Open All Hours. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, Last weekend, town was en fete for Open House London: an initiative in which some of the great buildings usually closed to the public throw open their doors. For two days one can queue briefly to wander at leisure around … Continue reading

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The Swimmer. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often quoted the late, great Diana Vreeland apropos water is nature’s tranquilliser: to drink, to swim in, to watch and to listen to. In the absence of owning a villa by the sea in Menorca or Corfu … Continue reading

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House of Cards. April 2012.

Dear Rowley, It’s not every day one is invited to the House of Commons. Don’t get excited Rowley, I wasn’t being hauled in front of the Levinson Enquiry having been intercepted relentlessly by James Murdock. The invitation came courtesy of … Continue reading

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Rock on Tommy 22nd May 2011

Dear Rowley, In all the tra-la-la of having Suzi Perry in town this week, I haven’t had time to put pen to Smythson paper and tell you about Royal Ascot days and disco nights of late. Thursday saw Miss P … Continue reading

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Stockholm Syndrome March 2011

Dear Rowley, Isn’t it funny that when you work at full gallop for a prolonged period – as I have on Fashion at Royal Ascot since January – you just keep going long after the winning post is passed. It’s … Continue reading

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