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FROM
RUSSIA...
WITH


LOVE
SUMMER BALL
BY BENJIE DAVIS
of a miracle than before. Real credit is due Igor featured heavily in the bidding and
to Rachael this time as the Ham Summer became more and more enthusiastic
Ball simply would not be the same as offers soared into the thousands.
without her help. (This could have been a direct result of
Some polo clubs pride themselves his winning the first lot, a case of vodka
on attributes like hosting high goal It is a fact that every time a chap puts on which by the fifth lot had been reduced
tournaments; Ham Polo Club however his DJ, he looks in the mirror and those by Igor and his guests by half.)
boasts high goal parties. The annual famous words go through his head: ‘the
summer ball is envied and emulated name’s Bond, James Bond’. We just The dodgems were even more of a hit
nation wide, but no where else will can’t help it, it’s an instant reaction. than ever as revelers’ imaginations turned
you find a polo party that will match Tonight however, everyone thought they the scene into the winding roads above
the glamour and decadence of our were a secret agent or a Bond girl, so Cannes and raced against each others
big bash. much so that the Hunt Kendall bar staff DB5s. Pepe Casabal was seen executing
were readying themselves for an influx (and failing to execute) several high-
The 2008 ‘007 From Russia with Love’ of requests for vodka martinis with over speed dodgem car switches, winning him
themed event was no exception. Once elaborate mixing instructions. the prize for the most determined Bond
again the task of decorating the most impersonator.
coveted party in polo fell to the players’ The party began, the lawns in front of
wives committee, and the ever creative the club house were adorned with cars Back inside the marquee the party was in
design director Rachael Davis stepped from Aston Martin and Bentley, as if it full swing; the vodka luge was working its
up to the challenge and the ‘creatively were a Monte Carlo casino. The arriving evil magic, and in the casino Bond girls
small’ budget. Arriving at the reception guests sipped champagne and perused were casually rolling double sixes and
on the night and seeing the stunning the display of Russian art, lent by George stacking up the chips. Quite a furore was
decor, worthy of any Knightsbridge based Thomas, before moving down the occurring amongst the crowd as guests
society party planner, guests would have walkway lined with Russian army and vied to keep hold of one of the genuine
es Holiday
had no idea of the pressure that our chief navy caps, into the marquee. Soon the Russian military caps to take home as a
marquee transformer had been under 007s had checked the area for assassins, souvenir of their travels with MI5. Others
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during the preparations. Amid the turmoil henchmen and any other kind of settled on walking away with their GQ
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of arranging hundreds of red roses and assailants and the Bond girls were seated and Vanity Fair goodie bags packed with
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sourcing vast quantities of Russian dolls, for dinner. generous give aways.
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Rachael’s husband and my father (same
person) Quentin had suffered a brain After dinner Chris Graham began The martinis, champagne and chocolate
haemorrhage and was in the Intensive auctioning off luxury holidays, helicopter fountain flowed till carriages came at two
or donating a P
Care unit of the Atkinson Morley Hospital, trips and polo sessions with World for those who’d stayed on the dance floor
undergoing a series of emergency Number One, Adolfo Cambiaso. I hasten to complete the mission and get the girl
aham f
operations. He was not to be released to add that this was part of the program (alternative order optional). Once again
for some weeks yet and so the incredible and not a generous impromptu gesture the Ham Summer Ball had excelled itself.
marquee this year was in fact even more by Chris. Our one and only Russian Man, Roll on July 24th 2009.
With huge thanks to One&Only R and to Chris Gr
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