So it was there that we arrived to collect her and await a taxi that never came. Elisabeth told me to find the number in her address book and check where it was. By the time I had run back upstairs, located the book, stared in despair at the smudged and faded entries one written over the other as the decades have removed or replaced friends and services, puffed back to the lobby, called the car service to be told that no car had been ordered, then tactfully suggested that perhaps we should just get the next black cab that pulled up, time was ticking on. I could picture my pa fuming "tempus fugit" or something that rhymes with that, while his face got progressively more puce and hear my mother saying "Now, now Arthur, just relax, I'm sure they'll be here soon."
|Mr Wesley escorts Elisabeth through the kitchen at Le Gavroche|
|Michel congratulating my Pa on being really old; in the middle, my other, "Carry On", godmother Barbara Thomas (widow of film director Gerald); and Ma Butler on the right.|
At that time, our intern was a Dutch art school student, Marlies Heerema. The Dutch are, largely, well disposed toward General Patton and, I hoped, by association, his progeny. And so I packed them off together on the downtown bus to Brixton (in the pouring rain), with the Holland & Sherry bunch, to trawl the charity shops for jeans. They returned having successfully executed their mission (it's in the genes. HAHAHAHA!!! Sorry, drinking alone in the studio, writing), with a pristine pair of jeans from Dr Barnardo's http://www.barnardos.org.uk/shop/shops.htm, fresh stock donated by H&M http://www.hm.com/gb/subdepartment/LADIES?Nr=4294962024, so, thank you H&M, I could assure Madame R that no smelly ass has ever had anything to do with her jacket trim.
|Marlies & Ingmar flushed with the spoils of success after their mission to Brixton|
|The Dr Barnardo's jeans against the Holland & Sherry wool / cashmere tweed with the paisley lining by Huddersfield Fine Worsteds|
|The large, medium, and small scale on red #1, and then the smallest one sampled on three further reds|
|Dig the prongs|
|Flora - we ador'er - our current intern from Westminster University, with the unfurled finished silk for Michel Roux jnr.|
You may enjoy knowing that when Ma Butler learnt that the great Chef was to attend the studio, she insisted on preparing a plate of her "signature" canapés, delivered with the message that should he be sufficiently impressed that he would want to add them to the repertoire of amuse bouche at Le Gavroche, she was quite happy to share that with him. Here Michel delivered his verdict: