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Author: Matthew Steeples

September 20, 2017

Hammering Harris

by Matthew Steeples

Two works by paedophile Rolf Harris withdrawn from auction whilst one of a baby remains for sale online   In the wake of his conviction in 2014 for abusing women and girls as young as 8 years old, many of the frankly crap paintings by the repugnant monster Rolf Harris were burnt by those who’d … Continue reading “Hammering Harris”

A Big House

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Georgian village house in Oxfordshire for sale for £4.25 million   A Grade II* listed, mid-18th century village house in Adderbury, Oxfordshire has just gone on sale for £4.25 million ($5.74 million, €4.79 million or درهم21.10 million) after fifty years in the same family.   Providing a total of 11,290 square foot of accommodation … Continue reading “A Big House”

September 17, 2017

A Caged Crib

by Matthew Steeples

Former San Francisco home of actor Nicolas Cage for sale for £11.4 million or 660% more than it sold for in 1996   Thrice married and an Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is also known for lavish spending. Aside from once buying twenty-two cars in one hit – including a “squadron” of nine Rolls-Royce … Continue reading “A Caged Crib”

September 14, 2017

Hero of the Hour – Farhad Neda

by Matthew Steeples

Farhad Neda rescued his disabled mother from the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower; they are the only survivors from the penultimate level of the building   Whilst others headed upwards tragically wrongly thinking a helicopter would rescue them, 23rd floor resident of the Grenfell Tower 24-year old Farhad Neda realised the best course of … Continue reading “Hero of the Hour – Farhad Neda”

September 11, 2017

A Cheap Cottage

by Matthew Steeples

Detached Grade II listed Georgian cottage in London, E13 for sale for just £180,000   What could be one of London’s cheapest detached Georgian houses is headed to auction.   Built in 1836 as the gate lodge to a now demolished mansion known as Bedfords and later The Willows, Grade II listed Willow Lodge in … Continue reading “A Cheap Cottage”

A Cheap Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Part refurbished Irish Georgian stately home for sale for just £136,000; it was originally built by the Fry family   What could be one of the cheapest Georgian stately homes ever has been placed on the market for just £136,000 ($179,000, €150,000 or درهم658,000).   Three storey, five bay, mid-18th century Frybrook House in the … Continue reading “A Cheap Mansion”

Bugger All Bernard

by Matthew Steeples

Naturist politician Bernard Jenkin MP shows himself to be the ‘Buggerallmoney’ of the Brexit generation   “When Brexit happens there will be lots more money for everyone” crowed Bernard Jenkin on Monday morning’s All Out Politics with Adam Boulton on Sky News.   “The UK’s best known naturist” and Tory politician continued: “We’ll have far … Continue reading “Bugger All Bernard”

September 10, 2017

Martin Gets Madder

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted former pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli offers a bounty for Hillary Clinton’s hair and threatens to smash up a £1.5 million work by the Wu-Tang Clan   Martin Shkreli is getting madder and madder. Convicted of securities fraud in August and awaiting sentencing, the troubled former drug company executive took to Facebook on 4th September … Continue reading “Martin Gets Madder”

The Icing on the Cake

by Matthew Steeples

Octagonal Victorian Gothic landmark in Westchester County, New York available for rent; Bono was filmed there and it includes the only domestic Egyptian Revival room in existence   A Victorian Gothic house in Irvington, Westchester County, New York that resembles a wedding cake has been put on the market to rent for £30,300 per month … Continue reading “The Icing on the Cake”

September 9, 2017

Gaining a Lambo (or five)

by Matthew Steeples

Convoy of five yellow Lamborghinis spotted cruising around Kensington and Chelsea   Someone once said: “Work until you feel a Lamborghini is cheap” and plainly the owner of a convoy currently in London has exactly that attitude.   Pictured here on Brompton Road opposite the former premises of La Brasserie, a fleet of five yellow … Continue reading “Gaining a Lambo (or five)”

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

Pritikin’s Folly

by Matthew Steeples

Kitsch San Francisco mansion turned private museum that houses everything from Hitler memorabilia to a portrait turned down by Prince Philip for sale for £9.5 million   The collection of a former advertising executive turned San Francisco based bon viveur named Robert C. Pritikin – better known as ‘Bob’ to his friends – includes everything … Continue reading “Pritikin’s Folly”

