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THE FOG

The economy, politics and current affairs

Money, power and its guiding forces

February 14, 2013

Love Money

by Matthew Steeples

Gina Miller investigates the links between Saint Valentine and transparency in investing   According to the wise font of all knowledge, which can be extremely accurate or extremely inaccurate, Wikipedia, Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely recognised third century Roman saint commemorated on February 14th and associated since the High Middle Ages with … Continue reading “Love Money”

February 5, 2013

Ten a penny

by Matthew Steeples

A four bedroom house for just £10,000   Normally, here at The Steeple Times we focus on the luxury end of the property market but today when we saw a 4-bedroom house for sale for just £10,000 we became curious.   In Rawlings Street, Chelsea, for this price you can rent a 4-bedroom house for … Continue reading “Ten a penny”

February 4, 2013

Banish the Bentley not the bins

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples exposes the hypocrisy of Kensington & Chelsea Council   The Royal Borough’s announcement that they plan to remove rubbish bins in the area because they view them to “attract the wrong kind of rubbish” received much news coverage last week.   This ludicrous idea is supposedly part of the council’s attempts at money … Continue reading “Banish the Bentley not the bins”

January 22, 2013

Word spinning

by Matthew Steeples

Phraseology: The Tout asks if phrases provide words of wisdom or are just plain speak disguised in metaphors   The Tout is fascinated by some of the quotes and phrases that we hear and use in our everyday lives and wonders if any of the readers ever consider their use to be valid in the … Continue reading “Word spinning”

January 15, 2013

Booking Bernie

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to buy 110 books that previously belonged to Bernard and Ruth Madoff   An ebay seller with a 99.1% rating is selling a collection of books and stationery that they claim was previously owned by the Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth. A price of $1,250 is sought including shipping. … Continue reading “Booking Bernie”

January 11, 2013

Jimmy Savile: A man who kept himself very busy

by Matthew Steeples

The Metropolitan Police report into the Jimmy Savile scandal is published   We’ve written much about the Jimmy Savile scandal and received countless information about it and Operation Yewtree in general from our readers.   The majority, we’re glad to report, were shocked and appalled by this monster’s conduct. Though several of Savile’s friends bizarrely … Continue reading “Jimmy Savile: A man who kept himself very busy”

January 2, 2013

A generational thing

by Matthew Steeples

Today’s arrests in Operation Yewtree   Today, two men were arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. Both were in their 50s and therefore come from an era where public figures were able to get away with all manner of things.   A certain right-wing comedian of the same age of one of them, 59-year old … Continue reading “A generational thing”

December 31, 2012

Motoring into 2013

by Matthew Steeples

A very happy New Year from all at The Steeple Times   There’s been much to celebrate in 2012. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics caused great celebration and there’s been much else that we’ve all enjoyed.     As the year draws to a close, may we take this opportunity to … Continue reading “Motoring into 2013”

December 29, 2012

Pictures of the year: Our top ten images of 2012

by Matthew Steeples

Ten images that surmise the most and least popular topics of the year   We’ve covered all manner of subjects in 2012 and here we have chosen five of the most positive and five of the most negative images in relation to topics that we have featured.    

December 14, 2012

The holiday season is upon us

by Matthew Steeples

Our scoop on the next arrest in Operation Yewtree   Our editor met with someone involved in Operation Yewtree this week. They let slip the identity of the next person who’ll be helping them with their enquiries in the run up to Christmas.   Even though Jimmy Savile is dead, his predictions are coming true. … Continue reading “The holiday season is upon us”

The brilliance of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Our thoughts on the £10.8 million payout to Rebekah Brooks   Rebekah Brooks is a lady who is variously described as looking like Lady Macbeth and Merida, the animated hero of Pixar’s Brave.   Brooks is of working class extraction but rose to find herself in the company of the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony … Continue reading “The brilliance of Brooks”

December 3, 2012

Behold a royal baby

by Matthew Steeples

Our congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge   The announcement that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby brings joy at a time when this country needs it. The pages of our newspapers have been filled with stories of Leveson, Jimmy Savile and austerity for too long and now, like … Continue reading “Behold a royal baby”

December 1, 2012

The Media: Friend or foe?

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares her experiences on a panel discussing the outcomes of Leveson   Journalist and author Sarah Tucker was one of the panelists at a talk at the Richmond Literary Festival on Thursday evening. By chance, since it coincided with the publication of the Leveson Report, the panel’s discussion naturally focused on that. Here … Continue reading “The Media: Friend or foe?”

