The Steeple Times http://thesteepletimes.com News, scoops and stories from London and the world Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:47:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 A Shoreditch Statement http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/shoreditch-statement/ http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/shoreditch-statement/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:44:12 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37365 A statement from the owners of Trapeze Bar regarding the conduct of their now former general manager Jordan Wells   Yesterday, we reported on a story regarding a bar in the East End coming under fire from the organisers of an event to raise funds for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.   This afternoon, … Continue reading "A Shoreditch Statement"]]>

A statement from the owners of Trapeze Bar regarding the conduct of their now former general manager Jordan Wells

 

Yesterday, we reported on a story regarding a bar in the East End coming under fire from the organisers of an event to raise funds for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

 

This afternoon, the owners of Trapeze Bar in Great Eastern Street, EC2A issued a statement to The Steeple Times via Twitter regarding the now much publicised correspondence between its now former general manager, Jordan Wells, and Haqiqi Events on Twitter. It read:

 

The owners of Trapeze can confirm that following a full investigation, the employee involved has had his contract terminated with immediate effect.

 

The conduct of the employee does not represent our company’s values and beliefs.

 

As a gesture of goodwill, Trapeze Bar has donated £2,000 to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund which has been co-ordinating efforts to support the residents and neighbours impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire, effectively doubling the target amount set by the event.

 

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DUPed http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/duped/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/duped/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:29:57 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37353 Theresa May’s deal with DUP is dangerous, irresponsible and about nothing other than her personal quest for power   Our Lady Macbeth-like Prime Minister has once again proven her personal desire for high office is all that matters to her. In handing over £1 billion and then posing with the DUP’s Arlene Foster looking like … Continue reading "DUPed"]]>

Theresa May’s deal with DUP is dangerous, irresponsible and about nothing other than her personal quest for power

 

Our Lady Macbeth-like Prime Minister has once again proven her personal desire for high office is all that matters to her. In handing over £1 billion and then posing with the DUP’s Arlene Foster looking like someone who secretly knows the cream she’s served is actually sour yesterday, Theresa May saved her skin but sold Britain into a further period of stress.

 

Referenced as “shabby and reckless” by Labour’s Lady Nugee (AKA Emily Thornberry MP) and “a pathetic little deal” by the SNP’s Peter Wishart MP, the Conservative-Democratic Unionist Party pact potentially puts the Good Friday Agreement at risk and signals that the Tories are happy to do business with a bunch of bigots whose policies on abortion and gay rights, for example, are stuck in the Stone Age. It is anything but “strong and stable”, could fall apart at any moment and has already left Scots and Welsh politicians again questioning the state of the Union.

 

Theresa May may have clung to power for now, but with a DUP dependent voting majority that could turn on a whim, she’s still in a very perilous position. How long she’ll actually last still remains very much in the balance.

 

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Making an Impact http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/making-an-impact/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/making-an-impact/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:22:46 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37358 A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition in Chelsea   On the 19th June, undoubtedly the hottest day of summer thus far, at the 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10, Matthew Steeples hosted a party to mark the closing of artist Enzina Fuschini’s latest exhibition.   Guests including Riadh Abdelouahad, Brian Callan, The … Continue reading "Making an Impact"]]>

A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition in Chelsea

 

On the 19th June, undoubtedly the hottest day of summer thus far, at the 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10, Matthew Steeples hosted a party to mark the closing of artist Enzina Fuschini’s latest exhibition.

 

Guests including Riadh Abdelouahad, Brian Callan, The Hon. Richard Evans, Ekaterina Fields, The Hon. Alexandra Foley, Alexa Jago, Barbara Minto, Damien Morley, Anna Scarborough, Jonathan Sothcott, Richard Steele and Mark and Alexandra Sykes enjoyed drinks and were photographed by Chris Harvey.

 

Follow Enzina Fuschini on Twitter at @FuschiniEnzina.

 

Making An Impact – 19th June 2017 – A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition at 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10. Hosted by Matthew Steeples.
Matthew Steeples and Enzina Fuschini
Making An Impact – 19th June 2017 – A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition at 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10. Hosted by Matthew Steeples.
Damien Morley and Jonathan Sothcott
Making An Impact – 19th June 2017 – A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition at 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10. Hosted by Matthew Steeples.
Barbara Minto and Enzina Fuschini
Making An Impact – 19th June 2017 – A party to close Enzina Fuschini’s ‘Impact’ exhibition at 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, SW10. Hosted by Matthew Steeples.
Riadh Abdelouahad, The Hon. Alexandra Foley and Matthew Steeples
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Tea at Blakes http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/tea-at-blakes/ http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/tea-at-blakes/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:42:43 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37348 Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London   Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and … Continue reading "Tea at Blakes"]]>

Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London

 

Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and was also the place The Steeple Times chose to launch exactly five years ago in June 2012.

 Tea at Blakes – Matthew Steeples takes afternoon tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PF.

 

Aside from moving the restaurant of this enchanting South Kensington palace of opulence to the building’s ground floor last year, the hotel’s rear courtyard was transformed by designer Matthew Williamson in mid-2016. Featuring bright colours and such things as a prancing zebra, I recently enjoyed tea there in the summer heat with my friend Ekaterina Fields. I was charmed by not only the most attentive of staff but also the finest small-batch teas by a firm named Lalani & Co.

 

Available for £12.75 and each paired with éclairs by Maître Choux, Blakes have curated four teas that will take you on a journey through Kyoto, Megalaya and Nepal. They range from the fruity to the chocolaty in taste and accompanied by a glass of prosecco or gin and tonic, one is left asking: “What could be better on a balmy June afternoon?”

 

Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PF. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7370 6701.

 

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A Shoreditch Shocker http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-shoreditch-shocker/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-shoreditch-shocker/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:29:15 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37344 East End nightclub tells charity event organisers their fundraiser for Grenfell Tower survivors will attract a “poor quality demographic”   The manager of a Shoreditch nightclub has been branded a “racist” after emailing the organisers of an event planned to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to tell them he thought … Continue reading "A Shoreditch Shocker"]]>

East End nightclub tells charity event organisers their fundraiser for Grenfell Tower survivors will attract a “poor quality demographic”

 

The manager of a Shoreditch nightclub has been branded a “racist” after emailing the organisers of an event planned to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to tell them he thought they were aiming to attract a “poor quality demographic” and problem causers.

 

Jordan Wells of Trapeze Bar in Great Eastern Street, EC2A emailed Haqiqi Events and told them:

 

“I am the General Manager at Trapeze. I am disappointed that I see your artwork and flyers have described that your music genres include Bashment and Trap music. Both of which were not described when we requested information about the event. These types of music are crap and we do not entertain them as they attract poor quality demographic and result in problems.”

 

After Haqiqi Events tweeted their followers to inform their event would be postponed, Miroma Leisure, the owners of the club, issued an apology and offered to “double the money raised on the night for Grenfell as a gesture of goodwill”. Haqiqi Events responded: “We are not associating with a business like this. #Racism”

 

A Shoreditch Shocker – Trapeze Bar branded “racist” after telling charity event organisers their fundraiser for Grenfell Tower survivors will attract a “poor quality demographic”

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Virgin Virginia http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/virgin-virginia/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/virgin-virginia/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:25:55 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37327 Unrestored Virginia estate owned by the same family since 1740 for sale for the first time ever   A 410.18-acre estate in Virginia that has been owned by the same family since 1740 has gone on sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million).   Completely unaltered and on the National Register … Continue reading "Virgin Virginia"]]>

Unrestored Virginia estate owned by the same family since 1740 for sale for the first time ever

 

A 410.18-acre estate in Virginia that has been owned by the same family since 1740 has gone on sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million).

 

Completely unaltered and on the National Register of Historic Places, Spring Grove in Milford, Caroline County is listed as a “fine example of Italianate architecture”. It centres around a residence that dates to 1856, extends to around 12,000 square foot and includes 26 rooms. There are said to be 8 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms and though the building is currently “not livable, with the exception of a small basement apartment”, selling agents Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty describe it as “an architectural treasure ideal for a buyer seeking an authentic restoration project”.

 

Owned by the DeJarnette family, Huguenot emigrants to Virginia, the current house is the third property to stand on the site. It was built by Daniel Coleman DeJarnette (1822 – 1881), a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and is now being sold by his descendants.

 

Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International RealtyVirgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty Virgin Virginia – Spring Grove, 19370 Mattaponi Trl, Oak Corner, Milford, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, VA 22514 – For sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million) through Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty

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In For A Penny… http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/in-for-a-penny/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/in-for-a-penny/#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:30:47 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37299 Poundland founders slash asking price for their gaudy Shropshire mansion by 39%   As with many classic rags to riches tale, good taste doesn’t necessarily follow. Proof of such is provided in the somewhat over-the-top home bought by two of the founders of discount chainstore Poundland in the wake of their sale of that business … Continue reading "In For A Penny…"]]>

Poundland founders slash asking price for their gaudy Shropshire mansion by 39%

 

As with many classic rags to riches tale, good taste doesn’t necessarily follow. Proof of such is provided in the somewhat over-the-top home bought by two of the founders of discount chainstore Poundland in the wake of their sale of that business for £50 million in 2002.

 

Steve and Tracy Smith built up Poundland from a market stall in the West Midlands to an empire employing 6,000 staff and with their fortune, they indulged in a Lamborghini – of which Mrs Smith later remarked: “That car! It used to drive me mad, that big silly thing sitting out there. I was always on at him to get rid of it. In the end, he sold it for less than he paid for it… I think he just wanted to shut me up. – and amongst other things purchased a Shropshire mansion originally designed by the acclaimed Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, CBE MC (1883 – 1973).

 

In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.
Steve and Tracy Smith “at home”

 

Standing on a plot of 28.23 acres and featuring 14,690 square foot in its main house, “deluxe” Hammer Hill House currently provides 5 reception rooms, a full-scale bar, 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and an indoor swimming pool. In addition, there are two 3-bedroom gate lodges and a large garage and office block.

 

Decorated in a style that plainly reflects Mr and Mrs Smith’s exuberant personalities, there are, naturally, oversized wrought iron gates at the entrance and immodesty continues within. There is a BOSE surround system, an Adapt control system operating doors and specialist lighting and 60 “blinging horror” crystal chandeliers. A ‘HHH’ (meaning: “Hammer Hill House”) logo is emblazoned on many details and a Smith family crest hangs on the stairs; there’s a sprung dance floor and a full-size snooker table and a helipad and a 5-foot tall dancing hippo.

 

Previously marketed privately, as Mr Smith believed estate agents to be a waste of money, Hammer Hill House is now for sale for £3.95 million through Knight Frank. Of the estate, though Country Life magazine concluded: “It might be a bit ritzy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”, the selling agents remark: “It’s impressive and well equipped”.

 

Hammer Hill House, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire – The numbers

 

Steve and Tracy Smith sell their shares in Poundland for £50 million in 2002 (the equivalent of £74.6 million, $94.8 million, €84.7 million or درهم348.4 million today). They give half of that sum to Mr Smith’s parents.

 

The couple then paid £2.2 million for Hammer Hill House in 2004 (the equivalent of £3.3 million, $4.2 million, €3.7 million or درهم15.3 million today) and spent vast sums expanding and personalising the property.

 

They put the estate up for sale for £6.5 million in 2014 privately ($8.3 million, €7.4 million or درهم30.6 million).

 

In June 2017, they relist the property for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank.

 

In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently. In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.In For A Penny… Hammer Hill House, Romsley Lane, Romsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6HW, United Kingdom – For sale for £3.95 million ($5 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.4 million) with agents Knight Frank. Owned by Poundland founders Steve and Tracy Smith currently.

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Look – It’s a Lagonda http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/lagonda-ustinov-parkinson/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/lagonda-ustinov-parkinson/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:53:16 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37283 Lagonda originally owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov to be sold; he was photographed in it by Norman Parkinson   A Lagonda originally owned by the actor Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA (1921 – 2004) is to be auctioned with a guide of £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to … Continue reading "Look – It’s a Lagonda"]]>

Lagonda originally owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov to be sold; he was photographed in it by Norman Parkinson

 

A Lagonda originally owned by the actor Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA (1921 – 2004) is to be auctioned with a guide of £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000).

 

Supplied new to Oscar winning Sir Peter in 1953 and owned by him for 12 years, the 3-litre car has been owned by the same family for 49 years. It had an engine overhaul in 1997, is described as a “veteran of numerous continental trips” and will be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale on 26th July.

 

Of the drophead coupé, which Norman Parkinson, CBE (1913 – 1990) photographed Ustinov in for an amusing sketch where he appears four times, Damian Jones of H&H Classics remarked:

 

“Last year we sold Prince Philip’s Lagonda for a world record price of £340,000 ($432,000, €386,000 or درهم1.6 million). So the bar is set high. But the Ustinov car is a much-loved example that has never failed a MOT during the current 49-year custodianship. With its provenance, its history with Peter Ustinov, it will doubtless attract much international interest.”

 

Pictured above: Sir Peter Ustinov in the car, photograph © Norman Parkinson archive.

 

 Look – It’s a Lagonda – 1953 Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupé – Originally owned by Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA – To be sold at auction for £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000) by H&H Classics on 26th July 2017Look – It’s a Lagonda – 1953 Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupé – Originally owned by Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA – To be sold at auction for £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000) by H&H Classics on 26th July 2017 Look – It’s a Lagonda – 1953 Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupé – Originally owned by Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA – To be sold at auction for £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000) by H&H Classics on 26th July 2017 Look – It’s a Lagonda – 1953 Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupé – Originally owned by Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA – To be sold at auction for £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000) by H&H Classics on 26th July 2017Look – It’s a Lagonda – 1953 Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupé – Originally owned by Sir Peter Ustinov, CBE FRSA – To be sold at auction for £70,000 to £90,000 ($89,000 to $114,000, €80,000 to €102,000 or درهم327,000 to درهم420,000) by H&H Classics on 26th July 2017

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Pasha Bocarie – What’s on your mantelpiece? http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/pasha-bocarie-mantelpiece/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/pasha-bocarie-mantelpiece/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37279 A 20-question interview with actor, ‘Emmerdale’ star and musician Pasha Bocarie   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? The power of positivity – Being able to find the positive in any situation.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “When the … Continue reading "Pasha Bocarie – What’s on your mantelpiece?"]]>

A 20-question interview with actor, ‘Emmerdale’ star and musician Pasha Bocarie

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force?

The power of positivity – Being able to find the positive in any situation.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2017?

Donald Trump – The fact that he is acceptable in some quarters is clearly unacceptable.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

I miss traveling. I would like to see more of the world.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

Health.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank.” What’s your view on the state of the financial system?

It’s a bit like an avalanche, heavy at the top and when it comes tumbling down it takes everything with it.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“To be honest.”

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

I share that view. There are many great charities out there but it always nice to try and help the smaller ones to raise awareness for the great work they do without much support.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

It’s a double-edged sword – They can be extremely useful whilst being extremely harmful. Everything in moderation, I guess.

 

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

I once sat next to Ed Miliband on a Virgin train – which was great. It would have to be a mix of the intellectual and beautiful.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

I suspect by that point I would have lost my appetite, would settle for a cigarette for old times sake.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

Depends on the day and the occasion.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A Negroni.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

The ones where you can jam with good musicians.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

My wife.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Carbs.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

A pair of scales.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

Something strong, reliable, stylish and classy – I’m talking about a Mercedes, not me of course!

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

I have been an underdog for most of my life thus far.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

One of my mother’s oil paintings.

 

Pasha Bocarie is an actor, musician and proud Londoner. He played “a dodgy lawyer,” Rakesh Kotecha, in ‘Emmerdale’ on ITV1, until 14th June.

 

Follow Pasha Bocarie on Twitter at @PashaBocarie and Instagram at @pasha_bocarie.

 

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Not a Fibre of Regret http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/jailbird-ben-fiberesima/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/jailbird-ben-fiberesima/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:27:30 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37271 Arrogant jailbird Ben Fiberesima joins an evergrowing list of self-obsessed sorts to block ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter   Rambunctious Ben Fiberesima, a loudmouth whose love for himself is plainly his guiding principle, has blocked The Steeple Times on social media after being released from the clink.   Lauded as having “starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio … Continue reading "Not a Fibre of Regret"]]>

Arrogant jailbird Ben Fiberesima joins an evergrowing list of self-obsessed sorts to block ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter

 

Rambunctious Ben Fiberesima, a loudmouth whose love for himself is plainly his guiding principle, has blocked The Steeple Times on social media after being released from the clink.

 

Lauded as having “starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby” by the Daily Express (he was actually nothing but an extra), Fibersima featured on our pages in June 2015 after being exposed for using his Twitter account to promote himself whilst at Her Majesty’s pleasure. This model and wannabe rapper plainly disliked the impact our feature had on his activities and now, released after serving time for theft, fraud and possession of a stun gun he’s back on the rampage and seeking out whatever publicity he can.

 

Not a Fibre of Regret – Arrogant jailbird Ben Fiberesima joins an evergrowing list of self-obsessed sorts to block ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter.
Disgraced model and wannabe rapper Ben Fiberesima has chosen to share his life story with the few that might be interested in a book titled “Catch Me If You Can 2”; it is not known how many copies have been sold.
Not a Fibre of Regret – Arrogant jailbird Ben Fiberesima joins an evergrowing list of self-obsessed sorts to block ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter.
In questionable company – Also blocking The Steeple Times on Twitter – Former MP George Galloway, poet Pam Ayres, Labour politician Diane Abbott MP and former ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer and his “Chanel-clad” wife

 

In January 2016, Fiberesima – whose five years on the run in Australia came to an end after police tracked him down due to his overuse, once again, of social media – whined to the Daily Express:

 

“Prison is earth’s version of hell. The showers were more like bins. Sometimes I’d be woken up at night by the protest from the rats. That’s how bad it was – the rats were complaining! It was terrible.”

 

When I was in jail I must have lost £15,000 in modeling jobs and missed my best friends wedding. I lost quite a lot.”

 

Later and yet again on social media, he added: “I actually pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all charges on two separate occasions but lost the case vs. ten people.”

 

Words (lacking in) Wisdom from @RokyMillion

Published on the buffoon Ben Fiberesima’s Twitter account since his release from prison.

 

“There’s nothing wrong with loving yourself… I am who I am.”

 

“I love putting a good pair of shades on. It makes me feel half Human half God [sic].”

 

“Smile because your haters f**king hate it when you do that.”

 

“It’s ironic that newspapers always report from a moralistic viewpoint. But what’s ‘moral’ about making money from peoples’ private lives?”

 

“You shouldn’t be concerned with how someone who won’t even turn up at your funeral sees you.”

 

“Media outlets like newspapers and news channels are the main reason why so many people hate so many things. They sell negativity. #FactsOnly”

 

“I learned that I genuinely DGAF [don’t give a f**k] what random strangers I’ve never met before think about me.”

 

“Deleting files from my Hardrive [sic] to make space on my MacBook is like what I did to some of my friends last year. #MakeRoom #Roky”

 

“A well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.”

 

“Dear long term friends that I’ve to cut off due to my thirst for positivity and chasing goals… I don’t miss you.”

 

“People are nicer to you when they know you have notoriety.”

 

“When you wear a bow tie, doors open for your.”

 

“The general public like it when an underdog becomes successful.”

 

“Good luck to the person trying to call me using a blocked number. Bitch I don’t even answer the phone to people I know!”

 

“S**t happens. Clean it up and move on!”

 

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”

 

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Pricey Pickhurst http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/pricey-pickhurst/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/pricey-pickhurst/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:07:41 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37252 130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)   A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.   Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale … Continue reading "Pricey Pickhurst"]]>

130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)

 

A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.

 

Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale for £15 million ($19.1 million, €17.1 million or درهم70 million) and on the market now for the much higher sum of £28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million), Pickhurst at Chiddingfold, near Goldalming centres around a 15,430 square foot Grade II* listed mansion.

 

Built by the Scottish born architect J. M. Brydon for himself in 1885 in the style of Norman Shaw and most recently refurbished by developers Royalton, the main half-timbered house was originally much larger. Reduced in size in the 1950s, after a fire devastated its service wing, it now includes not only 6 reception rooms and 6 bedroom suites, but also a vast wine cellar, a belvedere tower and a home cinema.

 

Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.
Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom
Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.
A music hall with minstrel’s gallery is undoubtedly the most impressive room in the main house

 

A further 3 bedrooms and a “hot relaxation suite” can be found in an adjoining coach house and in addition to two further 3 bedroom cottages and a Grade II listed gate lodge, there is also a stable block, machinery barn and garage. In total, internal space extends to some 30,000 square foot.

 

Unusually for a property just 42 miles from central London, Pickhurst comes with 130 acres of land. Divided into formal gardens partly designed by Lady Lennox-Boyd and Chelsea gold medalist Fiona Lawrenson, woodland and pasture, there is also a 1.23 acre lake, a clay tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool. A family shoot on the estate is described as “regularly having 250 bird days”.

 

Selling agent, Trevor Kearney of Savills, is far from modest in talking about Pickhurst. In marketing material for the property, he gushes:

 

“This is the very best country estate that I have ever seen. Pickhurst is a best in class offering of unquestionable style and quality”.

