John Donne, that Feisty Old Rascal

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that life was ever about lying flat out under the sun in a hot July. At these times, I heartily recommend eating and poetry. And eating poetry! (No, don’t). As a strategy for getting through the dark, you can’t really go wrong with eating and reading. I’ve been baking with the radio on and a […]

Secret Style Icon No 14: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

If you were expecting saucy romance (or aliens) from a film called Brief Encounter, this British masterpiece of the 1940s instead offers a wonderful oddyssey of longing, compromise, disappointment and despair. I love it. From the cut-glass accents and minutae of everyday middle class life (making a phonecall from the tobacconists, taking brandy in a […]