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Author: Matthew Steeples

April 20, 2018

Potted Trolls

by Matthew Steeples

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is right to speak out against those of the belief that social media trolls should simply be ignored suggests Matthew Steeples   As someone subject to daily abuse on social media at the hands of mostly deranged, aged right-wing trolls, I was truly impressed that the author J.K. Rowling took … Continue reading “Potted Trolls”

Ratty on The River

by Matthew Steeples

A dream house for ‘The Wind In The Willows’ character Ratty; Devon boathouse for sale for £2.5 million   A Devon house that could be perfect for anyone sharing Kenneth Grahame’s character Rat’s view that “there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” has gone … Continue reading “Ratty on The River”

April 17, 2018

Analysing Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

The Cambridge Analytica connection you’ve most likely never heard of; meet The Hon. Thomas Borwick, son of ex-Tory MP Lady ‘Call Me Victoria’ Borwick   The Hon. Thomas Borwick is a figure in the Cambridge Analytica scandal you’ve probably never heard of.   Bizarrely largely overlooked by the mainstream media, the son of the ousted … Continue reading “Analysing Borwick”

April 16, 2018

A Murky Mucky Madam

by Matthew Steeples

Mendacious minx Meghan Markle increasingly comes across as nothing but personally ambitious and out of touch with reality suggests Matthew Steeples   The engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was something I initially thought no bad thing. I went, in fact, as far as to laud Markle’s “independent success” and “energy,” but now realise … Continue reading “A Murky Mucky Madam”

April 15, 2018

A Place In Andalucia

by Matthew Steeples

Spectacular hacienda near Seville for sale for £3 million   Anyone who has watched the somewhat cringeworthy television programme A Place In The Sun expects a Spanish holiday home to be somewhat beyond vulgar, but in The Palacio, near Seville, a buyer could purchase something truly spectacular.   Restored over the last five years, this … Continue reading “A Place In Andalucia”

March 19, 2018

An Imagined Engagement

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – James Stunt corrects entirely invented rumours of his supposedly having become engaged   On Saturday, Matthew Steeples, editor of The Steeple Times, dined at C London with his friend James Stunt and an actress named Samantha Rowley.   Businessman Mr Stunt had previously dined with Miss Rowley on several occasions in the company … Continue reading “An Imagined Engagement”

March 6, 2018

Cheers Macron!

by Matthew Steeples

President Emmanuel Macron should ignore his critics and continue to enjoy drinking wine   President Emmanuel Macron has ridiculously been accused of “putting French lives in danger” by admitting to drinking wine at lunch and dinner.   In yet another example of political correctness gone wrong, a gaggle of busybody doctors berated Macron for his … Continue reading “Cheers Macron!”

March 4, 2018

#LazyBrady

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests ‘Lady’ Karren Brady of Knightsbridge has shown herself to be nothing but a muckspreader in her latest pathetic opinion piece for ‘The Sun’   The Steeple Times delighted in exposing the former Member of Parliament for Kensington, Lady Borwick, as #LazyBorwick during the 2017 General Election campaign and now, it seems, we … Continue reading “#LazyBrady”

A Cut Cost Chalet

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s weirdest home for sale for a sum 61% lower than the £13 million sum asked for it in 2016; it has been repossessed and comes with a 69-foot long indoor beach   In October 2016, The Steeple Times featured what could quite possibly be Britain’s weirdest home. Offered then for £10 million, The Chalet … Continue reading “A Cut Cost Chalet”

Brexit and the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

“Cherry picking” Theresa May ridiculously boasts that people living in the EU will still be able to watch the BBC post-Brexit; she’d do better to stick to galumphing through wheat fields   Perched on a rickety old chair, Theresa May appeared on this morning’s The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One.   Sporting a surprisingly … Continue reading “Brexit and the Beeb”

March 1, 2018

Bentley or Bail?

by Matthew Steeples

1986 Bentley Continental convertible originally owned by notorious fraudster Asil Nadir to be auctioned   A 1986 Bentley Continental convertible with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward that was first owned by the dodgy businessman Asil Nadir is told be sold at auction in March.   The Tudor red with black leather interior car – registration … Continue reading “Bentley or Bail?”

