I scoffed when I heard that my friend William Cash has been blackballed by the Garrick. Call that a humiliation? Not only have I been blackballed by the Garrick, I am also banned from the Groucho Club. And remember, the Groucho is named after the very same Groucho Marx who famously said he refused to join any club that would have him as a member.

William Cash’s alleged sin was to have used his father’s club membership to gatecrash the Garrick tent at Royal Ascot four years ago. That struck a chord with me, because I passed myself off as William in order to get into the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 1993 when he was Los Angeles correspondent for aa British newspaper. (It all went a bit pear-shaped...



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