Hubert the Great. March 2018.

Dear Rowley, Saddened to hear that one of the greats of golden era Paris couture, Count Hubert de Givenchy, has died aged ninety-one. A second son of the Marquis de Givenchy, Hubert studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Being a Courtesan. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have in my time been offered more than a few indecent proposals very few of which I have accepted. However, I am noticing a trend in the vie de bohémè for young and old enough to know better men … Continue reading

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Want to Buy Some Illusions? May 2016.

Dear Rowley, An invitation to a preview screening of Florence Foster Jenkins at the BFI this week with a Q&A featuring director Stephen Frears, writer Nicholas Martin and actor Hugh Grant. As you know, Florence Foster Jenkins was a Manhattan lady … Continue reading

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Sad Sad Tears of a Clown. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Didn’t your mouth just hit the pavement when you saw the YouTube footage of Madonna’s one night and one night only Tears of a Clown show? OMFG darling! Performed in Melbourne in front of a small, hand-picked crowd of the … Continue reading

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Manon. January 2014.

Dear Rowley, To Covent Garden last night for the first night of Massenet’s Manon at the Royal Opera House with La Farmer. The story of Manon Lescaut – a Demi Mondaine in Belle Epoque Paris who has chosen the life of a courtesan over love … Continue reading

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