In Their Defence: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor. May 2018

Dear Rowley, Can one defend the reputation of the Duke of Windsor, ex-King Edward VIII, who gave up a crown for the love of a twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson? This is the challenge set by Like A Shot TV for … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts & Fabulous Jewels. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, I don’t go to the movies very often. It simply isn’t safe. If the cheery chipmunks in the next row won’t stop chatting when the film starts, I am all on not to bludgeon them to death with … Continue reading

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The Crown. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, Having devoured the first six episodes of Netflix epic The Crown, telling the story of The Queen’s accession to the throne, it is patently clear where £100 million was spent on the production. I wonder whether re-staging the marriage … Continue reading

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Happy Valley. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, While immersed in the 1920s Henry Poole ledgers, I chanced upon an order from Sir Jock Delves-Broughton, he of the still-unsolved Happy Valley murder in Kenya in 1941. You’ll recall cash-strapped Jock married young beauty, Diana, and took … Continue reading

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