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Author: Matthew Steeples

July 19, 2017

Gothic Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford’s only Strawberry Hill Gothic house for £2.15 million in spite of needing complete renovation   A house built in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style in Oxford has gone on sale for £2.15 million ($2.80 million, €2.43 million or درهم10.29 million) in spite of needing complete renovation.   Constructed circa 1840 – 1850 on the … Continue reading “Gothic Grandeur”

The Failings of Facebook

by Matthew Steeples

In appointing ex-Uber PR executive Rachel Whetstone as their VP of communications Facebook once again shows itself to be out of touch with what the future requires   To the majority of the public Facebook is simply a social network where they share their lives with their friends, but, in fact, this for-profit business with … Continue reading “The Failings of Facebook”

Lavish Lawford

by Matthew Steeples

1961 Ghia fastback coupé originally owned by actor Peter Lawford to be auctioned   Actor, producer and socialite Peter Lawford (1923 – 1984), the illegitimate son of Lieutenant-General Sir Sydney Lawford, KBE (1865 – 1953, AKA ‘Swanky Syd’) and the then wife of one of his officers, May Aylen, was a member of ‘The Rat … Continue reading “Lavish Lawford”

July 18, 2017

Great Minus Garden

by Matthew Steeples

San Francisco landmark mock Tudor house with stunning ‘Great Room’ for sale for £12.2 million – in spite of no longer having its garden   Built in 1909 as a wedding gift from Morris Meyerfeld, a partner in San Francisco’s Orepheum Theatre, to his then 19-year old daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Leon Roos – … Continue reading “Great Minus Garden”

July 17, 2017

Removing Ralph

by Matthew Steeples

Ralph Lauren are latest to board-up shop in Fulham Road, London   In April, Ralph Lauren shut their flagship Polo store in Fifth Avenue and now they’ve closed one of their two stores on London’s Fulham Road too.   Whilst the reasoning for closing the Chelsea outlet of Ralph Lauren Kids is unknown, the firm … Continue reading “Removing Ralph”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

Limited in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

As Arabs descend on London with their eccentric convoys of cars, we select a new arrival; such things delight some and infuriate others   The time of year is upon Knightsbridge when Arabs and their supercars descend. Amongst them come exotically coloured Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, but one new arrival this season is … Continue reading “Limited in Knightsbridge”

July 15, 2017

A Cottage in the Clouds

by Matthew Steeples

New York penthouse complete with a ‘Nantucket style cottage’ on the roof goes on sale   A New York penthouse with a difference has gone on sale for £2.7 million ($3.5 million, €3.1 million or درهم12.9 million).   Situated in Minthorne House at 72 East 1st Street in the East Village, a fourth to sixth … Continue reading “A Cottage in the Clouds”

The Troubles of Tony

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair speaks for many in his latest essay but he remains the wrong man to take Britain back to the centre; where is the individual to rid of us the ‘Wheat Field Wanderer’ hiding?   Tony Blair increasingly says the right things. He remains, however, wholly unsuitable to be the figure to deliver what … Continue reading “The Troubles of Tony”

July 14, 2017

From Gilet to Jail

by Matthew Steeples

Bankrupt bigot baron Viscount St Davids jailed for 12 weeks and slapped with a restraining order for 5 years; it is time that the anti-social side element of social media is properly dealt with   Yesterday, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, a bigoted racist aristocrat with an obsession for being called anything but Mister was jailed … Continue reading “From Gilet to Jail”

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

July 11, 2017

Mr Men & Mr Mills

by Matthew Steeples

Kent estate that has been home to both actor Sir John Mills and ‘Mr Men’ and ‘Little Miss’ creator Roger Hargreaves for sale for £5.5 million   Offered in March 2012 for £6 million with 230 acres ($7.7 million, €6.8 million or درهم28.4 million), a Kent estate that was the home of the Academy Award … Continue reading “Mr Men & Mr Mills”

July 9, 2017

The Lady is a Snob

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer makes snobbish remarks on Twitter; in doing so she again proves she’s herself nothing but ghastly   The infamously “Chanel clad” wife of Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain’s former “red socked fop” ambassador to America, is known for her curt manner and finger pointing ways, but recently on Twitter, she opted to again illustrate … Continue reading “The Lady is a Snob”

