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MOVERS & SHAKERS

The snakes and ladders of society

A chronicle of drama, scandal and success in London, Paris, New York and elsewhere

January 30, 2017

The Whinging Wintertons

by Matthew Steeples

Former MPs Sir Nicolas Winterton and his wife Ann are not worthy of a glowing set of memoirs – Instead, this pair of ghastly grabbers deserve all the criticism ever thrown at them   Excerpts from Sir Nicholas and his equally bombastically ghastly wife Lady (Ann) Winterton’s daughter’s memoirs about her parents’ career were published … Continue reading “The Whinging Wintertons”

January 27, 2017

Getting Ghastly

by Matthew Steeples

Society bible ‘Tatler’ is wrong to take issue with the word “ghastly”   Joanna Lumley once described the phrase “quality time” as “ghastly” and she was right. Mary Berry used the same word to describe reality programmes and Rupert Everett considers marriage to be exactly that too. “Ghastly” is a word that has many uses … Continue reading “Getting Ghastly”

January 25, 2017

Wally of the Week – Sarah Vine

by Matthew Steeples

Backstabber Michael Gove’s wife’s attack on Gina Miller confirms her for what she truly is – Sarah Vine is nothing but an OKA loving wally   In this morning’s Daily Mail, the wife of the traitorous, creepy Tory politician Michael Gove MP, Sarah Vine, penned a catty and badly written diatribe attacking Gina Miller as … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Sarah Vine”

Trumping Wildenstein

by Matthew Steeples

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein puts her Trump World Tower apartment on the market after recent court appearance for “clawing” her boyfriend’s face   “No showings before 12pm” shouts the listing on realtor Douglas Elliman’s homepage and given how the owner of the property they’re currently selling no doubt looks of a morning, one need not wonder … Continue reading “Trumping Wildenstein”

January 24, 2017

Mind Your Mariella

by Matthew Steeples

Mariella Frostup heartlessly berates a woman married to an alcoholic   Mariella Frostrup was described as having “the sexiest female voice on TV” in 2008. She was born in Norway, is the daughter of an alcoholic and has political views described as “a bit left-of-centre”. She hob-knobs with Gerard Butler, Graydon Carter, George Clooney and … Continue reading “Mind Your Mariella”

January 17, 2017

Seeking Truth

by Matthew Steeples

Circumstances of George Michael’s death questioned by former friend Andros Georgiou   In 2012, George Michael’s “childhood friend” – this morning described by the Mail Online as his “cousin” – Andros Georgiou told The Sun: “The last thing I would ever want is for one of us to be standing over the other’s grave, wishing … Continue reading “Seeking Truth”

January 7, 2017

Overheard – 7th January

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Get me a Krug! At The Botanist on Sloane Square in London, a visiting Yorkshire lass told her assembled crew: “They do sell a prosecco but I told the bartender: ‘I don’t want any of that s**t. Get me a Krug!’” This Dawn … Continue reading “Overheard – 7th January”

January 5, 2017

No Vision

by Matthew Steeples

The Evening Standard sinks to a new low with a list of the predictions for 2017 from a bunch of the “capital’s wisest visionaries”   The Evening Standard used to publish revealing stories and its weekly ES Magazine was always a place where one could expect to see Dominic Dunne-esque revelations of society’s highs and … Continue reading “No Vision”