Vivien Leigh. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, I recall many years ago filming a documentary about Vivien Leigh for Channel 4 in which I commented that her life and her art on screen were in total harmony: from the skittish, delicious, courageous minx Scarlett O’Hara … Continue reading

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Just A Gigolo. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, One of the nicest things about launching James Sherwood’s Discriminating Guide to London was the opportunity to send personalised copies to the businesses in London I most admire and the people who have helped me along the way. Very telling, thank … Continue reading

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The Mirror Has Two Faces. August 2014.

Dear Rowley, Two contrasting Hollywood deaths this week gave great pause for sadness. What can one usefully add about the suicide of Robin Williams? I find it rather over-simplifying the matter to say manic depression gave Mr Williams his career … Continue reading

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The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Do you play the stock market darling? When I’ve got a few shekels I am seriously considering it. Of course only in a Mapp & Lucia fashion: ‘Siriami she said darkly’. I think what with the Olympics and Paralympics … Continue reading

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Regent’s Perk. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Every time I put the BBC Olympic coverage on the flatscreen at Bloomsbury Towers it appears that Britain has won another gold medal. I thought we must be up to about thirty by now. Then I realised the … Continue reading

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