Fine and Dandy? October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The other day, I had the privilege to view pieces tailored by Henry Poole & Co in the Museum of London archive. We saw the black velvet tunic Sir Henry Irving wore to play King Charles I and … Continue reading

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Palazzo Pitti. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Despite being the only person with English as a mother tongue at the Chaumet summit at Le Meurice, my lecture did seem to please. It is always something of a challenge to present a ‘state of the nation’ … Continue reading

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Polo. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, We’ve all been to awards ceremonies in London that invariably end up either head first over the handlebars on the way home after polishing off the after dinner Chivas Regal or being led from the Natural History Museum … Continue reading

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On The Clock & Off The Bottle. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, If someone were to ask me what I consider to be the greatest musical of all time I would have to say Cabaret. Director/choreographer Bob Fosse is a hero of mine and Liza Minnelli’s greatest mentor on a … Continue reading

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The Perfect Year. January 2014.

Dear Rowley, I do enjoy Dogging, don’t you? I refer of course to the deliciously foul and filthy song of the same name that inevitably stops any Fascinating Aida show. As a pre-New Year’s Eve treat Simon treated La Farmer, … Continue reading

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