The Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I have made it no great secret that I consider Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies are two of the finest novels ever written in the English language. It was sheer brilliance to take Henry VIII’s villainous Master … Continue reading

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Anne of the Thousand Days. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, When London hits twenty-four degrees as it did this fine Sunday, the city sings. It is criminal to not put your glad rags on – in my case a rather dashing pair of yellow cotton shorts and a … Continue reading

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The Regency. February 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often said there’s a bit of gypsy in me: no comments please. But I had a serious premonition last week when the Duchess of Cambridge arrived alone at the National Portrait Gallery looking every inch a Princess … Continue reading

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Is It Over? September 2012.

Dear Rowley, Did you enjoy the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony? I thought it both beautiful and profoundly moving. I even came round to Rhiannon after her sensational performance with Coldplay. It was a fitting end to a perfect weekend and … Continue reading

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Road Rage April 2011

Dear Rowley, Finally back at home as black as a pit pony having spent another afternoon in the Henry Poole & Co archive trying to track down the founder of the Buchanan whiskey dynasty –  a one James Buchanan – … Continue reading

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