Macho Man. January 2018.

Dear Rowley, I happened to chance upon a clip of the adventurer Bear Grylls on Gogglebox the other night. Not troubled by self-doubt, is he? Must come from being the Christian church’s poster boy for the Alpha cult. Bear is the … Continue reading

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Want to Buy Some Illusions? May 2016.

Dear Rowley, An invitation to a preview screening of Florence Foster Jenkins at the BFI this week with a Q&A featuring director Stephen Frears, writer Nicholas Martin and actor Hugh Grant. As you know, Florence Foster Jenkins was a Manhattan lady … Continue reading

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The Magic Flute. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, To the English National Opera with the Artist on Saturday to see one of the last performances of Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute. I have adored The Magic Flute for many years and you’ll recall we chose the … Continue reading

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Glyndebourne Nights. August 2011.

Dear Rowley, So London’s burning again. Don’t you find it incredible that civil insurgencies of this ilk can be sparked by the death of an alleged drug dealer and violent gang member who if the police hadn’t taken out would … Continue reading

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