Magazine article The Spectator

Health Warning

Magazine article The Spectator

Health Warning

Article excerpt

Glorious weather has finally hit the Alps, and I'm out bright and early each morning getting healthier by the minute. After a lightning trip to London, I need to get healthy as much as poor Bob Dole needs a boost in the polls. In fact, I have finally come to the boring conclusion that London will one day, night rather, be the end of me.

Take, for example, last week. On Thursday, chez Aleko and Marietta Goulandris here in Gstaad, I overdid things because of the fun company and terrific wines. Early Friday I drove to a small airport nearby in order to fly to London. The tiny plane that was taking me arrived on time but damaged one of its wheels while landing. So off was the sailor to another small airport to make the connection to Amsterdam and from there on to City Airport down by the docks. Hanging around airports is not salubrious because one gets bored rather easily, and, as everyone who drinks knows, the only thing that relieves boredom is demon drink.

And speaking of booze, my guest of honour on Friday evening drank only water, leaving Charlie Glass and yours truly to demolish three bottles of white Sancerre and five of Haut Brion between us. After my guests left, I moved on to the hard stuff until about 7 a.m. Saturday was a bit hazy, until a driver picked up Kate Reardon and myself for a quick nip up to Marlborough and a terrific blast thrown by Robert Sangster for his wife's birthday. Mr S. is a most generous host, but he loves publicity as much as the Draft Dodger loves the truth. He has asked me not to write anything, but what the hell. I had so much fun dancing until dawn, it's a pity not to brag about it.

Sunday was almost gone by the time I got back to the big city and to the realisation that I had invited some friends for dinner. Oy veh! Somehow I made it through and even managed to watch the finals of the US Open and the Spartan victory of Pete Sampras. …

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