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Llama Sutra – A Book to Devour

Melanie Whipman’s debut collection of short stories is a tour de force. Read Llama Sutra  in one go or bite off a delicious morsel one sitting at a time. But beware. Whipman’s fast-paced, dark, powerful stories full of twisty turns and tense moments will lure you in until The End. I read it in one go. I…

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Moving House, Moving On

A lot can happen in seven days. A week ago I was skiing in Aspen, enjoying the scenery …   and the company … Today I am working from my new office in my new rental flat, all thanks to my new guardian angel, Nicola Isdell-Carpenter. Nicola runs a company called The Mastery of Moving,…

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Friends on the Shelf

Apparently, there are a lot more books out there written by men than women. The owner of a bookstore in Cleveland was so incensed by the gender divide  that she turned around all the books in her shop written by men. Here’s the article and above is the evidence, a virtual white-out. Funny,  because if you…

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Inside Dior – a Doc to Download

My passion-for-all-things-fashion pal Nancy invited me to see the new two-part documentary Inside Dior earlier this week at the Bulgari Hotel with the British director Michael Waldman there to answer questions. If you liked Dior and I, about ex-creative director Raf Simons’ challenging, artistic and triumphant first season at Dior, then Inside Dior is a must-see.…

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Bill Bowes -a Class Act

I just got back from a week in my hometown San Francisco where I went to attend the memorial service of my uncle Bill Bowes (1926-2016), otherwise known as William Ketchum Bowes Jr. I’ve always loved the Junior part because my 90 year-old  uncle was anything but little. At 6’4″ he towered over me and…