The Londoner: Philip Green ‘would not show he’s upset over Arcadia’, sister says

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Elizabeth Green (Instagram)
Elizabeth Green (Instagram)

Philip GREEN’S sister Elizabeth says Arcadia’s collapse must be “upsetting for him,” though adds “he would never show that”. “Businessmen like that, they like to win, they want to get it right, they don’t go into it to fail”.

Elizabeth Green published her memoir Not in the Script last month. She detailed her tricky relationship with her brother, including incidents such as when he screamed at her for buying him a book as a birthday present.

Now she has discussed the collapse of his retail empire for the first time. “I wrote a little thing to Tina [Philip’s wife] saying I was really sorry,” Green says. She admits she has had “a nice life” thanks to her brother’s support. “I’ll miss going to Topshop and shopping. They were all my friends, I feel bad for them. I tried to phone the head of personal shopping... they were lovely to me.”

Although her relationship with her brother is strained, she tells Monocle’s Meet The Writers, her advice to him is: “Just really take care of yourself and look after your health and then look after everybody else’s health and wellbeing.”

Garrick ‘in need of misogyny vaccine’

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AFP via Getty Images

Sexism at The Garrick is back on the menu. Ahead of a meeting on Monday, more than 200 QCs have written to the august club saying they should admit female members for the first time. One member tells us he’s hopeful. “I’m only slightly conflicted,” he added, “because I think the lawyers are the most unclubbable element of the club! (Except in the baby-seal sense).” He continued: “But we progressives need to be back in the club, making things happen, and I don’t see that happening before the new year. A vaccine against misogyny would be handy!”

Jodie’s secret skin care ingredient

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Jodie Turner-Smith


Actor Jodie Turner-Smith says as she can’t go to an aesthetician, she’s started making her own moisturiser with a “secret ingredient”. The new mother says breastfeeding had made her skin dry and the hormones caused a breakout but “breast milk is my secret ingredient to all of that”. She tells Vogue: “I mix a little bit of a serum with aloe vera and breast milk and that is my face cream... my skin has never looked better.”

Something new is coming to the RA…

<p>Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias and Chi</p>AFP/Getty Images

Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias and Chi

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Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias is to create a physical artwork for the courtyard of the Royal Academy. Iglesias, the winner of the RA’s Architecture Prize and Dorfman Award, said the project has been delayed by coronavirus. “We have constructed the pavilion and the rest would be done on site,” she told architect Norman Foster at an RA event last night celebrating her awards. Something to look forward to.


Tory MP Richard Holden has revealed how working in Parliament has affected his personal life: “Yeah, well, I had a girlfriend when I started as an MP, but I don’t anymore, so there you go.” The rising star, elected in 2019, suggested to Chopper’s podcast he might join a singles website to rectify the situation. The Londoner would suggest looking beneath the mistletoe, but maybe not this year.


<p>Tracey Crouch MP</p>GETTY

Tracey Crouch MP


Tracey Crouch MP despairs of “what they don’t tell you” in baby books. “You spend what feels like hours/days/months writing Christmas cards for your child’s entire class before you’ve even contemplated starting your own.” Fellow Tory MP Mims Davies chimes in: “Adding in nut free, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and possibly chocolate-free chocolate gold coins too”. Festive slog.