Breaking For Gold

by Matthew Steeples

Thatched seaside cottage in West Sussex for sale; it has a plot laid out in the style of the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning garden of 1936   A thatched seaside cottage on what has been described as “the Sussex Riviera” has gone on sale for £3.25 million ($4.19 million, €3.67 million or درهم15.39 … Continue reading “Breaking For Gold”

Expensive Shit

by Matthew Steeples

‘SHIT’ to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington; it comes at quite a price   A painting which simply depicts the word ‘SHIT’ is to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington, London this month.   Offered with an estimate of £2,000 to £4,000 ($2,590 to $5,180, €2,260 to €4,520 or درهم9,470 to درهم18,940) … Continue reading “Expensive Shit”

A Slumping Square

by Matthew Steeples

Eaton Square penthouse offered for £825,000 or 30% lower sum than it was marketed for two years ago; it comes with several catches   A penthouse in Eaton Square, Belgravia has gone on sale for £1.925 million ($2.483 million, €2.178 million or درهم9.121 million) in spite of being held on a lease with just 16 … Continue reading “A Slumping Square”

July 8, 2017

Donald’s Duck

by Matthew Steeples

Weak and wobbly Theresa May becomes dastardly and dominant Donald Trump’s (dead) duck at the G20 in Germany   Up north people often say: “Ay up me duck” when they meet someone and yesterday Theresa May looked as if she wanted to come out with such when she encountered “pussy grabber” Donald Trump.   Pictured … Continue reading “Donald’s Duck”

July 6, 2017

One Owner From 1840

by Matthew Steeples

Small country house in Derbyshire that has been in the same family since it was built for sale for £2.5 million   Owned by the same family since it was built in 1840 and occupied by them since the 1930s, Nether Hall at Hathersage in Derbyshire is to be sold for the first time ever … Continue reading “One Owner From 1840”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

Meltdown Madoff

by Matthew Steeples

Madoff family finally relieved of their ill-gotten gains; victims now get back approximately 66% of their losses whilst Ruth Madoff goes shopping   Last week, what will hopefully be the final chapter of the sorry saga of the crimes of Bernard Madoff occurred with the retrieval of £17.8 million from the Ponzi schemer’s family’s late … Continue reading “Meltdown Madoff”

July 4, 2017

Anything But Liberal

by Matthew Steeples

Former Liberal Democrats headquarters for sale for somewhat reduced but still anything but liberal sum of £36 million (to include a Rodin)   A building that was originally the London office of the North Eastern Railway Company and the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party and then their successors, the Liberal Democrats, between 1982 and … Continue reading “Anything But Liberal”

A Stunted Speech

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt filmed in a dressing gown ranting about Bernie Ecclestone and Viscount Rothermere at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower; the footage was released on YouTube   Yesterday, James Stunt took to social media to share his personal perspective on his impending divorce, his estranged wife, his father-in-law, his deceased brother, the Daily Mail, the Mail … Continue reading “A Stunted Speech”

July 2, 2017

Wally of the Week – Catherine Faulks

by Matthew Steeples

Moronic oddjob Councillor Catherine Faulks claims that the Kensington Town Hall protest was brought about by non-locals   Kensington and Chelsea Council attracts idiots and aside from the bizarrely hyphenated Rock Fielding-Mellen and Nicholas Paget-Brown, one of their worst has to be Councillor Catherine Faulks.   This week, Ms Faulks, a woman whom plainly did … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Catherine Faulks”

June 30, 2017

Pitying Petra

by Matthew Steeples

A reminder of what Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt had to say about her husband back in 2014   In August 2014, Petra Stunt – a woman who’d probably now prefer once again to be called Petra Ecclestone – wrote to The Steeple Times to share her displeasure about an article we’d published.   Mrs Stunt, aside … Continue reading “Pitying Petra”

