MOVERS & SHAKERS - The snakes and ladders of society

02
Sep
2014
Christina Knudsen FI

Christina Knudsen: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks co-founder of Ochun, a members’ club for single people, Christina Knudsen: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

01
Sep
2014
5.0.2

Overheard: 1st September

Classic clangers from the last week

31
Aug
2014
Think before you tweet FI

Think before you tweet

Mandy Rice-Davies provides a lesson in how to behave on Twitter   A misguided tweet cost Sally Bercow, the wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, an estimated £100,000. Yesterday, when Mandy Rice-Davies, famous for her role in the Profumo scandal, took to Twitter to attack me in the wake of an article I published about George Galloway, Ms Bercow again came to mind.

29
Aug
2014
Parking bounce FI

Parking bounce

An amusing letter to ‘The Times’ provides light relief during the ‘Silly Season’

28
Aug
2014
Bugatti FI

Wally of the Week: Andy Lee House

Car dealer Andy Lee House faces jail after wrecking a Bugatti Veyron   In November 2009, Andy Lee House, an American car dealer, thought he’d come up with the perfect scam when he decided to crash a 2006 Bugatti Veyron worth £603,332 ($1 million) into a swamp in East Texas. His scheme – which he based upon suggesting a pelican caused him to swerve and crash– backfired and now he’s looking at up to 20 years in jail.

27
Aug
2014
Caravan man FI

Picture of the Week: Caravan man

An image of Nigel Farage outside his home shows his true character   God help us: They say we get the leaders we deserve and our Picture of the Week clearly shows what we’d be getting if we ever elect Nigel Farage as our Prime Minister.

25
Aug
2014
Charlie Parsons FI

Charlie Parsons: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks the renowned British television producer Charlie Parsons: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

25
Aug
2014
Boyle FI

Boyling over

Frankie Boyle owes Jeremy Clarkson an apology   Frankie Boyle is a provocative yet humourless Scottish comedian who’d do well to stay north of the border. In demanding one of Britain’s favourite television presenters is sacked by the BBC, he’s truly gone too far and frankly he ought to make an apology to Jeremy Clarkson.

22
Aug
2014
Drilling a bank robbery FI

Drilling a bank robbery

A drill used in the Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery on display at Christie’s is a reminder of the world’s biggest bank heist   Former banker David Gainsborough Roberts has amassed an extraordinary collection of items owned by famous and infamous individuals. A selection of them are currently on display at Christie’s in South Kensington and amongst them are a parliamentary robe worn by Lord Lucan, Lawrence of Arabia’s white silk headdress and a drill used in the Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery in 1987.

19
Aug
2014
19th August FI

Overheard: 19th August

Classic clangers from the last week

14
Aug
2014
Elder Zhao FI

Overheard: 14th August

Classic clangers from the last week

11
Aug
2014
Ben Gunn FI

Ben Gunn: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks former prisoner turned writer and campaigner Ben Gunn: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

08
Aug
2014
Donna Ida FI

Donna Ida: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks ‘Queen of Jeans’ Donna Ida: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

08
Aug
2014
Alex Salmond Retains His Post As First Minister And Creates Scotland's First Majority Government

Overheard: 8th August

Classic clangers from the last week

06
Aug
2014
Meghan McCain FI

Wise words

Meghan McCain on marriage   Last week, Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, took to Twitter to share her views on marriage. In announcing her views on marriage, she showed herself to be a wise and grounded young lady.

04
Aug
2014
Petra Ecclestone

Stunted by Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter – Petra Stunt – backs her husband and his excessive ways   Chelsea residents now yawn when they see a convoy of cars transporting James Stunt and his wife Petra (formerly Ecclestone). Mrs Stunt – as she rightly now likes to be called – though, took umbrage when she came across a feature we published in April yesterday.

