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August 20, 2013

Plodding communications

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues that the detainment of David Miranda again illustrates why a clearer communications strategy is required on the part of the police   David Miranda’s detainment may have been legitimate and he may indeed have been carrying information that could be considered dangerous to Britain. Equally, though, these charges could simply be, as … Continue reading “Plodding communications”

August 15, 2013

The horrors of hackers

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ stands firm against hackers   We’ve become known for our stance against the bad in society and in turn we’ve offended a few. For that reason, for the last few days, The Steeple Times has been temporarily affected by a curse that came in the form of hackers.

August 11, 2013

The master manipulators

by Matthew Steeples

As Charles Saatchi has his daughter speak to the ‘Mail’ about Nigella Lawson, one can only ask which of the pair is the worse   Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s marriage is over. On that basis, one would imagine both would like to move on. Clearly, that’s not the case.

August 7, 2013

Chaneling charity

by Matthew Steeples

Charities need to rethink how they pay their executives   It’s hardly news that many charity bosses (AKA ‘charitycats’) are earning in excess of £100,000 a year but once again the toothless Charity Commission is bleating instead of acting.

August 2, 2013

Wally of the Week: Victor Lipman

by Matthew Steeples

‘Forbes’ contributor argues Twitter ‘can make you a better writer’   Forbes is a deservedly respected magazine that was established in 1917. An article it published this week written by Victor Lipman, however, makes a mockery of this otherwise fine title.

July 29, 2013

Bargaining a much deserved sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas Joseph McLoughlin jailed   Some would argue that it isn’t fair to kick a man when he’s down. In the case of Thomas McLoughlin, jailed today for 14 months at Isleworth Crown Court, I’ll make a much deserved exception.

July 26, 2013

The law’s a pigeon

by Matthew Steeples

Pigeons, cats and bicycles don’t necessarily make for the best of friends   The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ and the Mail Online both reported yesterday that Ben Goldsmith could be prosecuted after colliding with a pigeon whilst on his bicycle in Glasshouse Street, close to London’s Piccadilly Circus.

July 17, 2013

Margaret’s mistake

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the late Baroness Thatcher attempted to get Jimmy Savile knighted four times, we call for a wholescale review of the British honours system   Today, The Independent revealed that it took the late Margaret Thatcher four attempts to get the late Jimmy Savile knighted.

July 15, 2013

Sunburnt roads

by Matthew Steeples

It used to be ‘leaves on the line’, now it’s ‘sunburnt roads’   As ever, there’s always an excuse and when, today, an AA spokesman announced that the reason that parts of the M25 had been closed was because Britain is currently experiencing ‘sunburnt roads’, we had to laugh.

July 9, 2013

‘Ћ’ is just unacceptable

by Matthew Steeples

Those who play with our language do so at their peril   News that an Australian restaurateur named Paul Mathis has “invented” a new symbol to replace the word ‘the’ might enthuse some but it certainly doesn’t appeal to The Steeple Times.

July 3, 2013

Bugging Assange

by Matthew Steeples

Hidden microphone allegedly discovered in Ecuadorian embassy in London   Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino has issued a statement in which he claims he will reveal later the name of the country that controlled a bug that they discovered in their embassy in London the Evening Standard reports.

July 2, 2013

We’re back

by Matthew Steeples

Our period of absence turned out to be much shorter than expected… Look out for a lot of revelations and stories in the coming days.

June 30, 2013

A pause for reflection

by Matthew Steeples

We are currently taking a little downtime to update the site. We will be back shortly.

June 22, 2013

Slurring Saatchi

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever you may think of him, Tony Parsons’ comparison of Charles Saatchi to Ian Brady is beyond offensive   Yesterday, the former host of a Channel 4 show named Big Mouth, Tony Parsons, compared Charles Saatchi to child murderer Ian Brady in a Daily Mirror column titled: “Men who deserve no mercy”.  

June 17, 2013

It’s A Disgrace!

by Matthew Steeples

It’s NOT A Knockout, It’s An Utter Disgrace: Stuart Hall gets just 15 months   Paedophile Stuart Hall, 83, will be out for Christmas. Today the monster (whom the BBC continue to describe as a “veteran presenter”) was jailed for just 15 months on 14 counts of indecent assault. One of his victims was just … Continue reading “It’s A Disgrace!”

