DIARY: I ’ad that Eric Cantona in the back of my cab office the other night

Eric Cantona, the Gallic poet, philosopher and sometime football player, can now add ‘cabbies’ hero’ to his list of vocations (oh yes, on top of ad star), after an entertaining evening in London.

Eric Cantona, the Gallic poet, philosopher and sometime football player,

can now add ‘cabbies’ hero’ to his list of vocations (oh yes, on top of

ad star), after an entertaining evening in London.



The Manchester United striker was out on the town in Soho with some

staffers from St Luke’s after wrapping the shoot for his Eurostar

commercials.



Tim Hearn, one of the agency’s four creative directors, was charged with

looking after the temperamental celebrity for the evening.



After a night of beers and frolicking, Hearn (we’ve been asked to point

out that it was Hearn, not Cantona, who was doing the beers and

frolicking) took up his position as minder and went off to book a

minicab for the star. In order to jump the queue a bit he used Cantona’s

name.



Notorious for its quick wit, however, the minicab firm would have none

of it, insisting that Hearn must be ‘taking the mickey’, and other such

choice Arabic expletives.



Tempers flew, and fists were on the ready, when the man himself came

strolling round the corner, nonchalantly chewing on a baguette, as only

a Frenchman can.



‘Ca va?’ he queried, coolly restoring good humour to all around, and

promptly set about autographing endless receipts for various fortunate

members of the cabbies’ somewhat extended families.



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