C**t in Court

by Matthew Steeples

As Petra Ecclestone announces she’s divorcing James Stunt, we remind readers of ‘See You Next Tuesday’s’ true ghastliness   The announcement of the impending divorce of the favourite of all at The Steeple Times (and one that has often threatened to sue us), James Stunt and his wife Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt, is news that didn’t … Continue reading “C**t in Court”

June 29, 2017

A Poet and A Player

by Matthew Steeples

Highlights of Masterpiece London 2017; open until 5th July and a ‘must visit’ for both the collectors and the curious   Masterpiece London is now in its eighth year and well established as a fixture on the city’s social calendar. Yesterday’s preview brought together a mixture of everyone from David Dickinson to Jay Rutland and … Continue reading “A Poet and A Player”

iCrash Home

by Matthew Steeples

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, Eva Harold and David Pun were spotted at play with Apple devices in London   Party crashing sorts Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, Eva Harold and David Pun like to go where they’re not invited and yesterday was no exception.   Whilst … Continue reading “iCrash Home”

June 28, 2017

Breaking a Jacket

by Matthew Steeples

Barings jacket signed by rogue trader Nick Leeson to be auctioned; the original supposedly sold for £21,000 in 2007   An auction of a bright yellow and black trading jacket signed by Nick Leeson – the trader who famously broke Barings Bank in 1995 – is to go live this Friday.   Offered with an … Continue reading “Breaking a Jacket”

Marples Must Go

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Mini Cooper S hatchback designed to carry the golf clubs of the much-loathed Postmaster General, Minister of Transport and alleged tax fraudster Ernest Marples for sale   Twice married and born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Ernest Marples – later Lord Marples – makes the very worst of modern politicians look like relative babes in arms. … Continue reading “Marples Must Go”

June 27, 2017

DUPed

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s deal with DUP is dangerous, irresponsible and about nothing other than her personal quest for power   Our Lady Macbeth-like Prime Minister has once again proven her personal desire for high office is all that matters to her. In handing over £1 billion and then posing with the DUP’s Arlene Foster looking like … Continue reading “DUPed”

Making an Impact

by Matthew Steeples

A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition in Chelsea   On the 19th June, undoubtedly the hottest day of summer thus far, at the 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10, Matthew Steeples hosted a party to mark the closing of artist Enzina Fuschini’s latest exhibition.   Guests including Riadh Abdelouahad, Brian Callan, The … Continue reading “Making an Impact”

June 26, 2017

Tea at Blakes

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London   Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and … Continue reading “Tea at Blakes”

A Shoreditch Shocker

by Matthew Steeples

East End nightclub tells charity event organisers their fundraiser for Grenfell Tower survivors will attract a “poor quality demographic”   The manager of a Shoreditch nightclub has been branded a “racist” after emailing the organisers of an event planned to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to tell them he thought … Continue reading “A Shoreditch Shocker”

Virgin Virginia

by Matthew Steeples

Unrestored Virginia estate owned by the same family since 1740 for sale for the first time ever   A 410.18-acre estate in Virginia that has been owned by the same family since 1740 has gone on sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million).   Completely unaltered and on the National Register … Continue reading “Virgin Virginia”

June 25, 2017

In For A Penny…

by Matthew Steeples

Poundland founders slash asking price for their gaudy Shropshire mansion by 39%   As with many classic rags to riches tale, good taste doesn’t necessarily follow. Proof of such is provided in the somewhat over-the-top home bought by two of the founders of discount chainstore Poundland in the wake of their sale of that business … Continue reading “In For A Penny…”

June 24, 2017

Look – It’s a Lagonda

by Matthew Steeples

Lagonda originally owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov to be sold; he was photographed in it by Norman Parkinson   A Lagonda originally owned by the actor Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA (1921 – 2004) is to be auctioned with a guide of £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to … Continue reading “Look – It’s a Lagonda”

June 23, 2017

Not a Fibre of Regret

by Matthew Steeples

Arrogant jailbird Ben Fiberesima joins an evergrowing list of self-obsessed sorts to block ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter   Rambunctious Ben Fiberesima, a loudmouth whose love for himself is plainly his guiding principle, has blocked The Steeple Times on social media after being released from the clink.   Lauded as having “starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio … Continue reading “Not a Fibre of Regret”

