Follow the Fleet. April 2016.

Dear Rowley, We should all visit the BFI more, don’t you think? The British Film Institute is, quite simply, cinema for grown-ups who don’t need a bucket ‘o popcorn to munch or two litre bottles of Coke that gurgle like … Continue reading

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The Swimmer. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often quoted the late, great Diana Vreeland apropos water is nature’s tranquilliser: to drink, to swim in, to watch and to listen to. In the absence of owning a villa by the sea in Menorca or Corfu … Continue reading

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Untold Stories of Hollywood. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, As Samuel Pepys would have told you, don’t look to the leading ladies and gentlemen in history for the truth. You want to know about Cleopatra’s amours? Ask a handmaiden. Henry VIIIs temper? Ask the fool. The same … Continue reading

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Tender is the Night. May 2013.

Dear Rowley, The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc has been the mise-en-scène for the most enchanted evenings in the history of the Cannes Film Festival and none more so than amfAR’s 20th anniversary gala. The promenade that slopes from the hotel’s perch … Continue reading

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The Tailor-Made Man. March 2013.

Dear Rowley, On Friday I booked tickets for the Arts Theatre’s new musical The Tailor-Made Man for La Farmer, Mr Bowering, Simon and myself. The Tailor-Made Man is a musical based on the life and love story of Hollywood idol William Haines. Billy Haines … Continue reading

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