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The Steeple Times is an online magazine with a following of upto 880,000 unique views per day on our best day yet.

  • We have 91,000 daily subscribers by email.

  • We typically average around 320,000 unique views per day.

  • We currently have 65 contributing authors who range from students to the actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff and the champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

THE FOG

The economy, politics and current affairs

Money, power and its guiding forces

September 30, 2012

Picture of the Week: The two faces of Ahmadinejad

by Matthew Steeples

Contrasting images of President Ahmadinejad   In a departure, this week we have two The Steeple Times pictures of the week. They were separately taken but both feature President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. Whilst one shows a fawning television presenter interviewing this madman, the other illustrates a courageous lady sticking a finger up to him. … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: The two faces of Ahmadinejad”

September 25, 2012

Hook off

by Matthew Steeples

The deportation of Abu Hamza and the story of Hassan Butt   It’s taken far too long but thankfully the day of Abu Hamza al-Masri’s deportation has arrived. This evil one-eyed Egyptian-born Sunni preacher, best known for his hateful views and involvement in terrorism, has been in prison in Britain since 2004 and is now … Continue reading “Hook off”

August 31, 2012

Please use please

by Matthew Steeples

What’s in the overuse of “for me”?   This week in the Daily Telegraph there have been a number of letters regarding the use of the phrase:  “Can you just fill in this form for me?” I am not sure where the debate started but this drivel is often used in the surgeries of doctors … Continue reading “Please use please”

August 21, 2012

Two ideal bedfellows

by Matthew Steeples

George Galloway MP backs Julian Assange   This morning’s The Independent carried the story of Julian Assange’s latest backer, George Galloway MP.   In a video podcast, Galloway suggests that the allegations against Assange should not be considered rape when he states:   “Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two … Continue reading “Two ideal bedfellows”

The man who had it all

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Asil Nadir   Last month I visited a house I’d heard much about over the years in the company of Ed Burrows, the personable managing director of Barnsdale Lodge in Rutland. That house, located a few minutes from the hotel that Burrows so ably runs, was Burley-on-the-Hill House.   Now converted into … Continue reading “The man who had it all”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

August 17, 2012

Assange’s asylum

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples gives his view on Julian Assange’s having been granted asylum by Ecuador   I spent much of the day yesterday watching the Occupy News Network live video stream from outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.   For those who don’t know it, the Occupy News Network is the news source of the Occupy … Continue reading “Assange’s asylum”

Assange’s escape options

by Matthew Steeples

How might Julian Assange escape to Ecuador?   Now that Julian Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador, what are his escape options?   The First Post suggests that Ecuador could make him their representative to the United Nations as that “would make him immune from arrest while travelling to United Nations meetings around the … Continue reading “Assange’s escape options”

August 15, 2012

The best for the West?

by Matthew Steeples

FirstGroup win the West Coast Mainline rail franchise   It has just been announced that FirstGroup, the parent company who operate amongst others First Capital Connect and First Great Western, have beaten Virgin Rail and will take over the West Coast Mainline rail franchise from December. The West Coast Mainline route serves London, the West … Continue reading “The best for the West?”

August 14, 2012

Fighting Season

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Fighting Season by Graham Lee   At school, one of my classmates was a chap named Graham Lee. We used to travel home together on the same bus from Lancaster and as both our mothers worked at the same university and shared a love of all things equestrian, we had much in … Continue reading “Fighting Season”

An Olympic Va Va Voom

by Matthew Steeples

The brilliance of the Olympic closing ceremony   Last night, Great Britain excelled itself with a closing ceremony for the Olympics that was both bonkers and brilliant.   Boris Johnson danced to the Spice Girls and Lord Coe eulogised about the volunteers. The crowd cheered heartily and even watching the proceedings on television brought a … Continue reading “An Olympic Va Va Voom”

July 26, 2012

The best of British

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrating the 2012 London Olympic Games   The Olympics have indeed brought chaos to London: Traffic has ground to a halt, terrorist plots loom large and the rich have fled the city for sunnier shores. Now, however, on the eve of the opening of the Games, I do believe we should embrace the spirit of … Continue reading “The best of British”

July 17, 2012

An open letter from Gina Miller

by steepleadmin

Gina Miller calls for senior members of the City regulators to leave   Sir,   Time Gentleman Please – time for senior members of the City regulators to leave:   How many scandals will it take before the government replaces senior management within the endemically ineffective Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England … Continue reading “An open letter from Gina Miller”

July 14, 2012

Touching yourself

by Ellen Widdup

A viral campaign to raise attention to male cancer. By Ellen Widdup   It’s an advertising campaign fronted by a beautiful model, with more then three million hits on YouTube and a nomination for Cannes Festival – but until now it has not had a shred of publicity from the national press.   The video, … Continue reading “Touching yourself”

July 12, 2012

The curse of wealth

by Matthew Steeples

The sad story of Eva Rausing   Those who don’t have, it dream of it; those who have it, often put it to good use. Sadly, however, money doesn’t always necessarily bring happiness.   Lottery winners often go off the rails as they spend like silly because they simply are not used to wealth. Those … Continue reading “The curse of wealth”

July 3, 2012

Diamonds Aren’t Forever

by Matthew Steeples

The resignation of Bob Diamond   Today, Bob Diamond finally bit the dust and resigned as chief executive of Barclays in a dramatic move designed to save the bank from further embarrassment in the wake of their having being fined a record £290 million last week for attempting to manipulate the interbank lending rate, Libor, … Continue reading “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

June 1, 2012

God Save The Queen

by Matthew Steeples

A weekend of celebration   The launch of The Steeple TIMES today, 1st June 2012, coincides with a weekend that celebrates something far more significant.   Tomorrow, 2nd June, marks the 60th year of The Queen’s reign and over an extended weekend, the nation will gloriously raise their glasses to this amazing lady. The Queen, … Continue reading “God Save The Queen”

May 23, 2012

by Matthew Steeples

We at The Steeple TIMES are pleased to announce that our official launch date will be the 1st of June 2012. Please check back shortly for further updates.

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”

March 23, 2012

No thank goodnesses for Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of billionaire John Goodman   I have followed the trial of John Goodman with great interest in recent days and today’s verdict was not surprising given his lack of recollection of the tragedy that he caused.     On the 12th February 2010, Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 … Continue reading “No thank goodnesses for Goodman”

March 16, 2012

K&C’s £50 grifter

by Matthew Steeples

The nuisance conman who pounds the streets of Kensington & Chelsea   When an old man approaches you in the street complaining he’s lost his wallet or can’t afford a bed for the night, no decent person would disbelieve him or begrudge him a few pennies.   On the streets of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea, … Continue reading “K&C’s £50 grifter”

March 13, 2012

The horse has already bolted

by Matthew Steeples

My thoughts on the arrest of Charlie and Rebekah Brooks   Whilst growing up, at home, when my family spoke of “hacking” we were talking about taking the horses out into the countryside. Now, sadly, this term has become more associated with Rupert Murdoch, News Corp and a bunch of bleating celebrities than with a … Continue reading “The horse has already bolted”

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