June 22, 2017

Laid Out To Lawn

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square foot   A substantial 7,895 square five-storey house in North Woodchester, Gloucestershire has gone on sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or … Continue reading “Laid Out To Lawn”

June 23, 2017

Pricey Pickhurst

by Matthew Steeples

130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)   A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.   Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale … Continue reading “Pricey Pickhurst”

June 21, 2017

Theresa’s Timing

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May once again proves she has no idea of the concept of “when the time is right”, we join those that suggest the time that she must go is now   Theresa May failed to anticipate the timing of a General Election two weeks ago and got trounced. A week ago, this same … Continue reading “Theresa’s Timing”

Disappointing Dent Coad

by Matthew Steeples

New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market   Prior to her victory, the now newly elected Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, clearly and repeatedly said she’d “fight to retain access to the single market”. Yesterday, however, she failed to join a whole … Continue reading “Disappointing Dent Coad”

June 20, 2017

John Brown Marches On

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny but picture perfect Gloucestershire cottage for sale for ambitious sum; it is named ‘John Brown’s Cottage’ but has nothing to do with the American slavery abolitionist   A picturesque 17th century  Cotswold stone Gloucestershire cottage has gone on sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) in spite of having just one proper bedroom. … Continue reading “John Brown Marches On”

June 19, 2017

Letters – Berkoff & Brenda

by Matthew Steeples

Actor and producer Steven Berkoff suggests Her Majesty The Queen should open up Buckingham Palace to survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy   Sir   In these grim times, when the shadow of death is stalking us with bitter regularity, an opportunity presents itself for our beloved Queen to actually do some real service … Continue reading “Letters – Berkoff & Brenda”

The Pumpkin House

by Matthew Steeples

Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin   16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not … Continue reading “The Pumpkin House”

June 18, 2017

Mind Your Art

by Matthew Steeples

£9.4 million of art stolen in New York; owner hadn’t checked on his collection in months and separately was involved in an incident where he kicked a child in 2016 (and then fled to the Guggenheim)   On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that a 62-year old Upper East Side based inventor has … Continue reading “Mind Your Art”

Going Dutch

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million   A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).   Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment … Continue reading “Going Dutch”

June 17, 2017

Grenfell Matters

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on the strength of feelings shown at the Kensington Town Hall demonstrations and suggests tension will only rise unless figures in authority communicate   Yesterday, over 350 people gathered outside Kensington Town Hall to voice their frustration at the council’s failure to communicate with them in the wake of the Grenfell Tower … Continue reading “Grenfell Matters”

June 16, 2017

Britain Needs You!

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests a new political movement is required in Britain and it is required urgently   Britain is ready for a new political movement that emanates what has occurred with Emmanuel Macron in France. That might sound radical but it isn’t given ‘left’ and ‘right’ have again risen in the UK and whilst Theresa … Continue reading “Britain Needs You!”

June 15, 2017

Peaking in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

Indication of booming realty market in San Francisco provided in the form of a Pacific Heights pad offered for sale for 1,503% more than it sold 20 years ago   A detached house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights that dates to 1906 has gone on sale for a sum £9.8 million higher than it sold … Continue reading “Peaking in Pacific Heights”

June 14, 2017

Waving in the Wheat

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May makes a berk of herself at a football game, gin hater William Hanson and Tory fop Jacob Rees-Mogg MP share their views on wheatfield running   Theresa May just can’t get it right. Whether she’s perched on a sofa with her garden gnome-like husband prattling on about whose job it is to … Continue reading “Waving in the Wheat”

June 12, 2017

Bumbling Bucketheads

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s decision to appoint Andrea Leadsom is indicative of where her bumbling bag of bilge government is headed   Last Thursday, at the count in her constituency, the rival candidate to attract the most attention to Theresa May was undoubtedly Lord Buckethead. Though it was his outfit that stood out, his ability to interest … Continue reading “Bumbling Bucketheads”

June 13, 2017

Maxed Out

by Matthew Steeples

Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation   Since being jailed, paedophile Max Clifford has shown absolutely no contrition and utterly no remorse. He’s sued newspapers, let his equally arrogant daughter, Louise, buy the “goodwill” – if such bizarrely even exists – of his former PR firm and tried to sell … Continue reading “Maxed Out”

