Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Smart Knows How to Throw a Party

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Smart Knows How to Throw a Party

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I FLICK through Janet's research while we eat.

Manny's wife, Amanda, has also been in the news Co fundraising balls, networking lunches, women's breakfasts. If it involves dressing in expensive clothes and having your photo taken, Amanda's there. She's groomed to within an inch of her Jimmy Choos Co blond bob, 40 size 8.

C[pounds sterling]Find anything on Smart?C[yen]

Janet swallows the last mouthful, follows it with juice, hands me some more pages.

C[pounds sterling]This is where it gets interesting. Smart's in big-time mergers and acquisitions. He gave up the fast lane a couple of years ago, came home, bought a penthouse. Still associated with that kind of work, just on a reduced scale.C[yen]

She's on a roll.

C[pounds sterling]Known for his parties. I'm not talking Amanda West parties. I'm talking all-night, all-weekend, penthouse roof garden, spa, models, booze, drugs.C[yen]

That's a party.

C[pounds sterling]Last year he held a post-triathlon party. A friend of mine went, reckons she was drugged. Lucy doesn't do drugs, she's a serious athlete.C[yen]

All Janet's friends are serious athletes, except me.

C[pounds sterling]Lucy remembers having a few drinks, then feeling really out of it. Woke up the next morning across the road, on the beach. Thinks she was raped.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Shit. She go to the cops?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Too embarrassed. Didn't know what happened.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]So what are we talking? Date rape drug, something like that?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]That's what she reckons.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Nasty.C[yen] Very nasty. C[pounds sterling]You know Smart? What's he like?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Fancies himself, always has. Gym junkie. Thinks he's popular with girls. Only reason people hang out with him is because he pays the bills. Wouldn't go near him.C[yen]

Janet wouldn't go near Keanu Reeves, unless he said he loved her. …

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