February 27, 2018

Stunt Speaks Out

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – James Stunt responds to inaccurate press coverage of his forthcoming interview with ‘Tatler’ magazine   Today, in response to various press reports, James Stunt contacted The Steeple Times’ Matthew Steeples to issue a response to inaccurate press coverage of a forthcoming interview that will be published in the April edition of Tatler magazine. … Continue reading “Stunt Speaks Out”

Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day

by Matthew Steeples

Healthcare assistant Charlotte Day disgracefully moans about panic buying of bread just as homeless people freeze to death   Last week, a homeless man froze to death in Chelmsford, Essex. A week before, another was found dead on the steps of Westminster Tube station in London.   Meanwhile, yesterday, in Medway, Kent, a moaning Minnie … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day”

February 26, 2018

Clear The Roads

by Matthew Steeples

Irresponsible Volkswagen Polo driver – registration HW06 CWM – needs to be removed from Britain’s roads   Jeremy Clarkson regularly shares the registration plates of irresponsible motorists he spots on his Twitter feed and having encountered similarly bad driving yesterday, here we share imagery of a woman who deserves to be removed from Britain’s roads. … Continue reading “Clear The Roads”

Toynbee Turns

by Matthew Steeples

Left-wing firebrand Polly Toynbee does an about turn and brands government in Britain today worse than under her arch-enemy Thatcher in the 1980s   Polly Toynbee was always amongst the loudest voices of the left in Britain. She has been known to rant and rave in support of atheism, the SDP and unilateral nuclear disarmament … Continue reading “Toynbee Turns”

February 24, 2018

A Rolls for an Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Quirky 1995 Rolls-Royce estate car for sale for just shy of £100,000; it’s perfect for picnics and conveying posh pooches   A 1995 special edition Rolls-Royce Flying Spur converted to an estate car in recent years from a Silver Spur III with just 25,000 miles on the clock is currently for sale for £99,000 ($138,000, … Continue reading “A Rolls for an Estate”

February 23, 2018

Going For Booze

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals old aged folk who get fat and enjoy a tipple or two tend to live longer   On Wednesday in society magazine Town & Country, Sam Dangremond revealed that “drinking alcohol could be the key to living past 90.”   Quoting The 90+ Study, “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in … Continue reading “Going For Booze”

February 8, 2018

Tigger Bounces into a Cowshed

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish farmer Bruce Grubb caused an armed standoff after calling police to “tackle a tiger on the loose”; it turned out to be a giant cuddly toy   An Aberdeenshire farmer panicked and brought in armed police when he saw what he thought was a tiger in his cowshed.   Bruce Grubb, 24, told The … Continue reading “Tigger Bounces into a Cowshed”

February 7, 2018

Who’s NOT going on The Grand Tour?

by Matthew Steeples

Observations on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s failure to overturn the warrant for his arrest   Stuck with a cat adorned with a tie and visited, presumably for intimate relations, regularly by Pamela Assange, Julian Assange had hoped a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday would result in him treading the pavements of Knightsbridge for … Continue reading “Who’s NOT going on The Grand Tour?”

February 6, 2018

Calamity Corbyn

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples slates Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to secure a 20 point lead in the polls   This publication is regularly criticised for being “anti-conservative.” It most certainly isn’t and that we are blocked on Twitter by both Diane Abbott and George Galloway is definitely evidence of what the true “far left” think of our ramblings. … Continue reading “Calamity Corbyn”

February 5, 2018

No Faith in Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May has a perfect right to go to church but why can’t she worship privately?   Week after week, every Sunday, Theresa May appears outside her local church. She is photographed with her garden gnome-like husband and often even a dog.   That Britain’s most incompetent leader ever chooses to believe in the Anglican … Continue reading “No Faith in Theresa”

The Perfect Bachelor Pad

by Matthew Steeples

Ultimate bachelor pad for sale for £6 million in South Kensington; it has garaging for five cars   Originally a mews that was home to Rothmans’ Shire horses, a £6 million ($8.5 million, €6.8 million or درهم31.1 million) property in Elvaston Mews, South Kensington has been transformed into a perfect bachelor pad.   Sold in … Continue reading “The Perfect Bachelor Pad”

February 3, 2018

Bestselling Basia

by Matthew Steeples

Basia Briggs’ memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ has been a bestselling success and is about to go into its second print run; a reader sends in an image of someone reading it on the tube   When Basia Briggs launched her memoir, Mother Anguish at The Ritz in December, much analysis followed in everywhere from the Daily Mail … Continue reading “Bestselling Basia”