June 11, 2017

Politics With The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter   Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in … Continue reading “Politics With The Pun”

June 10, 2017

Empire State of Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million   A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).   Created in 1991 to designs … Continue reading “Empire State of Knightsbridge”

Watching Putin

by Matthew Steeples

Patek Philippe watch allegedly originally owned by President Putin to be auctioned; it is said to be worth around £800,000   It’s given owner is potentially #FakeNews, but a watch that is due be auctioned in Monaco in July has been photographed with paperwork that suggests it originally belonged to President Putin.   Said to … Continue reading “Watching Putin”

June 9, 2017

Theresa’s Trumped

by Matthew Steeples

Blundering bin bag Theresa May will form a minority government today, but it won’t last; the nation want her and her nasty party gone   From the moment Theresa May awkwardly held Donald Trump’s hand in Washington back in January, it was all but over. Cursed by appearing a poodle to the worst POTUS in … Continue reading “Theresa’s Trumped”

June 8, 2017

A Villa In The Sky

by Matthew Steeples

Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House   A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or … Continue reading “A Villa In The Sky”

A Question of Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond   In the final hours of the 2017 General Election campaign, I asked the Conservative candidate for Kensington, Lady Borwick, five questions I considered relevant … Continue reading “A Question of Borwick”

Flop or Fly?

by Matthew Steeples

London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day   Pundits may be referencing worrying times ahead in Britain’s post-Brexit economy, but London’s top tier estate agents have come out all guns blazing on General Election day and launched a series of jaw droppingly priced properties.   In Knightsbridge’s … Continue reading “Flop or Fly?”

June 7, 2017

A Take On Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Artist Enzina Fuschini showcases her take on Theresa May at an exhibition in Chelsea; the work is supposedly anything but political   Italian artist and designer Enzina Fuschini held a press preview for her ‘Impact’ exhibition at Chelsea’s 508 Gallery on the Kings Road last night.   Aside from eleven 100cm by 100cm oil on … Continue reading “A Take On Theresa”

A Pint-Sized Peel

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny 1965 Peel Trident to be auctioned; it is the smallest two seater car ever made, is offered without reserve but is expected to achieve upwards of £80,000   One of just sixty made and an example of the only production car the Isle of Man has ever produced, a fully restored 73-inch long, 39-inch … Continue reading “A Pint-Sized Peel”

June 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading “A House of Hide”

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

June 4, 2017

London

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s London terror attack was wholly inappropriate   After the recent attack on Manchester, we saluted Donald Trump for having “spoken for the majority” in referring to the evil suicide bomber as a “loser”. Last night, however, after a similarly evil assault on London, the 45th POTUS got it completely wrong … Continue reading “London”

June 3, 2017

Messy Mackinlay

by Matthew Steeples

As the CPS charge Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay, Theresa May’s poor judgment is yet again illustrated   Yesterday, in spite of Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, being charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983, Theresa May strangely leapt to his defence.   Mackinlay, a businessman, Tory MP for … Continue reading “Messy Mackinlay”

The Art of The Price Rise

by Matthew Steeples

Former artist’s studio in South Kensington for sale for a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007   Situated within a building known as ‘The Art Club’, a north facing former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, SW7 is for sale for £2.3 million in spite of having just one bedroom on a mezannine level … Continue reading “The Art of The Price Rise”

June 1, 2017

Sail Away

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian house in Emsworth, Hampshire complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million   A symmetrical, yellow brick early 19th century house complete with its own private dock has gone on sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million).   Grade II listed Wharf House in the small town … Continue reading “Sail Away”

Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with criminal justice expert, former police officer and Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington Annabel Mullin   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To live every moment to the fullest and make the biggest difference to people’s lives that I can.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 30, 2017

Wally of the Week – Andre Walker

by Matthew Steeples

Whackjob former Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed ‘journalist’ Andre Walker tells ‘The Steeple Times’: “In the words of Trump: ‘You are fake news’” (and then blocks us)   Andre Walker is of the Donald Trump school when it comes to dealing with situations he doesn’t like: This former Tory bullyboy turned Breitbart braggart and … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Andre Walker”

