Too Many Cooks. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have a confession. Every time a TV cook appears on film or in print my blood pressure rises like the Emperor Fountain at Chatsworth. It is quite simply baffling to me why anyone can find cooking on … Continue reading

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Friends With Benefits. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, On the mend my dear, thank God. I didn’t cough all night unless you count the gagging reflex when I saw Jamie Oliver on the news campaigning for, well, something. That man is one big campaign in the … Continue reading

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Food Glorious Food. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, Is it only me who despairs that the West End of London is turning into one big trough? Every time one of my beloved honest independent shops is forced to close due to rent rises, you can bet … 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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Love Me or Leave Me. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, I’m playing hookie today watching The Man Who Knew Too Much: the Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart. What strikes one watching films made in the 1950s and based in London is how polite everyone appears … Continue reading

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