03
Aug
2014
Jonathan Sothcott FI

Jonathan Sothcott: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks asks independent film producer Jonathan Sothcott: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”  

01
Aug
2014
Dean and J Bradley Tramer FI

Dean and J. Bradley Tramer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks Dean and J. Bradley Tramer of lifestyle website Proper Kid Problems: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”  

29
Jul
2014
29th July FI

Overheard: 29th July

Classic clangers from the last week

27
Jul
2014
Tony Blair FI

Quote of the Week: Tony Blair claims: “I’ve not changed”

Tony Blair disputes estimates of his wealth and claims that he just wants to make a difference   Last week, our former Prime Minister Tony Blair declared: “I’ve not changed. It’s not about making money. It’s about making a difference”. Curiously, for a man with so little interest in cash, he then went on to spend £50,000 on a lavish surprise party for his wife’s 60th birthday on Friday night.

25
Jul
2014
Suzanne Noble FI

Suzanne Noble: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks the founder of the Frugl app Suzanne Noble: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Laughter, love and the search for a great Reuben sandwich.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Shit or get off the pot”. Is that too rude?  

22
Jul
2014
As worthless as a whisky case FI

As worthless as a whisky case

The perils of life as a husband seeker   Sunday night in Knightsbridge – At a party in full swing at a trendy restaurant, a Pucci clad woman said to her friend: “I’m just so sexy. I’ve got the all-round package but I’m just not getting the right man”. By that, she did not mean the love of her life. This ambitious sort had another agenda and a simple one at that: She wanted a man with money.

20
Jul
2014
The camouflaged Ferrari FI

Overheard: 20th July

Classic clangers from the last week

11
Jul
2014
Itay Hod FI

Itay Hod: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks journalist and news personality Itay Hod: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Never take anything too seriously and, whenever available on the menu, order banana cream pie.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Live and let live. And avoid Fox News at all costs.  

10
Jul
2014
Chris Kohrs FI

The Hot Cop of Castro

‘Hot Cop’ takes on ‘Hot Convict’   Yesterday, we featured the so-called ‘Hot Convict’ Jeremy Meeks and suggested it ridiculous that so many were celebrating a criminal just because of his model looks. Thankfully, we’ve now come across a more positive role model and rival in the form of a San Francisco cop named Chris Kohrs.

10
Jul
2014
SIMON OGILVIE-HARRIS , portrait, feature, London, UK, HOT 100 Jewellers, Professional Jeweller

Simon Ogilvie-Harris: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks the founder and managing director of Chavín Jewellery Simon Ogilvie-Harris: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I don’t really have a guiding force. I take every day as it comes.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A very wise man once told me: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”.  

09
Jul
2014
Roger Moore FI

Wally of the Week: Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore’s joke about being poor is nothing but offensive   Quoted in the Daily Mail’s ‘Ephraim Hardcastle’ column on Wednesday, Sir Roger Moore stated that he couldn’t afford to retire because “I have to keep working to afford petrol for my Smart car”.

08
Jul
2014
Men and women FI

Quotes of the Week: Men and women

Men on women and women on men   Some might suggest these two quotes about men and women to be misandrist and misogynist respectively but we found them amusing and hence share them as our Quotes of the Week.

08
Jul
2014
Can you tell what it is yet Rolf FI

Picture of the Week: Can you tell what it is yet?

An image of Rolf Harris painting a door with bars illustrates this monster’s arrogance

03
Jul
2014
3rd July FI

Overheard: 3rd July

Classic clangers from the last week

28
Jun
2014
Handbagged FI

Overheard: 28th June

Classic clangers from the last week

20
Jun
2014
20th June FI

Overheard: 20th June

Classic clangers from the last week

04
Jun
2014
4th June FI

Overheard: 4th June

Classic clangers from the last week  

03
Jun
2014
The Chavin Jewellery charity party at Mahiki

Charity and Chavin

Jewellery brand Chavin hosts charity event at Mahiki   On 29th May, Simon Ogilvie-Harris of the jewellery brand Chavin hosted a cocktail party and charity event at Mahiki with the help of the socialite Henry Conway.

29
May
2014
29th May FI

Overheard: 29th May

Classic clangers from the last week

27
May
2014
Team Nigella FI

Picture of the Week: Team Nigella meets Team Saatchi

‘Team Nigella’ T-shirt spotted in the Saatchi Gallery   On Bank Holiday Monday, visitors to London’s Saatchi Gallery were surprised to see a young man walking around in a T-shirt that bore the caption ‘Team Nigella’.

