Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales; A Miss for Amis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales; A Miss for Amis

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Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE

My heart bleeds for Martin Amis. The great wordsmith has been trounced in a game of Scrabble by a lowly hack. The novelist was among celebrities taking part in a poker tournament for Challenge?

TV, a digital TV channel to be screened in the autumn. During the weeklong tournament participants were ensconced in a Cardiff hotel, but some of those taking part began to tire of poker and spend more time in the green room.

Journalist Grub Smith, whose name wouldn't be out of place in an Amis novel, suggested a game of Scrabble and Martin agreed. Perhaps Martin should have seen it coming. The names Martin Amis and Grub Smith total respectively, in Scrabble terms, 14 and 17.

Leave those kids alone

Charity doesn't always begin at home, as the offspring of the multimillionaire Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour (above, with family) have discovered. Despite his philanthropy - he donated proceeds from the sale of his [pounds sterling]3.6-million house to the charity Crisis - he ensures his children pay their own way. Whereas the progeny of other rock'n'roll legends revel in their trustafarian lifestyles, Sarah (above right) and Matthew Gilmour are busy pulling pints in The Goat in Boots, Fulham Road. Sarah, who wants to become a TV presenter, is stoical: 'I've been self-sufficient since leaving school. I much prefer that to living off my father.' Somehow we can't see any of Mick Jagger's brood behind the bar of the Dog & Duck.

Tonight, Lance, I'm going to be...

Lance Gerrard-Wright, who wed Ulrika Jonsson last weekend, has often alluded to his musical aspirations.

Before meeting Ulrika, the army major left his post as equerry to Prince Andrew to pursue a career in the music industry. The distinctly 'teddy boy'-style morning suit he wore for his nuptials showed that old habits die hard. …

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