New York New York. April 2017.

Dear Rowley, You know one of my all time favourite Noël Coward songs is Sail Away. Coward lived by the lyrics: ‘when the wind and the weather blow your dreams sky high, sail away, sail away, sail away’. Well, in … Continue reading

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Divine Intervention. July 2015.

Dear Rowley, When Atlantic Records producer Ahmet Ertegün first laid eyes on Bette Midler he cut to the heart of her act: a class performer masquerading as trash. The Divine Miss M persona took elements of Mae West, Sophie Tucker … Continue reading

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These Old Broads. March 2014.

Dear Rowley, Still basking in a vintage Academy Award broadcast, aren’t you? Having perused YouTube for red carpet interviews I was most impressed by Piers Morgan…not a line I ever thought I would write this side of Heaven. But he … Continue reading

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The Winter Olympics. February 2014.

Dear Rowley, The Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi haven’t been without controversy have they? Burning issues of the day include President Putin’s anti-gay laws and the big question as to why countries didn’t boycott the games never mind the odd … Continue reading

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Clams on the Half Shell. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, I think you know I am rather a fan of the Divine Miss M otherwise known as Bette Midler, queen of the concert tours, our fearless leader and the only woman who makes one iota of sense on … Continue reading

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