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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

July 3, 2012

Gina Miller: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

“The Steeple Times” quizzes leading philanthropist Gina Miller about what’s on her mantelpiece   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Life is short, so don’t live in regret.  “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The three C’s – compassion, common … Continue reading “Gina Miller: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

June 19, 2012

Bruce’s best

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Designer to the stars Bruce Oldfield OBE   Between the 26th June and 31st July, Bruce Oldfield is holding a sample sale at his Beauchamp Place showroom where he will offer a selection of couture occasion wear, wedding dresses and accessories.   Oldfield, who was brought up in the care of the children’s charity … Continue reading “Bruce’s best”

June 16, 2012

Life on the wire

by Matthew Steeples

Nik Wallenda crosses the Niagara Falls   Yesterday, watched by over a billion people worldwide, Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oodNwQwW42c Watch Nick Walenda finish his Niagara Falls crossing   This 7th generation tightrope walker was tethered to prevent nearly certain death if he … Continue reading “Life on the wire”

April 10, 2012

Prospering Paris

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The genius of self-promotion that is Paris Hilton   At a dinner party last week, my guests gasped in horror when I said that I view Paris Hilton to be a genius. Their faces turned ashen and one asked if I had lost the plot. In the ensuing discussion, several described her as the … Continue reading “Prospering Paris”

April 9, 2012

The worthy Mr Waites

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Sculptor Edward Waites   Continuing my series of profiles of up and coming talent, it was a pleasure to recently meet the extremely talented Suffolk based sculptor Edward Waites.   A specialist in animal sculpture, 24-year old Waites is largely self-taught. Leopards, lions, rhinos, horses and bulls are a firm favourite as subjects and … Continue reading “The worthy Mr Waites”

April 8, 2012

Keep your oar out Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Trenton Oldfield: the man who temporarily halted the 2012 Boat Race   “Why are the right such angry people?” asked @NotAGateway, the shared Twitter account of Deepa Naik and her boyfriend Trenton Oldfield yesterday afternoon.   In this comment, Oldfield, who had just managed to swim into the path of the Oxford boat in … Continue reading “Keep your oar out Oldfield”

April 6, 2012

Bringing out the Branston

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The very well connected Jacqueline Branston   Jacqueline, Jackie to her friends, Branston is a lady described by the Who’s Really Who author Richard Compton-Miller as being one that: “hears, sees and says nothing.” Discretion is a key part of her makeup and with the launch of her new concierge business, many others will … Continue reading “Bringing out the Branston”

April 5, 2012

Bricking it

by Matthew Steeples

The case of Samantha Brick   This probably will be one of the shortest pieces I ever write, as, frankly, I don’t want to give Samantha Brick any more publicity than she’s already brought upon herself.     Brick, a Daily Mail journalist, wrote a piece on Tuesday in which she proclaimed that she was … Continue reading “Bricking it”

December 6, 2011

Keep flying

by Matthew Steeples

The suicide of Andrew Embiricos   I was saddened this morning to read the news that my friend Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011) had committed suicide.   Andrew, the grandson of Rita Heyworth, was witty and positive and planning a trip to London in the coming weeks. That he decided to end his life is … Continue reading “Keep flying”