“Come and judge the Best Dressed Margo and Barbara”, she said. How could I resist such an honour, dear Reader? Especially when the fabulous talent that is Viv Groskop was in town to preview her new Edinburgh show, Be More Margo. I whooped at the invitation when the delightful Donna of Sulky Doll stylist fame tweeted me. As you know well dear Reader, I never need an excuse to don a floral kaftan and spend an evening drinking Prosecco accessorised with obligatory maraschino cherry.
In a sneaky charity preview of her new Edinburgh Festival show, the rather masterly writer (Sunday Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times (Weekend), the Observer, the Guardian, the Spectator, the London Evening Standard, Red, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, High Life and The Pool ), comedian, presenter and all-round amazingly talented woman, Viv Groskop, brings to life all that is brilliantly middle class about The Good Life’s Mrs Margo Leadbetter. Wafting about in floral maxis and keeping up with the Jones (or should that be, the Goods?), Viv highlights the virtues of Margo as middle class role model. I fear she may have hit the jackpot as the audience offered their best in tales akin to those shared on ‘Overheard in Waitrose’ from performing yoga in orchards to bringing Ayah from the Far East to nanny in the UK. Who knew that Winchester could be as much of a spiritual home for Margo as her beloved Surbiton?!! I’m not sure when I have laughed so much at the mere mention of quinoa.
With my judging duties over, plenty of knicker-wetting laughter and lots of cash raised for the marvellous Kos Kindness – Winchester and Andover Collection run by the wonderful Roshi and her team, the evening was a huge success. HUGE thanks to Sulky Doll for organising and inviting me, to Viv for putting up with my gushing over meeting her and to my fabulous friend Siobhan who told me she was simply going to throw on a kaftan when I asked her to come along and ended up greeting me in a floor-length silk number from India which totally trumped my chiffon flowers and turban! If you are up in Edinburgh for the Fringe then DO get tickets for Viv’s show – if she’s half as funny as she was at her preview, I promise you’re in for a brilliant night out. I intend to take her advice and channel more of my inner Margo. If that’s possible, dear Reader. Got to dash, I’m in the middle of arguing with the Ocado man. He’s substituted a bottle of Prosecco for my Bolly……….
(On a rather more serious note, Roshi and her team coordinate refugee donations at Kos Kindness. The work they do sees that essential items are shipped to Kos, Samos, Chios and Lesvos for direct distribution to the refugees arriving there daily. If you can help by donating items, time or a bit of cash, then please get in touch with Roshi at firstname.lastname@example.org This is such an important cause – what Roshi and her team do really does help those in desperate need).