14
May
2014
The Bag and Bottle FI

Overheard: 14th May

Classic clangers from the last week

14
May
2014
The Hamptons FI

Picture of the Week: Defining The Hamptons

An analysis of the playground of America’s super-rich   It’s the time of the year when the elite think about heading off to the South of France, Tuscany or in the case of Americans, The Hamptons. Our Picture of the Week is of a map of the latter that comes complete with descriptions of the types of people who flock there each summer.

09
May
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 9th May

Classic clangers from the last week

06
May
2014
Nigel Farage FI

Picture of the Week: An unfortunate shot of Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage isn’t having much luck with his imagery at the moment   In recent days, a picture of Nigel Farage as a punk rocker has been circulated on the Internet. It turned out to be a fake but it amused many. Now, a reader has submitted another rather unfortunate shot, this time taken from a television interview conducted with the UKIP leader.

01
May
2014
Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins: The reality

The public should be exposed to the real Katie Hopkins   Last night I met Katie Hopkins. This chance encounter at a party –where I was also briefly and rather randomly introduced to the ex-jailbird Chris Huhne (as cringeworthy as one would expect) and ‘Darth Labour’ Lord Mandelson (as dark as one would imagine) – surprised me. Katie Hopkins, I found, is – shock horror – not a complete harridan but actually great company and rather a pleasant individual.

29
Apr
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 29th April

Classic clangers from the last week

27
Apr
2014
Formula One World Championship

Bang on Bernie

Bernie Ecclestone explains what is wrong about the husband of his billionaire brat Petra   James Stunt, the son-in-law of Bernie Ecclestone, is a man variously described as “flash” and looking like “an extra from The Wolf of Wall Street”. In a series of comments to the Daily Mail’s Paul Scott, his father-in-law largely agreed with this analysis

21
Apr
2014
Overheard 21st April FI

Overheard: 21st April

Classic clangers from the last week

14
Apr
2014
Overheard 14th April FI

Overheard: 14th April

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11
Apr
2014
The contrasting couple FI

The contrasting couple

Season for rich Arabs to parade in London has begun   The time has arrived; the annual invasion has begun. The streets of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair have been taken over by Arabs and each year they come earlier and earlier.

07
Apr
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 7th April

Classic clangers from the last week  

06
Apr
2014
Phoebe Haines FI

Phoebe Haines: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with mezzo soprano Phoebe Haines   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My family and friends.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you I came to live out loud” (Emile Zola) or “The bigger the hair the closer to God” (Dolly Parton).  

05
Apr
2014
Maria Miller

Wally of the Week: Maria Miller

Greedy politician Maria Miller should resign   Nobody likes greedy, out of touch politicians and in Maria Miller MP this week a fine example has been exposed.

04
Apr
2014
Bunte Personality Depp

Quote of the Week: Famous for nothing

Johnny Depp accurately sums up the cult of celebrity   This week whilst promoting his latest film, Transcendence, the actor Johnny Depp stated: “People get famous now for I-don’t-know-what”.

31
Mar
2014
Merryn Corcoran FI

Merryn Corcoran: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with author Merryn Corcoran   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To complete whatever I begin. At the moment, I’m focusing on launching my current novel The Silent Village in the UK and completing my next novel. Writing seems to engulf me so finding a balance between my working life and my personal life is vital.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all” However, I sometimes slip up.  

29
Mar
2014
Gwyneth Paltrow FI

In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow

James Murphy leaps to the defence of Gwyneth Paltrow   You’ve heard the news: Gwyneth Paltrow is ‘consciously uncoupling’ from Chris Martin. It’s only human to be interested. We are conditioned towards prurience. In the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, however, it’s personal, pernicious and pervasive. The poor woman has been hounded by a sinister reflection of our modern media machine.

