A stolen golden toilet, sex chairs in Tetsworth, a snoop around Mary Berry's house... it's all going on this week! Read on for the hottest gossip in Bucks and Oxon.
His Dark Materials TV adaptation – spot a local landmark.
This looks like it’s going to be a goodie! Based on Oxford local Philip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials is filmed across Oxford in all the city’s prettiest spots (check out the cityscape 21 seconds in) and stars James McAvoy and Luther villain/mischief maker Ruth Wilson. Clear your diary for 3 Nov as that’s when it premiers on the BBC.
Fancy a “sex chair”, as featured in 50 Shades Of Grey?
Eccentric millionaire Amanda Eliasch (check out her Instagram – she has quite the life!) is having a de-clutter to mark her 60th birthday and what she’s auctioning off is, erm, interesting. As well as an impressive collection of designer clobber, shoes and furniture (250 pairs of shoes, 300 black jackets from the biggest labels on the planet) the socialite is also flogging a Tally Ho ‘sex chair’ (Google it) complete with reins and stirrups – the same model that was featured in 50 Shades Of Grey. The clothing auction begins at The Swan antiques centre and restaurant in Tetsworth TODAY, or if you fancy taking a peek at the chair, the furniture auction (if you can call it furniture?) is on 15 Oct.
Blenheim’s £4.8m gold toilet stolen
It may sound like the plot of a bad heist movie but this is a legit theft! The 18-carat gold toilet installation by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled America, was stolen at the weekend despite being actually plumbed into the building. No news yet on the loo’s whereabouts and nothing suspicious at all about my sudden bulk buying up of Brasso and linen dusters in Robert Dyer’s.
Comings & goings
As one door closes, another opens – Vine Oxford wine bar is sadly shutting after just one year on Cowley Road, whilst over in central Oxford it’s happier news with Tortilla setting up on Cornmarket Street. The Californian taco and burrito bar will open on 18 Oct with room for 100 covers. But will it rival Oxford stalwart Mission Burrito just round the corner? We’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile over in Tring, a brand new bookshop, Our Bookshop, is opening on High Street. The indie venture is holding a launch event with author and comedian Domonic Holland on 25 Sept and will also host Tring Book Festival which kicks off in November. And finally, Tui travel agent’s old lot in Thame, on Buttermarket, opened under new ownership at the weekend – All About Rose, which has moved from Great Missenden, sells a rage of homewares, cards, gifts and interiors.
Looking to relocate? Mary Berry’s former house in Penn, Bucks is on the market and it’s a stunner – a traditional Georgian red brick with period features, adjoining Coach House and gorgeous open plan kitchen with an Aga (obvs). Plus optional extra – Paul Hollywood in fortnightly with the feather duster. Have a cool £2.5 million floating about? Check it out on Hamptons International.