February 2, 2018

Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale

by Matthew Steeples

Harry Houdini’s escape prop sack to be sold alongside all manner of other unusual items on Valentine’s Day   On 14th February, Bonhams will hold their ‘Gentleman’s Library Sale’ in Knightsbridge, London. Amongst the circa five hundred items to be offered are all manner of unusual items and here we choose five of the best: … Continue reading “Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale”

A Range Rover Goes Topless

by Matthew Steeples

Wacky 1970s Range Rover convertible for sale for just under £100,000   A truly quirky 1972 Range Rover Classic Suffix ‘A’ that was transformed for ‘topless’ use in Monaco is for sale through Kensington dealers Graeme Hunt.   Featuring a completely removable hood frame, doors with drop down windows and such features a rear step … Continue reading “A Range Rover Goes Topless”

Brazen Women

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples slams ITV’s ‘Loose Women’s’ latest outrageous episode   If there were a programme named Misogynist Men there would be an uproar but that a bunch of obnoxious middle aged wenches gather each day to host a show on ITV named Loose Women is an utter disgrace.   Criticised even in the equally pugnacious … Continue reading “Brazen Women”

January 21, 2018

The Kippers Are Dead

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests UKIP is a dead duck and it is time it closed up shop; the beneficiaries of its likely demise remains to be seen   The United Kingdom Independence Party is made up of fruitcakes and philanderers and news that Nigel Farage may end up becoming the leader of their “movement” just proves … Continue reading “The Kippers Are Dead”

January 16, 2018

The Daily Branson

by Matthew Steeples

Richard Branson’s decision to re-allow the ‘Daily Mail’ on his trains proves him to be nothing but a lying self-publicist   Sir Richard Branson yet again has proven himself to be nothing but a self-obsessed, self-publicising cretin. That this self-proclaimed “entrepreneur” has reneged on his company’s decision to ban the Daily Mail on his trains … Continue reading “The Daily Branson”

January 15, 2018

A Wine Winner

by Matthew Steeples

Half price bottles of wine at The Enterprise during January; price per bottle starts at £9.98 per bottle   The Enterprise in Walton Street, Chelsea is an institution that locals know and love. The staff and management are charming, the atmosphere is fun and the food and drink superlative.   For the whole of January, … Continue reading “A Wine Winner”

January 10, 2018

My Friend Arthur

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples remembers the late, great Arthur Woodham, the owner of Arthur’s Cafe in Dalston and La Brasserie’s best customer at the bar on a Saturday afternoon   Arthur Woodham told me: “I don’t drink in my manor” each and every Saturday. We sat together at the bar at the sadly now defunct La Brasserie … Continue reading “My Friend Arthur”

January 5, 2018

Branson Falls Off The Roof

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Richard Branson closes The Roof Gardens in Kensington; customers take to social media to complain about lack of assistance over cancelled bookings   Sir Richard Branson can now add “job killer” and “wedding wrecker” to his resume. In closing the once popular venue The Roof Gardens, this tawdry fantasist not only put 80 people … Continue reading “Branson Falls Off The Roof”

December 30, 2017

Theresa May(be) NOT

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Adonis’ resignation should signal the end for Theresa May’s sorry excuse for a government   Theresa May – a friend of amongst other luminaries as Gerry and Kate McCann and Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer – has done it again. In quitting his post today, Lord Adonis spelled out exactly what is wrong with … Continue reading “Theresa May(be) NOT”

December 29, 2017

Reward Offered – Martin Allen

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt offers a £50,000 reward via ‘The Steeple Times’ for information leading to the conviction of the abductors of Martin Allen   Fifteen year old Martin Allen disappeared on 5th November 1979. He was allegedly last seen at Gloucester Road underground station but no body has ever been found. His parents, Tom and Eileen, … Continue reading “Reward Offered – Martin Allen”

Class v. Brass

by Matthew Steeples

Whilst the Chelsea Arts Club is right to put on a bit of Moulin Rouge this season, Petra Ecclestone’s show next door is nothing but gaudy   In their final outing of the year, the Chelsea Arts Club have decorated their façade with a theme based upon Moulin Rouge. It stands out but it has … Continue reading “Class v. Brass”