Mucking Up A Manor

by Matthew Steeples

“Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches   Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress … Continue reading “Mucking Up A Manor”

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

A Land of Contrasts

by Matthew Steeples

Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far   The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here … Continue reading “A Land of Contrasts”

May 28, 2017

Liar Liar Theresa May

by Matthew Steeples

Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May   In 2010, a musicial protest group called Captain SKA released Liar Liar as part of their aim to become a “voice against austerity and neoliberal politics”.   The track made some headway, but … Continue reading “Liar Liar Theresa May”

May 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

A Costly Capri

by Matthew Steeples

‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it’s affectionately known as ‘Oscar’   The car of choice of boy racers, the Ford Capri was dubbed ‘The Pratmobile’ by Rodney after Del Boy bought one in the BBC series Only Fools and Horses. Those that kept such vehicles, unlike … Continue reading “A Costly Capri”

The Burka Brainbox

by Matthew Steeples

Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself having what can be best described as a ‘Twitter spat’ with UKIP’s Suzanne Evans.   Watchmaker’s daughter Evans, whose attempt to suggest the Manchester terrorist atrocity wouldn’t have happened … Continue reading “The Burka Brainbox”

Wealthy in Wiltshire

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading “Wealthy in Wiltshire”

May 26, 2017

At The Queen’s Pleasure

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted Old Harrovian fraudster Sheel Khemka’s mother, Dame Asha Khemka, made Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in spite of her son’s conviction for stealing from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs   Dame Asha Khemka OBE, DBE, the mother of the jailed VAT fraudster and all round rotter, Old Harrovian crook Sheel Khemka, has added another set … Continue reading “At The Queen’s Pleasure”

A Refuge for the Reds

by Matthew Steeples

‘Withnail and I-esque’ former farmstead, in an area of North Yorkshire where red squirrels remarkably thrive, for sale for the same price as a studio in Chelsea, SW3   A Grade II listed former farmstead dating to the 1680s in North Yorkshire has recently come up for sale. Though “in need of refurbishment” and having … Continue reading “A Refuge for the Reds”

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

May 23, 2017

A Brylcream Bigot

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage’s communications man, “political poet” Dan Jukes, sinks to a new low in the wake of the attack on innocence in Manchester; this beer swilling bigot should henceforth be ignored   In the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, Nigel Farage’s communications man, Dan Jukes, did not unite with … Continue reading “A Brylcream Bigot”

Belgravia in Bloom

by Matthew Steeples

Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale   As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural … Continue reading “Belgravia in Bloom”

Manchester

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, surprisingly, it was Donald Trump who spoke for the majority   A suicide bomber may believe he won in attacking Manchester last night, but, for the first time ever, Donald Trump got it completely spot-on when he instead termed this repugnant excuse for a human a “loser”. … Continue reading “Manchester”

A Cool Limo

by Matthew Steeples

Lincoln Continental limousine once owned by Steve McQueen to be auctioned in California in June   “King of Cool” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) is best remembered for having driven Ferraris, Ford GT40’s, Jaguars and Porsches but now a 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine owned by him during the 1970s is to be auctioned by RM … Continue reading “A Cool Limo”

May 22, 2017

Shifty & Shiftier

by Matthew Steeples

In posing for pictures with ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green in Cannes, Sarah, Duchess of York showed herself to be nothing but shameless   Sarah, Duchess of York is one of those people who has no need for money given she’s always close to it. Yesterday, however, at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, this avaricious former … Continue reading “Shifty & Shiftier”

Making a Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading “Making a Manor”

May 21, 2017

A Milder May

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard   There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June … Continue reading “A Milder May”

May 20, 2017

Basement It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Former Algerian Embassy in Holland Park for sale for £30 million; the detached stucco house needs complete renovation and counts David and Victoria Beckham as neighbours   The former Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in Holland Park, W11 has just been placed for sale for the sum of £30 million ($39.1 million, … Continue reading “Basement It Like Beckham”

Faded Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining   A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 … Continue reading “Faded Grandeur”

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