Once upon a time there was a Princess and a boy with red and white stripey socks, permed hair, an earring and silver boots.
According to the papers the Princess was having an affair with a handsome young man who owned a restaurant and one night she went to dine there along with a tall man from California who was very famous and had once written many hit songs. The boy with silver boots worked at the restaurant and was asked to wait upon the Princess, her boyfriend, the tall man from California and his wife. The boy with silver boots was told to address the Princess as Ma?am and not to speak unless spoken to.
A special menu had been prepared in the Princess?s honour and the restaurant was filled with invited guests. Dour men with bulges under their jackets sat in the corners of the restaurant and said nothing and ate no food all night. It seemed that the Princess was not very hungry either and the tall man from California only wanted to eat ice cream. At one point the Princess asked the boy with silver boots what subject he was studying at University. ?Architecture, Ma?am,? he replied. ?My husband was an architect,? she said and changed the subject.
The day after the Princess visited the restaurant her boyfriend gave the boy with silver boots a big fat tip and he went and bought a Led Zeppelin album with the money. Many years later the boy with silver boots read an autobiography by the tall man from California in which he discussed at length his terrible addiction to heroin. Heroin addicts eat a lot of ice-cream.
I don?t wear silver boots anymore and I don?t have any hair to perm.
Princess Margaret died last week, she was 71.