Reluctant Acquiescence. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Stepping out of one’s life is terribly healthy, don’t you find? As you know, I’ve been at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the past ten days in the Old Bailey sitting in the juror’s box considering two rather fascinating … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, At some stage in life, we can all identify with the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler anthem¬†I’ve Got A Right to Sing the Blues. Hell, at times, I’ve been feeling blue enough to caterwaul¬†Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and … Continue reading

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And Then There Were None. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Who knew January was the rainy season in London? Every day since Christmas, London has been bathed in a miasma of mist, gloom and sleet: perfect weather for a hanging at Holloway. Speaking of capital punishment, did I … Continue reading

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Heavy Lifting. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Just got back to Bloomsbury Towers after another day of heavy lifting installing the ledgers in the Henry Poole & Co new Archive Room. The oven chips are in and the Prosecco is poured. I’m absolutely shagged and … Continue reading

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Stage Fright. December 2012.

Dear Rowley, I do feel sorry for the young. They’re so busy Wii-ing, texting and making ‘friends’ on Facebook that there aren’t hours in the day to watch black and white movie double bills as I did when I was … Continue reading

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