the heart of her act: a class performer masquerading as trash. The Divine Miss M persona took elements of Mae West, Sophie Tucker … Continue reading

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The Met Ball. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, The annual Metropolitan Museum gala ball is ostensibly a fund raiser and the opening night of the exhibition du jour: this year a celebration of the remarkable Anglo-American couturier Charles James entitled Beyond Fashion. Of course the true purpose … Continue reading

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Cupidity. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, I adore the German word schadenfreude.  There is no translation for it in English other than saying out loud ‘I told you so’ with a satisfied smile and a smack of the lips like a cat that’s got … Continue reading

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