The Love Quest. December 2015.

Dear Rowley, Both you and I can just remember the days when television still showed black and white programmes. I in particular remember the Saturday matinee double bill of classic films shown on BBC2 before I was even in my … Continue reading

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Cupidity. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, I adore the German word schadenfreude. ┬áThere 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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Made in Sheffield April 2011

Dear Rowley, Just when you thought you’d heard it all, that ghastly slug of a Tory politician Oliver Letwin makes a remark about increasing airport taxes because ‘we don’t want to encourage people from Sheffield to take cheap flights’. This … Continue reading

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Suits You Sir March 2011

Dear Rowley, I’ve been reading a superb new biography of all the Empresses of Rome from Livia to the fall of the empire and feel quite an affinity with the Empress Livia, Augustus’s wife. The lady allegedly poisoned most of … Continue reading

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