Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Aa Gill -

in­cred­i­bly guilty about it, but I just can’t stop. The prob­lem is that I will agree to any­thing if you ask me far enough in ad­vance. I find it im­pos­si­ble to de­cline an in­vite (and, to be fair to my­self, is there ever a po­lite way to say you don’t want to meet up?).

I’d love to be able to say I only do this to dis­tant ac­quain­tances, never the peo­ple I gen­uinely love, but that isn’t the case. Take the other night. One of my old­est friends, Scar­lett, was hav­ing a birth­day party in Den­mark Hill. Now I live in Ac­ton and, I’m telling you, it’s not easy to make that jour­ney. There’s a whole lot of train and Tube chang­ing and even when you get there it’s a long walk. But I was really look­ing for­ward to go­ing be­cause she’s a great friend and it sounded fun. And I definitely didn’t want to not go, be­cause it’s really bad not to go to your friends’ birth­day par­ties and I per­son­ally get very antsy about peo­ple not turn­ing up to mine. So what did I do? I can­celled at the last minute, of course, with some

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