 

Of the renovation works he carried out to the house, in 2013, West Sussex based architect Ian Adam Smith, commented:

 

“At the outset, the house looked as if it had been more or less chainsawed in half, yet, in spite of the fact that, before the fire, it was almost twice its size, local planning regulations would only allow us to extend the footprint by 40%”.

 

“And, with no plans and no service wing to work with, we had to more or less create an entire new country house within a Grade II* listed building bearing in mind all the restrictions that that implies. Luckily, I was given a free hand by my very fastidious client, and we were able to build a new entrance, incorporate a modern-kitchen/family-living complex, upgrade the bedrooms and bathrooms, install acres of walnut panelling and replace the existing cherry-wood flooring with oak parquetry”.

 

“With more than a nod to Lutyens, Webb and, in the gardens, to Gertrude Jekyll, we also reintroduced some interesting original features, such as the belvedere from where you can look out across the roofs of the many and varied Arts-and-Crafts houses that are a distinctive feature of Chiddingfold and the other villages in this wonderful part of Surrey”.

 

Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills. Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.Pricey Pickhurst – Pickhurst, Pickhurst Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4TG, United Kingdom – For sale for 28 million ($35.6 million, €31.9 million or درهم130.7 million) through Savills.

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Laid Out To Lawn http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/laid-out-to-lawn/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/laid-out-to-lawn/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:56:00 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37237 Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square foot   A substantial 7,895 square five-storey house in North Woodchester, Gloucestershire has gone on sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or … Continue reading "Laid Out To Lawn"]]>

Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square foot

 

A substantial 7,895 square five-storey house in North Woodchester, Gloucestershire has gone on sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million).

 

Offered in 2015 for the lower sum of £795,000 ($1 million, €901,000 or درهم3.7 million), the sub-divided property currently provides a 6 bedroom main house, a staff flat, a bedsit and a 3 bedroom annexe

 

Known as ‘The Lawn’, the Grade II listed Cotswold stone building stands in an acre of gardens and is close to both Stroud and Nailsworth. The main wing has been lived in by the same family for the last 60 years and whilst the secondary accommodation, ‘Lawnside’, was refurbished 15 years ago, the building is in need of renovation.

 

Compared to an apartment in One Hyde Park, where prices achieved have been as high as £7,000 per square foot ($8,900, €7,900 or درهم32,500 per square foot), the mansion seems cheap. It is offered at just £111 per square foot ($141, €126 or درهم516 per square foot) through agents Knight Frank.

 

Laid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square footLaid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square foot Laid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square footLaid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square footLaid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square footLaid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square footLaid Out to Lawn – The Lawn and Lawnside, Selsey Road, North Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5NG, United Kingdom – For sale for £875,000 ($1.1 million, €992,000 or درهم4.1 million) through Knight Frank – Vast Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire for sale for just £111 per square foot; it seems incredibly cheap compared to One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London, where flats once sold for £7,000 per square foot

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Theresa’s Timing http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/theresa-may-timing/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/theresa-may-timing/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:57:14 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37225 As Theresa May once again proves she has no idea of the concept of “when the time is right”, we join those that suggest the time that she must go is now   Theresa May failed to anticipate the timing of a General Election two weeks ago and got trounced. A week ago, this same … Continue reading "Theresa’s Timing"]]>

As Theresa May once again proves she has no idea of the concept of “when the time is right”, we join those that suggest the time that she must go is now

 

Theresa May failed to anticipate the timing of a General Election two weeks ago and got trounced. A week ago, this same self-serving woman didn’t realise that appearing – accompanied by her vast security detail but without bothering to even meet a single victim – for 15 minutes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy would be perceived as unacceptable. She rightly got savaged by the nation and in a third public relations disaster, yesterday, after Mrs May opted to “schmooze donors” at a Conservative Party fundraiser at The Savoy for 50 minutes, she now again comes under fire for her “appalling lack of judgment”.

 

Having excused herself from numerous other engagements in recent days by claiming to be “too busy” with Brexit negotiations and preparations for the Queen’s Speech, that Theresa May was able to find the time to rubberneck with captains of finance – including the vastly wealthy Ukranian born businessman Alexander Temerko – shows where her priorities actually lie.

 

Previously compared to Lady Macbeth due to her sheer cunning dedication to controlling the reigns of power, Mrs May is now increasingly beginning to resemble Marie-Antoinette also. One wouldn’t be surprised if this dead duck Prime Minister is soon heard to say: “Let them eat cake”.

 

#TimeToGo #BringHerDown #MakeJuneTheEndOfMay

 

Theresa’s Timing – Theresa May proves she has no idea about timing – As Theresa May proves she has no idea of the concept of “when the time is right”, we join those suggesting now is the time that she must go.
Theresa May with Mark Field MP and supporters at the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association luncheon at The Savoy on Tuesday 20th June 2017.
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Disappointing Dent Coad http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/disappointing-dent-coad/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/disappointing-dent-coad/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:40:53 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37232 New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market   Prior to her victory, the now newly elected Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, clearly and repeatedly said she’d “fight to retain access to the single market”. Yesterday, however, she failed to join a whole … Continue reading "Disappointing Dent Coad"]]>

New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market

 

Prior to her victory, the now newly elected Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, clearly and repeatedly said she’d “fight to retain access to the single market”. Yesterday, however, she failed to join a whole array of fellow Labour politicians demanding exactly such and in doing so has left constituents questioning her true commitment to fighting ‘Hard Brexit’.

 

Aside from the fact that some of the party’s busiest and best known figures – including David Lammy MP, Stella Creasy MP and Chuka Umunna MP – bothered, unlike her, to sign a letter to The Guardian “supporting British membership of the single market after Brexit”, Dent Coad’s previous statement of: “Three in four people in Kensington voted to remain, and I will ensure their voices are heard” is beginning to appear rather hollow.

 

The electorate of Kensington are primarily ‘Remainers’ and given she also had the backing of Gina Miller’s Best for Britain on her path to power, Dent Coad must now speak up. We understand her priorities at this time must be with supporting the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but this believer that ‘Hard Brexit’ will lead to “the economy falling off a cliff” could have easily spared a moment to sign a letter that seeks to guide her party’s position on something that will ultimately affect all of her constituents. We join those expressing disappointment in Emma Dent Coad.

 

Disappointing Emma Dent Coad – New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market.
Emma Dent Coad’s supposed position on Brexit as set out during the 2017 General Election campaign

 

The letter sent by Labour heavyweights to The Guardian in full follows:

 

Jeremy Corbyn has rightly said that Labour’s position on Brexit is to focus on a deal that prioritises jobs first. We are all united behind that goal. For us that means membership of the single market. A country can be a member of the single market without being a member of the EU and we must be clear – “access” to the European single market is both different and inferior to “membership” of the single market. Why? Because if we leave the single market, whatever the level of access is negotiated, working people across Britain will be worse off and revenue to the exchequer will plummet – revenue the next Labour government will need to bring an end to years of damaging Tory austerity.

 

The single market is not a simple free trade zone. It is, uniquely, a framework of rules that protects people from the worst excesses of globalisation and unfettered capitalism, in addition to easing trade across the continent. If we have mere access to the single market, we are talking about leaving this framework of rules and achieving mere reductions in tariffs for trade with the European Union.

 

If Britain stays in the single market, we will continue to benefit from EU laws and court judgments that outlaw discrimination in the workplace; deliver vital rights to workers on holiday pay, maternity and paternity leave, the right to join a union, and much more; protect our natural environment from pollution; and keep workers safe through stringent health and safety requirements. Large multinational companies work across borders to maximise their profits to often reduce these protections; the next Labour government, as a member of the single market, can work with other European countries to resist this and advance social justice. If we leave the single market, and ask for mere “access”, we will be compromised in achieving these goals.

 

This is why so many people in the Labour movement are supporting British membership of the single market after Brexit. Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, has said that “if we leave the single market, working people will end up paying the price. It’d be bad for jobs, for work rights and for our living standards.” The USDAW trade union has warned that leaving the single market “will put at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs”.

 

And who is leading the charge to junk our membership of the single market? A motley crew of hard-right, pro-Brexit Tories. Michael Gove. Boris Johnson. John Redwood. Iain Duncan Smith. Priti Patel. Theresa May wants us out because her government is totally dominated by its obsession with leaving the single market. They want us to leave precisely because they want to roll back the social protections delivered by single market membership. Redwood authored a plan to cut regulation in Britain by 25%. Patel went one further, calling on the “burden” of EU regulations – those rules that protect working people – to be “halved”. We should not be providing political cover to hard-right Tories who stand diametrically opposed to Labour values.

 

The argument for leaving the single market is often focused around the need to end the free movement of people. However, we argue, and many experts agree, that changes to our immigration system can be made while keeping us inside it. Within the European treaties, free movement is not unconditional – at the moment we can require EU citizens to leave if they have no job or a prospect of a job three months after their arrival. Restrictions on free movement are explicitly allowed for reasons of “public policy, public security or public health”. Liechtenstein, which is outside the EU but in the single market, perfectly legally imposes quotas on EU migrants. French president Emmanuel Macron’s chief adviser has floated the idea of a “continental partnership” between Britain and the EU that would allow us to restrict free movement.

 

Another reason often cited for not remaining a member of the single market is that the state aid rules that apply in it stop governments from pursuing active industrial strategies to support their industries. But these have not stopped the likes of Germany having a national investment bank or France and the Netherlands supporting their industries through government procurement spend.

 

Ultimately, leaving the single market will make it much harder for a Labour government to end these years of Tory austerity. The economic damage it would cause would reduce the tax take, meaning less money could be spent on public services. The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has forecast that leaving the single market for a free trade agreement could cause a £31bn hit to the public finances, extending austerity even further.

 

To win next time, Labour must provide a strong opposition to the Tories, stand up for the values of our voters, and continue to fight for the interests of all – not least young people who have the most to lose from an extreme Tory Brexit and who voted for the first time in 2017 for Labour, thinking we would stop the Tories in their tracks. This has to mean fighting unambiguously for membership of the single market. At the very least we should strongly oppose May’s decision to take membership off the table in these negotiations. An ambitious and confident alternative government – with Corbyn at the helm – should not throw in the towel as May has done, but could seek membership with reforms on immigration and the other matters we seek.

 

Chuka Umunna MP, Phil Wilson MP, Madeleine Moon MP, Maria Eagle MP, Liz Kendall MP, Stella Creasy MP, Wes Streeting MP, Mike Gapes MP, Kate Green MP, Lord Michael Cashman, Anne Coffey MP, Ian Murray MP, Rushanara Ali MP, Karen Buck MP, Stephen Doughty MP, Stephen Timms MP, Lord Spencer Livermore, Catherine McKinnell MP, Lord Peter Hain, Tulip Siddiq MP, Peter Kyle MP, Ruth Cadbury MP, Bridget Phillipson MP, Pat McFadden MP, Ann Clwyd MP, Thangam Debbonaire MP, Chris Bryant MP, Andy Slaughter MP, Daniel Zeichner MP, Alison McGovern MP, Darren Jones MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Ben Bradshaw MP, Clare Moody MEP, Seb Dance MEP, Luciana Berger MP, Lord George Foulkes, Catherine Stihler MEP, David Martin MEP, Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Mary Honeyball MEP, Paul Brannen MEP, Richard Corbett MEP, Julie Ward MEP, Derek Vaughan MEP, Lucy Anderson MEP, David Lammy MP, Lord John Monks, Meg Hillier MP, Adrian Bailey MP and Lady Meta Ramsay

 

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John Brown Marches On http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/john-brown-marches-on/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/john-brown-marches-on/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:46:36 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37203 Tiny but picture perfect Gloucestershire cottage for sale for ambitious sum; it is named ‘John Brown’s Cottage’ but has nothing to do with the American slavery abolitionist   A picturesque 17th century  Cotswold stone Gloucestershire cottage has gone on sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) in spite of having just one proper bedroom. … Continue reading "John Brown Marches On"]]>

Tiny but picture perfect Gloucestershire cottage for sale for ambitious sum; it is named ‘John Brown’s Cottage’ but has nothing to do with the American slavery abolitionist

 

A picturesque 17th century  Cotswold stone Gloucestershire cottage has gone on sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) in spite of having just one proper bedroom.

 

John Brown’s Cottage in Ablington, near Bibury, which shares a name with but has no associations with the famed American slavery abolitionist, stands in delightful gardens of 0.25 acres and has accommodation that totals just 781 square foot. It features a 14’6” square sitting room, a minute kitchen, a ground floor bathroom, one first floor bedroom with what is called a “cabinet de toilette” and one occasional attic bedroom with limited headroom.

 

The Grade II listed cottage is on the market through Knight Frank and at £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) comes at a price that wouldn’t look out of place for a London flat.

 

Pictured above: A couple, presumably Mr and Mrs John Brown, outside the cottage in times past; John Brown’s Cottage today.

 

 John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight FrankJohn Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight FrankJohn Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank John Brown Marches On – John Brown’s Cottage, Ablington, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NU – For sale for £500,000 ($635,000, €569,000 or درهم2.3 million) or £640 per square foot ($813, €729 or درهم2,985 per square foot) through Knight Frank

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Letters – Berkoff & Brenda http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/letters-berkoff-brenda/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/letters-berkoff-brenda/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:57:14 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37196 Actor and producer Steven Berkoff suggests Her Majesty The Queen should open up Buckingham Palace to survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy   Sir   In these grim times, when the shadow of death is stalking us with bitter regularity, an opportunity presents itself for our beloved Queen to actually do some real service … Continue reading "Letters – Berkoff & Brenda"]]>

Actor and producer Steven Berkoff suggests Her Majesty The Queen should open up Buckingham Palace to survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy

 

Sir

 

In these grim times, when the shadow of death is stalking us with bitter regularity, an opportunity presents itself for our beloved Queen to actually do some real service for her tragically wounded people. I think of the survivors from that ghastly tower block fire in Kensington. As per usual, the nation’s wounds have her trolling about, nodding sympathetically as she listens with a furrowed brow, or stands stoutly at attention for a minute’s silence. Then back in the limo to Buckingham Palace.

 

Then it is left to the goofs and goons of local councils to get swiftly to work and rehouse the pathetic victims. This they seem to do with such ineptitude that it beggars belief. Sending some unfortunate hundreds of miles to distant Northern cities. What an insult to injury.

 

Now, dear Queen, who we all love dearly (although sadly that love has been waning somewhat). Rather than just be a lump of royal flesh being carted around the country and do little more than give the usual and slightly over familiar kindly looks and nods along with the odd moue, do something that really helps those wounded people. Offer them the sanctuary of Buckingham Palace!

 

I know that will be a hard call, a very hard call but the outcome would be worldwide recognition that our Royal Family really has soul and you will redeem The Monarchy and most of all your good self for centuries to come. Buck House has seven hundred and seventy five rooms including one hundred and eighty eight staff bedrooms.

 

Even if you took in only a hundred that would ease the burden enormously and what a magnificent gesture it would be, in fact it would endear you to us all till kingdom come. You have the space and you certainly are not short of the pennies for such a modest gesture.

 

Modest financially but colossal spiritually.

 

So lend an ear though I know full well that this might be I nigh on impossible gesture for you to make, so perhaps your enlightened grandchildren can gently persuade you. I know it’s hard to change the habits of a lifetime. But do try.

 

A saintly gesture is what our nation desperately needs right now. And you do have the space.

 

Respectfully

 

Steven Berkoff

London, E14

 

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Picture of the Week – A Coalition of Conspiracy http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/coalition-of-conspiracy/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/coalition-of-conspiracy/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:25:27 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37189 Boris Johnson pictured plotting with Sir Michael Fallon on a bench in Kent   When Theresa May recklessly called a General Election, nobody could have predicted what would have unfolded next. Aside from the impact on her premiership of her personally mishandling three tragedies in London and one in Manchester, ‘Weak and Wobbly’ Mrs May … Continue reading "Picture of the Week – A Coalition of Conspiracy"]]>

Boris Johnson pictured plotting with Sir Michael Fallon on a bench in Kent

 

When Theresa May recklessly called a General Election, nobody could have predicted what would have unfolded next. Aside from the impact on her premiership of her personally mishandling three tragedies in London and one in Manchester, ‘Weak and Wobbly’ Mrs May is now under fire from her very own party.

 

Yesterday, as the vultures rightly circle for the incompetent vicar’s daughter’s head, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was photographed perched on a bench with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon by the River Darent in Chipstead, Kent.

 

Though a source for Sir Michael later dismissed talk of the pair meeting to conspire against Mrs May as “no great mystery, I think it’s called having a pint at their local”, an onlooker told the Daily Mail:

 

“It looked very deliberate, like they had planned to go out there on their own. They made a point to break away from the crowd and be on their own. Whatever they were talking about, they didn’t want anyone else to hear it… Boris then took Fallon by the shoulder inside looking at me shiftily”.

 

It’s plainly no longer a question of: “Will the ‘Worst Home Secretary’ in history turned ‘Worst Prime Minister in history’ go?” but one of “When and who’ll come next?” for the Conservatives. Plainly these devious conspirators have their own ideas but if their party has any sense, neither of them will be their chosen options.

 

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Enzina Fuschini – What’s on your mantelpiece? http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/enzina-fuschini-mantelpiece/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/enzina-fuschini-mantelpiece/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:04:09 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37185 A 20-question interview with artist, ceramicist and designer Enzina Fuschini   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? God. I am a Christian and I believe in what is good and honourable.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? To forgive and … Continue reading "Enzina Fuschini – What’s on your mantelpiece?"]]>

A 20-question interview with artist, ceramicist and designer Enzina Fuschini

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

God. I am a Christian and I believe in what is good and honourable.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

To forgive and forget.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2017?

A lack of support for mental health.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

Human justice and my childhood home.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

One more day with my mother and grandmother. Both have sadly passed away.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the state of the financial system?

It is a disaster. The financial target is to control and depopulate humanity. The rich want to get rich at any cost and they want to create an elite race.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

I loathe swearing in any context.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

I support charities associated with my faith and congregation at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), Knightsbridge.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

Mobile phones are useful but people are addicted and these devices cause them to become anti-social.

 

What’s on your mantelpiece? The Steeple Times conducts a 20-question interview with London based artist and designer Enzina Fuschini.
Enzina Fuschini exhibited at the 508 Kings Road Gallery in Chelsea, London, SW10 in June 2017

 

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

People not fortunate enough to be able to afford this experience that work hard and would deserve it.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

I wouldn’t want to eat anything as I would be too scared about death.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

At lunchtime with friends.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A dry martini.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

Those given by family and friends that celebrate the achievements of life.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

My daughters are the most positive people I know.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Apple tarts. The best one I’ve ever had was at The Botanist on Sloane Square.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

A tattoo could not sum me up as I do not like them.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A Jaguar.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

When you get to know me, you will know. I’m not giving away my secrets.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

An antique mirror and a vase of white roses.

 

Enzina Fuschini is a London based artist, ceramicist and designer. She was born in Matierno, Italy and aside from exhibiting internationally, has also produced luxury collections for and to be sold by amongst others The Dorchester, Harrods and Sunseeker Yachts. Her style has drawn comparisons with the ‘wit’ of Picasso and the vitality of Kandinsky, Klee and Miro.

 

Follow Enzina Fuschini on Twitter at @FuschiniEnzina.

 

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The Pumpkin House http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/the-pumpkin-house/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/the-pumpkin-house/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:12:32 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37166 Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin   16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not … Continue reading "The Pumpkin House"]]>

Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin

 

16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not the White House”, whoever buys it will actually get something quite breathtaking situated on the highest natural point in Manhattan.

 

Offered for £3.33 million – a figure 202% higher than it sold for 17 years ago in 2000 – ‘The Pumpkin House’, as the residence is more famously known, is a freestanding cliffside structure that is described by selling agents Sotheby’s International Realty as having a “seemingly jack-o’-lantern face that glows across the Hudson [River] reflecting the light of the setting sun”.

 

The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty
The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America
The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty
The building in the 1930s

 

It is spread over 4 floors, extends to 3,144 square foot and includes 2 reception rooms, a library, a home office, a “French country style” kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A basement flat provides 1 reception room, a kitchen, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and in addition to a 2-car garage, there is a small garden, a balcony and a vast, part covered 66-foot long roof terrace.

 

Built on a steel foundation in 1925 by an engineer and “sort of a dreamer” named Cleveland Walcutt and referenced by The New York Times in 2008 as “a face in the crowd”, ‘The Pumpkin House’ was owned by an interior designer named William Spink from 2000 to 2011. During the renovations he orchestrated, a construction worker fell off the building and was seriously injured but what potential buyers will either love or loathe about this architectural miracle suspended over a 265-foot drop is that it truly is utterly eccentric.

 

The Numbers – The Pumpkin House

 

2000 – Sold for $1.10 million (the equivalent of $1.56 million, £1.22 million, €1.39 million or درهم5.73 million today).

 

2005 – Listed for $3.45 million (the equivalent of $4.32 million, £3.38 million, €3.86 million or درهم15.87 million today). Failed to sell.

