Evita Forever. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, These days I always wake-up to The Shipping Forecast. It is almost mediation: Malin, Hebrides variable thee or four, showers good and on it goes like a prayer to the weather gods. This being 5.30am my days tend to … Continue reading

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Poor Little Rich Boy. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, Billionaire poor little rich boy Matthew Mellon’s death – possibly drug related – is suspicious. The man was born in a gilded cage and had in his final years turned $2 million dollars into over $1 billion trading … Continue reading

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Anne of the Thousand Days. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, One of the most formative films I ever saw on the television as a child was Anne of the Thousand Days. The title refers to Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who reigned for 1000 days before … Continue reading

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The Prince and the Showgirl. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, As Miss Midler once said, ‘I’m not retiring and you can’t make me’. The most recent bout of ‘the troubles’ seems to be coming to a close. On paper I’ve had two laptops, three iPhones, an iPad, three … Continue reading

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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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