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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Through The Mill. July 2016.

Dear Rowley, Granted, going to see a new musical-play about Judy Garland after finally kicking the booze might be considered foolhardy but the Duchess and Paul had made a date for Through The Mill at the Southwark Playhouse and I can’t … Continue reading

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Diva Fever. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, A number of years ago, a writer called Suzy Boyt published a memoir called My Judy Garland Life. She and I were working for Weekend FT then: she as a columnist and I as a fashion correspondent. I recall … Continue reading

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Lucky Lady. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I was rather sorry-not-sorry to hear that Liza Minnelli has cancelled her in-conversation appearances at the London Palladium and Sheffield City Hall this month. As you know, I have form with Liza. It all began with a late … Continue reading

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Chipolatas December 2010

Dear Rowley, Don’t you just adore Carol Kirkwood, the weather lady on BBC Breakfast? Carol is always at Royal Ascot on Ladies Day and we must have done about five years’ worth of 7.30am interviews with Carol rocking the hats … Continue reading

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