Weighing-in. September 2018.

Dear Rowley, Whatever happened to professional drinking? You know, the Mad Men two fingers of scotch to seal the deal, the neat whiskey and a steak that sustained 60s Vogue editor Diana Vreeland or the vodka rocks imbibed by the first supermodels – … Continue reading

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Judy. May 2018.

Dear Rowley, In a weaker moment, I happened to see some of the BBC’s Big Weekend music festival from Cardiff the other weekend. It is a sign of ageing when you disconnect from contemporary pop music which must make me … Continue reading

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Evita Forever. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, These days I always wake-up to The Shipping Forecast. It is almost mediation: Malin, Hebrides variable thee or four, showers good and on it goes like a prayer to the weather gods. This being 5.30am my days tend to … Continue reading

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Anne of the Thousand Days. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, One of the most formative films I ever saw on the television as a child was Anne of the Thousand Days. The title refers to Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who reigned for 1000 days before … Continue reading

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Black Power. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, Whenever I feel blue I turn to one of the greatest musicals ever made: The Wiz. The Wiz was a 1978 remake of The Wizard of Oz which was a big ask. To add to the expectation, the cast is entirely black. … Continue reading

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