A Balkan Rhapsody. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, I have always been fascinated by the story of Crown Prince Alexander II of Yugoslavia who was born in Suite 212 of Claridges hotel in 1945 where his father King Peter II lived in exile. Prime Minister Winston … Continue reading

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Paris Match. December 2012.

Dear Rowley, Dispatches from Paris from the Perfect Gentleman book signing at Ralph Lauren on the Boulevard Saint Germain. Have you been? Imagine an 18th century hotel particulier with parquet floors worthy of Versailles, paintings worthy of the Musee d’Orsay and staterooms exquisitely … Continue reading

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Signage. November 2012.

Dear Rowley, There are evenings that confirm that I don’t wish to live anywhere other than Central London. True, the rent on Bloomsbury Towers is taxing, the weather is execrable and the shoals of Chinese tourists rather a swim upstream … Continue reading

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Perfect Gentlemen. November 2012.

Dear Rowley, As Mary Queen of Scots said (in a cod French accent) ‘in my end is my beginning’. There must be more than a few hookers down Half Moon Street who embroidered a sampler with that one. Granted, the … Continue reading

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Brussels. September 2012.

Dear Rowley, An invitation to Brussels from my friend the vampire Hugo ‘Parisian Gentleman’ Jacomet to attend a dinner in honour of Aston Martin and John Lobb Ltd collaborating on the design of the definitive car shoe. Hugo is the … Continue reading

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