• Wonder Women

    Tim Marlow, Tracey Emin and me 


    An evening spent in The Ballroom at Claridge's with guests dripping in black and gold (dress code) for the Women of the Year Awards - doesn't get more glam.


    The Swarovski awards


    On my way, passed two Father Christmas' having a sneaky ciggy around the back entrance of a department store, not very pc but quite funny, and anyway, wouldn't Santa smoke a pipe?


    Lulu Kennedy 


    I loved all the women awarded, the most inspiring, extraordinary role models, including Tracey Emin, Helena Bonham Carter and Camilla Batmanghelidjh, who without a doubt got my award for the best dressed woman there. Dame Judi Dench was given a standing ovation when she collected the Lifetime Achievement award, and there's no one more special, she's a national treasure.


    Dame Judi Dench


    Camilla Batmanghelidjh


    Daisy Bates, Tiphaine de Lussy, Roksanda Ilincic


  • Travers, Tattoos And A Tortoise


    To mark the centenary of the highly acclaimed artist Cyril Mann's birthday, Robert Travers held a cocktail party at his gallery Piano Nobile on Portland Road. The exhibition was opened by our glamourous Mayor, Julie Mills, and Clarendon Cross turned out in force.


    Great to be in Ibiza this time of year without the crowds, the weather is divine. Sad to see the damage made by the recent fire and the area around my "rock" completely burnt out. I had my own drama at the finca, when I discovered that a water cylinder had been stolen, the main water pipe cut and a bathroom and bedroom flooded. I scrambled around the fields until I found the tap to turn the water off and spent the next few days bailing out.


    On the flight back, I sat next to a woman who had just had the outside of her lips tattooed. How painful must that have been!



    I went to a birthday party in the new private room at the Wolseley - without a doubt the most exquisite setting in London and the food as ever, delicious. Daniel (tortoise) is tucked up in her Harrods box for the winter. Sweet dreams!


  • I'm With The Band

    Fall On Your Sword at Cafe de Paris


    I thought LFW was exhausting, but try having a rock band living with you!


    The band Fall On Your Sword arrived from New York as the heatwave began and the sun shone every day until they left. The garden became the centre point of rock 'n' roll and Daniel (tortoise) was beside himself/herself getting so much attention and being fed cherries at 2am. As part of the Raindance Festival, Another Earth played at the Haymarket cinema and Fall On Your Sword had written the music. After the screening, guests filed across Leicester Square to the Cafe de Paris, where the band played. I've been to a few gigs/parties there in my time and this was one of the best, the crowd went crazy.


    Carole Latimer


    A very Notting Hill crowd turned up for the viewing of Carole Latimer's exhibition of photographs, Flowers Mirroring the Deep, at the 20th Century Theatre. The pictures are outstanding, she has observed the unique expression on each flower and given them life.



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