September 8, 2017

Dwarfing Misogyny

by Matthew Steeples

Rising star female racing driver Jamie Chadwick puts ‘Bungling Bernie’ Ecclestone in his place and dismisses his ridiculous misogynist views   The first ever female and youngest ever winner of the British GT Championship Jamie Chadwick was interviewed in The Guardian last weekend.   Speaking to the paper’s Giles Richards, 19-year-old Chadwick criticized Bernie Ecclestone’s … Continue reading “Dwarfing Misogyny”

A Magnificent Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Delightful West Country estate with Elizabethan manor house and 450 acres of land for sale for £7.95 million   Launched to the market in May for £8.75 million ($11.55 million, €9.60 million or درهم42.42 million) with 538 acres of land, Higher Melcombe Manor at Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester in Dorset is now available for a … Continue reading “A Magnificent Manor”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

Coins Not Cars

by Matthew Steeples

Coutts’ Index 2017 reveals it is coins and not classic cars that are the better performing ‘passion assets’   This week bankers to the super-elite Coutts revealed the findings of their 2017 Coutts Index. In the annual report so called ‘passion assets’ – such as fine wine, works of art and watches – are measured … Continue reading “Coins Not Cars”

September 1, 2017

#FreeRaif

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times joins those calling for mercy and forgiveness for Raif Badawi   Raif Badawi was put in prison and sentenced to 1,000 lashes simply for setting up a website named Free Saudi Liberals.   Yesterday, the MailOnline featured a video of Badawi being publicly flogged in front of a braying crowd in 2015. … Continue reading “#FreeRaif”

August 31, 2017

Pricey on the Pond

by Matthew Steeples

Hamptons estate goes on sale for £136 million; it has a ¼ mile of frontage to the Atlantic Ocean and is owned by financier Brenda Earl   A 20,000 square foot white brick house that forms the centerpiece of what is being termed “the most expensive Hamptons” listing has gone on sale for £136 million … Continue reading “Pricey on the Pond”

August 30, 2017

Theresa Bucket

by Matthew Steeples

Prime Minister May has morphed into Hyacinth Bucket   Hyacinth Bucket wanted to be renowned for her ‘candlelit suppers’ but now that Theresa May – whose fashion style is sadly led by the equally ghastly Lady Meyer – is hosting ‘prosecco parties’ at Chequers, it seems she’s headed the same way.   Desperate to retain … Continue reading “Theresa Bucket”

August 28, 2017

Stopping Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Labour’s partial U-turn on Brexit is a positive start; they must now go further and oppose it entirely   Whilst Keir Starmer’s decision to announce Labour will support Britain remaining in a customs union with the EU and within the single market during a “time-limited transitional period between our exit from the … Continue reading “Stopping Brexit”

August 27, 2017

The Black Prince

by Matthew Steeples

“Ultra-rare” 1951 Invicta Black Prince to be auctioned; here is a truly astounding shooting brake complete with an incredible mascot   An ultimate example of 1950s luxury, a 1951 Invicta Black Prince shooting brake with coachwork by Associated Coachbuilders – that cost £3,820 new (the equivalent of £110,000, $142,000, €119,000 or درهم521,000 today) – is … Continue reading “The Black Prince”

Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’

by Matthew Steeples

Facebook group mocks racist online abuser Viscount St Davids as he returns to the clink   On Friday, the dimwitted ‘half biscuit’ 4th Viscount St Davids – also known as amongst other things Rhodri Philipps and Baron Strange of Knockin – was returned to jail after attempting and then dropping an appeal against a sentence … Continue reading “Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’”

Big Shorting Gatsby

by Matthew Steeples

Long Island mansion with links to ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Big Short’ for sale for £13.1 million (or 152% more than it sold for in 2011)   F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) set his ‘Roaring Twenties’ classic The Great Gatsby in the fictional locations of East Egg and West Egg on Long Island … Continue reading “Big Shorting Gatsby”

August 23, 2017

Notting Hell Carnival

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the Notting Hill Carnival is an unnecessary drain on already overstretched resources   Many will suggest I am wrong to say it, but I truly believe the Notting Hill Carnival is something that causes more trouble than it is worth.   With 300 arrests and 190 knives and 18 firearms supposedly recovered … Continue reading “Notting Hell Carnival”

