The increasingly reclusive Keith Waterhouse was lured out of his EarlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Court bunker in London this week for a seasonal lunch with some old colleagues from his days on the Daily Mirror.
But when the group, including ex-Mirror editor Mike Molloy, Anne RobinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soon-to-be ex-husband John Penrose, former People editor Bill Hagerty and retired columnist John Edwards, tried to book their normal watering hole, LanganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Coq d’Or, they were told it was fully booked on the day.
Protesting that the booking was for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“greatÃ¢â‚¬ Waterhouse, a regular who lived nearby and was not prepared to travel any further, a LanganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flunkie replied: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh well, yes, Mr Waterhouse was in yesterday. But, no, we still donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any room.Ã¢â‚¬
The group, sulkingly, has now decided to make do with the Troubadour Ã¢â‚¬’ and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in EarlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Court so it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be too far for Waterhouse to go.