December 27, 2017

The Rise of James Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests James Stunt as a man to watch in 2018   James Stunt was not a man I expected to have much time for let alone come to actually like. Prior to meeting him properly this summer, I tended towards the opinion that he was somewhat brash but now, having spent time in … Continue reading “The Rise of James Stunt”

December 23, 2017

Mad K&C

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on ‘Mad Friday’s’ arrival in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea   Vomit on the pavement and kids pissed on the streets: A standard night in Newcastle on ‘Mad Friday’ but this year this horrific occurrence hit the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea with vengeance and with equal aplomb to … Continue reading “Mad K&C”

December 22, 2017

Calendar Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Cliff Richard pompously announces his calendar sales “leaves David Beckham standing” and makes Kylie Minogue’s look “meagre”   “The Peter Pan of Pop” Sir Cliff Richard is in jubilant mood. After having seen off various interesting allegations against him in 2016, the Christian singer has taken to the Internet to announce his calendar sales … Continue reading “Calendar Cliff”

December 21, 2017

Happy Buckethead

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Buckethead moves on from taking on Theresa May in Maidenhead and records a Christmas song; it’s brilliant   The fabulous Lord Buckethead has done it again. First, this wacky enigma took on the woman rightly described as “Britain’s worst ever Prime Minister” in Maidenhead in June and got 249 votes and now he’s made … Continue reading “Happy Buckethead”

December 19, 2017

A Repo in the Mud

by Matthew Steeples

Unfinished, repossessed Gloucestershire country house surrounded by a quagmire of mud for sale for an ambitious sum   In September 2012, a pretty but unlisted Cotstwold stone house at Farmington, near Stow-on-the-Wold went on sale for £2.8 million complete with 3 cottages, barns and 30 acres of land. Its asking price had increased to £3.5 … Continue reading “A Repo in the Mud”

December 18, 2017

Facebook Fail First

by Matthew Steeples

As Twitter suspend Jayda Fransen, Paul Golding and Britain First’s accounts, Facebook have shamefully done nothing to stop them and the likes of Viscount St Davids continuing to spread hate   Britain First have 1.95 million followers on Facebook whilst the hate group’s deputy, Jayda Fransen, has 236,500 and its leader, Paul Golding, has 202,000. … Continue reading “Facebook Fail First”

December 17, 2017

Limitless Lawless

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on Philip Lawless’ remarkable career at the top of London’s restaurant industry   Though the raconteur restaurateur Philip Lawless recently sold his Belgravia dining spot Motcombs, his legacy lives on both there and at the Bow Wine Vaults, which he retains and continues to run.   Irish born Lawless moved to London … Continue reading “Limitless Lawless”

December 14, 2017

The Twelve Disciples

by Matthew Steeples

Twelve Conservatives show themselves as heroes of the hour by voting against Theresa May on Brexit   Yesterday, twelve decent Tory MPs stood up to the worst Prime Minister in history and effectively ensured the Commons has to vote for a “meaningful” vote over any Brexit deal with the EU.   They are:   Dominic … Continue reading “The Twelve Disciples”

December 12, 2017

Airing Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that claims by PR people that Max Clifford wasn’t one of their number simply shows their ‘profession’ to be nothing but hot air   Max Clifford had a short penis and he was a paedophile. They are both facts but that most things this self-professed spinner of lies was associated with during … Continue reading “Airing Clifford”

December 7, 2017

Anguish & Evictions

by Matthew Steeples

Basia Briggs launches her memoir ‘Mother Anguish’ with a glittering party at The Ritz; bigoted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets evicted   On Monday night at The Ritz in London – in the company of guests including the politician Lord Lamont, the portrait painter Alexander Newley, the esteemed war correspondent John Simpson CBE and … Continue reading “Anguish & Evictions”

Britain’s Priciest Houseboat

by Matthew Steeples

Thames houseboat moored at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea goes on sale for extraordinary sum of £2.5 million   What could likely be Britain’s most expensive houseboat has gone on sale for £2.5 million ($3.3 million, €2.8 million or درهم12.3 million) – or the same sum as a 9-bedroom Queen Anne house in Wiltshire.     … Continue reading “Britain’s Priciest Houseboat”