Send him down

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall’s sentencing must set an example to others   Stuart Hall’s fall will be complete today when he is sentenced at Preston Crown Court in relation to 14 counts of indecent assault. A prison sentence is inevitable and it will be much deserved.  

June 15, 2013

A badge of honour

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times comes under attack from the BNP   Since founding The Steeple Times I’ve come under attack from many quarters. This week, though, I achieved the ultimate accolade. I was called a “leftie wanker” by a supporter of the British National Party.  

June 14, 2013

Maybe not

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s leadership ambitions   Theresa May is no Margaret Thatcher and for that reason, suggestions that she wishes to lead the Conservative Party are most worrying.  

June 13, 2013

Divorcing Deng

by Matthew Steeples

As Rupert Murdoch divorces Wendi Deng, we ask if he’ll be requesting that the press ‘respect his privacy at this time’   That Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from his wife Wendi Deng in New York State’s Supreme Court today is illustration that living with a tycoon isn’t necessarily quite the bed of roses that … Continue reading “Divorcing Deng”

June 12, 2013

Trading places

by Matthew Steeples

As Max Clifford appears in court again, he might want to learn to be more careful about what he says   Max Clifford is a man who has based his career on trades. Today, though, the self-styled “celebrity publicist” will be once again swapping the television sofa, however, for the dock when he appears at … Continue reading “Trading places”

June 11, 2013

Hose them down

by Matthew Steeples

Anarchists deserve no respect   Peaceful protest is one thing. Dragging children into it is another entirely. Today in London, irresponsible individuals protesting ahead of next week’s G8 summit in Lough Erne, County Fermanagh showed themselves for what they are: idiots.  

June 8, 2013

Wally of the Week: Katie Price

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price is hardly a person in a position to give advice to Madonna on cosmetic surgery   Katie Price has racked up six names and three marriages since being born in 1978. Described as “football-boobed” by The Mirror, the glamour model used her weekly column in The Sun today to attack Madonna.  

June 3, 2013

Enough talking

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that it is action rather than talks that are required in the case of Julian Assange   Ricardo Patino, Ecuador’s foreign minister, has requested talks with his British counterpart William Hague regarding the situation created by Julian Assange moving himself into their embassy in London. This, frankly, is not required.  

Don’t be an arsehole, be a true friend

by Matthew Steeples

A letter that just had to be shared   Today I was sent a scan of a letter written on 6th December 1983 by Spike Milligan. It made me laugh and I thought it most worthy of sharing with readers of The Steeple Times.  

June 2, 2013

Put this dying dog down

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues the case for scrapping the Charity Commission   The Charity Commission recently appointed a new chairman, William Shawcross CVO. The author and journalist is to be paid an astonishing £50,000 for just two days work a week and even he himself admits he’s taken on a “a poisoned chalice”.  

May 28, 2013

Hatred won’t help

by Matthew Steeples

Extremists should be ignored   The majority of people in Britain are tolerant and decent. A minority aren’t. Yesterday’s demonstrations by the English Defence League and those who scrawled “Islam” on the Bomber Command and Animals in War memorials prove just that.  

May 26, 2013

Alec Shelbrooke MP: a man who speaks sense

by Matthew Steeples

A Conservative MP sensibly suggests that this week’s killing in Woolwich was not terrorism   In the days since the terrible murder of Lee Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, the BNP, the EDL and other racists have leapt on the description of it as “terrorism”.  

Paedos and platitudes

by Matthew Steeples

Is it right that Amanda Platell faces a police investigation for looking at child porn?   Amanda Platell, the former press secretary to William Hague, wrote an article in yesterday’s Daily Mail in which she examined how easy it is to access child pornography. Later in the day, Mark Williams-Thomas, the “child protection expert” who … Continue reading “Paedos and platitudes”

May 16, 2013

Like father, like son

by Matthew Steeples

Proof that Prince Harry is Prince Charles’ son   It’s done the rounds for years. It’s a rumour that has failed to have been quashed and newspaper reporters have even tried to snatch pieces of his hair to test his DNA in their quest to prove it. This week, however, a photograph of Prince Harry … Continue reading “Like father, like son”

April 30, 2013

Correcting ‘Kate’

by Matthew Steeples

Why do the press continue to refer to the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘Kate Middleton’?   Two years ago yesterday, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married Prince William. Euphoria reigned throughout the land and 26 million are said to have watched the ceremony in Britain alone.