 

2010 – Relisted for increased price of $3.90 million (the equivalent of $4.38 million, £3.43 million, €3.91 million or درهم16.09 million today).

 

2011 – Sold for an undisclosed sum.

 

August 2016For sale for $5.25 million (£4.11 million, €4.69 million or درهم19.28 million).

 

June 2017For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million).

 

The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty

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Mind Your Art http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/mind-your-art/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/mind-your-art/#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:52:23 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37163 £9.4 million of art stolen in New York; owner hadn’t checked on his collection in months and separately was involved in an incident where he kicked a child in 2016 (and then fled to the Guggenheim)   On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that a 62-year old Upper East Side based inventor has … Continue reading "Mind Your Art"]]>

£9.4 million of art stolen in New York; owner hadn’t checked on his collection in months and separately was involved in an incident where he kicked a child in 2016 (and then fled to the Guggenheim)

 

On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that a 62-year old Upper East Side based inventor has been robbed of £9.4 million ($12 million, €10.7 million or درهم44.1 million) worth of artworks in a heist in December 2016 but strangely did not realise they’d gone until June 2017.

 

Dr William Pordy – a former kidney doctor turned the founder of OWNcones, a manufacturer of somewhat strange looking reusable ice cream cones – last checked on his swanky collection, which was being stored in Northern Boulevard, Sunnyside, on 25th October 2016 and then returned to discover they’d gone eight months later on 1st June 2017.

 

Of being robbed of twenty-two works that included masterpieces by Post-Impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and minimalist painter Frank Stella, Pordy told the New York Daily News:

 

“They broke the locks and they stole everything, all my paintings. It’s awful. I’m upset because it’s worth a lot of money. Do you have $12 million? The point is that I had it and was going to sell them”.

 

Five works, plainly deemed not worth stealing, were left behind in the theft – which police now believe occurred on 30th December 2016 – and now, it transpires, in a totally unrelated incident, Pordy was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and given a conditional discharge after kicking a 6-year-old girl who accidentally brushed against him on the Upper West Side on 18th October 2016.

 

During the incident, though the child struck her head on the ground and passerby tried to restrain him, Pordy reportedly escaped and was later found in the Guggenheim Museum. Police sources reported: “He became irate and had to be tackled and handcuffed”.

 

Plainly this won’t be the end of this saga but there’s definitely one lesson to learn here: “Mind your art”.

 

Pictured above: Dr William Pordy (left) and an example of a work by Henri de Toulouse-Lautre (not from his collection).

 

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Going Dutch http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/going-dutch/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/going-dutch/#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:57:05 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37155 Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million   A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).   Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment … Continue reading "Going Dutch"]]>

Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million

 

A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).

 

Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment has an impressive drawing room, a dining room, a study, 4, bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. It extends to 3,791 square foot and benefits from its own private entrance door and internal lift.

 

Offered by agents Russell Simpson, the property is within a semi-Dutch, semi-Queen Anne style building that dates to the 1870s. Its architecture was later termed ‘Pont Street Dutch’ by Sir Osbert Lancaster CBE (1908 – 1986) and was also referenced as being typical of “tall sparingly decorated red brick mansions for very wealthy occupants” by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner CBE (1902 – 1983). Whether an incoming purchaser will buy-to-live or, as is so often the case in this area of money park London, buy-to-leave remains to be seen.

 

Going Dutch – Triplex in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X – £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million) through Russell Simpson – Architectural style: Pont Street DutchGoing Dutch – Triplex in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X – £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million) through Russell Simpson – Architectural style: Pont Street Dutch Going Dutch – Triplex in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X – £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million) through Russell Simpson – Architectural style: Pont Street DutchGoing Dutch – Triplex in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X – £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million) through Russell Simpson – Architectural style: Pont Street DutchGoing Dutch – Triplex in Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X – £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million) through Russell Simpson – Architectural style: Pont Street Dutch

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Grenfell Matters http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/grenfell-matters/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/grenfell-matters/#comments Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:44:09 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37122 Matthew Steeples reports on the strength of feelings shown at the Kensington Town Hall demonstrations and suggests tension will only rise unless figures in authority communicate   Yesterday, over 350 people gathered outside Kensington Town Hall to voice their frustration at the council’s failure to communicate with them in the wake of the Grenfell Tower … Continue reading "Grenfell Matters"]]>

Matthew Steeples reports on the strength of feelings shown at the Kensington Town Hall demonstrations and suggests tension will only rise unless figures in authority communicate

 

Yesterday, over 350 people gathered outside Kensington Town Hall to voice their frustration at the council’s failure to communicate with them in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on Wednesday 14th June.

 

Organised by Mustafa al-Mansur – whose sensible speech focused on requesting rehousing for victims, a release of funds to help victims, calls for a public inquiry, the release of a full list of victims and a request for an investigation into safety in all similar buildings in the borough – this was a meeting that reflected the ethnic mix of the tower itself. Mr al-Mansur spoke to the assembled media about how a family friend had died on the 23rd floor of the building and repeatedly called for calm amongst those present.

 

Alongside working class white mothers stood young Moroccan students; old ladies and local businessmen joined them and pop singer Lily Allen, “rather predictably” several present told me, put in an appearance also. Press representatives asked questions and though a number of placard carrying individuals chanted loudly, this was nothing but a group of people sharing a moment of intense grief.

 

Later, in spite of Mr al-Mansur sharing perfectly reasoned comments on what was an essentially peaceful protest on Facebook (available in full below), The Telegraph bizarrely opted to portray him as “a Jeremy Corbyn-supporting political activist who was once arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences”. Though they also reported that he had later been released without charge, their angle did not reflect the man I saw present. Here, instead, was an individual rightly seeking answers simply because he felt the authorities were failing to communicate with those they are meant to serve. Mustafa al-Mansur should have been saluted instead of vilified.

 

Pictured above: A child holding a #JusticeForGrenfell poster alongside Mustafa al-Mansur.

 

Grenfell Matters – Grenfell Tower tragedy Kensington Town Hall protest, Friday 16th June 2017 – Organised by Mustafa al-MansurGrenfell Matters – Grenfell Tower tragedy Kensington Town Hall protest, Friday 16th June 2017 – Organised by Mustafa al-Mansur

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Comments from Mustafa al-Mansur (shared on his Facebook page, Friday 16th June 2017:

 

In support of the victims of Grenfell tower, over a thousand people turned up at the peaceful protest outside Kensington Town Hall today at 3pm.

 

The people had 5 clear demands from the council, including:

 

Formal commitment from the council to re-house the victims of the tragedy, within the borough.


Set up an independent public inquest to identify the criminals behind the gross negligence that lead to the tragedy and bringing them to justice.

 

No one from the council was available to comment, but the Head of communications, Martin Fitzpatrick, handed me a piece of paper with the council’s formal response.

 

The protesters are not satisfied with the response and demanded that the council sends someone down with straight answers to the demands.

 

The protest was all peaceful and there was NO raid of the council building as claimed by some media outlets (with the Telegraph leading the lies).

 

Some protesters went into the reception area of the great hall and were chanting “we want justice”, “justice for Grenfell residents” without any aggression or violence, until 20+ police officers in high visibility jackets actually stormed into the foyer and tried to create a barricade between the protesters outside the building and those inside the building but ended up pushing and shoving people around. This lead to some verbal exchange between the police and a few members of the public and a few scuffles broke out as a consequence.

 

Other police officers arrived on horseback and we even had a helicopter circling the building from above. Some demanded to know where the helicopters were when the poor residents of Grenfell Tower were being incinerated in the fire!

 

Then these police pushed people out of the building and disappeared. There was no violence, no raiding of the building by the public and pictures published by the Daily Mail are doctored to portray the public in a negative light.

 

Some media outlets are a shame and embarrassment to our democracy, what can one say!

 

Otherwise the event was overall very well covered and the people will continue to protest and demand their rights until they are met.

 

It is time we started the end the gross discrimination against the poor and disadvantaged in our country. It is time we all stood together and not let ourselves be divided by the politics of fear.

 

Our love and our solidarity is our strength.

 

 

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Britain Needs You! http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/britain-needs-you/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/britain-needs-you/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:45:38 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37114 Matthew Steeples suggests a new political movement is required in Britain and it is required urgently   Britain is ready for a new political movement that emanates what has occurred with Emmanuel Macron in France. That might sound radical but it isn’t given ‘left’ and ‘right’ have again risen in the UK and whilst Theresa … Continue reading "Britain Needs You!"]]>

Matthew Steeples suggests a new political movement is required in Britain and it is required urgently

 

Britain is ready for a new political movement that emanates what has occurred with Emmanuel Macron in France. That might sound radical but it isn’t given ‘left’ and ‘right’ have again risen in the UK and whilst Theresa May’s Tories have become a deadpan disaster, Jeremy Corbyn’s radical Labour looks increasingly capable of winning. That would be a disaster and the only way of stopping it is to form a new party that actually represents the (currently) ‘silent but secretly sick of the stagnant muddle we’re currently in’ majority.

 

Britain needs to realise that ‘Cuddly Corbyn’s’ offer of sweets now and sweets tomorrow will not fix the problems ‘Terrible Theresa’ has created and that the Liberal Democrats are incapable of delivering real solutions due to their ever decreasing relevance. What is required is a new party and what we need is one that brings together everyone from Anna Soubry to Chuka Umunna. It will be a party that that harnesses the political nous of Blair but not his toxicity; it will bring in grandees like Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown and it’ll stand opposed to the hate filled mantras that the likes of UKIP have dominated British politics with for too long.

 

Grouping such as Open Britain seem all very well on the surface, but their ability to deliver change is clear. They achieve zilch and even Gina Miller’s Best for Britain – an organisation I lauded on its inception – seems to have garnered mixed results during last week’s General Election. Aside from failing to unseat hard Brexiteer Kate Hoey in Vauxhall, that grouping’s support for Momentum Labour Emma Dent Coad in Kensington was not something true centrists could ever have agreed with.

 

Sensible sorts now need to ditch their personal allegiances for the good of our nation. We need change and we need a political party that can deliver what Britain truly requires.

 

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Peaking in Pacific Heights http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/peaking-in-pacific-heights/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/peaking-in-pacific-heights/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:22:45 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37094 Indication of booming realty market in San Francisco provided in the form of a Pacific Heights pad offered for sale for 1,503% more than it sold 20 years ago   A detached house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights that dates to 1906 has gone on sale for a sum £9.8 million higher than it sold … Continue reading "Peaking in Pacific Heights"]]>

Indication of booming realty market in San Francisco provided in the form of a Pacific Heights pad offered for sale for 1,503% more than it sold 20 years ago

 

A detached house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights that dates to 1906 has gone on sale for a sum £9.8 million higher than it sold for in 1997.

 

Subject to a seismic upgrade and renovated in 2013, 2370 Washington Street is located in the popular Fillmore corridor and situated on a 50-foot wide lot.

 

Aside from 4 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, the 7,965 square foot house features a media room, a wine cellar, an elevator and a 4-car garage.

 

2370 Washington Street is offered for £8.2 million by agents Neal Ward Properties.

 

The Numbers – 2370 Washington Street, San Francisco

 

Sold for $655,000 in 1997 (the equivalent of $999,000, £785,000, €893,000 or درهم3.7 million today) in 1997.

 

Sold for $1.68 million in 2012 (the equivalent of $1.79 million, £1.41 million, €1.60 million or درهم6.57 million today).

 

Asking price of $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million).

 

Peaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward Properties Peaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward Properties Peaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward Properties Peaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward PropertiesPeaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward Properties Peaking in Pacific Heights – 2370 Washington Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94115, United States of America – For sale for $10.5 million today (£8.2 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.6 million) through Neal Ward Properties

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Waving in the Wheat http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/waving-in-the-wheat/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/waving-in-the-wheat/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:27:54 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37087 As Theresa May makes a berk of herself at a football game, gin hater William Hanson and Tory fop Jacob Rees-Mogg MP share their views on wheatfield running   Theresa May just can’t get it right. Whether she’s perched on a sofa with her garden gnome-like husband prattling on about whose job it is to … Continue reading "Waving in the Wheat"]]>

As Theresa May makes a berk of herself at a football game, gin hater William Hanson and Tory fop Jacob Rees-Mogg MP share their views on wheatfield running

 

Theresa May just can’t get it right. Whether she’s perched on a sofa with her garden gnome-like husband prattling on about whose job it is to put the bins out or, golly gosh, telling tales of her naughty school girl moments, it always comes out wrong.

 

Yesterday, she performed another slip-up whilst attending a friendly between England and France with President Macron and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Mrs May was photographed erratically jumping up with her arms outstretched whilst the remainder of the audience sat looking on bewildered. She was widely mocked on social media and of her one user concluded: “She can’t even do a strong and stable Mexican wave”.

 

Elsewhere, The Steeple Times consulted the gin hating ‘etiquette expert’ William Hanson on acceptable form on wheatfield running on Twitter. He curtly answered: “[It is only acceptable] if you have the farmer’s permission”.

 

Meanwhile, at the launch of The Enigma of Kidson at Christie’s on Monday, The Times, took the chance to ask the Tory fop Jacob Rees-Mogg about naughtiness and wheatfields. He remarked: “I have walked through a wheatfield. I have always stuck to the pathway in accordance with the rules of the land”.

 

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Bumbling Bucketheads http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/bumbling-bucketheads/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/bumbling-bucketheads/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:46:40 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37053 Theresa May’s decision to appoint Andrea Leadsom is indicative of where her bumbling bag of bilge government is headed   Last Thursday, at the count in her constituency, the rival candidate to attract the most attention to Theresa May was undoubtedly Lord Buckethead. Though it was his outfit that stood out, his ability to interest … Continue reading "Bumbling Bucketheads"]]>

Theresa May’s decision to appoint Andrea Leadsom is indicative of where her bumbling bag of bilge government is headed

 

Last Thursday, at the count in her constituency, the rival candidate to attract the most attention to Theresa May was undoubtedly Lord Buckethead. Though it was his outfit that stood out, his ability to interest the electorate to his cause was actually far more impressive than a Prime Minister who’ll now go down as the “Weakest and Wobbliest” in modern history.

 

Yesterday, in appointing Andrea Leadsom as Leader of the Commons, May made her worst move since being allowed to form a minority administration. Incapable of coming up with suggestions other than “Brexit will bring a better deal for teaspoons”, Leadsom is known for exaggerating her CV, stating that men shouldn’t be allowed to look after young children as they might be paedophiles and receiving donations to her campaign via companies connected to British Virgin Island based tax havens. She is an extreme Brexiteer, widely disliked and generally considered “a little stupid” and given Mrs May needs to unite rather than divide, her appointment seems an especially curious choice.

 

As we head into even rockier waters with Brexit negotiations on the horizon, Leadsom is not what the Conservative Party let alone the country needs. She is not a woman who’ll unite her party and she’s not a woman who’ll bring harmony to our divided nation. And nor is Theresa May. It is time these bumbling buckethead imposters departed.

 

#BringHerDown #MakeJuneTheEndOfMay

 

Pictured above: Image 1 – Andrea Leadsom with a combine harvester – it is not clear how many wheat fields were naughtily damaged in the taking of that photograph; Image 2 – Prime Minister Theresa May with fellow candidate Lord Buckethead in Maidenhead, Berkshire on 8th June – ‘Team Buckethead’ later captioned the image: “Space Lord meets woman who used to run through fields of wheat”.

 

Bumbling Bucketheads – Theresa May appointments Andrea Leadsom – Theresa May’s decision to appoint CV faker Andrea Leadsom is indicative of where her bumbling bag of bilge government is headed.
Andrea Leadsom, plainly afraid of being asked questions, has blocked The Steeple Times’ editor Matthew Steeples on Twitter

 

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Maxed Out http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/maxed-out/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/maxed-out/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:49:52 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37079 Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation   Since being jailed, paedophile Max Clifford has shown absolutely no contrition and utterly no remorse. He’s sued newspapers, let his equally arrogant daughter, Louise, buy the “goodwill” – if such bizarrely even exists – of his former PR firm and tried to sell … Continue reading "Maxed Out"]]>

Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation

 

Since being jailed, paedophile Max Clifford has shown absolutely no contrition and utterly no remorse. He’s sued newspapers, let his equally arrogant daughter, Louise, buy the “goodwill” – if such bizarrely even exists – of his former PR firm and tried to sell his ghastly Surrey home for £3.45 million. Now, in spite of reportedly being worth around £10 million prior to going on trial, this arrogant one-time friend of everyone from Simon Cowell to James Hewitt has pulled another scam and bankrupted himself this week.

 

Maxed Out – Jailed paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself – Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation.
Max Clifford on the day of his marriage to his now ex-wife, Jo, with (left to right) Theo Paphitis, Bobby Davro, Pauline Quirke and Des O’Connor

 

In walking away from debts of £7.5 million, Clifford has effectively limited what compensation he has to pay to the women and children he sexually abused. One was aged just 14 when he sexually abused her and of the news an unnamed female victim remarked: “His recent behaviour illustrates his complete arrogance and denial that his actions had any impact on his victims”.

 

74-year old Clifford’s lawyer, John Szepietowski, told The Times: “Mr Clifford has always honoured his debts and finds this situation completely alien to him. He deeply regrets being in this situation”.

 

Currently serving eight years at Her Majesty’s Prison Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, Max Clifford has yet again proven his entire worth. Here is a cretinous creature who’ll forever be remembered as nothing but a scumbag and a disgrace.

 

Pictured above: Disgraced former PR Max Clifford with his daughter Louise Clifford, proprietor of Borne Media.

 

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Politics With The Pun http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/politics-with-david-pun/ http://thesteepletimes.com/tipple-fare/politics-with-david-pun/#comments Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:09:39 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37045 David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter   Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in … Continue reading "Politics With The Pun"]]>

David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter

 

Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in the early hours of 9th June.

 

In the image, shared on Twitter, Pun – whose claims to his connections at both Harvey Nichols and Peninsula Hotels frequently astound those he meets and whose position on a roll call of ‘shoppers’ in Queensway brought laughter to readers of The Steeple Times in April this year – is pictured raiding a tray of bacon baps as Lady Nugee (AKA Emily Thornberry MP) looks down from an overhead television screen.

 

Whilst Pun’s voting preferences got no mention, sadly nor did where fellow liggers Denis Doble, Eva Harold and Sandra Shevey ended up on that night’s rampage. Whether they got trolleyed with ‘Team Theresa’ at Conservative Central Office or naughty with Nigel Farage at 5 Hertford Street, no doubt canapés aplenty were snaffled.

 

#Puntastic #NoPunNoParty

 

Politics With The Pun – David Pun spotted on #GE2017 night – Party crasher David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan.

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Letters – Green Business Goes Lib Dem http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/letters-green-business-lib-dem/ http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/letters-green-business-lib-dem/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:58:40 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36938 Influential business leaders from green sector back Lib Dems in Thursday’s General Election in a letter to ‘The Steeple Times’   Sir   The environment has been shut out of this election.   Economic growth has provided the world with abundant food, medicine, energy and raw materials. However, unmanaged it is destroying the ecosystem, wiping … Continue reading "Letters – Green Business Goes Lib Dem"]]>

Influential business leaders from green sector back Lib Dems in Thursday’s General Election in a letter to ‘The Steeple Times’

 

Sir

 

The environment has been shut out of this election.

 

Economic growth has provided the world with abundant food, medicine, energy and raw materials. However, unmanaged it is destroying the ecosystem, wiping out fauna, flora, forests and seas. An ecological meltdown will cause economic ruin, political turmoil and threaten the very existence of human civilisation.

 

Air pollution causes 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.  With greenhouse gases and habitat depletion, together, they are having a catastrophic effect on our environment, contributing to global climate change, wildlife, crop and forest damage, rising sea levels, floods and haze.  Whole countries could drown under water or starve under drought, driving migration and climate wars.

 

The path to a sustainable future requires the creative power of our best scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, backed by the courage of politicians to think long term.

 

Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accords is an act of environmental vandalism on a global scale.  And by refusing to condemn him, Theresa May is aiding and abetting him.

 

Only the Lib Dems combine the ambition to bring forward climate change targets and support for the Paris agreement, with an entrepreneurial approach to investing in cutting edge clean technologies, and commitment to international institutions to enable Britain to be a world leader in protecting the global environment.

 

Britain has been part of the cause.  By supporting the Lib Dems on 8th June, Britain can also be part of the solution.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Simon Blakey, managing director, SAB Global Energy

Duncan Brack, independent environmental policy analyst

James Cameron, chairman, Green Running

Mark Campanale, founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Christopher Clement-Davies, editor, International Energy Law Review

Simon Clement-Davies, managing director, Augusta & Co.

