The Charmed Circle. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, Did I tell you that Henry Poole has acquired a new suite of rooms behind No 15 Savile Row to convert into a fit-for-purpose archive room? We’ve been slowly but surely re-binding the 120 plus customer ledgers dating … Continue reading

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Queen Lucia. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, Can you remember me saying I’d recorded a short interview in Covent Garden piazza with Tim Wonacott for a new BBC2 programme called The Great Antiques Map of Britain? I’m sure it was summer because it hosed it down … Continue reading

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Strike A Light. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The heaven of finding an unfamiliar Alec Guinness film, The Scapegoat, at the Cinema Store on Upper St Martin’s Lane this week. Finding a Bette Davis cameo in said film is the cat’s pyjamas. Having long mourned the loss of Centre … Continue reading

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Old Friends As We Are. December 2014.

Dear Rowley, Being something of a Luciaphile, I have on more than one occasion been asked what I thought about the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels. Like Noël Coward, W. H. Auden and Nancy … Continue reading

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That’s Not Funny Jerry! November 2014.

Dear Rowley, A little piece of me died today when I saw an advertisement for Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? on the back of a London bus. How, in the name of Frank Capra, did we get from It’s A Wonderful Life … Continue reading

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