November 30, 2017

Warped Walker vs. Magnificent Markle

by Matthew Steeples

Kushner-Trump mouthpiece Andre Walker’s attack on Meghan Markle was an utter disgrace; it is time that this warped weirdo was called out for what he truly is   Unsurprisingly yesterday, the self-declared “fat Northern bruiser” turned Jared Kushner’s London based mouthpiece Andre Walker appeared on Sky News to defend Donald Trump’s “right” to retweet far … Continue reading “Warped Walker vs. Magnificent Markle”

November 29, 2017

The Stars of Beel

by Matthew Steeples

Neglected Georgian mansion that has been home to Sir Dirk Bogarde, Basil Dearden, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Aitken and Robert Kilroy-Silk for sale for 39% less than it sold for in 2014   A dilapidated Grade II* listed country house whose extensive roster of owners numbers aristocrats, rock and film stars and politicians is … Continue reading “The Stars of Beel”

The Harem Saloon

by Matthew Steeples

1931 Bentley Tourer nicknamed ‘The Harem Saloon’ because of its first owner’s penchant for taking spins with his lady friends for sale for £1.15 million   A 1931 8-litre Bentley Tourer that got the nickname ‘The Harem Saloon’ because it was first used by a Chinese Mau owner to take his girlfriends to the races … Continue reading “The Harem Saloon”

Sisters in Shock

by Matthew Steeples

Jack Monroe’s analysis of Katie Hopkins’s supposed “sacking” by the ‘Mail Online’ illustrates just one thing: The pair are actually virtually the same and simply ‘Sisters in Shock’   Yesterday, in a column for The Guardian, the self-opinionated, self-serving know-all Jack Monroe (sometimes a woman, sometimes ‘Gender X’ and sometimes no gender at all) shared … Continue reading “Sisters in Shock”

November 27, 2017

Anything but Meek

by Matthew Steeples

What first attracted ‘Hot Felon’ Jeremy Meeks to the daughter of the billionaire ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green?   One could argue the criminal Jeremy Meeks hit the jackpot when his mugshot went viral and a modeling career as the ‘Hot Felon’ ensued. Not only did he achieve such, but one could argue he had a … Continue reading “Anything but Meek”

November 26, 2017

The Finery of Fatland

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Greek Revival style Pennsylvania mansion for sale for 56% less than it was marketed for in 2014; it comes with a pub in the basement   An extravagant and somewhat over the top estate in Pennsylvania is on sale for £2.96 million or 56% less than the £6.75 million sum it was listed for … Continue reading “The Finery of Fatland”

November 24, 2017

Cheap in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

An affordable way to live in a two bedroom property in Chelsea, London for just £194 per square foot   What could possibly be the cheapest way to live in a two bedroom property in Chelsea, SW10 has gone sale for just £55,000 ($73,000, €62,000 or درهم269,000).   Naturally accompanied by several catches – in … Continue reading “Cheap in Chelsea”

November 23, 2017

More gin, vicar?

by Matthew Steeples

As Public Health Wales claims drinking spirits is bad for you, we rebut their frankly stupid study   On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that a completely unscientific study by an organisation named Public Health Wales had found that spirits are more likely to “trigger bouts of depression and unexpected weeping.”   Said also to cause … Continue reading “More gin, vicar?”

Live for Free in Liverpool

by Matthew Steeples

Win a fully furnished, brand new £100,000 studio flat in Liverpool for free; surprisingly there are no catches to the competition   A property developer has launched a competition with a prize of a £100,000 ($133,000, €112,000 or درهم488,000) studio flat in the centre of Liverpool “free and forever.”   Situated in a 94 apartment, … Continue reading “Live for Free in Liverpool”

November 22, 2017

Illuminating the Illuminati

by Matthew Steeples

As ‘The Guardian’ explores the power of the Illuminati, Matthew Steeples argues that the few claiming links to such are nothing but mad, old cranks   This morning, The Guardian’s Martha Gill asked: “What is the Illuminati?” in an article that jokingly suggested Googling such would put one at “great personal risk.”   Referencing the … Continue reading “Illuminating the Illuminati”

November 21, 2017

Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times examines Archilochus’ concept of ‘foxes’ and ‘hedgehogs and applies such to modern day personalities   According to the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.” Isaiah Berlin explored this premise in greater detail in his 1953 essay The Hedgehog and the Fox and identified ‘hedgehogs’ … Continue reading “Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs”

Farrell Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé used by Colin Farrell in 2010 crime noir film ‘London Boulevard’ to be auctioned   A 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé first owned by the Malaysian royal family and more recently used in the 2010 crime noir motion picture London Boulevard – starring Colin Farrell, Keira … Continue reading “Farrell Rolls”

