Chandeliers April 2011

Dear Rowley, Isn’t it marvellous that everyone looks more attractive in the sunshine? London has been glorious the past few days and even the feral cyclists don’t look as menacing. So what better conditions to spend the best part of … 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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Out of Africa…March 2011

Dear Rowley, The age of anxiety seems to be growing apace. So now we’re policing Libya’s no-fly zone as well as Afghanistan and Iraq while cutting the armed forces to the point when all we’ll have left is equipment made … Continue reading

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End Game for Fashion at Royal Ascot March 2011

Dear Rowley, Well love-a-duck, we’re about two weeks away from putting Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style to bed. Speaking of which, I’m lounging on the divan in Bloomsbury Towers in my Ted Sexton blue silk dressing … Continue reading

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Bunga Bunga! February 2011

Dear Rowley, Have you ever been to a Bunga Bunga party a la Silvio Berlusconi? I think I have but did not realise until in retrospect. There was a lady – and I use that word loosely – on Radio … Continue reading

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