Jason Cooper, founder, Jason Cooper Architects

Ray Georgeson MBE, director, RGR-Ray Georgeson Resources

Dr Mark Hinnells, solutions director, Susenco

Dr Susan Juned, senior consultant, Greenwatt Technology

Adam Knight, co-founder, Social & Sustainable Capital

Richard Lill, financing and construction manager, Energiekontor UK

James McNaught-Davis, green venture capitalist, Wetherby Capital

Vickram Mirchandani, managing director, Coronation Power

Hylton Murray Philipson, founder, Wingate Ventures

Mark Petterson, co-founder, Warwick Energy

Patrick Sheehan, founder, ETF Partners

Heather Stevens CBE, chair, The Waterloo Foundation

Jane Vaus, project director, Sustainability Hub

Andrew Warren, chairman, Federation of Open Homes Network

Andrew Wiseman, former chair, UK Environmental Law Association

 

All of the above have signed in a personal capacity.

 

 

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Empire State of Knightsbridge http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/empire-state-of-knightsbridge/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/empire-state-of-knightsbridge/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:09:54 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37017 Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million   A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).   Created in 1991 to designs … Continue reading "Empire State of Knightsbridge"]]>

Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million

 

A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).

 

Created in 1991 to designs by Susan Walker Architects and involving the clever merger of two fourth floor flats as part of a £1.70 million scheme (the equivalent of £3.35 million, $4.27 million, €3.81 million or درهم15.68 million today), the 3,475 square foot apartment offered overlooks the Brompton Oratory and has a vista down the Brompton Road towards Harrods. It is within a building known as Empire House that was itself built between 1909 and 1916 to designs by Paul Hoffmann and was originally used by a German firm, the Continental Tyre Company.

 

Currently featuring a large reception room, a dining kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a laundry on the building’s fourth floor, a tower with domed reception space from the sixth to the seventh floors and a private roof terrace on its fifth floor, the apartment comes with planning permission for internal rearrangement.

 

Held on a leasehold basis expiring 2142 and subject to a service charge of £20,550 per annum ($26,187, €23,391 or درهم96,211 per annum) according to agents JLL, a buyer will also have to pay a one-off charge of £12,054 ($15,360, €13,720 or درهم56,434) towards the cost of refurbishing the portered building’s lift.

 

Empire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLL Empire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLL Empire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLL Empire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLL Empire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLLEmpire State of Knightsbridge – The Penthouse, Empire House, 220 – 244 Brompton Road and 2 – 7 Thurloe Place, Brompton Quarter, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RU, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million) through JLL

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Watching Putin http://thesteepletimes.com/the-wire/watching-putin/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-wire/watching-putin/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:00:43 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37033 Patek Philippe watch allegedly originally owned by President Putin to be auctioned; it is said to be worth around £800,000   It’s given owner is potentially #FakeNews, but a watch that is due be auctioned in Monaco in July has been photographed with paperwork that suggests it originally belonged to President Putin.   Said to … Continue reading "Watching Putin"]]>

Patek Philippe watch allegedly originally owned by President Putin to be auctioned; it is said to be worth around £800,000

 

It’s given owner is potentially #FakeNews, but a watch that is due be auctioned in Monaco in July has been photographed with paperwork that suggests it originally belonged to President Putin.

 

Said to be worth around £793,000 ($1 million, €903,000 million or درهم3.7 million) according to Bloomberg, the Patek Philippe 5208P ‘Grand Complication’ watch offered is described as “one of the most complicated watches” the firm has ever made. It features a minute repeater, a mono-pusher chronograph and an instantaneous perpetual calendar.

 

Reportedly sold to a Mr Vladimir Vladimirovic Putin at Watches of Switzerland at Watches of Switzerland in London on a date unknown according to accompanying paperwork, Monaco Legend Auctions will sell the watch on 19th July.

 

Watching Putin – Patek Philippe 5208P ‘Grand Complication’ watch allegedly owned by President Vladimir Vladimirovic Putin to be sold on 19th July 2017 – Said to be worth £793,000 ($1 million, €903,000 million or درهم3.7 million)Watching Putin – Patek Philippe 5208P ‘Grand Complication’ watch allegedly owned by President Vladimir Vladimirovic Putin to be sold on 19th July 2017 – Said to be worth £793,000 ($1 million, €903,000 million or درهم3.7 million)

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The Peoples’ Republic of Kensington http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/peoples-republic-kensington/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/peoples-republic-kensington/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:40:30 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36997 As Kensington turns red, ‘The Steeple Times’ reflects on the defeat of a woman nicknamed ‘#LazyBorwick’ , a win by a hard-left Labour blogger and a need for an MP who’ll now represent all constituents   Last night, in frankly the biggest shock of a shambolic and wholly unnecessary General Election, Kensington replaced one flame … Continue reading "The Peoples’ Republic of Kensington"]]>

As Kensington turns red, ‘The Steeple Times’ reflects on the defeat of a woman nicknamed ‘#LazyBorwick’ , a win by a hard-left Labour blogger and a need for an MP who’ll now represent all constituents

 

Last night, in frankly the biggest shock of a shambolic and wholly unnecessary General Election, Kensington replaced one flame haired harridan with another and a Conservative majority of nearly 7,500 votes with a wafer thin Labour majority of just 20.

 

That a seat, where someone once commented: “Even a pig in a blue rosette would win here”, turned red shocked many but given the apparent laziness of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Lady Borwick, the result was a reflection of the constituency’s dissatisfaction with a woman whose reply rate to constituents was listed as just 18% on the website TheyWorkForYou.com.

 

Victor Emma Dent Coad represents something that many in the seat will not, however, want. Hard-left, and a Momentum supporter, this blogger undoubtedly can be credited as a dedicated councillor but her tangible lack of anger towards Brexit will come to disappoint the 69% of constituent supporters of ‘Remain’.

 

After the result was announced, Dent Coad, who was backed to the chagrin of a number of locals by Gina Miller’s ‘Best for Britain’ campaign, told those assembled:

 

“This constituency is a microcosm of everything that is wrong in this country after seven years of incompetent and uncaring coalition and Tory government”.

 

“I will do everything in my power in the next five years to make ‘One Kensington’ an example of the finest qualities of common humanity, mutual respect for all our communities and social justice to create a thoughtful, kind, co-operative and tolerant society where we can all prosper and thrive”.

 

Ousted Lady Borwick spoke briefly and added: “I wish Emma every success, but please be assured, as far as I am concerned, tomorrow I start the fight back for Kensington and the Conservatives”.

 

On Twitter, actor and local resident John Cleese responded: “Metro, The Mirror and the Evening Standard are blaming me for helping Labour’s chances in Kensington and Chelsea [sic]. Delighted my trick worked…”

 

Elsewhere, in response to an article published in April in The Steeple Times, a reader and associate of Lady Borwick going only by the name “Daniel M.’ remarked:

 

“You stupid, stupid people. You have destroyed Victoria Borwick’s majority and you should realise the impact that will have on the area. We do not suit Labour representing us and as someone who has worked with Victoria and knows her well I will tell you this: Shame on you Matthew Steeples. I am disgusted by your vendetta and demand you apologise”.

 

Ignoring this bitter Tory’s diatribe, Matthew Steeples concluded:

 

Annabel Mullin deserves a worthy mention for having increased the Liberal Democrats’ share of votes cast from just 6.6% to 12.2% in spite of having no party structure behind her. Unlike machined up to the hilt Borwick and Dent Coad, she campaigned throughout the electoral area and now, as before, we have a constituency divided between the richer Tory south and the poorer Labour north”.

 

“Kensington might be perceived as the land of supercars and £120 million houses, but in fact, this is an area with a rife problem of homelessness and an area where people ‘buy-to-leave’ rather than to ‘buy-to-let’ let alone ‘buy-to-live’. Independent, locals businesses are being wiped out here and nowhere is it clearer that ‘money park London’ just cannot be allowed to continue unabated”.

 

“Emma Dent Coad, undoubtedly, secured an amazing win but it now remains to be seen whether she’ll represent ‘the many’ throughout Kensington or just ‘the cleverly focused few’ she so successfully targeted to secure her victory last night”.

 

Results (with percentage change from 2015 General Election):

Electorate – 60,594

Turnout – 38,677 (63.8%)

Majority – 20 for Labour (previously 7,361 for the Conservatives)

 

Emma Dent Coad, Labour Party– 16,333 (+11.1%)

Lady Borwick, Conservative Party – 16,313 (-10.1%)

Annabel Mullin, Liberal Democrats – 4,724 (+6.6%)

Jennifer Nadel, Green Party – 767 (-3.1%)

James Torrance, Independent – 393 (+1%)

Peter Marshall, Independent – 98 (+0.3%)

John Lloyd, Alliance for Green Socialism – 49 (-0.2%)

 

Pictured above: Ex-MP Lady Borwick with Theresa May; Emma Dent Coad after her victory on Friday

 

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Theresa’s Trumped http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/theresa-trumped/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/theresa-trumped/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:47:08 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36988 Blundering bin bag Theresa May will form a minority government today, but it won’t last; the nation want her and her nasty party gone   From the moment Theresa May awkwardly held Donald Trump’s hand in Washington back in January, it was all but over. Cursed by appearing a poodle to the worst POTUS in … Continue reading "Theresa’s Trumped"]]>

Blundering bin bag Theresa May will form a minority government today, but it won’t last; the nation want her and her nasty party gone

 

From the moment Theresa May awkwardly held Donald Trump’s hand in Washington back in January, it was all but over. Cursed by appearing a poodle to the worst POTUS in history, Britain’s then unelected Prime Minister showed herself as a kowtowing coward and a mandateless moron.

 

May – a self-declared “goody two shoes” whose outfits are supposedly chosen with the help of her ‘charitable’ chum Lady Meyer and whose “most naughty moment ever” was supposedly “golly gosh, running through fields of wheat” – had not needed to call an election but doing so has rightly cost her dear. When the contest was announced back in May, the public, represented best by ‘Brenda from Bristol’, told her: “Not another [election]. Oh for God’s sake, I can’t honestly… I can’t stand this”, but on this Lady Macbeth-like harridan blundered.

 

Theresa’s Trumped – Theresa Trump got it so wrong and should go – Blundering bin bag Conservative leader Theresa May will form a minority government today, but it won’t last; the nation want her and her nasty party gone
Philip and Theresa May – a bumbling ‘Wallace & Gromit-like’ duo unsuitable for the task of steering our nation through Brexit and beyond

 

Appearing on the BBC’s One Show with her garden gnome-like husband, Philip, foolish Mrs May car-crashingly joked about whose responsibility it was to take the bins out – there are, after all, “boys jobs” and “girls jobs” – and kept repeating her mantra of “Strong and Stable”. It was no longer about parties, it was “Theresa’s Team” but what the nation rightly came to understand her as was as one of the worst Home Secretary’s in modern history. Here, indeed, was a woman who’d closed our police stations and here was one who’d shut our fire stations; here was a woman whose friendship with the McCanns had resulted in them getting £11 million for their pointless search and here was a woman whose inquiry into historic abuse cost £100 million, yet, again achieved nothing for victims.

 

Though, surprisingly, for once, former UKIP’s former leader Nigel Farage got it right in stating: “The vicar’s daughter came across as insincere and establishment… Jeremy Corbyn fought and an amazing campaign and came across well”, it took Labour’s Tom Watson to sum up the mood of the nation when he remarked: “She said she was strong and stable. The public saw she was weak and wobbly”.

 

The Tory leader shot herself in the foot yesterday and as Paddy Ashdown concluded: “Mrs May: Enough is enough”. Let’s now put the rubbish out and let’s consign Theresa May to the bin bag of history.

 

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A Villa In The Sky http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-villa-in-the-sky/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-villa-in-the-sky/#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:58:54 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36975 Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House   A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or … Continue reading "A Villa In The Sky"]]>

Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House

 

A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) in spite of being in need of complete redecoration.

 

Split over the seventh and eighth floor of a portered building named Fountain House, the apartment offered extends to 6,897 square foot and includes 4 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, 10 double bedrooms, 2 staff bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Its principle reception room is 38-foot long and its dining room is described as “easily sitting 22 guests”.

 

A Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through Wetherell
Houses on the site of Fountain House on 30th December 1930 (prior to their demolition)

 

Designed by George Val Myer (1883 – 1959), an architect best known for the BBC’s Broadcasting House, in conjunction with F. J. Watson-Hart and built by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons between 1935 and 1938 on the site of demolished mansions, Fountain House includes around 60 residential units, offices, a fuel station and a car showroom.

 

On the market through Wetherell on a lease of 84 years, the service charge for the flat is £81,538 per annum ($105,584, €94,135 or درهم387,836 per annum).

 

A Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through WetherellA Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through WetherellA Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through WetherellA Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through WetherellA Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through WetherellA Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through Wetherell A Villa In The Sky – Apartment 74/75, Fountain House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7HQ, United Kingdom – For sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or درهم142.6 million) through Wetherell

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A Question of Borwick http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/a-question-of-borwick/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/a-question-of-borwick/#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:47:02 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36956 Matthew Steeples asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond   In the final hours of the 2017 General Election campaign, I asked the Conservative candidate for Kensington, Lady Borwick, five questions I considered relevant … Continue reading "A Question of Borwick"]]>

Matthew Steeples asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond

 

In the final hours of the 2017 General Election campaign, I asked the Conservative candidate for Kensington, Lady Borwick, five questions I considered relevant to voters in one of Britain’s most wealthy constituencies. I publish below her answers in full and unedited form and beneath also include the responses of the Liberal Democrat candidate, Annabel Mullin, to the same questions.

 

Emma Dent Coad, Labour’s candidate, was also given the opportunity to answer but failed to respond to several requests.

 

The five questions to Lady Borwick (initially and then more generally to Annabel Mullin and Emma Dent Coad) were:

 

  • Hidden homeless: “What will you do to help the ‘hidden homeless’ of Kensington?”
  • Money park Kensington: “How will you help local businesses counter such decline if re-elected?”
  • Brexit: “How, going forward, will you credibly represent the 48% who voted to ‘remain’, as someone who went on the phones to support ‘leave’?”
  • Answering constituents: “How will you improve your pathetically low 18% response rate to constituents’ correspondence, as registered on TheyWorkForYou.com if re-elected?”
  • Ivory: “Will you continue to lobby Theresa May about ivory in spite of such being highly unpopular with constituents and others such as Deborah Meaden?”

 

Pictured above: Annabel Mullin campaigning, Lady Borwick during the Brexit referendum and Emma Dent Coad

 

 

Pictured above: Annabel Mullin campaigning, Lady Borwick during the Brexit referendum and Emma Dent Coad

 

 

Victoria Borwick, Conservative Party A Question of Borwick – Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond

 

What will you do to help the ‘hidden homeless’ of Kensington?”

 

In Parliament, the Homeless Reduction Bill was recently passed –which was almost the last bill to be “signed off” before Parliament broke for the election. This puts pressure on local councillors to provide a range of early intervention solutions.

 

Current local services – There are a number of local churches who are working in this sector such as St Cuthbert’s (who I visited earlier this week) and our local charities.

From my previous work at the GLA, I know that although there is a hostel place for everyone that is not enough. People need more and longer-term help which is why there are some good charities working locally, for example the Glass Door Project and Homeless Link. I have also worked with several of the veterans’ charities whose aim is not “no second night out” but “no first night out”.

 

The situation with those that are “street homeless” – these are the people who, for a complex number of reasons, spend time living on the streets. Some do have somewhere to sleep at night, but spend the day on the streets and some live on the streets full time, including overnight.

 

The first port of call for street homeless people is a hostel and these fall into two categories. “Direct access” and those that require a referral from an agency. These agencies provide not only shelter but some way to address the terrible loneliness, mental health and other problems that most street homeless people feel. We need to look at the provision of hostels, but also work with the organisations that provide longer term support, to help people get over their crisis and get back on their feet – and this can take months, and sometimes longer.

 

There has to be short-term accommodation but also ways of dealing with the causes of street homelessness. There needs to be “move on” accommodation, for those that have managed to get themselves into a stable state, and where they are becoming independent, but may still need some ongoing support. I have visited services where they have a range of provision in the same location, I.E. those in immediate crisis and those that are more capable.

 

We need to provide services to help people with drug and alcohol problems which causes so many people to become street homeless, and also with the mental health problems that afflict so many of these people. The council’s Public Health Department has made this a high priority. I particularly welcome the changes to our mental health laws that the Prime Minister has pledged to bring in. These should make a big difference for homeless people with mental health problems.

 

Money park Kensington: “How will you help local businesses counter such decline if re-elected?”

I have grown up in Kensington and lived here all my life, with my family.

Supporting our small and medium sized local businesses is very important for all of us in Kensington. Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and provide employment and opportunities in our community.

Firstly we have to stop losing small independent businesses, as you have refereed to, so that people do not lose their opportunity to be working locally and also to start business locally. RBKC has continued with our planning exemptions, otherwise across London small businesses were being turfed out of their premises. Many local restaurants have sadly closed.

 

I have lobbied the Chancellor, and if re-elected will continue to lobby the Chancellor against the rash of additional regulations for small business – the proposed quarterly reporting, the apprenticeship levy – should be for larger firms, the pensions levy and of course the revaluation which has negatively impacted on our shops – and not on the out of town warehouses for mail order.

 

I recently undertook a survey of many local shops and businesses, either in writing or by visiting in person. On the basis of the response, I wrote to the Treasury, as indeed did the Borough, and also raised it personally with the Chancellor to see if there is any other way of looking at the rates – so that rateable value could be examined to take into account factors such as turnover, size of premises, whether the shop is independent or a chain of premises and so on. If re-elected, I shall continue to raise these concerns with other central London MPs as they affect us all.

 

I will continue to support local businesses by supporting any legislation in Parliament which will promote businesses and support our local economy.

 

Buy to Leave – This is a real issue in Central London, and this is something that, as an MP, I discussed with other Central London MPs from all parties. As we are aware this is “investment purchasing” where investors buy, usually a new property, and then do not live in it, and treat it as “money in the bank” which is why they don’t want it to be lived in as they want to keep it new.

 

When discussing this and researching what is actually happening – RBKC undertook a survey, as have Westminster Council on this topic. There is a pocket of properties where this is very prevalent, however there is not overall interest in this because it affect so very few nationally.

 

That does not make it any less of a problem – the previous Mayor tried to address this by saying that properties have to be marketed in the UK first, but we are often used to getting a mortgage first and these overseas buyers are cash buyers so naturally they can jump in. The new Mayor is also examining what measures can be taken.

 

There are examples in Switzerland and Australia where they have tried to tackle this issue. Buy to leave homes have a very negative effect on the community as there are less “eyes on the streets” less community activity and it is difficult for local business to survive.

By continuing to have schools and local amenities it brings together a community and encourages homes for families.

 

Brexit: “How, going forward, will you credibly represent the 48% who voted to ‘remain’, as someone who went on the phones to support ‘leave’?”

 

I previously worked for Open Europe which was working with the previous administration on renegotiation, which was my preferred stance. I had hoped that the EU would and could use this time to examine its own processes and undertake reform. I realise the result of the referendum is not the outcome for which everyone might have hoped. My chief concern was accountability, and it became clear there was little that could be done to persuade the Commission towards greater transparency.

 

As a country we voted to leave the EU. Parliament has voted on two occasions to implement the result, with cross-party support. All sides have agreed to respect the referendum and to get on with the re-negotiations. The Lib Dems may have also offered a second referendum on the result of the negotiations. Theresa May has said she will bring the final agreement to Parliament for a vote.

 

For Kensington, if re-elected, my role will be to lobby for reciprocal rights for all our long-term residents. Over 50% of the residents in Kensington were not born here and many have made Kensington their home for many years. We should continue to make sure they are welcomed and can continue to play an active part in our community. Many are also great contributors to voluntary and charitable works.

 

I will represent the views of Kensington in Westminster if I am re-elected; working closely with Ministers to make sure they understand the complexity of Kensington.

The choice for everyone is: “Who should be leading the Brexit negotiations?” Which team do you want? I am supporting Theresa May and her team. I support the PMs ambition to strive for a good outcome for the country.

 

Answering constituents: “How will you improve your pathetically low 18% response rate to constituents’ correspondence, as registered on TheyWorkForYou.com if re-elected?”

 

I have always prioritised urgent casework when responding to the vast amount of correspondence my office receives. I receive referrals and pleas for help from individual constituents, charities, churches, the mosque and other religious groups, along with organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and free legal advice clinics. We have helped several thousand families over my time in Parliament. These referrals, usually from someone in crisis, do not come through “They Work for You” thus they are not logged in this way.

People tend to write to us on “They Work for You” if they are asking for our views on a particular campaign. If the campaign has nothing to do with Kensington residents, then I put my views on the website, so that people can see my opinion. However, I try not to comment on things that are not directly relevant to the majority of Kensington residents.

 

As a team – my priority is casework and dealing directly with residents, and meeting residents each week. I try to avoid “lobbying emails”. Obviously with complex cases we need to see the residents a number of times, and help them with their various meetings with officers or officials and if appropriate I also work with their local councillors (from any party) to make sure they are not left without support.

 

A Member of Parliament is often the last resort for people on housing, immigration and benefits. I have been able to help a great many residents since elected and I hope to continue to do this if re-elected.

 

Ivory: “Will you continue to lobby Theresa May about ivory in spite of such being highly unpopular with constituents and others such as Deborah Meaden?”

