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EDITORIAL

Editorial comment from Matthew Steeples

Our editor tells it like it is and he rarely minces his words

June 10, 2012

Enough is enough

by Matthew Steeples

Has The Leveson Inquiry not gone on long enough?   The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press commenced on the 28th July 2011 and has gone on and on. Lord Justice Leveson seems like a perfectly decent chap, but that every week more and more tittle-tattle is aired by a … Continue reading “Enough is enough”

June 5, 2012

Gin O’Clock

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrate World Gin Day at The Rib Room   At 12 noon I often receive a message from my good friend the photographer to the stars, John Stoddart. As a fellow gin aficionado, we regularly raise a toast to one another as well as all manner of others things. After all, as they say: “If … Continue reading “Gin O’Clock”

May 1, 2012

Welcome to The Steeple TIMES

by Matthew Steeples

Greetings readers: We are just sorting out a few details and glitches but will be going live shortly. May I welcome you to The Steeple TIMES – we’ll be sharing wit and wisdom in equal measure. As Sir David Frost used to say: “Top o’ the morning” to you all. Matthew Steeples Editor-in-Chief, The Steeple … Continue reading “Welcome to The Steeple TIMES”

April 20, 2012

Pip Pip Hurray!

by Matthew Steeples

My response to Terence Blacker’s piece attacking Pippa Middleton   Pippa Middleton is not someone I know. I have seen her in bars and at parties but never spoken with her. I do not especially find her derrière attractive and I do not consider her to be one of the world’s most influential people. This … Continue reading “Pip Pip Hurray!”

April 16, 2012

Sinking television

by Matthew Steeples

Sinking television A review of Julian Fellowes’s “Titanic”   Against better advice, I watched all four episodes of Julian Fellowes’s Titanic television drama. Nothing much happened in the first three episodes but unlike many others, I preserved and watched the final episode on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star passenger liner. … Continue reading “Sinking television”

August 15, 2011

Jog off

by Matthew Steeples

A phrase that should be consigned to history   Now “hijacked by chavs,” the phrase “jog on” first became prominent in The Football Factory film about football hooliganism.   This awful insult got wider use in recent days after a mother from Salford used it in response to someone who criticised her defence of rioters … Continue reading “Jog off”

June 16, 2011

Lamer than lame

by Matthew Steeples

Zagat’s lamest list   I am a big fan of Zagat. I fill out their surveys religiously every year and always look forward to receiving their guides.   Yesterday, though, I read a piece by Kelly Dobkin on their site that frankly was, in my view, totally ridiculous.   In her piece “The 10 Lamest … Continue reading “Lamer than lame”