THE DOYENNE IS GONE

Scrapbooking note …

In June of 2002 I threw a little party on a boat in Simon’s Town harbour. Gwen Gill, society columnist of the Sunday Times came along and wrote “There’s something seriously sexy about beautiful food and great wine served on board an exquisitely decorated ship with the misty lights of Simon’s Town as a backdrop. You don’t often get anything as romantic as that in the GG column (let’s face it Gallagher Estate can’t compare). So let’s skip lightly over the fact that almost all the gorgeous guys, in black and white almost to a man, were either gay or married, and concentrate on the glamour, which began with perhaps the most stunning invitation (with a black and white Titanic theme) I’ve seen this year.” Ms Gill devotes her entire July 14 column to my party.

On December 29 of that year, Ms Gill does her round up of the year’s top 10 events and my do clocks in at no 7. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Seemingly indestructible, this grande dame of social commentary died last night. It’s the end of an era.

Rest gently, Ma’am. You leave a gap.

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69 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    what a lovely tribute Cin 🙂

  2. Naomi says:

    Way to go, Cindy – your party sounds spectacular! So sorry to hear of Gwen Gill’s passing, but so glad she gave you credit when she could, xo

  3. Beautiful tribute.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Sparkle says:

    I used to enjoy her column in those days and when things changed I kinda dropped it for Sunday world. She did a good job though I don’t know what she was doing now lately.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She was ill for a long time and living in a nursing home, Sparky.

  5. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    So sad!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ain’t it just, Pinky!

  6. Leeswammes says:

    Beautifully said, Cindy. I didn’t know you were such a hot-shot, I’m impressed.

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    I remember her! A sad loss to journalism.

    What a proud moment for you, Cin. What was the party for? Can we see the invites?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The invite was a movie on CD, Tilly, I will see if somebody can upload it to YouTube for me. The party was for Fleur du Cap wines.

  8. MissChris says:

    A huge gap – she was a formidable woman for whom I had the greatest respect – even though I never had the pleasure of meeting her (did sit at the table next to her once at a coffee shop in Bedford Centre!).
    I loved her column and if she had good things to say about you – you had it made!! Yeehaa Cindy!

    1. SidevieW says:

      so true, you want style, you ask Cindy

      1. theonlycin says:

        Ag thanks man Sidey, you are too kind!

    2. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Chrissie, I do love it when I have a big budget for a party 😀

  9. SuziCate says:

    So sad. But wow, you made #7….I knew you rocked glad those who really count know it, too!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you SuziCate, I had a formiddable team helping me 🙂

  10. Kathy says:

    What a lovely memory. Sorry for your loss.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Kathy 🙂

  11. gospelwriter says:

    A lovely tribute, Cin – and #7, I’m impressed… but somehow not surprised. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw shucks, thanks Ruth 🙂

  12. Steffi says:

    Lovely tribut,Cin!Sad news…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I guess it’s better than her suffering Steffi.

  13. souldipper says:

    Congratulations, Cin! Did Gwen Gill have her eye on a protege?

    1. theonlycin says:

      She mentored Craig Jacobs, Amy, I don’t know what the newspaper will decide to do now.

  14. slpmartin says:

    A wonderful rememberance.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed it is one for my scrapbook, Charlie 🙂

  15. nrhatch says:

    How FUN ~ the party, not her passing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was great fun Nancy 🙂

  16. Two stories which entwined for a while, yours and hers. The party sounds quite wonderful.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was memorable, Kate 🙂

  17. Tokeloshe says:

    Wonderful that you have the newspaper clipping 😉
    Well done! I hope you have some photos?
    Great tribute.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Unfortunately I didn’t hold on to the negs (was shot on film), so I only have the clipping 😦

  18. bluebee says:

    She was an institution, Cin.

    Would love to see the pics from that famous little party 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sadly there are no photos bluebee 😦

  19. She was inimitable and shall be sorely missed xxx What a lovely tribute to her Cin and as for that party …. Gwajus!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was, janjan 🙂

  20. SidevieW says:

    Well said, she was a landmark on an often crass social scene. Your party must have been heaven for her

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a little break for her from the Jo’burg scene at the time …

  21. Madmom says:

    She spared no-one in her columns so getting praise was ‘high praise’ indeed.
    Methinks there is a gap in the market to take up the baton.
    RIP Gwen.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The market is slanted against my type at the moment …

  22. dearrosie says:

    Great tribute. It seems not many people got onto her top 10 list. Congratulations Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Rosie 🙂

  23. Linda says:

    What a wonderful experience you had.

  24. libraryscene says:

    as the sacre bleu song goes… you’re a very stylish girl ~!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, thanks *blush*

  25. adeeyoyo says:

    She was a one of a kind, Cin. Lovely tribute.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That she was, adee, never be anyone like her.

  26. Tammy says:

    Lovely tribute Cin and I so wish we had a column like that in our local paper.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is great to have such columns to read Tammy.

  27. johnlmalone says:

    what an honour to be featured in ‘The Times’; she looks too young to have died

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s an old PR portrait, John, she didn’t look like that for quite a few years.

  28. Count Czardas says:

    A legendary lady and its nice that you have those personal memories to cherish and remember her by.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That it sure is, Tsar 🙂

  29. coll says:

    jolly interesting that your party got such good press and well done to you! A sad loss to journalism I agree.

    1. theonlycin says:

      End of an era, Coll …

  30. —So very sad. 😦 Such an interesting story. Thank you for sharing. WOW.

  31. Jamie Dedes says:

    An honor for you (I’m impressed, but not surprised) and the post is a sweet acknowledgement of the lady …

    1. theonlycin says:

      She was buried on Wednesday, RIP.

  32. It is different when you’ve known someone like that, isn’t it? Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lee, I am glad she is finally at peace 🙂

  33. sonsothunder says:

    I’m truly sorry to hear about this, Cin.
    Although it was a monumental time,
    and rightly so, I feel there is a time,
    and event coming in your life much
    greater. I hope you are feeling okay,
    I sort of gathered from a few comments
    that you may be ill, Sorry if so, and I
    am still praying for you. God Bless You
    paul

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