 

I supplied a full response to Deborah Meaden who said she was content with my response and why I am representing the antiques trade in Kensington and our great museums. She kindly offered to send my response to others who were concerned. I have offered to meet her should I get re-elected.

 

I support the current proposals which are to make sure we enforce the ban on trading in modern ivory.

 

No antique dealer wants to kill elephants; no antique dealer supports poaching. The only ivory that can be sold in this country is antique and carved. However, there are countries, including those in Europe who still permit the trading of tusks, although this is shortly to be outlawed – not before time.

 

We can and should preserve works of art that are our shared cultural inheritance for future generations, while at the same time doing everything in our power to ensure that these terrible assaults on wildlife do not continue. The next generation need to be able to grow up in a world with healthy herds of elephants. However, these are not mutually exclusive positions. This is a view expressed by some of our leading museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum.

 

As you will be aware many musical instruments contain ivory “tinkling the ivories – playing the piano” comes to mind as well as significant treasures in our churches. In our area we have three magnificent museums – the Natural History, V&A and Science Museums – and they all have ivory – antique and old ivory.

 

Both elephants and our shared cultural inheritance are there for us all; we need to work together to look after both, and I have no doubt that this is possible.

 

Annabel Mullin, Liberal Democratic Party

A Question of Borwick – Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond 

What will you do to help the ‘hidden homeless’ of Kensington?”

 

Rough sleepers and the homesless have had a very tough time of late. Funding has dried up, centres have closed and specialist help has become less frequent. We need to provide holistic care – that means that we must look at social care with mental health for these individuals alongside.

 

Money park Kensington: “How will you help local businesses counter such decline if re-elected?”

 

I would like to bring a private members’ bill to fundamentally change business rates as they are killing our local businesses.

 

Brexit: “How, going forward, will you credibly represent the 48% who voted to ‘remain’, as someone who went on the phones to support ‘leave’?”

 

As a passionate European and Remainer who feels we are best placed in the European Union, I will fight especially for being in the single market (not just access) and to protect the rights of all EU citizens and their freedom of movement.

 

Answering constituents: “How will you improve your pathetically low 18% response rate to constituents’ correspondence, as registered on TheyWorkForYou.com if re-elected?”

 

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know people in and around Kensington over the last nearly seven weeks. It would be a privilege to serve Kensington and communicate with everyone.

 

Ivory: “Will you continue to lobby Theresa May about ivory in spite of such being highly unpopular with constituents and others such as Deborah Meaden?”

 

I find it incredible that China has a ban but the current MP for Kensington does not support it.

 

Emma Dent Coad, Labour Party

A Question of Borwick – Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond
Emma Dent Coad (pictured with Gina Miller of Best For Britain)

 

Ms Dent Coad failed to respond to repeated requests from The Steeple Times to answer the five questions. They were put to her via email.

 

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Flop or Fly? http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/flop-or-fly/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/flop-or-fly/#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:00:54 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36947 London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day   Pundits may be referencing worrying times ahead in Britain’s post-Brexit economy, but London’s top tier estate agents have come out all guns blazing on General Election day and launched a series of jaw droppingly priced properties.   In Knightsbridge’s … Continue reading "Flop or Fly?"]]>

London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day

 

Pundits may be referencing worrying times ahead in Britain’s post-Brexit economy, but London’s top tier estate agents have come out all guns blazing on General Election day and launched a series of jaw droppingly priced properties.

 

In Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens, SW1X – where a similar, though situated on the much more sought after first-floor, apartment was promoted for what then seemed an ambitious £27.5 million ($35.6 million, €31.7 million or درهم130.9 million) in 2015 – Savills showcased a 6,392 square foot second floor flat with a basement annex priced at an even more punchy price of £35 million ($45.4 million, €40.3 million or درهم166.6 million). Aside from 2 vast reception rooms, 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, it comes with not only a fingerprint recognition security system but also 2 gymnasiums, a sauna, a steam room, a treatment room, a wine cellar and even a juice bar.

 

Elsewhere, this morning, on the UK’s top property portal, OnTheMarket.com, agents Knight Frank listed an apartment in Eaton Square, SW1W for £25 million ($32.4 million, €28.8 million or درهم119 million) whilst Aylesford announced the sale of a house in The Boltons, SW10 for £57.5 million ($74.5 million, €66.2 million or درهم273.8 million). Whether we get Corbyn or May, one is left with just one question: Will these super-prime properities flop or will they fly?

 

Flop or Fly? London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day 2017.
The main reception room of the £25 million Lennox Gardens apartment on the first floor of ‘The Lennox’, 31-33 Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW1x
Flop or Fly? London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day 2017.
The garden of the 2,188 square foot ground and basement apartment at 20 Eaton Square, Belgravia, SW1W
Flop or Fly? London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day 2017.
The drawing room of the 9,989 square foot 22 The Boltons, Chelsea, SW10
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Three Reasons to Vote… http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/vote-general-election-2017/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/vote-general-election-2017/#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:49:53 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36942 A financier, a photographer and a doctor explain why they’ll respectively choose the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour today   Financier Zachary Latif on why he’ll vote for the Conservative Party   Brexit is the primary question Firstly, this election was called on the issue of Brexit and when voters go to the polls, … Continue reading "Three Reasons to Vote…"]]>

A financier, a photographer and a doctor explain why they’ll respectively choose the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour today

 

Financier Zachary Latif on why he’ll vote for the Conservative Party

 

Brexit is the primary question

Firstly, this election was called on the issue of Brexit and when voters go to the polls, the primary question is whom do they want as their chief negotiator to deal with Europe: Will it be Theresa May or will it be Jeremy Corbyn? It is incontrovertible that Theresa May, a lady with a sensible and steady pair of hands, is the one to captain the ship. When I compare her approach to the untried and untested Jeremy Corbyn, I know without a shadow of doubt that I want Theresa May and her team to be leading Brexit.

 

Making Britain prosperous

The economy will go through a very shaky time over the next five years and we need a party that has the economic expertise that can guide us through these rocky waters. We all remember the last terrible time under Labour when the treasury was literally left with no money. Britain, now, under the Tories, has low unemployment, a balanced budget and ambitious plans for economic growth. If you want a prosperous Britain then it can only be for the blues.

 

Multiculturalism and being proud to be British

The cult of multiculturalism, as Angela Merkel touched on a few years ago, has failed. We need a Britain that revolves around the Union, a bicameral Parliament, the Crown and an understanding of the strong role that the Church (Anglicanism South of the Wall and Presbyterianism North of the Wall) plays. We need a government that is able to both manage the world outside but also be able to stand up for Britain and this precious Union of Nation, as Theresa May puts it. Jeremy Corbyn is a revolutionary but has no instinct for British patriotism – as his extensive links with the IRA testify. The Conservative Party is the only major party that makes one feel proud to be British and also able to retain a global outlook.

 

Cambridge based Zachary Latif is a founder of Raef LLC, a high yield investment firm. He has appeared as a guest host on CNBC several times and is also an actor and playwright.

 

Photographer James Smith on why he’ll vote for the Liberal Democrats

 

Corbyn is the tail shaking the Labour dog

I’m a centrist and believe government should work for all rather than guarding the wealth or indulging the politics of envy. By pulling his party to the hard left, Corbyn and his army in the wings have allowed May to become more right wing. How dare he and how dare she abandon the middle. Corbyn has alienated so many of his more reasonable party members that only the dregs will serve with him on the front benches. Corbyn may be a great campaigner but he’s been a lazy politician in opposition and seems bored when he’s not absorbing the energy of an adoring crowd. Remind you of anyone?

 

The Liberal Democrats punched above their weight in the coalition

I thought the coalition government was a grown-up union born of necessity. Neither party could fall back to their comfort zones, they had to work together to deal with a dire situation. For the most part, both sides did well but the Lib Dems suffered because of lazy accusations of betrayal by their core voters. To me they’ve proven they’re grown-ups. They’re honest that there’s no magic money tree and we’ll all need to pay for the NHS and social care through higher income tax. The idea of a Labour-SNP pact would be the worst of all worlds: Bye bye UK.

 

The Liberal Democrats could help facilitate a more sensible Brexit

While I won’t be celebrating a Labour or a Conservative victory, Jeremy Corbyn would be significantly worse for the health of the country. His ideological policies may ultimately harm the people he is trying to help. Emily Thornberry is my incumbent MP and she has been totally unaccountable to her staunchly Remain constituents. She refuses to campaign for a second ‘Are you sure?’ EU referendum, something the local Lib Dem candidate, Alain Desmier, has promised to do. If you must take the UK into radical territory, don’t do it when we’re uncoupling from our like minded neighbours and facing a less stable wider world. Lashing out with a vote for Corbyn is a bit like a hand break turn along a cliff edge.

 

James Smith is an Islington based photographer. He was educated at a public school and an arts institute.

 

Sally Jackson on why she’ll vote for the Labour Party

 

For the many, not the few

Labour has pledged to rebalance an economy that just works for the likes of billionaires like Sir Philip Green right now. We need a fairer tax system and the guarantee of no income tax rises for those earning below £80,000 a year is proof that Labour will not “tax the country until the pips squeak” – an accusation so commonly thrown by the right that Jeremy Corbyn has again and again disproven.

 

Doing right by the NHS

Jeremy Hunt is a symbol of the callous Tories and their assault on humanity. As a healthcare professional I want him and Theresa’s team gone and I believe only Labour will deliver a fairer deal for patients and healthcare workers. We’re under extreme threat right now and cuts to pharmacy funding are one of the worst false economies I’ve come across. As someone wrote on a wall recently: “I’m no gynaecologist but I know a Hunt when I see one”.

 

It’s not just about Brexit

I’ve heard enough about “Brexit means Brexit” but I’m glad Jeremy Corbyn voted for Article 50 and opposed a second referendum. The country has spoken and it’s time to get on with it. I supported leave myself and I did so because Europe wasn’t giving us a fair, inclusive society. I believe Labour will give us that and now the focus back on to what’s “Best for Britain” – a phrase that the remoaners Gina Miller and Sir Bob Geldoff should never have been allowed to hijack.

 

Sally Jackson works as a doctor in Manchester. She was born in Devon and is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London.

 

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Ross Barr-Hoyland – What’s on your mantelpiece? http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/ross-barr-hoyland-interview/ http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/ross-barr-hoyland-interview/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:40:57 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=37039 A 20-question interview with British men’s knitwear designer Ross Barr-Hoyland   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To aim to leave the world a better place than you found it.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? To strive to achieve … Continue reading "Ross Barr-Hoyland – What’s on your mantelpiece?"]]>

A 20-question interview with British men’s knitwear designer Ross Barr-Hoyland

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

To aim to leave the world a better place than you found it.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

To strive to achieve and be better than the best person you could be.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2017?

The wars in the Middle East and Chechnya and what the regimes there are doing to gay men are unacceptable.

 

Our world is full of divisiveness and prejudice and Kerry Katona evidently went through an incredibly turbulent time in her life. The press unscrupulously had no shame in reporting such and instead of judging, we should be there to offer help and support and perhaps show some empathy and understanding.

 

Our lives are not always fairytales and “let they who are without sin cast the first stone” is a saying that springs to mind.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

I don’t think there is anything in my life as such that I miss. I am working on my business – which is a dream many would wish for. It is by no means easy, but I am lucky in many, many respects.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

I wish I had great wealth to swap, but if I had immense wealth I would give it to all the causes I support in many ways from The Prince’s Trust to Style for Soldiers, Children with Cancer UK and RUComingOut. Even if I only had pennies, I would still like to give what I could as there is always someone in need of help.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the state of the financial system?

I am by no means an expert but I do know everyone is finding it tough with cuts happening in every sector of business. I just keep my head down and focus on what I do in fashion and the revival of British manufacturing. What I will say is that my bank has been utterly incredible in supporting me with my business venture.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

Being told I cannot do something.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

Aside from supporting the charities previously mentioned, I am honoured to have been supported myself by The Prince’s Trust. I serve them in whatever capacity they as a Young Ambassador and with the brand.

 

More generally, we might be an island nation but no man is. I think charity should be given where it is most needed.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

I am never without my phone, but I would never condone using any devices to cause harm to others.

 

Mobile phones do have their perks and do allow us to literally have the world at our fingertips, but I do wonder what we would be seeing if we perhaps looked at the world around us and lived in the moment a little more.

 

The Steeple Times’ What’s on your mantelpiece? interview – A 20-question interview with British men’s knitwear designer Ross Barr-Hoyland, founder of the Ross Barr brand.

 

If you could fill a carriage on the Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

With every single family member and friend who has supported and there for me and my business. We would have a good old knees-up and some much needed time off.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

Well, I hope to never end up there, but if I did, I’d choose my mother’s Sunday roast at home surrounded by my nearest and dearest. That would be the best way to go.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

That depends on the type of day you are having.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A martini.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

I have enjoyed many so it would be rude to pick one in particular – especially as the memories of some are rather hazy.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

I have to pick seven perpetually positive people who keep me going daily and they are Natasha Babar-Evans, Melissa Hulme, Sandie Chapman, Stephanie Ackrill, Sarah Agar-Brenan and Craig Burton.

 

I would also like to single out a person whom has inspired me immensely. Her name is Gaynor and she has just started a business called Holiday Hack. Over the last year, she’s faced some of the biggest obstacles anyone could have thrown their way but she hasn’t cried and she hasn’t crumbled. She is an incredible lady and always has a smile on her face – and she can also get you savings on a holiday too; maybe even on the Orient Express.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Having a long sleep wrapped up in my bed covers.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

A phoenix and a stag.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

Someone answered this for me at a networking event a while ago. They described me as a Range Rover.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

People think I’m a ‘social butterfly’ but I’m actually a ‘pub with a just a few people’ kind of guy.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

Pictures of my family.

 

Ross Barr-Hoyland established his own men’s knitwear brand, Ross Barr, in September 2015 after being sponsored by the Enterprise programme of The Prince’s Trust. He focuses on reviving the British textile manufacturing industry by manufacturing in Britain.

 

Follow Ross Bar on Twitter at @RossBarrUK and Instagram at @RossBarrUK.

 

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A Take On Theresa http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-take-on-theresa/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-take-on-theresa/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:56:43 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36929 Artist Enzina Fuschini showcases her take on Theresa May at an exhibition in Chelsea; the work is supposedly anything but political   Italian artist and designer Enzina Fuschini held a press preview for her ‘Impact’ exhibition at Chelsea’s 508 Gallery on the Kings Road last night.   Aside from eleven 100cm by 100cm oil on … Continue reading "A Take On Theresa"]]>

Artist Enzina Fuschini showcases her take on Theresa May at an exhibition in Chelsea; the work is supposedly anything but political

 

Italian artist and designer Enzina Fuschini held a press preview for her ‘Impact’ exhibition at Chelsea’s 508 Gallery on the Kings Road last night.

 

Aside from eleven 100cm by 100cm oil on canvas works, ranging in price from £3,000 to 4,000, and one larger canvas at £6,850, this energetic “pictorial force” has included a timely portrayal of Theresa May. The painting contains all the colours of the Tory leader’s “red, white and blue Brexit” but, according to its artist, presents “her in a timeless style with an ageless expression”.

 

Of the work, a spokesman for Fuschini remarked:

 

“[Enzina sought to] portray the woman behind the politician. The painting is not political. She had already started the painting three months before the General Election announcement and intends to give the painting to Theresa May as a keepsake”.

 

‘Impact’ will be shown at 508 Kings Road Gallery, London, SW10 0LD until 19th June.

 

A Take On Theresa – ‘Impact’ by Enzina Fuschini will be shown at 508 Kings Road Gallery, London, SW10 0LD until 19th June – Painting of Theresa May
One of thirteen works by Enzina Fuschini on display at the exhibtion
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A Pint-Sized Peel http://thesteepletimes.com/the-wire/a-pint-sized-peel/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-wire/a-pint-sized-peel/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:18:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36915 Tiny 1965 Peel Trident to be auctioned; it is the smallest two seater car ever made, is offered without reserve but is expected to achieve upwards of £80,000   One of just sixty made and an example of the only production car the Isle of Man has ever produced, a fully restored 73-inch long, 39-inch … Continue reading "A Pint-Sized Peel"]]>

Tiny 1965 Peel Trident to be auctioned; it is the smallest two seater car ever made, is offered without reserve but is expected to achieve upwards of £80,000

 

One of just sixty made and an example of the only production car the Isle of Man has ever produced, a fully restored 73-inch long, 39-inch wide Peel Trident is to be sold at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California sale on 18th to 19th August.

 

Capable of achieving an astonishing 100 miles per gallon and a top speed of 38 miles per hour, Peel Tridents were made of fibreglass with a plastic dome, weigh just 330 pounds and have no reverse gear. The diminutive vehicle was designed to seat two passengers but was really “only a single seater in practical use” and has a small sliding side hatch as its only form of ventilation. It cost £190 new (the equivalent of £3,376, $4,354, €3,868 or درهم15,993 today) and was marketed as a “shopping car”.

 

Of what they call “an adorable little bubble on wheels”, Jake Auberach of RM Sotheby’s told The Sun:

 

“For the man who has everything microcars represent something new and interesting to buy, no matter how many millions of dollars worth of cars are already parked in your garage”.

 

“It is small enough to be stored just about anywhere, unique enough to complement just about any collection, and is guaranteed to be a conversation starter. It’s not unusual for many of the world’s largest collectors to have a few microcars kicking around for this reason.

 

“Peels have a definite cult following, helped in no small part by the well-known episode of Top Gear in which former host Jeremy Clarkson drives one through the offices of the BBC”.

 

Previously, of the Peel brand – which became defunct when Peel Engineering was dissolved in 1974 but was later revived by a pair of entrepreneurs after a 2010 appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den – generally, Jeremy Clarkson, concluded:

 

“It’s the original terrestrial flying saucer – Almost cheaper than walking… It’s pretty practical… I’ve never seen the Top Gear team so enthusiastic about any car, ever… It’s the ultimate in personal mobility”.

 

Chassis number E185, the car offered, according to The Sun, is expected to achieve £80,000 ($103,000, €92,000 or درهم379,000) but is listed as having no reverse so could go for a lot less. Another example reportedly sold at a Coys of Kensington sale in 2012 for $55,000 (the equivalent of £45,000, $58,000, €52,000 or درهم213,000 today).

 

A Pint-Sized Peel – “World’s smallest two seater” to be auctioned – 1965 Peel Trident – To be sold by RM Sotheby’s at their Monterey, California sale with no reserve but expected to achieve upwards of £80,000 ($103,000, €92,000 or درهم379,000) – 18th to 19th August 2017A Pint-Sized Peel – “World’s smallest two seater” to be auctioned – 1965 Peel Trident – To be sold by RM Sotheby’s at their Monterey, California sale with no reserve but expected to achieve upwards of £80,000 ($103,000, €92,000 or درهم379,000) – 18th to 19th August 2017A Pint-Sized Peel – “World’s smallest two seater” to be auctioned – 1965 Peel Trident – To be sold by RM Sotheby’s at their Monterey, California sale with no reserve but expected to achieve upwards of £80,000 ($103,000, €92,000 or درهم379,000) – 18th to 19th August 2017A Pint-Sized Peel – “World’s smallest two seater” to be auctioned – 1965 Peel Trident – To be sold by RM Sotheby’s at their Monterey, California sale with no reserve but expected to achieve upwards of £80,000 ($103,000, €92,000 or درهم379,000) – 18th to 19th August 2017

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A House of Hide http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-house-of-hide/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-house-of-hide/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:02:43 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36906 Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading "A House of Hide"]]>

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot

 

A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 per square foot ($214, €191 or درهم787 per square foot).

 

92 High Street in the market town of Edenbridge, Kent – better known locally as both ‘Tanyard House’ and ‘Leather House’ – has been Grade II* listed since 1954 and is known to have been the site of a tannery from the 1660s until the 1960s. It was originally an open hall house, includes accommodation over three floors and comes with a garden to the front and a small courtyard to the rear.

 

Currently used as three office suites, planning permission was granted in February to convert the building into to semi-detached houses. This attracted much controversy at the time, but a buyer could, equally, look at creating a much grander single-family residence. The catch? The property is adjoined by a vast and rather ugly car park.

 

Tanyard House will be auctioned by Savills on 19th June 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1. An estimate of just £415,000 ($536,000, €477,000 or درهم1.97 million) has been set.

A House of Hide – Tanyard House, 92 High Street, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5AR – To be auctioned by Savills with an estimate of £415,000 ($536,000, €477,000 or درهم1.97 million) on 19th June 2017.

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Moron of the Moment – Andre Walker http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/moron-andre-walker/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/moron-andre-walker/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:46:29 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36881 Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the London attacks and is rightly roasted on Twitter   Andre Walker – a “fat, northern… bit of a bruiser” with a penchant for branding The Steeple Times “fake news” – loves attention. He doesn’t care how he gets it, doesn’t care about what offence … Continue reading "Moron of the Moment – Andre Walker"]]>

Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the London attacks and is rightly roasted on Twitter

 

Andre Walker – a “fat, northern… bit of a bruiser” with a penchant for branding The Steeple Times “fake news” – loves attention. He doesn’t care how he gets it, doesn’t care about what offence he causes and aside from wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap to a rally against the 45th POTUS earlier this year, this total pillock decided yesterday to share an image on Twitter of himself waving a cutlass sword on the terrace of the Palace of Westminster in the wake of the latest terror attack in London. It was accompanied by a provocative caption that read: “A bounty on my head. Any #ISIS terrorist that kills me gets £50k. I’ll give my address. No police. But I’ve got a sword. Good luck”.