27
Mar
2014
Neil Kinnock FI

Turn off the Kinnock

Neil Kinnock is a loathesome oaf   When Neil Kinnock held a celebration prior to the 1992 General Election, he made an utter prat of himself and guaranteed Labour’s subsequent thrashing at the polls. That The Sun ran the headline “Will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights” spoke volumes but now a letter by him has again shown this failed politician for the fool that he truly is.

24
Mar
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 24th March

Classic clangers from the last week

22
Mar
2014
Spencer Matthews FI

Wally of the Week: Spencer Matthews (again)

‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Spencer Matthews spotted sporting a most pretentious baseball cap   In a Chelsea restaurant yesterday, Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was spotted sporting a baseball cap. Hardly newsworthy but what was ridiculous about it was that it bore the caption “Fresh Ego Kid”.

19
Mar
2014
Gina and Alan Miller FI

Baron and bloom

Two very different society gatherings   Tuesday night in London was a busy one. Gina and Alan Miller’s foundation, Miller Philanthropy, hosted a hugely successful charity concert at the Cadogan Hall, whilst former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg held a party at The Serpentine Gallery.

18
Mar
2014
Alice Freyman FI

Alice Freyman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Apter-Fredericks gallery manager Alice Freyman   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? At this stage in my life, it is ‘balance’: work, play, family, self.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The only difference between a dream and a goal is a plan.  

17
Mar
2014
13788-70-1

Overheard: 17th March

Classic clangers from the last week

16
Mar
2014
Monica Porter FI

Wally of the Week: Monica Porter

Cougar Monica Porter is a woman who needs to act her age   We’ve nothing against older women dating younger men and Joanna Lumley recently portrayed a fine example in her kiss with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. In recent weeks, however, the Mail Online have featured a tawdry cougar named Monica Porter and we simply had to make her our Wally of the Week.

11
Mar
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 11th March

Classic clangers from the last week

09
Mar
2014
Lucy and Anna DeCinque FI

Wallies of the Week: Lucy and Anna DeCinque

Twin sisters who forked out £130,000 to look more similar   Twins are sometimes nigh on identical and sometimes aren’t. An Australian pair named Lucy and Anna DeCinque, however, are so obsessed about looking the same that they’ve spent £130,000 on lip fillers, breast implants and tattooed eyebrows.

08
Mar
2014
Barbara Baekeland FI

Manacled to Mummy

The strange story of the murder of Barbara Baekeland by her own son   Murders can happen anywhere but Cadogan Square in Chelsea is not somewhere you’d first think of one so strange occurring. In 1972, however, just such a thing happened when the great grandson of the inventor of Bakelite killed his socialite mother in their penthouse home.

07
Mar
2014
VVV FI

Vamp in the Veil Ventures

‘Sara Al-Amoudi’ spotted at cocktail party   The woman best known as ‘The Vamp in the Veil’ appeared at a cocktail party last night.

03
Mar
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 3rd March

Classic clangers from the last week

02
Mar
2014
Paul Bayly FI

Colonel Paul Bayly: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with banker, explorer and author Colonel Paul Bayly   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Life’s too short to miss a good adventure.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Carpe diem and also “the guy with the biggest battle tank always wins”.  

01
Mar
2014
Crashing the list FI

Crashing the list

Galleries and auction houses circulate list of crashers   It’s official: The gatecrashers of London have their cards marked. The Steeple Times has been given the official list of “suspected gatecrashers” that is being circulated by the galleries and auction houses of London.

28
Feb
2014
Shopping without shame

Picture of the Week: Shopping without shame

Shamed baroness spotted shopping in Waitrose Belgravia   Our editor expected it unlikely to cross paths with the shamed criminal Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben after her conviction on Wednesday. He was, therefore, more than surprised to encounter her in Waitrose Belgravia on Thursday evening

25
Feb
2014
Ferrari luggage FI

Overheard: 25th February

Classic clangers from the last week

20
Feb
2014
Housing a hashtag FI

Wally of the Week: Housing a hashtag

House PR’s “condition attached” invites score a true own goal   We’ve upset a few PRs this week but the award for the man that brought another of them down has to go to Tim Walker, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist.

