Balanced Riot*

How much does it really matter That Britain’s children are getting fatter…? Who’s responsible for the shift From taking the stairs to riding the lift? Who takes the rap for a sedentary lot With a whole generation sat on its bot Poking and stroking electronic screens Eating junk food while eschewing their greens? Who takes […]

George Street Vintage*

George Street Vintage is my choice of design house. Uniqueness of style for an interesting blouse As much a well chosen gentlemen’s shirt- (The buttons are reversed but that doesn’t hurt)¹. Enough of a choice not to suffer the indignity Of meeting someone dressed the same way as me (Which happened in a pub one […]


So… I took my haircut back to the shop On account that it was wonky. It’s something that I’ve struggled with, The trichology of a donkey… Wiry, wilful, bloody-minded Frankly not at all inclined-ed To concur with passing trends So I could look just like my friends. And so unfolded my teenage years, The barnet […]

Making Up Is Hard To Do*

Younger women’s makeup Must terrify the chaps, Wondering what lies beneath Geological layers of slap… Worrying if they get too near That things won’t be as they appear, The threatening, slippery film of grease Sliding into every crease, Slipping rather gracelessly Into places where it should not be, Resulting in a brilliant shine From just above […]

London Fashion Week (2016)

Welcome to London Fashion Week. You know you’d love to take a peek If only to see your ‘pre-loved’ pieces (Notwithstanding moth holes and creases) Suddenly beckoned out of the closet For ȧ la mode details on the pocket, Or any contemporary feature for that matter, Assuming you’ve not grown that much fatter(!) Over the […]

Sartorial Intelligence*

My quest for a dress Was a source of distress The sense of sartorial propriety A serious consideration for me, Not least because such occasion warrants At *least* a little extravagance. A wedding, indeed, The best of days To see two young people on their way: Friends and family looking on, Wondering where the years […]


Taking style tips from Italian women Has mercifully little to do with so slimming Which, in its way is a huge relief For few of us look comfortable wearing garments too brief(!): The tweaking and pulling and stretching required Can ruin the Look and *never* inspires. There are icons to be seen of all shapes […]