 

‘Whackjob Walker’ – a former “political staffer” turned employee of the far-right Breitbart News rant sheet and more recently Jared Kushner’s New York based Observer – naturally wrote about why he opted to share the image in a column provocatively titled: “Today I Offered the Islamic State £50,000 to Kill Me”. Being, and here I won’t mince my words, a complete cock, he then delighted in the controversy he caused and remarked: “I love this” and “I’m up for it”.

 

Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter.

 

Despite being forced to remove the highly insensitive image, which was rightly branded a “bizarre stunt” by the MailOnline, last week’s The Steeple Times ‘Wally of the Week’ Walker – whose previous moments of note have included being caught ranting on trains and involvement in the bullying scandal that resulted in the suicide of his supposed boyfriend, Elliott Johnson – remains unrepentant. On Sunday night, he bleated: “I don’t get why the left hate me for hating terrorists”.

 

A selection of responses from Twitter users to this Grade A buffoon’s idiocy follow:

 

 Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter. Moron of the Moment – Braggart bigot Andre Walker disgraces himself in the wake of the latest London terror attack and is rightly roasted on Twitter.

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Not So Little Italy http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/not-so-little-italy/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/not-so-little-italy/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:10:37 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36858 Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading "Not So Little Italy"]]>

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million

 

An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price 20% lower than when it was first listed in 2013.

 

Built in what is somewhat ambitiously termed an “Italian palazzo style” and featuring Spanish tile roofing, five imported European fireplaces and “terrazzo flooring evoking those in The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades”, 2585 Riviera Drive stands on an acre plot in north Laguna Beach’s private Irvine Cove community. It is one of twelve oceanside homes in a gated, 24-hour-a-day guarded community and enjoys “spectacular views” of the Pacific and access to a private beach.

 

Constructed to the designs of the Warner Group over a period of eight years and completed in 2010, the house offered occupies half of a larger plot owned until 2002 by Joan Irvine Smith, a woman whose family had at one time been the main landowner in the area. It features not only 5 bedroom suites and 9 bathrooms but also a screening room with bar, a 10,000 bottle wine cellar with tasting room and a 6-car garage with hydraulic lift.

 

Within the grounds stands a guest house that was designed to be “a scaled back replica of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut” and a 53-foot brass and glass waterfall made from materials salvaged from a Los Angeles bank. There are also 100-year old olive trees, a rose garden and a pool with cabana and spa.

 

Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder
An aerial shot of the site during construction
Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder
The house today with the ocean beyond

 

Owned by businessman Ronald K. Loder, the founder of RKL Consulting, and his wife Yolanda, 2585 Riviera Drive is for sale with Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties. Of it, in 2013, Mr Loder remarked:

 

“My wife and I love traveling to Northern Italy, particularly Bellagio and the lake country, where we’ve always admired the architecture… [But] I wouldn’t want [our house] to be construed as Tuscan in any way… Even though we built an Italianate palazzo, we wanted the flavor [sic] of mid-century design around us”.

 

“We wanted people to know they were stepping into an oceanfront property the moment they arrived”.

 

The Numbers – 2585 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach

 

June 2002 – Land subdivided into three plots; 2585 Riviera Drive sold for sum of $10.5 million (the equivalent of £11.1 million, $14.3 million, €12.7 million or درهم52.5 million today).

 

July 2013 – Placed for sale for $65 million (the equivalent of £53 million, $68.2 million, €60.5 million or درهم250.6 million today).

 

May 2017 – Relaunched for sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million).

 

Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder Not So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda LoderNot So Little Italy – 2585 Riviera Drive, Abalaone Point, Irvine Cove Community, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, CA 92651, United States of America – For sale for $55 million (£42.7 million, €49 million or درهم202 million) through Maxine Laube of Surterre Properties – Owned by Ronald K. Loder and Yolanda Loder

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Trevor Hemmings CVO http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/business/tycoons/trevor-hemmings/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/business/tycoons/trevor-hemmings/#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:45:21 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36848 Reclusive yet charming “leisure entrepreneur” Trevor Hemmings owns over 100 racehorses, lives primarily on the Isle of Man and generously funded the SAFE centre to help victims of sexual violence in Preston, Lancashire.   This “publicity averse” self-made father of four’s Grand National winning horses have included Ballabriggs, Hedgehunter and Many Clouds and other assets … Continue reading "Trevor Hemmings CVO"]]>

Reclusive yet charming “leisure entrepreneur” Trevor Hemmings owns over 100 racehorses, lives primarily on the Isle of Man and generously funded the SAFE centre to help victims of sexual violence in Preston, Lancashire.

 

This “publicity averse” self-made father of four’s Grand National winning horses have included Ballabriggs, Hedgehunter and Many Clouds and other assets in his collection have variously numbered Blackpool Tower and Preston North End Football Club. He also harbours a love for vintage Rolls-Royces and was considered a “surrogate son” by the equally shrewd late businessman and holiday camp owner Sir Fred Pontin (1906 – 2000).

 

Of his success, in a rare interview in 2015, this cloth capped “earthy” gent modestly remarked:

 

“In my business life I’ve had to climb the business and financial ladder by doing better next year than I did last year and that’s what life’s about. You have to work longer hours than everybody and you have to be on site seven days a week. Today I’m available seven days a week, people contact me seven days a week, let’s put it like that”.

 

Reclusive “leisure entrepreneur” and racing obsessive Trevor HemmingsPictured above: Trevor Hemmings with Grand National winners Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs at Ballaseyr, Andreas.

 

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London http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/london/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/london/#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:14:56 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36839 Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s London terror attack was wholly inappropriate   After the recent attack on Manchester, we saluted Donald Trump for having “spoken for the majority” in referring to the evil suicide bomber as a “loser”. Last night, however, after a similarly evil assault on London, the 45th POTUS got it completely wrong … Continue reading "London"]]>

Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s London terror attack was wholly inappropriate

 

After the recent attack on Manchester, we saluted Donald Trump for having “spoken for the majority” in referring to the evil suicide bomber as a “loser”. Last night, however, after a similarly evil assault on London, the 45th POTUS got it completely wrong when he took to Twitter to share his thoughts as to what had happened.

 

At 12:17am, Trump tweeted:

 

We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

 

After immediate criticism about his immediate politicisation of a developing incident involving death and injury, Trump tempered his message a few minutes later at 12:24am. He added:

 

Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!

 

His response was deemed less than adequate and political commentator Iain Dale spoke for the majority when he responded:

 

Nice of our closet ally to express his sympathy and support at a time like this. Instead he uses this to make a political point. Wanker.

 

If Trump had reacted similarly to how he had over Manchester, he would have been lauded. Instead, he reverted to type and once again illustrated himself to be nothing but a buffoon. Shame on him and shame on the disgusting losers that attacked London.

 

#LondonAttacks

 

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Messy Mackinlay http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/messy-mackinlay/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/messy-mackinlay/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:50:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36820 As the CPS charge Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay, Theresa May’s poor judgment is yet again illustrated   Yesterday, in spite of Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, being charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983, Theresa May strangely leapt to his defence.   Mackinlay, a businessman, Tory MP for … Continue reading "Messy Mackinlay"]]>

As the CPS charge Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay, Theresa May’s poor judgment is yet again illustrated

 

Yesterday, in spite of Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, being charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983, Theresa May strangely leapt to his defence.

 

Mackinlay, a businessman, Tory MP for the constituency from 2015 and leader of the deputy leader of UKIP from 1997 to 2000, defeated then UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the last election by 2,812 votes. Allegations relating to his election spending returns that campaign are cause of his current woes and if convicted, the one-time Conservative Member of Parliament could face up to a year in jail for corruption.

 

In a statement, issued on his Facebook page on Friday, Mackinlay remarked:

 

My candidature in South Thanet is entirely unaffected and my campaign continues as before. I will not let this decision affect the hard work I do for my constituents and the hard work I hope to do for them after 8th June.

 

Our justice system is underpinned by the presumption of innocence and I am confident that I will be acquitted as I have done nothing wrong and acted honestly and properly whilst a candidate in 2015, and as all candidates do, acted upon advice throughout.

 

Clearly this is a shocking decision by the CPS, given that I’ve done nothing wrong and I am confident that this will be made very clear as the matter progresses.

 

I am very disappointed with the way this has been handled by the CPS and Kent Police, and I must question the timing of this decision given that Kent Police confirmed on 18th April that their file had been sent to the CPS to review and make their decision: why leave this until a few days before the election?

 

In response, Nigel Farage – a man, if Mackinlay is indeed convicted, plainly robbed in 2015 – commented:

 

Once again, it is bad judgment from Theresa May. Why on earth would you allow someone to go ahead as General Election candidate when this cloud was clearly hanging over him?

 

I’m pleased that somebody’s been charged. My only regret is that there aren’t quite a lot more of them. I personally believe that the law was being broken wholesale in by-elections and in the general election.

 

What does it mean? Well, effectively what it means in that constituency is that, whilst his name will stay on the ballot paper, I think the chances of people voting for him are now very slim.

 

So, I think that constituency will be a straight fight, now, between UKIP and the Labour Party, and I will be there [on Saturday] afternoon giving a speech at 5 o’clock to support our candidate.

 

Illustrating her dumbfounded loyalty, Theresa May, however, added:

 

The Conservative Party continues to believe that these allegations are unfounded. Craig Mackinlay is innocent until proven guilty and he remains our candidate.

 

Shame on Mrs May: She should have, whether innocent or guilty, put a stop to Craig Mackinlay again running for election months ago.

 

 
 

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The Art of The Price Rise http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/art-price-rise/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/art-price-rise/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 08:41:05 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36807 Former artist’s studio in South Kensington for sale for a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007   Situated within a building known as ‘The Art Club’, a north facing former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, SW7 is for sale for £2.3 million in spite of having just one bedroom on a mezannine level … Continue reading "The Art of The Price Rise"]]>

Former artist’s studio in South Kensington for sale for a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007

 

Situated within a building known as ‘The Art Club’, a north facing former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, SW7 is for sale for £2.3 million in spite of having just one bedroom on a mezannine level open to the flat’s main room.

 

Situated primarily on the ground floor, the 1,032 square foot apartment offered centres around a 33-foot long drawing room with a ceiling height of 14-foot and comes with a small kitchen and shower room. It is described by selling agents Winkworth as “offering exceptional volume” and includes such features as parquet flooring, specialist paintwork and a glass gallery.

 

The building – which is described as part of a pair of “undistinguished red-brick houses in the Queen Anne manner” by British History Online – was the home of the perfumer Stanley Coles of Molinelle Perfumes in the late 1920s and 1930s and the artist Frances E. Nesbitt (1864 – 1934) circa 1918.

 

The flat is offered on a sharehold basis with a lease of 999 years from 2000.

 

The Numbers – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, London, SW7 3PG

2017 – For sale for £2.30 million

$2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million

 

2013 – Sold for £1.425 million

The equivalent of £1.499 million, $1.932 million, €1.720 million or درهم7.098 million today

 

2007 – Sold for £700,000

The equivalent of £891,000, $1.15 million, €1.02 million or درهم4.22 million today

 

The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007. The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007.The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007. The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007. The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007. The Art of The Price Rise – Flat 2, 49 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7 3PG, United Kingdom – Former artist’s studio in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London for sale for £2.3 million ($2.96 million, €2.63 million or درهم10.89 million) – a sum 229% higher than it achieved in 2007.

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Betting on the Blues http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/betting-general-election-2017/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/betting-general-election-2017/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:57:05 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36800 Jon Vine on betting on Britain’s 2017 General Election   The General Election is just days away and bookmakers are experiencing a surprisingly stronger than usual uplift in interest from political betting punters. After Theresa May called an election back in April, the United Kingdom is going to the polls three years earlier than expected … Continue reading "Betting on the Blues"]]>

Jon Vine on betting on Britain’s 2017 General Election

 

The General Election is just days away and bookmakers are experiencing a surprisingly stronger than usual uplift in interest from political betting punters. After Theresa May called an election back in April, the United Kingdom is going to the polls three years earlier than expected and bookmakers have unsurprisingly made her party, the Conservatives, huge odds-on favourites to win the most seats and an overall majority.

 

Political betting has become big business over the past few years and bookies expect millions to be wagered on this year’s election. One firm alone, William Hill, took £3 million on the last General Election in 2015 and £5 million on last year’s US presidential election.

 

With six days to go until the election takes place, the Tories are just 2/9 with bookmakers to win the most seats, and 1/4 to win with a majority. It’s a general 6/1 at time of writing that Labour win the most seats, with a Labour majority 10/1 with some firms.

 

However, although the Conservatives are the bookmakers’ favourites, momentum appears to be with Labour, and their election odds continue to be trimmed ahead of polling day.

 

Mrs May’s lead over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on YouGov’s ‘Best PM’ tracker has dropped massively in recent weeks, and punters can expect more twists and turns over the next few days.

 

In-play betting on the 2017 General Election is expected to be more popular than any previous election, and betting on a range of election markets will be available on 8th June itself, with ‘in-play’ General Election betting expected to be live with a number of major bookmakers even after voting ends and right through the night until a result is announced.

 

Polling booths will open at 7am on Thursday 8th June and voting will take place until 10pm. Counting of votes will only begin when the polls closed, and by the early hours of Friday, June 9th, the result of the 2017 General Election will likely be known.

 

Betting is available on candidates in 650 individual constituencies, and live election odds are available on such sites as BetOnPolitics.co.uk website.

For BetOnPolitics.co.uk, editor Phil Lowe commented:

 

“The decision to call an election caught everyone by surprise, although, looking back, there were a few signals that the PM was up to something – a big one being the omission of a date in the political calendar for the Queen’s Speech”.

 

“Despite the polls coming out in recent days, Mrs May and the Conservatives will still be confident of victory on June 8th and the betting still suggests this will be the case. The initial talk of a ‘landslide’ victory for the Blues may have died down, but although the markets got the result of the EU referendum wrong, and were also wrong with the US election, all signs still point to a defeat for Labour”.

 

Example odds:

 

Chelsea and Fulham

Alan De’Ath, Labour Party – 25/1

Bill Cashmore, Green Party – 400/1

Greg Hands, Conservative Party – 1/500

Louise Rowntree, Liberal Democrats – 250/1

 

Kensington

Lady Borwick, Conservative Party – 1/50

Emma Dent Coad, Labour – 50/1

Annabel Mullin, Liberal Democrats – 14/1

James Torrance, Independent – 100/1

 

Islington North

Keith Angus, Liberal Democrats – 20/1

James Clark, Conservative Party – 40/1

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party – 1/200

Knigel Knapp, Official Monster Raving Loony Party – 250/1

 

Maidenhead

Lord Buckethead, Official Monster Raving Loony Party – 250/1

Tony Hill, Liberal Democrats – 33/1

Pat McDonald, Labour Party – 33/1

Theresa May, Conservative Party – 1/500

 

Westmorland and Lonsdale

James Airey, Conservative Party – 13/5

Eli Aldridge, Labour Party – 200/1

Mr Fishfinger, Independent – 200/1

Tim Farron, Liberal Democrats – 1/7

 

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Sail Away http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/sail-away/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/sail-away/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:30:42 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36780 Georgian house in Emsworth, Hampshire complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million   A symmetrical, yellow brick early 19th century house complete with its own private dock has gone on sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million).   Grade II listed Wharf House in the small town … Continue reading "Sail Away"]]>

Georgian house in Emsworth, Hampshire complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million

 

A symmetrical, yellow brick early 19th century house complete with its own private dock has gone on sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million).

 

Grade II listed Wharf House in the small town of Emsworth stands in gardens of 0.72 acres and comes with a dock with a 45-foot capacity. It has tidal access to the Emsworth Channel, which leads to Chichester Harbour, and comes with a private slipway.

 

Wharf House itself provides 5,231 square foot of accommodation over four floors and features 3 reception rooms, an orangery, 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A double garage and garden room are to be found within the grounds and there is potential to add an outdoor pool.

 

Agents Strutt & Parker describe the property as: “A rarely available Georgian gem”.

 

Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker. Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker. Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker. Sail Away – Wharf House, 30 King Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7AZ – Grade II listed Georgian house complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million) through Strutt & Parker.

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Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece? http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/annabel-mullin-whats-on-your-mantelpiece/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/annabel-mullin-whats-on-your-mantelpiece/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:46:00 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36794 A 20-question interview with criminal justice expert, former police officer and Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington Annabel Mullin   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To live every moment to the fullest and make the biggest difference to people’s lives that I can.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading "Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?"]]>

A 20-question interview with criminal justice expert, former police officer and Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington Annabel Mullin

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

To live every moment to the fullest and make the biggest difference to people’s lives that I can.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

I love the motto ‘carpe diem’ (seize the day). When I was younger, Dead Poets Society was one of my favourite films.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2017?

Brexit.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

Currently I’m missing not seeing my children much because I am campaigning so hard.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

Knowing that my children will have a great future.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the state of the financial system?

One of the things I would like to see in Kensington is more support for small businesses and local shop owners that help to create our community. We are currently facing threats to our local services from business rates and that is something that needs to be addressed.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

I loathe it when people say things they don’t mean. ‘Strong and Stable’ is currently high up there.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

I agree. I support that concept. Having worked at Crisis, I continue to support homeless charities. I also love shopping in our fabulous Kensington charity shops.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

Mobiles are amazingly useful and I’m a bit of an addict to my device. However, there is a time and a place for them.

 

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

George Orwell, Harriet Harmen, Lawrence of Arabia, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Sophie in’t Veld, Hercule Poirot, Hilary Clinton, Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Williams, Paula Radcliffe, Prince and Laura Kuenssberg.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

My meal would be steak, chips and red wine followed by tiramisu. I’d rather like to eat it high up in Petra overlooking the wondrous landscape.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

That depends entirely on which time zone you are going by.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A martini, preferably an espresso martini.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

Now, dinner parties with close friends but when I was younger, more partying.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

My husband.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

The ‘Archers Appreciation’ group on Facebook… With wine.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

A dragon.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A Mercedes-Benz Gullwing.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

That I was an ultra-marathon runner and completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2008.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

An elephant – the house is littered with them, candlesticks and birthday cards for my eldest’ fifth birthday.

 

Annabel Mullin was born and brought up in Kensington and Chelsea. She is mother of three young children, a keen environmentalist and a cyclist. She is a criminal justice expert and has spent most of her life working in London as an analyst, a Metropolitan Police officer in Soho and Mayfair and as an assistant psychologist with prisoners with mental illness. Recently she has worked as a PhD researcher at UCL.

 

Follow her on Twitter at @annabelmullin and @KCLibDems.

 

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Sharon Hodgson MP http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/sharon-hodgson-mp/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/sharon-hodgson-mp/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 21:37:07 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36771 Despite being Shadow Minister for Public Health and claiming to be a campaigner to improve children’s diets, Labour’s ‘jolly giant’ Sharon Hodgson is a big fan of kebabs. This Geordie ex-payroll clerk once claimed she’d rescue her handbag if her house were on fire, remarked: “Labour is teetering on the edge of political irrelevance” in … Continue reading "Sharon Hodgson MP"]]>

Despite being Shadow Minister for Public Health and claiming to be a campaigner to improve children’s diets, Labour’s ‘jolly giant’ Sharon Hodgson is a big fan of kebabs. This Geordie ex-payroll clerk once claimed she’d rescue her handbag if her house were on fire, remarked: “Labour is teetering on the edge of political irrelevance” in 2016 and in 2017 usefully concluded: “Brexit has given us the capacity to look at things differently”. She’s up there with Diane Abbott in terms of her brainbox qualities.

 

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Isaac Hindin-Miller http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/isaac-hindin-miller/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/isaac-hindin-miller/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 21:15:46 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36777 “Dapper Dan” and “quasi New Yorker” Isaac Hindin-Miller established his online presence “at the very beginning of the blogging boom” in 2008. A “shameless self-promoter”, New Zealand born Hindin-Miller offers “relationship advice for anybody who asks” and claims not to be afraid of legal spats. He lists his career highlights as having met Kanye West … Continue reading "Isaac Hindin-Miller"]]>

“Dapper Dan” and “quasi New Yorker” Isaac Hindin-Miller established his online presence “at the very beginning of the blogging boom” in 2008. A “shameless self-promoter”, New Zealand born Hindin-Miller offers “relationship advice for anybody who asks” and claims not to be afraid of legal spats. He lists his career highlights as having met Kanye West and watching Tyga record Hotel California.