17
Feb
2014
Ovehreard FI

Overheard: 17th February

Classic clangers from the last week

14
Feb
2014
Jolyon Evatt Bexon FI

Jolyon Evatt Bexon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Gieves & Hawkes’ flagship store manager Jolyon Evatt Bexon   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I always feel that if my head hits the pillow and I’m out cold in under a minute then I’ve done a good day’s work. An honest day’s hard work is the answer.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I once heard someone say: “He made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. I think it was a cricket commentator. I don’t like cricket but the saying stuck.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2014? Kerry Katona….

13
Feb
2014
Katie Hopkins FI

Wally of the Week: Katie Hopkins (again)

Katie Hopkins makes yet another fool of herself   Barely a day goes by without Katie Hopkins offending someone. As we pointed out last week, however, the nation has failed to understand why she does it and resultantly we’re probably amongst the few who aren’t that fussed about her latest silly remarks.

10
Feb
2014
Overheard FI

Overheard: 10th February

Classic clangers from the last week  

08
Feb
2014
A tattooed twerp FI

Wally of the Week: A tattooed twerp

Man who covered 90% of his body in tattoos refused passport because of his ridiculous name   We’ve got nothing against tattoos and surprisingly many of the most unlikely of our readers and contributors even have one or two. A man who changed his name to the King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite, however, has taken it too far but it’s not for having covered 90% of his body in tattoos that he’s hit the headlines but for his equally ludicrous name.

06
Feb
2014
The Hopkins Factor FI

The Hopkins Factor

Public misunderstand the true motivation of Katie Hopkins   Katie Hopkins is opinionated and acerbic. She upsets virtually all who cross her path and thinks nothing of starting a controversy. Strangely, however, we actually think she’s misunderstood.

03
Feb
2014
Chelsea Chicks Chatter FI

Chelsea chicks chatter

High maintenance horrors who never fail to shock   It’s not uncommon to hear them in the bars and restaurants of Belgravia, Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. They bark orders such as: “I’m having a blow dry in three hours so I want a superfood salad but I want a little cheese burger with no bun as well. Got it? I’m in a bit of a fucking hurry. Got it? Fucking got it?” Manners maketh man and man, the “Chelsea Chicks who Chatter” just don’t have any.

02
Feb
2014
Martin Higginson FI

Martin Higginson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with entrepreneur Martin Higginson   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? It has to be: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Failure is the grandfather of success.  

01
Feb
2014
Conrad Black

Blacked out

Conrad Black stripped of his Canadian honours   He remains The Right Honourable The Lord Black of Crossharbour KSG, but the disgraced newspaper publisher Conrad Black had his appointments as an officer of the Order of Canada and as a Canadian privy councilor terminated on Friday.

29
Jan
2014
Maximilian Wiedemann FI

Maximilian Wiedemann: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with artist Maximilian Wiedemann   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The only pain is champagne.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The better you look, the more you see.  

26
Jan
2014
Blackening the royals FI

Blackening the royals

Conrad Black persuades Princess Michael to dish the dirt on the royals on Canadian television   You can’t keep the old felon down: Whilst interviewing Princess Michael of Kent, Conrad Black persuaded her to make a series of extraordinary remarks about her relatives. That she fell into such a trap could be said to be extraordinary but given that she’s previously suggested living Kensington Palace to be like “living on Coronation Street”, we’re less than surprised.

24
Jan
2014
Airbagged FI

Video of the Week: Airbagged

A Mercedes-Benz driver comes to regret taking on an old lady   Our Video of the Week had to be of an old lady who dealt with an aggressive driver appropriately.

23
Jan
2014
Gigi_4.jpg

Bonkers and billions

Billionaire offers £80 million to anyone who can turn his lesbian daughter straight   A billionaire property magnate has doubled an earlier offer of £40 million to anyone who could “turn” his lesbian daughter “straight”.

20
Jan
2014
Richard Dinan FI

Richard Dinan: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with businessman and ‘Made in Chelsea’ star Richard Dinan   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Imagination.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? When the going gets ugly, that’s when the ugly get going.  

