Party pooper

Lauren Booth complains of "the fag-stained carpet" and "dusty rented room" at the Evening Standard's Diary Christmas party (25 December). I always feared that my humble hospitality would not be up to Ms Booth's standards, which is why I didn't tell her about the event until she rang me up to demand an invitation.

Sebastian Shakespeare
Editor, Londoner's Diary, Evening Standard
London W8

This article first appeared in the 15 January 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Dotcoms will rise again