April 29, 2013

Popping out

by Matthew Steeples

The overuse of the word “pop-up”   On Radio 4 this morning, a presenter commented: “I refuse to call it a ‘pop-up’. If we have any more of them, I’ll pop”. At a lunch yesterday I debated the description with a number of others and was surprised to find that the majority felt that it … Continue reading “Popping out”

April 17, 2013

The lady’s last turn

by Matthew Steeples

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher   As her coffin headed to St Paul’s Cathedral, I stood in Parliament Square to watch Margaret Thatcher leave Westminster for the last time.  

April 9, 2013

A tribute to The Iron Lady

by Matthew Steeples

The Right Honourable The Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, PC, FRS; Margaret Thatcher (1925 – 2013)   She cleared our rat-infested streets and she beat the unions. She taught people that “anything was possible” and redefined the role of the state in our lives. Britain’s first female Prime Minister stood firm in the Falklands … Continue reading “A tribute to The Iron Lady”

March 21, 2013

The cult of “celebrity”

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples bemoans an overused word   They’re everywhere: you’ll find them on magazine covers, on the television and at events. They stalk out the cameras, they behave badly and make utter fools of themselves. In fact, they’ll do just about anything to keep in the “media eye”. Allegedly, Lindsay’s one, Katie’s one and Justin’s … Continue reading “The cult of “celebrity””

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

March 10, 2013

Keep Calm and Get Certified

by Matthew Steeples

Is it time for “Keep Calm And…” to “Sod Off And Get Lost”?   Since 2001, whatever the situation and whatever the context, three words, “Keep Calm And…”, can and often have been applied. The rediscovery of what was originally a British wartime propaganda poster in a secondhand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland set about this … Continue reading “Keep Calm and Get Certified”

January 4, 2013

Knightsbridge’s playboy racers

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Channel 4’s Millionaire Playboy Races by Matthew Steeples   I watched last night’s Millionaire Playboy Racers expecting to find myself in agreement with Knightsbridge residents complaining about the noise generated by Arabs and their supercars. In many instances I would have previously agreed that they are bloody pests but surprisingly, by the … Continue reading “Knightsbridge’s playboy racers”

December 26, 2012

A Robin Reliant of a drama

by Matthew Steeples

Our view on the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey   Christmas Day is meant to be a time for celebration and joy. After feasting likes kings, many of us sat down to a cheery cartoon or drama. With that in mind, watching Downton Abbey seemed like a good option.     8.1 million Brits viewed … Continue reading “A Robin Reliant of a drama”

December 7, 2012

A prank too far

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his views on the untimely death of a hospital receptionist   Suicide is sadly something that is at the forefront of my mind this week. My friend Andrew Embiricos sadly died exactly a year ago but when I read that a hotel receptionist who had been the victim of a prank had … Continue reading “A prank too far”

December 5, 2012

Reaching nowhere

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights the peril of “reaching out”    “Reaching out” is a phrase that can be compared to Starbucks and their taxes.   This toxic platitude has sadly become common in both Britain and America and is generally used by people who don’t know you when they want something. Like Starbucks on the high … Continue reading “Reaching nowhere”

November 29, 2012

When good men should do nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples responds to the recommendations of Leveson   “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” was one of Edmund Burke’s most famous observations.   Today, David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were in court to face charges of … Continue reading “When good men should do nothing”

November 16, 2012

Put a sock in it

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes a look at the farcical results of the PCC elections   A former ambassador to the US undiplomatically Tweeted the following an hour or two ago: “Prezza beaten. Humberside policing saved.” His dovetailed stooge, one Mowbray Jackson, added: “Tiresome tub thumper ‘Lord’ Prescott rejected in PCC election. There is a god.”   … Continue reading “Put a sock in it”

November 9, 2012

Name and shame at your peril

by Matthew Steeples

Philip Schofield and the protection of powerful paedophiles   Yesterday, when Phillip Schofield showed the Prime Minister a note containing the names of alleged politician paeodophiles who have been named on Twitter, little did he realise what he’d set in motion.     Amongst the names was that of Lord McAlpine who also appears on … Continue reading “Name and shame at your peril”

November 7, 2012

A long, long Savile road

by Matthew Steeples

Why does the Savile story really keep running?   We’re all Saviled out. It’s been more than eight weeks since revelations about Jimmy, formerly Sir Jimmy, Savile came to public attention. Yes, the horrors of his “activities” have appalled us all but frankly why do the media really keep this story running as a main … Continue reading “A long, long Savile road”