18
Jan
2014
Vasile Belea FI

All’s well that ends well

Missing Romanian tourist found safe and well   When a 63-year old Romanian tourist, Vasile Belea, became separated from his son when a tube train door closed before he could get on, a “living nightmare” began for his family. Thankfully, this morning, it has been revealed that he was found last night.

10
Jan
2014
Till death do us not part FI

Till death do us (not) part

House complete with previous owner comes to market in Teddington   House sales occasionally include unusual extras such as a flock of geese, cars and even an “emaciated spaniel” but with the launch of a Teddington, Middlesex house to the market, a buyer will also get the remains of two dead former owners.

06
Jan
2014
Jonathan Raggett FI

Jonathan Raggett: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Red Carnation Hotels managing director Jonathan Raggett   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The harder you work, the luckier you are.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? At Red Carnation Hotels our motto is: “No request is too large, no detail too small”.  

03
Jan
2014
Martyn Thompson FI

Martyn Thompson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with photographer and author Martyn Thompson   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Gratitude.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “What’s the upside of this?”

01
Jan
2014
Kim Jong-un FI

Wally of the Week: Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un is a megalomaniac with no moral compass   Kim Jong-un could easily be a Bond villain but in reality he is a monster. Having executed his own uncle, this 30-year old tyrant has used his New Year’s Day message to describe Chang Song-thaek’s killing as “resolute action” to strengthen his country.

27
Dec
2013
The arrivals and departures of 2013  FI

The arrivals and departures of 2013

The births, deaths and innovations of the year   2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.

25
Dec
2013
Cyrus Mahboubian FI

Cyrus Mahboubian: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with photographer Cyrus Mahboubian   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Artistic pursuits take up most of my time.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I think the ethic of reciprocity “do unto others as you would have them do to you” is a good way to live.  

24
Dec
2013
Iqbal Latif FI

Iqbal Latif: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with businessman Iqbal Latif   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Unlearning the old and relearning the new.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Be an integral part of rising global consciousness”. Seven billion connected minds in this age of connectivity will be a force to reckon with.  

24
Dec
2013
Erroll Douglas FI

Errol Douglas MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with hair stylist to the stars Errol Douglas   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Graft and graft some more.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stop looking for the short cut. It’s not there.  

24
Dec
2013
Lapo Elkann FI

Becoming a ‘JewBu’

Lapo Elkann redefines himself   In recent days the former socialite and Fiat heir Lapo Elkann has redefined himself as a ‘JewBu’ or Jewish Buddhist.

19
Dec
2013
Giacomo Brunelli FI

Giacomo Brunelli: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with photographer Giacomo Brunelli   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Adrenaline.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill.  

16
Dec
2013
Kellie Shirley FI

Kellie Shirley: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with actress Kellie Shirley, best known as Carly Wicks from ‘Eastenders’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Really good lyrics.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you cry because you’ve lost the sun, your tears won’t let you see the stars.  

11
Dec
2013
Albane Chevallier-Chantepie FI

Albane Chevallier-Chantepie: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Mindfulness and determination.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “History never repeats, create your own”.  

09
Dec
2013
Kerry Katona FI

Wally of the Week: Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona is in no place to lecture the nation   This morning on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, Kerry Katona lectured viewers on parenting, drinking and salaries – subjects she would have done well to have avoided.

07
Dec
2013
Arrivals and depatures FI

The Arrivals and Departures of 2013

The Steeple Times to list the most welcomed arrivals and missed departures of 2013   Today, in South Africa, the funeral of Nelson Mandela commences. In July, Prince George of Cambridge was born and Baroness Thatcher died in April. This has been a year of significant arrivals and departures.

06
Dec
2013
A bashup and a baroness

A bashup and a baroness

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben taken into custody after an altercation in a Belgravia hotel   On Wednesday evening, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, a former associate of the founder of the now liquidated Von Essen Hotel group, Andrew Davis, was involved in an incident at a hotel in Belgravia.

30
Nov
2013
G F Newman FI

GFNewman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with screenwriter and novelist GFNewman, best known for having created ‘Judge John Deed’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? A passion for justice.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Speak truth to power.