Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Time marches on. Jamaican Independence party at the Jamaican Blue Mountains Club, Notting Hill. We had all been at the official party, at the Savoy Hotel the night before, at this one I was elected as an Honorary Jamaican by the Local Residents Association. Seated next to the guy in the light suit, and looking across at me, is Ben Dunkley, my great mate from art school, who propped me up on a couple of occasions when I felt like dropping out. In the event, we both finished up in advertising. He was a brilliant graphics artist and did most of the sign work for London Transport. Sadly, he died at the age of 52. The chap sitting next to me, with specs, is Vivien Durumn, Jamaican Minister of Agriculture, who supplied the necessary herbage for the evening. A memorable night.