August 21, 2017

Rent Like A Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Richmond Old Deer Park, Surrey that is owned by the Crown Estate and was originally a royal observatory to rent for £450,000 per year   A Grade I listed house set on 6.6 acres of World Heritage Site and Grade I listed land in the middle of the Royal Mid-Surrey … Continue reading “Rent Like A Royal”

Axing Anti-Social Media

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the director of public prosecutions is right to seek “uplifted” sentences for online abusers but argues she does not go far enough   I have been targeted by online trolls for years. As a writer, I accept I am ‘fair game’ for criticism but when that tips over into the kind of … Continue reading “Axing Anti-Social Media”

August 18, 2017

Flying a White Elephant

by Matthew Steeples

Orange County mega-estate sold last for £14 million on an original asking price of £67 million offered for sale again for £43 million after death of owner   The largest residential estate on the Newport Coast of California is back on the market. One Pelican Hill Road North in Newport Beach – alternatively known as … Continue reading “Flying a White Elephant”

August 17, 2017

Tossed in Tonbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Kentish salad company Southern Salads tosses 260 jobs to the wolves after going into administration because of Brexit   Illustrations of the likely negative impact of Britain’s decision to leave the UK are coming from far and wide and though Nigel Farage may be crowing over an alleged £60 million film deal – though unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Tossed in Tonbridge”

A Castle for £130k

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle on sale for just £130,000; it comes without a roof and is located near the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire   A castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is for sale for £130,000 ($168,000, €143,000 or درهم616,000) in spite of being nothing other than a roofless shell.   Reduced in price from £150,000 ($193,000, … Continue reading “A Castle for £130k”

August 16, 2017

Word of the Week – Woebegone

by Matthew Steeples

After ‘Vanity Fair’ use ‘woebegone’ in the context of ‘Donald Trump’, Matthew Steeples examines that word’s origins   On Wednesday morning, in their daily ‘The Hive’ email to subscribers, Vanity Fair referenced Donald Trump as an ‘ole woebegone’.   Not having heard ‘woebegone’ used in many a year and now realising how appropriate it is … Continue reading “Word of the Week – Woebegone”

Let There Be Light

by Matthew Steeples

Two and apartments and a bothy within one of Britain’s remotest lighthouses in Sutherland for sale for £371,500   Two apartments and a bothy that form part of a lighthouse designed by the acclaimed author Robert Louis Stevenson’s (1850 – 1894) designer father Thomas (1818 – 1887) and his brother are for sale.   Stoer … Continue reading “Let There Be Light”

A Babycham Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley S3 Continental drophead coupé originally owned by brewing baron Sir Keith Showering to be sold at auction; his family created the ‘cult drink’ Babycham   A 1964 Bentley S3 Continental drophead coupé by Mulliner Park Ward originally owned by Sir Keith Showering (1930 – 1982) – a member of the family that created the … Continue reading “A Babycham Bentley”

Grim Grenfell

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the giant coffin and stain on government that is the Grenfell Tower should be demolished immediately   The giant, grim carbuncle that is Grenfell Tower is a stain on the councillors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and it should be torn to the ground immediately.   Allowing this monstrous … Continue reading “Grim Grenfell”

August 10, 2017

Bungling Bernie

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Ecclestone accused of bribing F1 drivers by an Australian F1 legend   Bernie Ecclestone – whose Christian name is often used in the context of bungs and bribes – is just the kind of person whose past mistakes keep coming back to haunt him. An encounter with an Australian driver named Alan Jones in … Continue reading “Bungling Bernie”

Tales of The Tube

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington house for sale for £4 million in spite of being literally right next to a noisy London Underground line   Estate agents are not known for honesty but Strutt & Parker certainly neglected a key detail when preparing particulars for a £3.95 million ($5.13 million, €4.38 million or درهم18.83 million) property in Pelham … Continue reading “Tales of The Tube”

August 8, 2017

Parked in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

A rare thing – A Pacific Heights, San Francisco house with a 9-car garage that has been dramatically reduced in price by £1 million   Extending to 7,580 square feet in total and on a corner plot, 2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco is a detached 5-storey residence with a private garage with space for … Continue reading “Parked in Pacific Heights”