 

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Wally of the Week – Andre Walker http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/wally-andre-walker/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/wally-andre-walker/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 21:27:45 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36735 Whackjob former Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed ‘journalist’ Andre Walker tells ‘The Steeple Times’: “In the words of Trump: ‘You are fake news’” (and then blocks us)   Andre Walker is of the Donald Trump school when it comes to dealing with situations he doesn’t like: This former Tory bullyboy turned Breitbart braggart and … Continue reading "Wally of the Week – Andre Walker"]]>

Whackjob former Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed ‘journalist’ Andre Walker tells ‘The Steeple Times’: “In the words of Trump: ‘You are fake news’” (and then blocks us)

 

Andre Walker is of the Donald Trump school when it comes to dealing with situations he doesn’t like: This former Tory bullyboy turned Breitbart braggart and Jared Kushner employed Observer “lobby correspondent” thrashes around, shouts loudly and then throws his toys out of the pram.

 

On Tuesday, after being asked a series of questions about his role in the Conservative Party’s 2015 battlebus scandal via Twitter over a number of weeks, self-confessed “fat, northern… bit of a bruiser” Walker sent The Steeple Times a final tweet and then blocked us. It read:

 

“I have never run any bus of any description ever. In the words of Trump, ‘you are fake news’”.

 

Far-right provocateur Walker – whose career highlights have included being forced to resign as a political aide after being exposed smearing colleagues in 2010 and for his connections with the ‘Tatler Tory’ Mark Clarke and events that culminated in the suicide of another activist named Elliott Johnson in 2015 – then charmingly justified his move to his 78,000 followers:

 

“I’ve only ever blocked one person on Twitter but it’s got to be two now”.

 

We’re honoured.

 

Pictured above: Andre Walker (top circle) with his especially pleasant chum, Mark ‘Tatler Tory’ Clarke, below.

 

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Mucking Up A Manor http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/mucking-up-wordsley-manor/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/mucking-up-wordsley-manor/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 21:00:46 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36741 “Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches   Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress … Continue reading "Mucking Up A Manor"]]>

“Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches

 

Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress and decline of industrial wealth in once Great Britain.

 

Built in 1757 for a family of Black Country industrialists, Wordsley Manor in Wordsley, near Stourbridge has been owned by the Firmstone family and their relatives since around 1850. A red brick built, four floor “small mansion” that extends to 7,464 square foot in total, the building has been Grade II* listed since 1976 and was expanded in the 19th century with the addition of two service wings.

 

Comprising of 3 reception rooms, 7 cellar rooms, 4 bedrooms and just 1 bathroom, dilapidated Wordsley Manor is – giving explanation for its extremely low asking price – in need of complete renovation. It comes, however, with an unexpected bonus: Where bedrooms previously existed on its second floor, there is currently an art studio and a quirky 49-seat cinema with a Christie organ, box office and projection and switch rooms.

 

Architect Christopher Firmstone and wife Joan have been occupants of Wordsley since inheriting it in 1991. They have attempted to maintain the house but in 2011, Mr Firmstone told the Birmingham Mail:

 

“I took it on and sorted it out as best I could. Most people would have run a mile, but I had a real sense of attachment to it [he spent his childhood there also]”.

 

“I spent a bit more than I could afford on it, but I was unable to do everything that needed doing”.

 

In 2013, the couple followed in the footsteps of relatives who had sold off much of the surrounding land for housing in the mid 20th century and agreed a deal with a firm of developers named David Alexander Homes. In exchange for yet another parcel of the former estate’s grounds – that was subsequently marketed rather cheesily as a residential complex named “To the Manor Bourne” – a £400,000 ($512,000, €460,000 or درهم1.88 million) payment is to be made towards the restoration of Wordsley Manor.

 

In their sales brochure, agents The Lee, Shaw Partnership state: “Best and final offers must be made for Wordsley Manor by 5.30pm on Tuesday 27th June”. They add: “Only cash purchasers” need apply.

 

Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million)Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million)Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million)Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million)Mucking Up A Manor – Grade II* listed Wordsley Manor, Meadowfields Close, Stourbridge, DY8 5AD, West Midlands, United Kingdom – For sale with The Lee, Shaw Partnership for £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million)

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Rotten Rolf http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/rotten-rolf/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/rotten-rolf/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 15:55:10 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36730 As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading "Rotten Rolf"]]>

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight

 

Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical assault charges against three teenagers, but the public should remember one thing: This monster is still a monster and he is still a man convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault on victims as young as 8 years old.

 

Outside the court and once again failing to show an ounce of compassion to those he had previously been jailed for molesting, a spokesman for Harris read out a statement. In it, Harris remarked:

 

“While I’m pleased that this is all I over I feel no sense of victory, just relief. I’m 87 years old, my wife is in ill health and we simply want to spend our remaining time together in peace”.

 

Rightly stripped of his MBE, OBE and CBE, the former television presenter and shockingly bad performer – best known for now seemingly rather inappropriate renditions such as Two Little Boys – should now do the decent thing. ‘Rotten Rolf’ should simply fade into obscurity and forever be consigned to social Siberia.

 

Elsewhere, on Change.org, loopy ‘fans’ of the paedophile took the opportunity to brag about the verdict on a page titled: “A man who is innocent and knows he is innocent”. One, Cardiff based, Milford Haven School educated Sally Roberts, ridiculously commented: “This is as good as an innocent verdict considering there was no evidence to prove either way” before delusionally adding: “And an appeal over his first trial is imminent!!”

 

Pictured above: Paedophile Rolf Harris with his “tireless [or ‘blind to his guilt’] supporter”, niece Jenny Harris.

 

Rotten Rolf – Paedo Rolf Harris might be free but he’s still a paedo
Rolf Harris was mobbed by the media as he left court with Jenny Harris on Tuesday 30th May 2017
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Best in Britain http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/best-in-britain/ http://thesteepletimes.com/brainstorm/best-in-britain/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 22:12:14 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36699 EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading "Best in Britain"]]>

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated

 

A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.

 

Benham Park – formerly known as Benham Vallence – at Marsh Benham, near Newbury comes with around 130 acres of Grade II listed Capability Brown (1716 – 1783) designed parkland and currently extends to 27,620 square foot. It has planning permission in place to either revert to a truly epic single family mansion or to convert into a 100 bedroom ‘wellness centre’ to rival Champneys in Hertfordshire and Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland. The schemes proposed would provide between 50,000 and 140,000 square foot of accommodation and, already, businessmen Harry Marriott and Michael Fresson, owners since 2011, have restored the exterior of the building along with its gardens and park.

 

Built at the behest of the nobleman William Craven (1738 – 1791) to designs of the Fulham born architect Henry Holland (1745 – 1806) in 1774 – 1775, this fine neoclassical house was constructed from Bath stone and later altered by the extremely wealthy Sutton baronets during their tenure in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The estate was sold for £1 million to the innovative computer manufacturers Norsk Data in 1983 and remained in the firm’s ownership until it was dissolved in 1992. It then became the offices of other technology companies until again being placed for sale for £6 million in 2010.

 

Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
Benham Park in the era when it was used as offices; the modern buildings have now been demolished and the car park landscaped
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
The main mansion prior to renovation of its exterior
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
A view from another angle (after external renovation)
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
From the lake
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
And from its imposing entrance
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
One of several entrances to the estate
Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.
Another set of impressive gates

 

Should a buyer use the existing designs for a residential scheme, they would find themselves owning a house that would not only come with 12 reception rooms and 29 bedroom suites, but also one with a sports complex, a sculpture gallery, a 40-seat cinema and garaging for 50 cars. Aside from an existing 5-bedroom mill house on the estate’s 10 acre lake and a gate lodge, the proposals would add a further 8 additional ancillary houses also.

 

Of Benham Park, Crispin Holborow of selling agent Savills commented:

 

“[This] is a nationally important stately home so its sale presents a very exciting proposition for a future owner to oversee its transformation. The prospect of restoring a property of such magnificent proportions with excellent access to London has not arisen for many years, and we expect interest from potential buyers for either its reinstatement as a significant country residence or its repurpose into a world leading wellness centre”.

 

Those looking to extend the compound further have the option to purchase two separately owned properties that were formerly part of the estate. A house known as ‘Greenhouses’, for sale with Savills, is offered for £1.3 million and comes with 1.47 acres of land whilst Mill Bank House, which stands in 2 acres, is on the market through Strutt & Parker.

 

 

The Numbers – Benham Park

 

1771 – 1774

William Craven, 6th Baron Craven paid Capability Brown £7,150 for works to the house and grounds. This sum is the equivalent of £989,000 today ($1.3 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.7 million).

 

1982

Sold to Norsk Data for £1 million (the equivalent of £3.2 million, $4.1 million, €3.7 million or درهم15.1 million today) by Sir Richard Sutton (born 1937).

 

2010

Placed on the market for £6 million ($7.7 million, €6.9 million or درهم28.3 million).

 

2011

Sold to Harry Marriott and Michael Fresson for £5 million ($6.4 million, €5.7 million or درهم23.6 million).

 

2017

Benham Park placed on the market for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million).

 

Separately owned estate houses

Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.Mill Bank House – On the market for £1.4 million ($1.8 million, €1.6 million or درهم6.6 million).

 

Best in Britain – Benham Park (formerly Benham Valence), Marsh Benham, Speen, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG20 8EP, United Kingdom – For sale for £26 million ($33.4 million, €29.9 million or درهم123 million) with Savills.Greenhouses – On the market for £1.3 million ($1.7 million, €1.5 million or درهم6.1 million).

 

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A Land of Contrasts http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-land-of-contrasts/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-land-of-contrasts/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 07:24:10 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36689 Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far   The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here … Continue reading "A Land of Contrasts"]]>

Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far

 

The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here is an area that one associates with a certain kind of genteel elegance and one where both dowager duchesses and an educated, international community has long lived in harmony. Sadly, however, the apple cart has tipped and the area has descended to become a place where homeless people shiver on the streets whilst multi-million pound mansions lay rotting. This is an area that has had its soul ripped from its very being and this is an area that has fast become nothing but a money park with a hidden edge.

 

The cause of this undoubtedly unwelcome change chiefly can be laid at the door of foreign ‘High Net Worth’ (HNW) investors – individuals and corporations who’ve brought ‘Home-aggedon’ to the Royal Borough by snapping up buildings that were once filled with families for crazy sums – and greedy landlords focused on kicking out local businesses in favour of high-paying, trophy tenants. Where once prosperous operations, such as La Brasserie on Brompton Cross, traded for nearly fifty years, are now empty units and outside them sit homeless people begging for scraps.

 

Yes, there are ‘fake homeless’, but the problem is real and beneath the surface one also finds what can be termed the ‘hidden homeless’. These ‘have-nots’ and ‘have-nothing-at-alls’ sit in Pret stores and mind their own business. They cause no trouble but have been let down by the system. You’d be surprised how many such people there are in the Royal Borough and you should realise one thing: Us mere non-HNW mortals are just one pay cheque away from joining them.

 

Pictured top: A homeless man in Pelham Street; he ‘lives’ just across the road from the £105 million home of billionaire Professor ‘Muck’ Flick.

 

A Land of Contrasts – Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far.
A Land of Contrasts – Meanwhile, in Knightsbridge, ‘homes’ (not that anyone lives in them) in One Hyde Park sell for up to £140 million
A Land of Contrasts – Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far.
A Land of Contrasts – Now, in Fulham Road, even “trendy” cafes such as L’Eto are unable to afford their rents and are so desperate to get out of their tenancies that they display ‘to let’ signs whilst still trading
A Land of Contrasts – Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far.
A Land of Contrasts – The area’s new wealth, meanwhile, flaunts its money in the most ostentatious fashion possible and has not a care for the community
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Liar Liar Theresa May http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/liar-liar-theresa-may/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/liar-liar-theresa-may/#comments Sun, 28 May 2017 08:53:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36671 Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May   In 2010, a musicial protest group called Captain SKA released Liar Liar as part of their aim to become a “voice against austerity and neoliberal politics”.   The track made some headway, but … Continue reading "Liar Liar Theresa May"]]>

Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May

 

In 2010, a musicial protest group called Captain SKA released Liar Liar as part of their aim to become a “voice against austerity and neoliberal politics”.

 

The track made some headway, but now, remixed and refocused on Theresa May in particular, includes such lyrics as “strong and stable won’t disguise, we’re still being taken for a ride” and in summary mocks her “porkie pies”.

 

On Saturday, a spokesman for Captain SKA told The Morning Star:

 

“We’ve remixed Liar Liar for this general election because we want to do all we can to expose the horrific effects Tory policy has had on ordinary people”.

 

“Theresa May lies her way through interview after interview without addressing the real issues”.

 

“We want to do all we can to make sure Theresa May is kicked out of Downing Street on 8th June”.

 

Elsewhere, in a Facebook post, the group – who’ve already reached the top 40 with their catchy tune – added: “Download [Liar Liar] now and force the BBC to play it on our airwaves”.

 

#MakeJuneTheEndOfMay #StrongAndStableMyArse #LiarLiar

 Liar Liar Theresa May – Captain SKA re-release tune for GE2017 – Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May.Liar Liar Theresa May – Captain SKA re-release tune for GE2017 – Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May.Liar Liar Theresa May – Captain SKA re-release tune for GE2017 – Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May.

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Anything But A Steel http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/anything-but-a-steel/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/anything-but-a-steel/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 18:50:20 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36636 Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading "Anything But A Steel"]]>

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994

 

A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.

 

For sale with agent Malin Giddings, the 5,490 square foot, 4-storey detached house offered includes not only 4 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, but also a bar, wine room, exercise room, elevator and barbecue. It comes with a 2-car garage, two balconies and a garden and is curiously described as having a “re-scripted aesthetic” that “caters to the 21st century family while incorporating the best finishes of yesterday and today”.

 

Built in 1940 and completely reconfigured by Ken Fulk – an “incredible… sprightly… design guru” with a client list ranging from Napster’s Sean Parker to Bebo’s Michael and Xochi Birch, according to Vanity Fair – £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) is sought for the house.

 

Indicative of the sharp rise in prices in the neighbourhood since it became popular with the titans of Silicon Valley, 1994 Jackson Street sold for $6.25 million in 2008 (the equivalent of $7.10 million, £5.55 million, €6.35 million or درهم26.09 million today) and $1.43 million in 1994 (the equivalent of $2.36 million, £1.84 million, €2.11 million or درهم8.67 million today). Plainly, now, this is a house that’s anything but a steal.

 

Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
Prior to renovation – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America as it was presented when sold in 2008
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
1994 Jackson Street today
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The house is set just beneath Danielle Steele’s ‘Spreckels Mansion’ (2080 Washington Street)
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
Danielle Steel and her palatial home
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
1994 Jackson Street (viewed from the side)
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The house has been made-over by San Francisco “man-about-town” Ken Fulk
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
He is famed for having designed homes for amongst others Michael and Xochi Birch
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The staircase of 1994 Jackson Street
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The house’s main reception space
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The dining room
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The kitchen
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
A colourfully carpeted entertaining area
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
A recreation room with a bar
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The master suite has a bedroom area, sitting area, dressing room, balcony and bathroom
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
Another of the four/five bedrooms in the house
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
The view
Anything But A Steel – 1994 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, CA 94109, United States of America – For sale for £8.40 million ($10.75 million, €9.62 million or درهم39.50 million) through Malin Giddings of SF Properties and designed by Ken Fulk – Next door to Danielle Steel’s Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington Street
A floor plan of the space
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Margaret Burke http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/margaret-burke/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/margaret-burke/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 18:08:59 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36666 The Tories may have a former member of the IRA as a councillor in Croydon in the form of Maria Gatland, but Labour proudly feature a convicted racist jailbird and hunt saboteur on one of their party’s websites. Elected as a councillor in Milton Keynes in 2012 in spite of having previously dressed in Nazi-style … Continue reading "Margaret Burke"]]>

The Tories may have a former member of the IRA as a councillor in Croydon in the form of Maria Gatland, but Labour proudly feature a convicted racist jailbird and hunt saboteur on one of their party’s websites. Elected as a councillor in Milton Keynes in 2012 in spite of having previously dressed in Nazi-style uniforms and also having recruited youths to daub buildings with swastikas, Margaret Burke – pictured here with fellow hypocrite Diane Abbott MP – was a member of a repugnant group known as the November 9th Society in the early 1980s but now likes to “look after hedgehogs and birds and anything else that comes her way”. This anything but innocent “bit of a berk” neglects to mention her time in Holloway but is prepared to share that she holds surgeries for one hour per week for her constituents every Friday evening. Don’t mention the war.

 

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Robert Adam http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/robert-adam/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-roll-call/robert-adam/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 18:00:45 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36659 With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the … Continue reading "Robert Adam"]]>

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the Sackler Library at the University of Oxford, a “miniature Baroque mansion” at Eastwood Farm – complete with a lion on the roof – in Herstmonceux, East Sussex and the “KGB proof” Ingliston House on the Wentworth Estate in Surrey amongst his notable works.

 

Robert Adam – Hampshire based architect and designer Robert Adam (born 1948) followed in the steps of his namesake and has become one of the most important figures in neo-classical style.
Eastwood Farm
Robert Adam – Hampshire based architect and designer Robert Adam (born 1948) followed in the steps of his namesake and has become one of the most important figures in neo-classical style.
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A Costly Capri http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/costly-capri/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/costly-capri/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 17:00:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36677 ‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it’s affectionately known as ‘Oscar’   The car of choice of boy racers, the Ford Capri was dubbed ‘The Pratmobile’ by Rodney after Del Boy bought one in the BBC series Only Fools and Horses. Those that kept such vehicles, unlike … Continue reading "A Costly Capri"]]>

‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it’s affectionately known as ‘Oscar’

 

The car of choice of boy racers, the Ford Capri was dubbed ‘The Pratmobile’ by Rodney after Del Boy bought one in the BBC series Only Fools and Horses. Those that kept such vehicles, unlike the majority who sent them to be scrapped, are now having the last laugh as their prices are rocketing and an example of such comes in the form of a 1987 Capri 280 Brooklands that is to be auctioned in July.

 

The fastback coupé to be offered is described by Silverstone Auctions as “the best Capri Brooklands we’ve ever seen” and is affectionately known as ‘Oscar’. It has been “refinished” – not “restored” – at great expense and has just 14,680 miles on the clock.

 

The car will be sold with an estimate of £35,000 to £45,000 ($44,800 to $57,600, €40,100 to €51,500 or درهم164,700 to درهم211,700) at Silverstone Auctions’ 29th to 30th July sale.

 

 

A Costly Capri – ‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it is to be offered by Silverstone Auctions at their Silverstone sale on 29th to 30th July 2017 – Estimate of £35,000 to £45,000 ($44,800 to $57,600, €40,100 to €51,500 or درهم164,700 to درهم211,700)A Costly Capri – ‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it is to be offered by Silverstone Auctions at their Silverstone sale on 29th to 30th July 2017 – Estimate of £35,000 to £45,000 ($44,800 to $57,600, €40,100 to €51,500 or درهم164,700 to درهم211,700)A Costly Capri – ‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it is to be offered by Silverstone Auctions at their Silverstone sale on 29th to 30th July 2017 – Estimate of £35,000 to £45,000 ($44,800 to $57,600, €40,100 to €51,500 or درهم164,700 to درهم211,700)

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The Burka Brainbox http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/burka-brainbox/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/burka-brainbox/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 09:45:26 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36625 Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself having what can be best described as a ‘Twitter spat’ with UKIP’s Suzanne Evans.   Watchmaker’s daughter Evans, whose attempt to suggest the Manchester terrorist atrocity wouldn’t have happened … Continue reading "The Burka Brainbox"]]>

Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew Steeples

 

Yesterday, I found myself having what can be best described as a ‘Twitter spat’ with UKIP’s Suzanne Evans.

 

Watchmaker’s daughter Evans, whose attempt to suggest the Manchester terrorist atrocity wouldn’t have happened if burkas had been banned (in spite of the bomber being a man in civilian clothing) was brilliantly mocked by Andrew Neil this week, took a dislike to a post I had shared about her stupidity and curtly responded: “You’re not a brainbox at all”.

 

When I answered the former journalist and asked: “Has @PaulNuttallUKIP ever spread fake news?” and “Have ex-BNP and EDL members ever joined @UKIP?”, Evans went quiet. Surprising that.

 

 The Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew SteeplesThe Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew SteeplesThe Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew SteeplesThe Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew SteeplesThe Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew SteeplesThe Burka Brainbox – Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew Steeples

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Wealthy in Wiltshire http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/wealthy-in-wiltshire/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/wealthy-in-wiltshire/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 08:17:37 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36605 Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading "Wealthy in Wiltshire"]]>

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)

 

Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million).

 

Of ashlar and rendered stone construction and built for Mary, Dowager Duchess of Somerset in 1760, Seend Park (or ‘Seend Green House’ as it was previously known) was owned by the now retired judge Sir Mathew Thorpe from 1971 and since 1990 by its current owners. It has been Grade II listed since 1962 and was somewhat unkindly described by the architectural scholar Sir Nikolaus Pevsner CBE FBA (1902 – 1983) as: “So absolutely plain… that it looks like an institution”.

 

The main house, which has been modernised in recent years and extends to 11,357 square foot, includes 4 reception rooms, 11 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It has many original features and in addition there is a 4 bedroom, 1,994 square foot lodge and a 3,630 square foot coach house within the property’s 26.4-acre grounds.

