|Photo by Martyn Healer|
My most 'interesting' party of the Christmas season so far has got to be Gregory Sams' birthday party in the wilds of his west London home.
I had arranged to have a reunion tea with an ancient friend beforehand in Soho. Neither of us had suspected that Saturday, the day we met up just happened to coincide with the biggest Christmas weekend shop of the year, which meant the entire West End had been completely pedestrianised (not a cab or bus in sight).
After I had left my friend in Old Compton Street, I ended up walking all the way to Bayswater Road and beyond, desperately shoving my way through the heaving throng of frenzied brain-dead shoppers.
I had tried to get into Piccadilly Circus tube station as well as Bond Street and Marble Arch, but didn't have the strength to push my way down through the densely populated crowded steps.
I finally ended up at Gregory's place three hours late and wailing with self-pity, flung myself prostrate on him when he opened the door, boring him and everyone else to death about my horror show of a journey.
Greg (an ingenious macrobiotic cook) promptly dished up his delicious home-made lemon, lentils and leek soup and offered me a generous shot of iced vodka which I threw down my throat in one gulp.
I hadn't drank spirits for years and it tasted yech-disgusting, but the hefty slug immediately did the trick and I immediately swung into the party mood.
At the end of the evening, my vodka euphoria had evaporated which saved me from rashly accepting an inebriated stranger's offer of a one night stand!
Instead, I sanctimoniously went home with a a copy of Gregory's book Sun of gOd!