NEWS reaches the Diary that former boxing champ Chris Eubank has disappointed children in his home town of Brighton.
The sometime poet (really) was to read and discuss some of his favourite verse with dozens of Year 9 pupils last Friday, but rang to cancel at the last minute.
What engagement could possibly have been more pressing? Flying to Las Vegas to see the Lennox Lewis fight last Sunday, of course. At least the Brit managed to win the bout and perhaps the experience will help the students to write their own poems - about keeping pomises, for example.
The Diary forecasts a sharp drop in Nescafe sales in Brighton.
But maybe the thought of setting foot in a school again was too much for Chris after his somewhat chequered educational history. According to his official website (www.chriseubank.net), he managed to be suspended 18 times from his first secondary in east London before being expelled. Eubank then attended another in south-east London, where he was suspended five times and also expelled for, he claims, "protecting other children from bullies".