Harnessing a Horse Track

by Matthew Steeples

Well-equipped 0.5-mile harness racing track in Yorkshire for sale for £1.5 million; it was the scene of an “ear biting incident” by a traveler in 2009   A dream property for harness racing enthusiasts has been put up for sale in Yorkshire. Its star feature is a 0.5-mile all-weather racetrack and it also comes with … Continue reading “Harnessing a Horse Track”

November 20, 2017

A $20k Gobble

by Matthew Steeples

New York hotel offers a Thanksgiving dinner complete with gold-flaked turkeys and bottomless champagne for £15,100   Late last week Guest of a Guest reported that a New York hotel is to offer a Thanksgiving dinner with a difference.   Priced at £15,100 ($20,000, €17,000 or درهم73,500), HGU New York at 34 East 32nd Street’s … Continue reading “A $20k Gobble”

A Bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Fully renovated Belgravia studio with double height reception room for sale for just £455 per square foot   A 2,186 square foot ground and first floor studio property in Studio Place, Belgravia with a double height reception room has gone on sale for just £995,000 ($1.3 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.8 million) – but naturally … Continue reading “A Bargain in Belgravia”

November 19, 2017

Lord of the Thatch

by Matthew Steeples

Former Wiltshire home of ‘Lord of the Flies’ author Sir William Golding for sale for 562% more than he sold it for in 1985   The one-time home of the author and Nobel Prize in Literature and Booker Prize winner Sir William Golding, CBE (1911 – 1993) has gone on sale for £795,000 ($1.1 million, … Continue reading “Lord of the Thatch”

November 18, 2017

Double Cher

by Matthew Steeples

Holmby Hills estate owned variously by Sonny and Cher and Tony Curtis for sale for double what it sold for in 2016   A 12,201 square foot mansion on 10.1 acres in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles is on sale for £136 million or double the sum it sold for just a year ago.   Featuring … Continue reading “Double Cher”

November 17, 2017

The Seashell

by Matthew Steeples

Circular shaped Scottish holiday cottage with just one room for sale for staggering sum of £250,000   A five-star holiday cottage on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland’s west coast with just one room has gone on sale for offers over £250,000 ($331,000, €281,000 or درهم1.2 million).   Shaped like a seashell and of a style … Continue reading “The Seashell”

Rotten Rolf Still Rotten

by Matthew Steeples

As the majority of the convictions of Rolf Harris are upheld, one of his unhinged supporters, Lizzie Cornish, launches into yet another of her tirades   Yesterday at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, a man labeled a “disgusting creature” by one of his victims, Rolf Harris, failed in his attempt to overturn eleven … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf Still Rotten”

November 16, 2017

The Trouble with Tamara

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples (attempts) to review ITVBe’s new series about the life of wealthy heiress Tamara Ecclestone (but doesn’t get very far)   I was going to write a scathing review of Tamara Ecclestone’s attempt to outdo Kim Kardashian with the new ITVBe series about her privileged life, Tamara’s World. Then, after wasting 60 minutes watching … Continue reading “The Trouble with Tamara”

An Idea Car

by Matthew Steeples

Futuristic 1952 Chrysler styling prototype to be auctioned in New York; its “wild technology” includes a hydraulically operated spare wheel   Concept cars don’t generally go far and most end up sidelined to the world of dreams, but a 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance by Ghia headed to auction in December is something quite to the contrary. … Continue reading “An Idea Car”

November 15, 2017

Whacking Out The Wheat

by Matthew Steeples

Upto 20 sensible Conservative MPs are set to rebel against ‘Wheat Field Wanderer’ Theresa May over her plans to enshrine the date of Brexit in law   This morning The Telegraph revealed upto twenty Conservative MPs are set to do the right thing. Unsurprisingly deemed “Brexit mutineers” by the paper, this diverse group “have informed … Continue reading “Whacking Out The Wheat”

November 13, 2017

Foot in Mouth in K&C

by Matthew Steeples

Both Labour and the Tories get it very wrong in Kensington and disgrace themselves with their truly offensive conduct   On Monday, the political blog Guido Fawkes exposed the new Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, as having viciously called a black Tory candidate named Shaun Bailey as a “token ghetto boy,” “gobby … Continue reading “Foot in Mouth in K&C”

