Diary: Hornby hampered by his tennis trauma at CHI bash

And so to Gilgamesh, that palatial monument to dining excess nestling among the tattoo parlours and piercing shops of Camden Market.

The Sumatran-themed gastroplex was the location of Clemmow Hornby Inge's modest fifth birthday bash, where the great, the good and the greedy ousted the usual diners ("Essex tanning magnates, their mistresses and girls who appear to be in search of a footballer" according to The Times' restaurant savager, AA Gill) for a night of unbridled excess.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the CHI cast and crew was a broad cross-section of supporting cast: Moray MacLennan, Nick Hurrell and Tiger Savage showed that M&C Saatchi is as supportive of rival independents as ever, Nicola Mendelsohn turned out for Grey and Jonathan Mildenhall showed why Ozwald Boateng's sales have slipped since he moved to Mother, turning up in - gasp - a T-shirt and shorts.

Given such a crowd and location, Diary's thoughts go out to the CHI co-founder Johnny Hornby, who, owing to "a drunken tennis injury", was unable to work the room with his customary account-man charm.


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