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

A Sugar Palace

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Sugar puts his gin palace up for sale for £12.7 million after owning it for just two years; it was originally built for the controversial tycoon Alan Bond   On Monday, the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare revealed that Lord Sugar – of The Apprentice fame, in case you didn’t already know – is trying … Continue reading “A Sugar Palace”

August 7, 2017

Calmed Down Cameron

by Matthew Steeples

David Cameron snapped ‘Hugging a Corbyn’ after he’s revealed to have a ‘Calm Down – It’s Only a Recession’ in his kitchen and a £25,000 shepherd’s hut in his garden   David Cameron is plainly enjoying life to the full. Not only has he been rewarded with a huge literary advance after walking away after … Continue reading “Calmed Down Cameron”

August 6, 2017

Diana’s Drive

by Matthew Steeples

Up-armoured Rolls-Royce used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales to be auctioned in Auburn, Indiana   A 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur I commissioned by the British Foreign Office as part of the British Embassy vehicle pool in Washington D.C. that was used by Diana, Princess of Wales on two occasions is to be sold … Continue reading “Diana’s Drive”

Parking a Farmhouse

by Matthew Steeples

Listed Cumbrian time warp farmhouse goes on sale for less than the price of an open-air parking space in London, W2   A detached, 17th century farmhouse in Cumbria’s Eden Valley has gone on sale for just £290,000 ($378,000, €321,000 or درهم1.4 million) or £10,000 less than the price of an open-air car parking space … Continue reading “Parking a Farmhouse”

August 5, 2017

Trendifying Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

George Freeman MP denies he wants to create a Tory version of Glastonbury; imagining Theresa May boozing with Liam Gallagher definitely would be hard   Theresa May, Dizzee Rascal and Liam Gallagher would certainly make for unlikely bedfellows but now a Conservative MP, George Freeman, wishes to replicate Jeremy Corbyn’s success in such company at … Continue reading “Trendifying Theresa”

Banishing Buy to Leave

by Matthew Steeples

It’s no longer ‘buy to live’, it’s no longer ‘buy to let’, all bemoan the disgraceful era of ‘buy to leave’ – especially those living in RBK&C   This morning in The Guardian, novelist Vanessa Lafaye explained why she was packing up being a ‘buy to let’ property owner whilst three days ago the very … Continue reading “Banishing Buy to Leave”

August 4, 2017

Greed and Grenfell

by Matthew Steeples

Grenfell Tower residents let down by RBK&C whilst properties rented for them stand empty in Chelsea also   This morning The Mirror’s James O’Brien reported on how former residents of the Grenfell Tower will likely be “decanted” to make way to “replace [their] homes with more expensive properties.”   He is entirely right to highlight … Continue reading “Greed and Grenfell”

August 2, 2017

Madness and Martin

by Matthew Steeples

Martin Shkreli takes to Facebook to share an article supporting him and suggests he’d make an ideal communications director for President Trump   Permanently banned from Twitter, awaiting a verdict in a fraud trial and widely considered one of the most loathed men on the planet, Martin Shkreli could be expected to retreat to Siberia. … Continue reading “Madness and Martin”

August 1, 2017

United in Plastic

by Matthew Steeples

‘Bride of Wildenstein’ Jocelyn Wildenstein reunites with her lover Lloyd Klein; the plastic faced couple will marry at some point in the future   Yesterday, the world’s ugliest woman announced she is to marry the world’s vainest man in an exclusive feature in the DailyMail.com.   According to the paper, Jocelyn Wildenstein – a New … Continue reading “United in Plastic”

July 31, 2017

Public vs. Private

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests respected actor George Clooney and publicity desperado Karen Danczuk provide contrasting examples about the ethics of paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation   Paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation are interlinked hot potatoes that look unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Two very different examples emerged in recent days of very different behavior by … Continue reading “Public vs. Private”

July 30, 2017

Palming Off Il Palmetto

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire founder of Netscape has failed to sell his Palm Beach mansion in a year; it remains on the market for £105 million (or 754% more than he paid for it in 1999)   Four times married, a father of four and a collector of rather large gin palaces, Texan James H. Clark founded Netscape … Continue reading “Palming Off Il Palmetto”

