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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Let Me Be Your Star. August 2016.

Dear Rowley, You know that old saying about never working with children and animals? I have learned not to take it too literally. There are more than a few people I have encountered in my professional life whose behaviour borders … Continue reading

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Happy Families. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I was lying on the daybed in Bloomsbury Towers smoking a Senior Service last night when up popped the BBC’s much-vaunted documentary All Change at Longleat.  The story is pure Evelyn Waugh. ‘Loins of Longleat’ Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of … 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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All That Jasper. September 2012.

Dear Rowley, One always knows London Fashion Week is upon us when a disproportionate number of tragic cases are to be found tottering up the Strand in asymmetric neon bobs, off-the shoulder chiffon, lederhosen, knee-length socks and platform brogues…and that’s … Continue reading

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