Londoner's Diary: Tatler pulls the plug on techie guru Emma

A CASE of new editor, new look at Tatler. Richard Dennen, below, has taken his seat in the editor’s office after taking over from Kate Reardon, and it appears he has lost no time in orchestrating a changing of the guard. 

Yesterday Emma Freud, right, director of Red Nose Day and partner of romcom king Richard Curtis, posted a tweet asking for advice. “What is the emoji when you just got sacked?” she wrote. “Asking for a friend — called Emma Freud.” 

The Londoner understands that the dismissal she is referring to is the job of gadgets editor at Tatler: she has written a column for several years. Freud is thought to be just one of those affected by the changes.

Onwards and upwards: Emma Freud (Photo Dave Benett/Getty Images) 

Freud’s role saw her discover the must-have tech products for today’s glossy posse. Among her cheeky discoveries were vibrating bicycle seats, vacuum cleaner shoes and glow-in-the-dark loo roll. But sadly tomorrow’s world, and Dennen’s first issue, will no longer include such items. 

So what else can we expect in the new era? As with any arriving incumbent, a refresh is expected. But Dennen may be recruiting some old faces too: on Sunday evening we spotted him at Kettner’s Townhouse in Soho, having a drink with Lily Collins, actress and daughter of Phil. 

She graced Tatler’s cover in 2011 and has since had great success in Hollywood. Surely the perfect choice for Dennen’s debut? Watch this face…

HARMLESS fun or an egregious breach of the rules? Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss yesterday posted a selfie of a group of ministers on the Government front bench. But such snaps are actually against regulations: in 2015, excited SNP MPs were cautioned not to break Commons rules after they took photographs in the chamber. Will Truss be sanctioned for her fiscal fun? The Serjeant-at-Arms was tight-lipped this morning.

Gove declares war on EU’s plastic men

DAVID Attenborough’s Blue Planet II must have really made an impression on Michael Gove. The Environment Secretary is rarely seen without his reusable coffee cup — he has at least two — and has vowed to tackle the problem of plastic in our seas. Now he’s taking the issue to Michel Barnier. 

Yesterday Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator for Brexit, sat down with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, to catch up. But Gove was more concerned with what was on the table than who was around it: a large plastic bottle of water each. “Why the plastic bottles?” Gove railed on Twitter. “You should be aligning with us in ditching this environment-damaging habit…” 

Just call him Captain Planet.

Quote of the day

“Stick to your abacus man.”

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, scolded Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday after he wrinkled his nose in his direction

Sherlock throws some shapes in Monaco

Soul man: Benedict Cumberbatch (Photo Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) 

IT’S choreography, my dear Watson. Last night Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock, showed off some remarkable moves in Monaco. The actor was at the Salle des Etoiles concert hall hosting the Laureus World Sports Awards and was clearly feeling energetic after dutifully walking the red carpet with his wife, theatre director Sophie Hunter.

Singer Emeli Sandé was more muted in her performance for guests including former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, retired tennis champ Boris Becker and his wife Lilly. What good sports.

POETRY loves company, so no wonder Helena Bonham Carter, Sophie Okonedo and Sue Perkins have joined the all-star line-up for Friday night’s Intelligence Squared Power of Poetry event. Held at the Emmanuel Centre, it’s hosted by William Sieghart, whose bestseller The Poetry Pharmacy seeks to ease pain with verse. “Poetry got spoilt for some people at school,” Sieghart told The Londoner. “I want to change that and remind everyone that poetry is our greatest cultural export.”

Viv’s wishes fall on deaf ears

Style icon: Vivienne Westwood (Photo by Ki Price/Getty Images)

WHEN the subject of a documentary disowns the film, that spells trouble. Last month The Londoner discovered that Dame Vivienne Westwood, pictured, had distanced herself from Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, a film by director Lorna Tucker.

Westwood was disappointed that her lifetime of activism had not been the focus of the film. But last night, at a viewing of the documentary at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, Tucker told us she was unfazed by the criticism. 

“I didn’t care,” she said, referencing Westwood’s attempts to take editorial control. “I think she is one of the most inspirational fashion deigners we’ve produced in Britain, but I’m a film-maker and I’ve tried to use my experience to find a way to tell stories.  I thought she was going to hit me,” Tucker said, admitting that she knew the style icon wasn’t going to like the film. 

Well, they do say that  all publicity is good publicity…

Tweet of the day

Journalist Josh Lowe laments Boris Johnson’s border.

Spokesperson of the day: after Sir Martin Donnelly, former adviser to Liam Fox, compared Brexit to giving up a three-course meal for a bag of crisps, Walker’s rep Gary Lineker wades in. “Finally,” he says, “something positive about Brexit.”

Eleanor’s pooch joins her puppy campaign

WHO’S a pretty boy, then? Bert the border collie is. The alliterative companion of Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson is helping her back Lucy’s Law, which looks to end the cruel practice of puppy farming. We can’t think of a glossier spokesman (or owner, for that matter).

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