Done With Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Enough is finally enough with press coverage about the late Diana, Princess of Wales   Diana, Princess of Wales has been dead twenty years. It is thus ludicrous that her family continue to have to put up with an endless barrage of articles raking over outdated nonsense about her and though it most definitely suits … Continue reading “Done With Diana”

A Spectre of a Landy

by Matthew Steeples

Villain’s Land Rover used in James Bond film ‘Spectre’ to be auctioned in London   A 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX used in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre is to be sold in London in September.   Offered without reserve, the fully UK road legal vehicle – which was one of ten such models … Continue reading “A Spectre of a Landy”

Strictly Come Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Grosvenor Square apartment for sale; it comes with access to a private residents’ ballroom and will appeal to any fan of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’   Built circa 1958 on the site of an earlier house damaged during the war, a ground floor apartment within 17 Grosvenor Square in London’s Mayfair has gone on sale for … Continue reading “Strictly Come Mayfair”

July 26, 2017

Dr No More

by Matthew Steeples

Gatecrasher ‘Dr Nastro’ admits defeat and announces he’ll be retiring from the ligging circuit; perhaps Denis Doble, Eva Harold, David Pun and Sandra Shevey ought to follow his lead   On Wednesday, we received a message from a known member of London’s ligging community of aging oddballs using the pseudonym ‘Dr Nastro’.   In an … Continue reading “Dr No More”

A Peaceful Reduction

by Matthew Steeples

Designer Reed Krakoff slashes the price of his Hamptons mansion; Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers there   A Hamptons mansion named Lasata – meaning: “Place of Peace” in Native American – where Jacqueline Bouvier (later Kennedy and later Kennedy Onassis) spent her childhood summers has recently been reduced in price from £41.5 million … Continue reading “A Peaceful Reduction”

July 25, 2017

Brainy Boozing

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals drinking alcohol can improve memory   A study has revealed that those that drink alcohol after studying recall what they learnt better than those that don’t.   The University of Exeter set 88 drinkers a word-learning task and then split them into two random groups. The first were told to drink as much … Continue reading “Brainy Boozing”

Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Cher-oo!

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill conversion with 120-foot chimney and cast iron water wheel for sale for £975,000   A converted mill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has gone on sale for £975,000 ($1.3 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.7 million). It has not only its original 120-foot chimney still in-situ but also an original cast iron … Continue reading “Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Cher-oo!”

July 24, 2017

Dogging Assange

by Matthew Steeples

Gold wrapped van advertising “elite” dogs parks opposite the Ecuadorian Embassy ‘home’ of bail skipper Julian Assange   The silly season has come early in Knightsbridge: Sighted Sunday evening and parked, rather appropriately, opposite the Embassy of Ecuador ‘home’ of the fugitive bail skipper Julian Assange, was a gold wrapped van advertising protection and guard … Continue reading “Dogging Assange”

July 23, 2017

An Ugly Brake

by Matthew Steeples

Rare “ugly duckling” seven-seat 1967 Mercedes-Benz shooting brake to be offered at auction; it will generate the same reaction as Marmite   An extremely rare yet somewhat ugly 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S ‘Universal’ is to be sold at auction this month with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $52,000, €39,000 to €45,000 or درهم167,000 … Continue reading “An Ugly Brake”

Enough is Enough

by Matthew Steeples

Funding for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must cease; £11 million spent with no result is evidence that enough is enough   Over £11 million has been spent in relation to the search for Madeleine McCann since the then 3-year old disappeared on 3rd May 2007. The result? Absolutely no progress and … Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

July 22, 2017

The Castletown Conundrum

by Matthew Steeples

One of Ireland’s finest country houses may (or may not) be sold for £16 million; all depends on the outcome of a legal case next week   A Palladian country house in Ireland is either to be sold (or not) depending the outcome of an inter-family legal dispute next week. It is currently occupied by … Continue reading “The Castletown Conundrum”

July 21, 2017

The Sound of Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

In taking three weeks off for a holiday with her ‘Garden Gnome’ hubby, Theresa May has shown where her priorities lie   Whilst orchestrating the most appallingly run election campaign in recent history, Theresa May waxed lyrical about her naughty moments wandering in wheat fields. Now, our Prime Minister, at a time when most would … Continue reading “The Sound of Theresa”

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”

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”

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