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Kim and Sally at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Everyone is very excited because later this month one of Kim and Sally’s ‘yukata’ and ‘obi’ designs outfits, produced when they were the Bentley & Spens textile design partnership, is to be featured in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk an eye … Continue reading

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There’s a scene in The Kominsky Method, that wry Netflix study of septuagenarians, when recently widowed bitter sweet Alan Arkin turns to the man behind the wheel, his thespian best friend Michael Douglas, and with an expression of despair says: … Continue reading

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The last Port Eliot Festival?

  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed what may easily be the very last Port Eliot Festival.There was a look and feel and smell amid and among the rolling grounds, woodland and elegant Port Eliot House and gardens … Continue reading

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I remember monkey bottles, kangaroo tails, and Frank Ifield

  I am fortunate to have worked through a period in journalism when the gifts, the perks – the freebies to apply the correct journalistic parlance – were worth having. My diary is housed within a handsome Papyrus leather book … Continue reading

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The Price Of Fame

It’s flattering to receive an exclusive invitation, especially one from a Michelin rated chef. It reaffirms one’s faith in elitism, that select order of hedonists that has has a lot of bad press recently for being too clever and influential … Continue reading

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Mick Owens – the artful life of a generous man

Michael Owens looms disproportionately large in my life; a presence in four of the rooms of my home to be precise. For a man I shared a house with nearly 40 years ago, and whom for the past ten years … Continue reading

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Sally Brampton

You don’t know how much someone means to you until – out of the blue – they’re not there anymore. I thought this while fighting back the tears when I learnt today of the death of Sally Brampton whom I … Continue reading

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Don’t Lose A Day – it could cost you

Asta and I had enjoyed the short saunter into The Old Town the other day to pass on some back issues of The New Yorker magazine to the only person I have ever known to read that wordy periodical from … Continue reading

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How Much Will You Pay For Your News?

All news content on the internet will be paid for in ten years.  Broadly speaking that was the outcome of a high level debate sponsoured by YouGov and the London Press Club, held at London’s British Library last night (March … Continue reading

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Arret! Très Chic – how I was that guy

How many Chic albums do you have; that’s studio albums, excluding compilations and live sets? It’s a simple enough question because there aren’t that many. I have eight, which is interesting because there should have only been seven. The reason … Continue reading

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