November 15, 2012

Video of the Week: Clifford, Clark and yet another cover-up

by Matthew Steeples

As Max Clifford suggests Alan Clark abused two 14 year olds, we suggest that he, as a PR ambassador for the BBC’s Children in Need, should step forward and declare what he really knows   First it was Jimmy Savile and then, unsurprisingly, convicted paedophile Gary Glitter. Freddie Starr was arrested and then it was … Continue reading “Video of the Week: Clifford, Clark and yet another cover-up”

November 10, 2012

Greed ain’t that good

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on the sentencing of Maria Michaela   Today, Maria Michaela was sentenced to 9 years in jail at Harrow crown court for her role as the lynchpin in a fraud of epic proportions.     Termed as “Britain’s biggest female fraudster” by the Evening Standard, Michaela is someone I came across in … Continue reading “Greed ain’t that good”

November 8, 2012

Nad’s not that Mad

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Nadine Dorries is perhaps right to head for the jungle   Don’t get me wrong: I think Nadine Dorries is an utter loon. For those who haven’t heard of her, she’s the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire and a bit of a mouthpiece. Her entry on our roll call attracted over 8,000 hits … Continue reading “Nad’s not that Mad”

November 7, 2012

Romney gets Barracked

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks: “Where does the victory of Obama leave the right?”   In the UK, David Cameron’s Conservative Party failed to secure a victory in 2010 and a wishy-washy coalition followed. It’s been a blessed nuisance and a disaster. In the US it’s a little different but Obama’s victory today more than anything else … Continue reading “Romney gets Barracked”

November 2, 2012

The Savile defence

by Matthew Steeples

Hugo Istay discovers Jimmy Savile’s most unlikely advocates: The Daily Mail   Here are some quotes from that bastion of the country’s morals, The Daily Mail. Apparently Jimmy Savile had been collecting ones like these for years to aid his defence should the proverbial hit the fan.     He was going to kick off … Continue reading “The Savile defence”

October 29, 2012

Cows don’t wear Rolexes

by steepleadmin

Charles Mitford Cust asks: “Do the clocks really need to go back?”   Yesterday, once again, the clocks went back and now we are officially in winter. As is always the case on this sad annual occasion, I am left asking myself why we have do something so apparently illogical and what are the origins … Continue reading “Cows don’t wear Rolexes”

October 28, 2012

Redefining Rachman

by Matthew Steeples

A different side to Peter Rachman is revealed   Whenever the name Rachman is mentioned, the first things that come to mind are greed, extortion and intimidation. The word is so engrained in such that “Rachmanism” now features in the dictionary, defined as:   “The exploitation of tenants of slum properties by unscrupulous landlords.”   … Continue reading “Redefining Rachman”

October 26, 2012

The “i” wise monkeys

by steepleadmin

Gina Miller asks if today’s “i” generation can still embody the proverbial maxim “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”   The hysteria and media attention around the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini has made me take note and observe “i” gadget usage over the last few weeks. The idea of people … Continue reading “The “i” wise monkeys”

October 15, 2012

“Grockles” and “Emmets”

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples discovers Michael Winner’s links to descriptions of unwelcome “out of towners”   My last linguistic rambling explored two words, “plebs” and “ladettes,” that, like Andrew Mitchell MP, truly need to be eliminated from our culture. The next two in this series, “grockles” and “emmets,” have far more amusing origins and truly sum up … Continue reading ““Grockles” and “Emmets””

October 13, 2012

Goodness, gracious, gaol

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples updates readers on John Goodman’s return to jail   The conviction of John Goodman in West Palm Beach earlier this year was a tragedy for all concerned but the twists and turns that have followed have been quite something else.   Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in … Continue reading “Goodness, gracious, gaol”

October 12, 2012

Phone pests

by steepleadmin

The Tout lays into Britain’s biggest pests: mobile phone operators   The Tout would normally only comment on matters of a sporting nature and interest but apart from Abu Hamza’s wife and family continuing to live at our expense in this country there is one other issue that we could all rise up over collectively … Continue reading “Phone pests”

October 3, 2012

Of mice and stags

by Matthew Steeples

In his first column as our rural affairs correspondent, Charles Mitford Cust tells of the stags rutting near his Devon home and discovers a remedy that sends mice on their merry way   Down here in deepest Devon, the red deer rut has started and the majestic sight of the powerful stags proudly displaying their … Continue reading “Of mice and stags”

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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