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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Why exotic dancer tore a strip off critic Giles Coren 

As a presenter of BBC series Amazing Hotels, Giles Coren is paid to marvel at some of the world’s most spectacular attractions.

His comments about a beautiful woman who cavorted in front of him at dinner in her underwear have, however, landed him in trouble.

In his review of Mayfair restaurant Maine, the critic described the woman as having ‘big, round, expensive boobs, attached to her impressive, gym-hardened dancer’s body’.

He said: ‘Look, there was a stripper. There is no getting away from that.’ He said the sight had caused him to spill his £13 fish taco into his lap, because he was ogling her ‘glistening amber skin and smooth round bottom’.

In a review of Mayfair restaurant Maine, Giles Coren (pictured) described the woman as having ‘big, round, expensive boobs, attached to her impressive, gym-hardened dancer’s body’

In a restaurant review, critic Giles Coren (right) described dancer Jolie Papillon (left) as having ‘big, round, expensive boobs, attached to her impressive, gym-hardened dancer’s body’

Now, the woman has identified herself as Jolie Papillon and she’s not happy.

She chides Coren, 52, for ‘not knowing the difference between a stripper and a burlesque dancer’ and snaps: ‘I can see my ‘impressive, gym-hardened dancer’s body’ made you feel quite intimidated.’

Sad news for the Queen: Ivor Herbert, the racing journalist, trainer, bon vivant and friend of the royals has died aged 96.

Though his own riding career was curtailed after twice breaking his neck, the Old Etonian ex-Coldstream Guards officer shone as an amateur trainer and trained the winner of the 1957 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

For many years racing editor of The Mail on Sunday, he was often a guest at Balmoral.

He also co-wrote the 1966 big-screen caper, The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery, and was chairman of his parish council for 40 years.

On one occasion, he decided to liven up the village fete by inviting Playboy Bunny Girls to cut the ribbon.

How Spartan Francois got fiancée jumping for joy… 

Former defence minister Mark Francois, who once declared, ‘I was in the Army — I wasn’t trained to lose’, has won the heart of a mayor almost two decades his junior.

The divorced Brexiteer MP and self-styled ‘Spartan’, 56, has got engaged to radiographer Olivia Sanders, 38, the mayor of Brentwood, whose family own Hutton Hall, a stately home which has its own moat.

Mark Francois

Mark Francois has got engaged to radiographer Olivia Sanders, 38, the mayor of Brentwood, whose family own Hutton Hall, a stately home which has its own moat.

Tory MP Mark Francois (left) has got engaged to radiographer Olivia Sanders, 38, (right) the mayor of Brentwood, whose family own Hutton Hall, a stately home which has its own moat

Francois got down on bended knee on New Year’s Eve during a holiday in the Cotswolds.

He tells me: ‘We are both delighted and looking forward to planning our wedding for later this year.’

‘We’re all thrilled,’ Olivia’s sister, Francesca Freeman, adds. ‘They’re a wonderful couple.’

Let’s hope he doesn’t punch anyone! Irascible motormouth Jeremy Clarkson has been refused permission for a new restaurant on his Diddly Squat Farm.

The proposal to renovate a lambing shed in Chadlington was declined by a West Oxfordshire District Council sub-committee yesterday after planners said it was out of keeping with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Jeremy Clarkson faced a considerable backlash among locals over his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village

Jeremy Clarkson faced a considerable backlash among locals over his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village

Since the Amazon Prime show’s debut last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across Britain have queued for hours at a time to get inside the star’s beloved farm shop

Since the Amazon Prime show’s debut last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across Britain have queued for hours at a time to get inside the star’s beloved farm shop 

Clarkson says it would enhance farming and tourism in the area and the refusal is a ‘very bad day for farming’.

Asked how frustrated he is, he replies: ‘Very, and so will all the local farmers be.’ 

Hayley’s new mission: Chilling with model Lily

Mission: Impossible actress Hayley Atwell was inseparable last year from her co-star Tom Cruise, whose idea of relaxation is squeezing in not one, not two, but three of the season’s biggest sporting events in 24 hours.

Now, she’s found a friend who likes to take things easy. The star, 39, is on holiday in Ibiza, Spain, with model Lily Cole, 34. The pair were neighbours growing up in West London.

Lily Cole and Hayley Atwell attend performance of "Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club" in London

Lily Cole and Hayley Atwell attend performance of ‘Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club’ in London

‘The golden light of female friendship,’ Atwell writes next to this holiday snap.

Cambridge graduate Cole says: ‘After a month of being quite unwell, I got some TLC and good sleep.’

Only middle-aged raver Michael Gove could find being stuck in a BBC lift permanently tuned to grime station Radio 1Xtra agreeable.

How appropriate that the station followed the minister’s incarceration yesterday morning with Never Leave, by WSTRN featuring Lila Ike. 

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