October 23, 2012

Twittering S-Pam

by Matthew Steeples

Pam Ayres makes a poem of Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself listening to a self-proclaimed “writer, broadcaster and entertainer” named Pam Ayres on BBC Radio 4.   An example of her style numbers:   “I am sittin’ on the sofa. By the fire and stayin’ in. Me head is free of comfort. And … Continue reading “Twittering S-Pam”

Bravo the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reacts to the BBC quietly dropping the “Sir”   This morning when I turned on Radio 4’s Today programme, as has become customary in the last weeks, the first item on the news was about a man who will forever be associated with abuse and paedophilia, Jimmy Savile.   In recent days, as … Continue reading “Bravo the Beeb”

October 9, 2012

Now then, now then, not now then

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his somewhat mixed thoughts on the allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile   When Sir Jimmy Savile’s 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche went to auction in July with a guide price of £60,000 to £90,000, he seemed destined to be remembered as a man who would continue to do as much good in death as … Continue reading “Now then, now then, not now then”

September 24, 2012

Plebs and ladettes

by Matthew Steeples

“Ladette”: A word and culture that should be consigned to history   Last week, in a BBC Radio 4 broadcast, the former Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox complained about the word “ladette.” Barely able even to utter this irksome description, “Coxy” described how, during her tenure as the presenter of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, … Continue reading “Plebs and ladettes”

September 3, 2012

Do you “chitter-chatter”?

by Matthew Steeples

The phrase “chit-chat”   This morning, as I walked through the streets of Chelsea, I heard a lady blabbering into her mobile telephone about how she’d had a “chit-chat” with her friend. I cringed. I don’t know why, but I do truly hate this phrase.   My first encounter with “chit-chat” was in the early … Continue reading “Do you “chitter-chatter”?”

August 23, 2012

All lounged out

by Matthew Steeples

The misuse of the word “lounge”   “Lounge,” to my mind is a word that conjures laziness. “Lounging around” is something one did as a teenager and in the process annoyed one’s parents and school teachers.   “Lounge” is a word that is often misused in other contexts. When I think of a “lounge,” I … Continue reading “All lounged out”

August 22, 2012

No thanks needed

by Matthew Steeples

“Thank you for reaching out!”: a phrase that should be banned   “Thank you for reaching out” is a phrase that I’ve noticed is used far too frequently. During the Olympics, BBC presenters used it when medal winners gave a minute or two of their time to conduct an interview after a grueling challenge. If … Continue reading “No thanks needed”

August 6, 2012

Riotous celebration

by Matthew Steeples

Contrasting 6th August 2012 with the 6th August 2011   This time last year, I was on the Isle of Wight enjoying Cowes Week. A day’s sailing with my friend Andreas Widegren was proceeded by a stay in a rather strange Holiday Inn in Southampton. The surreal contrast between the hotel full of noisy travelling … Continue reading “Riotous celebration”

July 23, 2012

Keeping bankers out of the kitchen

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times features in The Sunday Telegraph   Yesterday, we received our first mainstream press mention with a feature in The Sunday Telegraph’s “Dashwood” column.   Anna White picked up on a comment on Gina Miller’s open letter to our title from the chef and personality Antony Worrall Thompson and since we’ve also received … Continue reading “Keeping bankers out of the kitchen”

June 17, 2012

“Enjoy”: an overused word

by Matthew Steeples

It’s just not “enjoyable”   In a five star hotel last week, a waitress followed the delivery of every course with the phrase: “Please enjoy.” My guest and I commented on it each time and today, on a show named Come Dine With Me, I noticed that a hostess included the word “enjoy” anytime she … Continue reading ““Enjoy”: an overused word”

June 13, 2012

Long live the spies

by Matthew Steeples

Vadim J. Birstein wins the first Intelligence Book of the Year Award   Yesterday a reception was held in a fascinating hotel named the St. Ermin’s to announce the winner of the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards.   The setting, just next to Scotland Yard, was most appropriate as the hotel has many … Continue reading “Long live the spies”

June 12, 2012

Grabbing grabbers

by Matthew Steeples

“Grab”: a word that should know its place   After attending a cocktail reception for the Intelligence Book of the Year Award today and meeting a fascinating array of intelligent people from the world of security, I lunched in the bar of the St. Ermin’s Hotel with my good friend Claire Rubinstein.   A man … Continue reading “Grabbing grabbers”

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”

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