 

Of the pint-sized mini estate, James Mackenzie of selling agents Strutt & Parker told The Times: “Architecturally, the house will attract your typical wealthy Briton”.

 

Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker Wealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & ParkerWealthy in Wiltshire – Seend Park or Seend Green House, High Street, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NZ, United Kingdom – For sale for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million) through Strutt & Parker

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At The Queen’s Pleasure http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/at-the-queens-pleasure/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/at-the-queens-pleasure/#comments Fri, 26 May 2017 08:05:43 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36600 Convicted Old Harrovian fraudster Sheel Khemka’s mother, Dame Asha Khemka, made Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in spite of her son’s conviction for stealing from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs   Dame Asha Khemka OBE, DBE, the mother of the jailed VAT fraudster and all round rotter, Old Harrovian crook Sheel Khemka, has added another set … Continue reading "At The Queen’s Pleasure"]]>

Convicted Old Harrovian fraudster Sheel Khemka’s mother, Dame Asha Khemka, made Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in spite of her son’s conviction for stealing from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

 

Dame Asha Khemka OBE, DBE, the mother of the jailed VAT fraudster and all round rotter, Old Harrovian crook Sheel Khemka, has added another set of letters to her name and been appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant (DL) of Staffordshire.

 

Of her appointment as a representative of the Queen in the county, shameless Dame Asha – a woman who, when confronted by Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times, showed not a jot of regret about her son’s crimes – told the Burton Mail:

 

“As a long-standing resident, I am proud and humbled to be asked to represent the Staffordshire Lieutenancy and serve the place where I have lived for almost 20 years. It is a huge honour to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the county that I love so much”.

 

“Staffordshire is blessed to have many hard-working individuals and dedicated groups and charities that make up the very fabric of our communities, and a plethora of fantastic businesses that contribute enormously to our economic prosperity”.

 

“I am relishing the opportunity to meet many of these in an official capacity and make my own personal contribution to this unique and wonderful county. For me, there will be no greater honour and privilege”.

 

More is the pity that Dame Asha could not instill the same ethics of hard-work and decency in her very own son; one’s now at Her Majesty’s pleasure, the other’s now Her Majesty’s rep.

 

#LongMaySheelKhemkaRot

 

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A Refuge for the Reds http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/refuge-for-the-reds/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/refuge-for-the-reds/#comments Fri, 26 May 2017 07:21:37 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36581 ‘Withnail and I-esque’ former farmstead, in an area of North Yorkshire where red squirrels remarkably thrive, for sale for the same price as a studio in Chelsea, SW3   A Grade II listed former farmstead dating to the 1680s in North Yorkshire has recently come up for sale. Though “in need of refurbishment” and having … Continue reading "A Refuge for the Reds"]]>

‘Withnail and I-esque’ former farmstead, in an area of North Yorkshire where red squirrels remarkably thrive, for sale for the same price as a studio in Chelsea, SW3

 

A Grade II listed former farmstead dating to the 1680s in North Yorkshire has recently come up for sale. Though “in need of refurbishment” and having an appearance not dissimilar to Uncle Monty’s cottage in the cult film Withnail and I, High Houses at Snaizeholme, near Hawes is priced at just £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) – the same sum as a 178 square foot studio in Chelsea Cloisters in London.

 

A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.
High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom
A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.
For the same price, in Chelsea, all one could purchase would be this poky ground floor studio flat
A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.
High Houses is situated in one of the few areas of the country where native red squirrels are beating off the invader grey squirrels

 

Situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and located in one of 17 red squirrel refuges in the north of England, High Houses enjoys “stunning views” across the countryside of the Widdale Valley – the domain of the Wensleydale Pack of foxhounds – and comes with unlandscaped gardens and a paddock.

 

Aside from a main house with 2 reception rooms, a kitchen with an oil fired Rayburn, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the property also includes an attached byre with potential for conversion, a detached barn that was formerly a residence and a stone-built pig sty. Selling agents J. R. Hooper & Co. point out that High Houses is supplied by private spring fed water and surprisingly, given the property’s somewhat isolated position, add: “Broadband is available”.

 

A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co. A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.A Refuge for the Reds – High Houses, Snaizeholme, Hawes and High Abbotside, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NB, United Kingdom – For sale for £325,000 ($421,000, €375,000 or درهم1.5 million) through J. R. Hooper & Co.

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Hero of the Hour – Stephen Jones http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/hero-of-the-hour-stephen-jones/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/hero-of-the-hour-stephen-jones/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 09:46:44 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36577 Courageous Mancunian homeless man, whose actions after the Manchester Arena terror attack were rightly lauded heroic, to get new home   Many tales of compassion have come out of this week’s Manchester bomb blast, but one that is especially captivating is that of Stephen Jones, a homeless man who rushed to help the injured and … Continue reading "Hero of the Hour – Stephen Jones"]]>

Courageous Mancunian homeless man, whose actions after the Manchester Arena terror attack were rightly lauded heroic, to get new home

 

Many tales of compassion have come out of this week’s Manchester bomb blast, but one that is especially captivating is that of Stephen Jones, a homeless man who rushed to help the injured and dying.

 

Mr Jones, 35, courageously pulled nails and bits of glass out of a little girl’s face, but, when approached by the Mail Online, modestly commented: “People are saying I’m a hero, but I’m not – I’m just a person”.

 

He added:

 

“There were people in suits who are meant to be the pillars of society who were walking over dead children. Us homeless guys, we get slagged off all the time over this, that and the other.  But we were the first ones in there to help”.

 

The owners of West Ham, businessman David Sullivan and his son, Dave Jnr, on hearing of Jones’ selfless actions took to Twitter in an effort to locate Jones. On finding him, they offered to rent him a house for six months “to help him get on his feet”.

 

Though a nasty minority questioned his actions, a crowdfunding campaign to support Mr Jones has now raised nearly £30,000. This thoroughly decent gent deserves every penny and he is worthy of the support of each and every one of us.

 

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An Epic Estate http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/an-epic-estate/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/an-epic-estate/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:46 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36554 Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading "An Epic Estate"]]>

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses

 

The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the Lake and his epic, Marmion, has recently been placed for sale for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million).

 

Offered by Savills and leased by the novelist, playwright and poet from 1804 to 1812, Ashiestiel House in Selkirkshire stands above in 863 acres above the River Tweed and is 35 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. It comes with six further dwellings, 1¾ miles of salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Tweed, an in-hand stock farm, commercial forestry, a pheasant shooting, duck flighting and equestrian facilities.

 

An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)
Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) was the tenant of Ashiestiel for eight years prior to moving to Abbotsford, an estate he eventually expanded to some 1,000 acres
An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)
An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom

 

Extending to 10,360 square foot and renovated in 2011, the estate’s Grade A listed main residence includes 5 reception rooms, 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. It dates to the 17th century and amongst its features are a peel tower and space described as suitable for entertaining “on a grand scale”.

 

Ashiestiel was last placed on the market – with just 24 acres of land and its two gate lodges – for £1.75 million in 2009 (the equivalent of £2.15 million, $2.79 million, €2.48 million or درهم10.26 million today). At the time, then owner and joint master of the Buccleuch hunt, Robert Claydon, told The Telegraph:

 

“I’ve come back from cubbing and caught a salmon at the end of the garden. It’s very wild countryside – south of us you won’t hit a road for 10 miles. It was the best move we ever made coming here. We escaped the rat race – people understand the countryside up here”.

 

An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million) An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million) An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million) An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million) An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million) An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)An Epic Estate – Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, Lauderdale, Selkirkshire, Scotland, TD1 3LJ, United Kingdom – For sale through Savills for £5.5 million ($7.1 million, €6.4 million or درهم26.2 million)

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A Brylcream Bigot http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-brylcream-bigot/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/a-brylcream-bigot/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 23:58:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36533 Nigel Farage’s communications man, “political poet” Dan Jukes, sinks to a new low in the wake of the attack on innocence in Manchester; this beer swilling bigot should henceforth be ignored   In the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, Nigel Farage’s communications man, Dan Jukes, did not unite with … Continue reading "A Brylcream Bigot"]]>

Nigel Farage’s communications man, “political poet” Dan Jukes, sinks to a new low in the wake of the attack on innocence in Manchester; this beer swilling bigot should henceforth be ignored

 

In the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, Nigel Farage’s communications man, Dan Jukes, did not unite with those sharing grief. Instead, this bombastic “political poet” – one half of a duo previously known as the ‘Brylcream Boys’ – spent the next hours telling his 5,088 Twitterfollowers to “get angry, get mad” and “#sigh[ed]” of the Eiffel Tower going dark in solidarity with victims.

 

Jukes, a man plainly lacking in any form of nuance of appropriateness, also shared a tweet that announced: “There’s no such thing as Islamophobia. It’s a word designed by Muslim Brotherhood [sic] to shut down debate” and another that read: “That’s enough hashtags and vigils. What we need now is public anger”. As well as retweeting wild and as of yet unproven suggestions that the date of the atrocity was linked to the fourth anniversary of the murder of Lee Rigby, Jukes also termed a missive by the respected human rights barrister Adam Wagner “dog shit” and then remarked: “Don’t trust this pair any further than I can throw them to sort out terrorism” alongside of an image of Theresa May and Amber Rudd.

 

Jukes’ inane ramblings did not stop there. He continued by repeating unconfirmed information about the Manchester suicide bomber having allegedly been heard “chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street outside his home in the week leading up [to the attack]” and then concluded: “Parents of terrorist escaped Libya and came to Britain as refugees. This is how that family repay us… Change needed… This is war”.

 

At a time when tolerance between communities is especially essential, there’s only one thing worth doing with Dan Jukes: Let’s unite in turning off this pint-swilling little horror’s volume switch.

 

#Manchester

 

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Belgravia in Bloom http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/belgravia-in-bloom/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/belgravia-in-bloom/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 18:25:36 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36541 Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale   As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural … Continue reading "Belgravia in Bloom"]]>

Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale

 

As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural delight in the form of a ground and basement maisonette in nearby Belgravia.

 

Flat 1 at 57 Eaton Place provides not only 3,497 square foot – with 3 reception rooms, 3 bedroom suites and staff accommodation – but also a courtyard and terrace garden that selling agent Louise Hewlett describes as giving a “country outlook in an urban Belgravia traditional white stucco building”.

 

The flat is held on a lease of 108 years and a service charge of £11,689 ($15,187, €13,577 or درهم55,771) is payable annually.

 

Belgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower Show Belgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower ShowBelgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower Show Belgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower ShowBelgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower ShowBelgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower Show Belgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower Show Belgravia in Bloom – Flat 1, 57 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8BN, United Kingdom – For sale for £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) through Louise Hewlett – Chelsea Flower Show

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Manchester http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/manchester/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-fog/manchester/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 09:50:10 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36528 In the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, surprisingly, it was Donald Trump who spoke for the majority   A suicide bomber may believe he won in attacking Manchester last night, but, for the first time ever, Donald Trump got it completely spot-on when he instead termed this repugnant excuse for a human a “loser”. … Continue reading "Manchester"]]>

In the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, surprisingly, it was Donald Trump who spoke for the majority

 

A suicide bomber may believe he won in attacking Manchester last night, but, for the first time ever, Donald Trump got it completely spot-on when he instead termed this repugnant excuse for a human a “loser”.

 

The families of the twenty-two people who horrifically died whilst enjoying a concert deserve our thoughts and prayers. The cold-hearted loser who massacred and maimed so many innocent individuals, meanwhile, should simply be forgotten.

 

#Manchester

 

 

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A Cool Limo http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-cool-limo/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-cool-limo/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 09:21:35 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36514 Lincoln Continental limousine once owned by Steve McQueen to be auctioned in California in June   “King of Cool” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) is best remembered for having driven Ferraris, Ford GT40’s, Jaguars and Porsches but now a 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine owned by him during the 1970s is to be auctioned by RM … Continue reading "A Cool Limo"]]>

Lincoln Continental limousine once owned by Steve McQueen to be auctioned in California in June

 

“King of Cool” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) is best remembered for having driven Ferraris, Ford GT40’s, Jaguars and Porsches but now a 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine owned by him during the 1970s is to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at their Santa Monica sale.

 

The vehicle, which was built by Lehmann-Peterson, features a 430-cid V8 engine, air conditioning and best of all “a fully functional bar that mechanically opens with the push of a button and is still stocked with the original crystal drinking set”. The rear compartment seats five in “stately style” and the car, the auction catalogue states: “To arrive for an affair in a high-end limousine in the mid-1960s displayed the zenith of success. This Lincoln will remind one of the time when elegance and panache dominated the nightlife and the vehicles the beautiful people arrived in”.

 

A guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000) has been set for the Lincoln limousine. It will be sold on 24th June at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.

 

A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000).A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000). A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000).A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000).A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000). A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000).A Cool Limo – Ex-Steve McQueen 1965 Lincoln Continental limousine by Lehmann-Peterson to be sold at auction on 24th June 2017 by RM Sothebys – Guide of £77,000 to £116,000 ($100,000 to $150,000 €89,000 to €133,000 or درهم367,000 to درهم551,000).

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Shifty & Shiftier http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/shifty-shiftier/ http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/shifty-shiftier/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 09:46:00 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36502 In posing for pictures with ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green in Cannes, Sarah, Duchess of York showed herself to be nothing but shameless   Sarah, Duchess of York is one of those people who has no need for money given she’s always close to it. Yesterday, however, at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, this avaricious former … Continue reading "Shifty & Shiftier"]]>

In posing for pictures with ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green in Cannes, Sarah, Duchess of York showed herself to be nothing but shameless

 

Sarah, Duchess of York is one of those people who has no need for money given she’s always close to it. Yesterday, however, at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, this avaricious former royal took her love for wealth to a new level when she and her daughter, Princess Beatrice, posed for photos with the nauseatingly repugnant businessman Sir Philip Green (AKA ‘Sir Shifty’).

 

Famed for her lack of judgement and friendships with the likes of the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, yesterday ‘Simple Sarah’ showed herself for what she truly is: Embarrassed by nothing and shameless enough to stick two fingers up to ordinary folk.

 

#ShameOnSarah

Shifty & Shiftier – ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green & Sarah, Duchess of York – In posing for pictures with ‘Sir Shifty’ Philip Green in Cannes, Sarah, Duchess of York showed herself to be nothing but shameless.

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Making a Manor http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/making-a-manor/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/making-a-manor/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 00:16:21 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36478 Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading "Making a Manor"]]>

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million

 

Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million).

 

First mentioned in association with Robert de Upbroke in 1282, Osbrooks at Capel, near Dorking was built as a hall and smoke bay house in the 15th and 16th centuries. Subsequently redeveloped in the 17th century and then extended by Detmar Blow (1867 – 1939) – an architect, contemporary of Edwin Lutyens and disciple of John Ruskin – in the arts and crafts style in the early 20th century. The building was given Grade II listed status in November 1966 and more recently had a swimming pool, gym and garaging added.

 

Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.
Osbrooks in 1890
Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.
Osbrooks today (with 20th century extension to left)

 

Standing in 14 acres of gardens and grounds designed by amongst others the especially prolific Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932), Osbrooks now provides 4,987 square foot and features 4 reception rooms, a bar, 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It includes such details as oak joinery, leaded windows and tall, diagonal chimney stacks and could very easily be used as a location in a Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple murder mystery television drama.

 

Of the property, in April, John Fisher of selling agents Sotheby’s International Realty told The Times: “It could be a house for entertaining as well as comfortable living. It has all the space you could require, as well as proximity to good schools”.

 

An adjoining 4-acre plot with stabling and planning permission for a 1,959 square foot, single storey dwelling is also available through Sotheby’s. It is offered for £450,000 ($586,000, €523,000 or درهم2.2 million).

 

Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.Making a Manor – £2.55m Osbrooks, Capel, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5JN – Refurbished Grade II listed Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty.

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A Milder May http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/a-milder-may/ http://thesteepletimes.com/editorial/a-milder-may/#comments Sun, 21 May 2017 09:58:34 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36461 As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard   There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June … Continue reading "A Milder May"]]>

As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard

 

There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June and there’s no doubt she’ll win big. The ‘alternative’ – not that Jeremy Corbyn’s pathetic excuse for a party can even be called that – is beyond bad but, with news that the Conservative Party’s lead has halved to 9 points in a week, comes good news for those that do not subscribe to a desire for a one party state.

 

With the prospect that Mrs May – whose attempt to make her ‘Strong and Stable’ campaign about ‘Theresa’s Team’ rather than using the name of her own party is starting to backfire – will not have as big a majority as she expected, there is a chance there will be at least some form of opposition to the vicar’s daughter’s hectoring ways.

 

In constituencies like Kensington, for example, ‘Remain’ supporters should vote against a shown-to-be lazy MP, Lady Borwick, and back Annabel Mullin of the Liberal Democrats – a lady who issued several video messages yesterday pledging to ‘#HoldToriesToAccount’. A protest vote in this Tory stronghold would send the most powerful signal of all to Mrs May that her “red, white and blue hard Brexit” needs to be tempered and it would act as a reminder that the 48% must still be heard.

 

A Milder May – Theresa May needs to pay attention to moderates – As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard – Annabel Mullin Liberal Democrat vs. Lady Borwick, Victoria Borwick, Vote Leave Hard Brexit Conservative Party

 

Elsewhere, food campaigner and restaurateur Jamie Oliver spoke for the majority when he put his head in his hands and told Channel 4: “Oh, it’s awful. It’s awful. She will regret that” of the Conservatives’ plan to scrap universal free school lunches for infants in their first three years at primary school. He continued:

 

“Well, first of all, I’m apolitical. So don’t go thinking I’m ranting about one thing or the other… As far as I see it, and I believe I’m someone that’s had my hands dirty for twelve years now and I know what I’m talking about, right? It’s completely short-sighted. It’s completely short-sighted”.

 

“And I want her [Theresa May] to be a brilliant Prime Minister. I want a brilliant female Prime Minister. Fundamentally, what she’s doing is taking from teachers and taking from the kids”.

 

“If you speak to Mark Carney and the people at the highest level of economics, if you speak to Oxford Cambridge University on the modelling, the economic modelling of public health and the cost of ill health and the investment. Like, it’s the best bang for your buck you’re going to get. Don’t take from the kids. Don’t take from the teachers”.

 

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Basement It Like Beckham http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/basement-it-like-beckham/ http://thesteepletimes.com/the-sporting-life/basement-it-like-beckham/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 21:27:55 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36450 Former Algerian Embassy in Holland Park for sale for £30 million; the detached stucco house needs complete renovation and counts David and Victoria Beckham as neighbours   The former Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in Holland Park, W11 has just been placed for sale for the sum of £30 million ($39.1 million, … Continue reading "Basement It Like Beckham"]]>

Former Algerian Embassy in Holland Park for sale for £30 million; the detached stucco house needs complete renovation and counts David and Victoria Beckham as neighbours

 

The former Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in Holland Park, W11 has just been placed for sale for the sum of £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million).

 

Offered by estate agent Anthony Sharp, the 9,490 square foot, Grade II listed detached stucco house includes accommodation over five floors and was built in 1862. One of remaining Italianate villas designed by brothers Francis and William Radford, 54 Holland Park is described as being “in need of full modernisation” and as having “scope to create a magnificent family home”.

 

The buyer will count David and Victoria Beckham as near neighbours. They paid £31.5 million ($41.1 million, €36.6 million or درهم150.9 million) for 23 Holland Park in 2013 and finally took up residence there in July 2016 after completing an £8 million ($10.4 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.3 million) renovation that included, amongst other things, a vast subterranean redevelopment.

 

Basement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony Sharp Basement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony SharpBasement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony SharpBasement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony SharpBasement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony SharpBasement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony SharpBasement It Like Beckham – Former Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, 54 Holland Park, London, W11 3RS – For sale for £30 million ($39.1 million, €34.9 million or درهم143.7 million) through Anthony Sharp

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Faded Grandeur http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/faded-grandeur/ http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/faded-grandeur/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 06:57:22 +0000 http://thesteepletimes.com/?p=36423 Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining   A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 … Continue reading "Faded Grandeur"]]>

Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining

 

A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million).

 

Comprising of a first floor balcony flat of 3,111 square foot and a fifth floor staff or guest flat of 488 square foot, the 3,559 square foot property offered has a total of 3 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is within a Grade II listed building and described by selling agents Hobart Slater as being “potentially one of the finest apartments in Ennismore Gardens”.

 

The catch? There are just nine years left on the lease and though this could be extended, purchased at asking price it effectively equates to a cost of £417,000 per year ($544,000, €485,000 or درهم2 million per year). A further expense comes in the form of a service charge of £17,672 per year ($23,033, €20,554 or درهم84,641 per year) also.

 

Faded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart SlaterFaded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart SlaterFaded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart SlaterFaded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart SlaterFaded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart SlaterFaded Grandeur – Flat 2, 16 – 17 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1AA, United Kingdom – First Floor Flat and Fifth Floor Staff/Guest Apartment – For sale for £3.75 million ($4.89 million, €4.36 million or درهم17.96 million) through Hobart Slater