Cilla. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, I was just digging out Cilla Black’s greatest hits to wish a fond farewell to the carrot-topped Liverpudlian chanteuse who’s been a star of British music and, later, television for over fifty-years. I was distracted however by a … Continue reading

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A Room With A View. July 2014.

Dear Rowley, Writing, I find, can be the most exhilarating and frustrating of professions. I was fascinated to read a feature by the delightfully named Maria Popover recently about writers’ working habits and habitats; the superstitions and rituals that help … Continue reading

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Is It Over? That’s What You Think. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, Bloody Islam! A lady has been branded as shaming Islam for kissing one of the judges at Cannes on the cheek while wearing a headscarf and long dress. What rotten intolerance! At the risk of a fatwah on … Continue reading

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Loco Motions. November 2013.

Dear Rowley, Having oft pondered the propensity of older people to dress like confused teenagers – apropos a lady at large in Bloomsbury today who was evidently alive when rationing was still imposed wearing a baseball cap with a nose … Continue reading

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Follow The Bear. June 2013.

Dear Rowley, It’s the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation and in the absence of an invitation to Westminster Abbey to sing a hymn and wave a flag I’ve spent the day in the company of a large brown bear. … Continue reading

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