Violinist Anna Phoebe praises her newsman Gavin Esler

Newsnight's Gavin Esler has left his wife and is now ensconsed with musician Anna Phoebe, better known as the "vixen of the violin", who says sexy women are passionate about what they do and don't mind getting sweaty.

Mr Esler is 55. She is 27 and claims they've introduced each other to whole new worlds. I bet they have. "I love his intelligence", she gushes of gorgeous Gavin, "and his creativity, and his charm and curiosity which give him chameleon-like qualities so he can fit into any social group".

How marvellous to know that one of TV's most respected newsmen can mix with Heads of State, Prime Ministers and pushy young women several notes short of an octave.