Return to Splendour. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, While recording a short interview for a film about Savile Row the other day I was asked what made me throw so much energy behind British bespoke tailoring? I believe the epiphany came at the Paris menswear shows … Continue reading

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Assassins. June 2016.

Dear Rowley, Should your heart wish to break for the Haute Ton of 18th century London, look no further than this morsel from Piers Morgan’s social column: ‘Sir Bruce Forsythe’s wife, Lady Wilnelia, threw a delightful dinner party at Fortum & Mason … Continue reading

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Happy and Glorious. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’ve always rather enjoyed the cantankerous Dr David Starkey ever since we shared a bottle or three of Prosecco in a caravan in Green Park. We were ensconced in the ITV compound opposite Buckingham Palace to commentate on … Continue reading

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bejewelled. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, One of the most fascinating collection of objects in the old King’s Library in the British Museum belonged to Queen Elizabeth I’s necromancer Dr John Dee. I’m particularly drawn to Dr Dee’s obsidian mirror within which he claimed … Continue reading

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Last Queen of Scotland? September 2014.

Dear Rowley, How did the vote for Scottish Independence get within a gnat’s crotchet of dividing the United Kingdom? We all quite naturally thought that Alex Salmond alone would scupper the misguided bid for independence.  I know politics isn’t a … Continue reading

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