And this week it all come out. As the media spoke with excitement about the presence in Linlithgow this week of Chanel's chief designer Karl Lagerfeld and the prestigious Metier des Arts show Mrs FB broke down. 'How could he come to Linlithgow and not invite me?' she sobbed to a sympathic FB, 'Have I not spent enough in Chanel over the years?' FB quickly understood that the second question was rhetorical, for no one could doubt Mrs FB's long term commitment to the celebrated fashion brand.
|Lagerfeld with Stella Tenant |
modelling new cricket wear in Linlithgow
FB shared the anticipation of his loved one. He would be interested to see what the great Lagerfeld might do with the cricket sweater and the jock strap - subjects overlooked by haute couture.
But more that that he would be interested to find out how Boghall cricket ground, home of West Lothian CC could be turned into an arena fit for a fashion show. In his long cricketing career FB has never played at Boghall - a mixture of different leagues and weather caused postponements has ensured this. But he has from time to time attended the ground as a spectator and always looks out as the train between Edinburgh and Glasgow gives a fine view over the ground.
Boghall has been home to West Lothian CC since 1969. Although it is no longer on the list for international matches in its time it has seen a number of Scotland fixtures. Mathew Hayden scored a century there in 1998 playing for Australia A, a side that also included Mike Hussey and Andrew Symonds. The match was drawn. So the Chanel fixture would be a welcome return for Boghall to the international circuit. In addition the event is reported to have generated over £2m for the local economy, although FB suspects that the models involved will spend little in Linlithgow's world class chip shops.
But as the event got nearer it became evident that Mrs FB's claims were being cruelly overlooked. And FB has had to tread with care around the house. Mrs FB is reconsidering her brand loyalty and Chanel's prosperity may be in danger.
A shame - for there must have been vacant seats as it seems that, despite all the publicity, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie failed to turn up. Perhaps they failed to find the ground.