Opening up Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

Previously publicity shy Menéndez brothers both speak publicly about killing their parents in the wake of the success of NBC’s ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’   Erik and Lyle Menéndez, the brothers convicted of murdering their allegedly abusive multi-millionaire parents José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez at their home in Beverly Hills, California … Continue reading “Opening up Menéndez”

November 12, 2017

Taking out the Toxic

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the era of PR’s who’ll represent anyone and promote anything ought to end   In Britain, the PR firm Bell Pottinger collapsed ultimately because of its willingness to “represent almost anyone but Robert Mugabe” but in a perfectly put analysis for The Cut on Friday, Kaitlin Menza highlighted a duo with morals … Continue reading “Taking out the Toxic”

November 11, 2017

A Modern Beauty

by Matthew Steeples

“One of Britain’s finest 20th-century country houses” has been placed for sale for £20 million; it comes with 530 acres and was built by the late businessman Sebastian de Ferranti in the 1980s   One could imagine being in the early 18th century or in Italy even on first taking a look at the Palladian … Continue reading “A Modern Beauty”

November 10, 2017

Exposing Traditional Britain

by Matthew Steeples

After far-right Traditional Britain Group is exposed in an ITV documentary, oddball founder and ex-jailbird Gregory Lauder-Frost responds   Last night ITV screened an hour long documentary that “examined the resurgence of the far right in Britain; its expansion on and use of the Internet and social media; the internationalization of the far right with … Continue reading “Exposing Traditional Britain”

November 8, 2017

Advancing K&C

by Matthew Steeples

Annabel Mullin launches a bold new political movement in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in the wake of the council’s incompetence being exposed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy   This evening, at a public meeting in Kensington, former Liberal Democrat candidate Annabel Mullin will bring together “a diverse group of … Continue reading “Advancing K&C”

November 4, 2017

The Distraction Technique

by Matthew Steeples

As JFK’s grandson suggests the “era of distraction” is sadly alive and well in America, Matthew Steeples highlights further examples in Britain   The ‘distraction technique’ is alive and well and being used widely in both Britain and America right now.   Examined by JFK’s grandson Jack Schlossberg in a brilliant article for Time this … Continue reading “The Distraction Technique”

A Wheel Window

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Tudor open hall house in West Yorkshire for sale; it comes complete with a replica cabin from a 1920s ocean liner and an ‘apple and pear wheel window’   Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the Rochdale Canal in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, Wood Lane Hall is a Grade … Continue reading “A Wheel Window”

November 1, 2017

Highs and Lows in Hyde Park

by Matthew Steeples

Pint-sized flat in Knightsbridge goes on sale for ambitious sum of £5,813 per square foot; it was offered for the even more crazy sum of £7,027 per square foot in 2013   The owners of an apartment in the edifice of vulgarity that is One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge plainly have no belief in Brexit … Continue reading “Highs and Lows in Hyde Park”

October 31, 2017

The Accolades of Abuse

by Matthew Steeples

Top-drawer politicians again sweep serious incidents of historic abuse under the carpet; focusing on film star abusers instead is not the solution   Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Theresa May’s thirty-six apparently ropey sex pest MPs are undoubtedly – if all or indeed any of the allegations against them are proven true – repugnant specimens … Continue reading “The Accolades of Abuse”

October 30, 2017

A Lot for Le Mans

by Matthew Steeples

Racing suit and helmet worn by Steve McQueen in ‘Le Mans’ to be sold for the staggering sum of £300,000 to £380,000   A racing suit and helmet worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans is to be sold by RM Sotheby’s at their ‘Icons’ sale in New York on 6th December.   Directed by … Continue reading “A Lot for Le Mans”

October 29, 2017

A Silo in SoHo

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse in SoHo, New York for sale for 48% more than it was marketed for in 2007; it comes come complete with structures resembling a barn and a silo on its roof   This week the popular New York real estate blog 6sqft reported that a 1,250 square foot condo loft had gone on sale … Continue reading “A Silo in SoHo”

Pleading for Police

by Matthew Steeples

London set to see number of police stations reduced from 149 in 2010 to just 32 by 2020; we urge readers to support a petition to stop this   In 2010, London had 149 police stations; there are now just 73 and if Conservative plans go ahead there’ll be just 32 – or one per … Continue reading “Pleading for Police”

