At the beginning of December I shall be celebrating my 70th birthday. To ease my passage over this milestone I have arranged for Champagne Charles Heidsieck (whose wine we all much admire) to provide us with a lorry-load of their Brut NV. This will make it easier for those friends, guests etc who naturally wish to drink my health to raise a glass without depleting the bank balance.

To be more specific: between November 1st and December 7th all Lunch and Dinner guests will be offered a glass of Champagne Charles Heidsieck NV free of charge for toasting purposes. (Excludes parties of eight or more).

In case there are any amongst you who would prefer not to raise a glass for this purpose I have reserved for you a glass of Fernet Branca medicinal bitters.