Monday, December 20, 2010

Kate Reardon (a spinning vagina expert) takes over Tatler!

Kate Reardon. Photo by Rankin
Oh, I hope it wasn't something I didn't say. Catherine Ostler (aka Tiny Tears) has departed her dream editorship of Tatler. She seeks pastures new, challenges over there (fill in detail). Someone called Kate Reardon, who's blonde and was raised in the Condé Nast nurseries, is enthroned. How peculiar.

Usually, a media tally-ho serenades any hunt for a new Tatler editor. Condé Nast life-MD Sir Nicholas Coleridge (as he hopes to be soon) traditionally sifts the society desperadoes at early breakfast hotel interviews before appointing a non-applicant (a neighbour, say); or something like that. This time, nothing. Ostler's off after a mere two years and no public notice. The queen is dead etc.

Obviously the real story remains unpublished. Would someone kindly furnish, ta. I'm far too busy to delve. Nothing to do with this I'm sure.

As for Kate, I see she has a website called Top Tips. While glancing at it my eye alights on a vagina dialogue. A reader has a problem. "After my first spinning class, my vagina feels very sore and bruised. Other women said this will stop after a couple classes. Did anyone else have this problem and if so, were you able to spin again?"

Could this be a coded reference to some kind of social intercourse with Lord 'former spinmeister' Mandelson?

One can only hope Tatler offers Kate challenges of comparable import. Good luck, poppet!

32 comments:

Joe MacFarlane. said...

If she wants her vagina massaged I am volunteering.

Anonymous said...

Catherine went bananas a zillion times too often

Madame Arcati said...

Please, no vulgarity. Tatler is hallowed.

Anonymous said...

You've just made me cough up coffee on my keyboard. Again!

Anonymous said...

Ostler was a nightmare from which Vogue House is now thankfully delivered

Anonymous said...

Yes PLEASE do something for us to look forward to - I can't stand all those look-back-at-the-past-year things which clog up the supplements etc

Conde insider said...

Perhaps the silence before Reardon's appointment is to save Coleridge his blushes. He appointed Ostler and probably didn't want to draw attention to the unseemly haste of her departure.

His appointments record is not bad though. The other titles like Vogue have had their editors for years

Anonymous said...

She looks nice. Approachable. Almost grown-up. Tatler was very sixth-form under C.O.

wooden spoon said...

Slightly worrying that Reardon has never ever edited anything before. This must be a first for a CN editor. She'll be great at going to the parties but she's certainly not editor material. Bit like hiring the babysitter to do the job. I believe she originally applied for the post at the same time as Ostler but her lack of experience and seriousness stood against her. WHat has changed? I can't imagine she would take well to going in to an office every day either. Could her romance with Stuart Rose be a clue in some way?

Anonymous said...

Slags - all of them! Bring back Tina!

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you for your generous thoughts. Anyone who had the pleasure to work with Ostler is additionally welcome.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Catherine O did a rather good job at the Tatty with circulation up. I can't believe Madame Arcati is still going, and in very rude health!

Anonymous said...

circulation smirculation

Anonymous said...

I have worked for Ostler over many years from Saturday Express, via Peoplenews.com to The Times, ES and Tatler and I hate to say it butI always found her utterly charming and professional. And funny too.

Anonymous said...

Hello Madame Arcati

You have summoned me and I have come. Consider me the ghost of Christmas Past coming to teach Catherine 'Scrooge' Ostler about her wrong doings. This ghost is enjoying a healthy dollop of Schadenfreude with her mince pies this Christmas. Come on now Madame, you've got to stop Catherine writing posts on here. That last post is obviously Tiny Tears work. No one in their right mind would work with this woman more than once in their life - unless they were clinically insane or had Stockholm syndrome. She is a jealous, bitter, vindictive bully. She surrounds herself with 'yes men' who obey orders. At Tatler even her loyal followers turned. Funny how that happens with dictators... Voldermort is no more but she will rise again and inflict her hideous personality and management style on some other poor sods. God help them.

Next time you summon me please make it about someone glamorous.I would go and clunk the bags of my Chanel bag at her but quite frankly I can't be bothered...

Happy Christmas Madame xxxx

Anonymous said...

Good to see Tiny Tear's spin-zombies regurgitating her CV for LinkedIn and rewriting history. Good luck with that.

Geordie Grieg and Kate Reardon are known for singular good manners and treating people and co-workers with respect. Now there's an idea!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Catherine

Madame Arcati said...

I'm not getting a consistent picture of The Ostler. Is she nice to pussy cats? Is Kate nice to pussy cats?

Anonymous said...

Catherine has never sounded so interesting as in her sacking!

Anonymous said...

Ousting Ostler, who clawed her way to the middle as a mediocre, tin-pot tyrant, is the best Christmas gift staff, writers and readers could wish for. Thank you, Saint Nick. Happy Christmas one and all!

Anonymous said...

I can now reveal that Amnesty International are investigating these editorial atrocities.

Anonymous said...

From the inside: Reardon applied for position last February after Greig left for ES. It was an excellent proposal. So good Albert Read handed it over to his wife Catherine Ostler who was also applying. Less than two years later, Coleridge recognized his error as staff continuously went to HR and Coleridge himself en masse. With the writing on the wall, Read forced some of Ostler's stooges into a car to find out who had been betraying his wife. It was too late, the dirt had been well and truly dished by them to Coleridge. And she was fired.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you. I notice you spell "recognised" the American way, though I won't hold that against you.

Anonymous said...

Too many reasons to cite as to why Ocelot was given the bullet. But they're not very nice...

Anonymous said...

Sunday Express, peoplenews.com, ES magazine...hardy up to Conde Nast standards. Heard in November that Catherine's job was available and that Rachel Johnson was interested.-

Madame Arcati said...

Not Rachel! Surely?

Alastair said...

Please can we have more aristos in Tatler and stately homes. Anyone know anything about Richard Dennen whoe writes for Tatler and has a column in the Evening Standard X

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to join the many people who have been saying "Good riddance to an almighty bitch!"
Honestly HR must have had a file on her a foot deep.

What a nasty, bullying, spiteful piece of work.
Just sorry she'll be sure to go on and inflict her horrid personality on others elsewhere.
I'd simply like to end by saying to her:
"Fuck you"
Thanks for letting me vent.

Madame Arcati said...

Of course Alastair. I have posted something just for you.

Anonymous said...

Lawksamercy, it looks as if Cathy is about to resurface already. At the Mail. Her peevish charmlessness has evidently won over the famously peevish and charm-free Dacre. But few on the paper are thrilled at the prospect of having to endure her sulky mug and dreary tantrums, so tis said she's been gently persuaded to 'work from home'. Dot dot dot.

Madame Arcati said...

What's this story of her once being found sitting under a desk at ES? Sounds faintly New Age-y. All these office myths, hard to keep up.

Anonymous said...

It's all amusing reading to someone who was in the same boarding house as both CO and KR at Cheltenham Ladies College. That link between the two seems to have escaped the popular press. I know which one I would have picked for the job....