October 28, 2017

Shoeing Out Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Why did the BBC waste fifteen minutes discussing Theresa May’s footwear? The nation would be a better place if she was simply shoed out   This morning on BBC One’s breakfast show, the hosts spent twenty minutes discussing the inane matter of another programme showing a shot of Theresa May’s shoes.   Given the ‘Imelda … Continue reading “Shoeing Out Theresa”

October 27, 2017

A Bigoted Bash

by Matthew Steeples

Marie-Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben starts (yet another) racist tirade at a party in London and launches a website where she brands herself ‘Incredible Marie-Claire’   Last night, at a party in London, a bigoted baroness launched into a racist tirade about immigration and the European Union.   At the event in St James’s, Marie-Claire von … Continue reading “A Bigoted Bash”

October 24, 2017

Bloomberg on Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg condemns Brexit as “the single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from America electing Donald Trump   As Michael Bloomberg opened a vast new European headquarters in London on Tuesday, The Guardian revealed a series of comments he’d made two weeks ago about Brexit. … Continue reading “Bloomberg on Brexit”

Wealthy Wilton

by Matthew Steeples

Six-storey Belgravia residence with controversial business connections goes on sale for 22% less than it was marketed for in 2015 and 3,497% more than it sold for in 1997   A 6,961 square foot freehold terraced townhouse in Belgravia has gone on sale for £25 million or 3,497% more than it was sold for in … Continue reading “Wealthy Wilton”

Tax in Post

by Matthew Steeples

Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the BBC’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in Monaco in 2002 to be offered for sale at auction   A 1968 Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the 2002 ‘If only they could see us now’ episode of the hit BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses is to be sold at … Continue reading “Tax in Post”

A Messed-Up Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Dilapidated Grade II* listed South Yorkshire Georgian mansion for sale for a sum 25% lower than it was marketed for in 2014 but 185% more than it was valued at in 2016   Empty country houses become liabilities and in the case of Hickleton Hall in South Yorkshire, the result of years of neglect will … Continue reading “A Messed-Up Mansion”

In the Round

by Matthew Steeples

C-shaped glass and stone house complete with a Grade II listed set of Druid stones for sale for £7 million; it sits next door to the £140 million home of the fugitive billionaire financier Andrey Borodin   A C-shaped 20th century house in 43 acres of parkland has gone on sale for £7 million ($9.2 … Continue reading “In the Round”

October 20, 2017

The Air Went Pop

by Matthew Steeples

Canadian sues Sunwing Airlines because he was given sparkling wine instead of champagne   A cheapskate airline allegedly promoted a “champagne service” and then bamboozled at least 1,600 customers by serving them cheap sparkling wine.   Quebec based Daniel Macduff, the BBC report, has launched a class action against Sunwing Airlines after he booked a … Continue reading “The Air Went Pop”

A Bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia mews house with garaging for five cars for sale for equivalent of £1,442 per week   A two-storey mews house behind The Lanesborough Hotel in Belgravia has gone on sale for what initially seems like a bargain price of just £1.5 million ($2 million, €1.7 million or درهم7.2 million).   The catch? The 1,391 … Continue reading “A Bargain in Belgravia”

October 17, 2017

Wally of the Week – Richard Madeley

by Matthew Steeples

Sanctimonious champagne grabber Richard Madeley makes inappropriate joke about alleged abuser Harvey Weinstein   Richard Madeley rather loves the sound of his own voice. Decades ago he formed part of a tediously sanctimonious duo known to the nation as ‘Richard and Judy’ but now this irritating pair – though surprisingly still married – pretty much … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Richard Madeley”

A Derelict Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict 18th century Oxfordshire mansion with 125 acres of land for sale for £10 million   A 125-acre Oxfordshire estate with Humphrey Repton landscaped grounds has gone on sale for £10 million ($13.2 million, €11.3 million or درهم48.7 million) in spite of being described as being “in poor order.”   The Coombe Park Estate at … Continue reading “A Derelict Doer-Upper”

October 16, 2017

More on Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

As Lyle Menéndez creates a Facebook page about the case against him and his brother Erik, a juror contacts ‘The Steeple Times’ and brands their conviction for killing their wealthy parents “imperfect self-defence”   Renewed interest in the 1989 murders of the multi-millionaires José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez by their sons, Erik and Lyle, has … Continue reading “More on Menéndez”

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