MOVERS & SHAKERS - The snakes and ladders of society

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

Classic clangers from the last week

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.  

28
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
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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
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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.  

25
Nov
2013
Mark Wright FI

Wally of the Week: Mark Wright

Mark Wright being locked out of Twitter for an hour is hardly the end of the world   Mark Wright – who formerly appeared in The Only Way is Essex – went into meltdown on Monday after his Twitter account was temporarily hacked.

21
Nov
2013
Kelly Brook FI

Wally of the Week: Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook’s stupidest statement (yet)   A contestant on The Apprentice, Stuart Baggs, once was derided after describing himself as “a brand”. This week, former Page Three girl Kelly Brook did just the same and in the process made herself look equally ridiculous.

17
Nov
2013
Spencer Matthews FI

Wally of the Week: Spencer Matthews

‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Spencer Matthews tweets a £488,000 bar bill   Whether it was his bill or someone else’s, the vulgarity of the 25 year old Made in Chelsea participant Spencer Matthews tweeting an image of a receipt for £488,706.08 is yet another example of distasteful excess.

15
Nov
2013
Maxed out FI

Maxed out

Steven Berkoff takes on Max Moseley   In a recent Facebook post, one of Britain’s most talented actors, Steven Berkoff, rightly exposed Max Mosley’s attempts to have Google remove the video of his Nazi inspired orgy.

13
Nov
2013
William Cookson FI

William Cookson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with artist William Cookson   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Onwards and upwards”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Get medieval on your ass”.  

08
Nov
2013
Zain Latif FI

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

20 questions with Zain Latif, founder of TLG Capital   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Hakuna Matata.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The enemy of good is better.

07
Nov
2013
Robin Thicke FI

Thicke socks the students

Robin Thicke dismisses campuses who banned his song as ‘ridiculous’   When Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines became a worldwide No 1, it also became a talking point on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour after Edinburgh University started a UK-wide movement by banning it from their campuses.

06
Nov
2013
Ana de la Vega FI

Ana de la Vega: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with flautist Ana de la Vega   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, non feci mai male ad anima viva – which for non-Puccini buffs means: “I lived for my art, I lived for love, I never did harm to a living soul”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom”.

02
Nov
2013
Twitter's gone One Direction

Twitter’s gone One Direction

One Direction have more influence on UK Twitter users than David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Piers Morgan   Piers Morgan’s public spat with Jeremy Clarkson has made headlines in recent days, but according to research by PeerIndex, the chat show host is ahead of the automotive expert in terms of his influence on British users of Twitter.

31
Oct
2013
Alex Kassandrinos FI

Alexander Kassandrinos: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with international lawyer Alexander Kassandrinos   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is my well being and enjoyment of life. If I am well and enjoying life, everything is fine, so I make it so. It’s a painfully easy concept to live by.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.  

30
Oct
2013
Caroline Feraday

Caroline Feraday: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with broadcaster Caroline Feraday   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Never be boring. You may now pass judgement on whether I achieve this below.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Kind thoughts, kind words, kind deeds.  Sometimes this occurs for me through very gritted teeth though.  

29
Oct
2013
Theo Osborne FI

Theo Osborne: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Theo Osborne, founder of Parnassus Travel Group   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Treating others how I would like to be treated.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The race is not always to the swiftest, nor the battle to the strongest, but that is the way to bet.

27
Oct
2013
Roland Johnson FI

Roland Johnson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with model, musician and Mr England 2011-2013 winner Roland Johnson   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The sense of achievement.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Get out of your comfort zone and take every opportunity.  

25
Oct
2013
A madam moves on FI

A madam moves on

Leading madam spotted in Sloane Square   This afternoon whilst sitting in a Sloane Square bar-restaurant, I spotted the same Polish madam we featured back in July. As with the previous encounter, said ‘lady’ was in a Tiffany blue sweater but this time held court with a glass of champagne rather than margaritas.

24
Oct
2013
Balthazar Fabricius, Founder Fitzdares, UK.

Balthazar Fabricius: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Balthazar Fabricius, founder of sports betting company Fitzdares   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The weather.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Learn to sing. It’s impossible to be angry and sing at the same time”.

22
Oct
2013
Andy Jordan FI

Made in Water

‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Andy Jordan releases his first single   Made in Chelsea participants have launched candy shops, written books and jewellery lines. Now, the show’s Andy Jordan has joined Gabriella Ellis and Caggie Dunlop and released a single.

22
Oct
2013
Afzal Kahn FI

Afzal Kahn: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Afzal Kahn, founder of automotive design house A. Kahn Design   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m a fighter and my guiding force is my belief. Nothing is impossible and I’m not scared of challenge.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Rejection only makes you stronger”.  

19
Oct
2013
Alex Massouras FI

Alexander Massouras: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with artist Alexander Massouras   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Serendipity and contained melancholy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Don’t get medieval, get baroque.  

18
Oct
2013
Klout FI

The clout of Klout

Laurence Benson explores the social media ranking website Klout   Unless you have a Twitter or Facebook addiction, the word Klout probably doesn’t mean very much to you. However, before you dash off to search “What is…?” and get hit with a barrage of bizarrely popular searches such as “What is twerking?”, help is at hand.

17
Oct
2013
Mrs Milf FI

Ask Mrs MILF: The agony aunt who’s naughty but nice

This week, Mrs MILF deals with charming men, the complexes of being attractive, a well known cheating lover, golden showers and “finishing off”.

13
Oct
2013
Letters of Note FI

Website of the Week: Letters of Note

Correspondence that most certainly does deserve a wider audience   Lettersofnote.com was established in 2009 and gets more than 1.5 million visits per week. The website includes letters from individuals as diverse as the Queen, Mick Jagger, Ernest Hemingway and a little boy named Jim Berger who wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright to ask him to design a house for his dog.

11
Oct
2013
Dating duds FI

Dating duds

Byron Bradshaw examines the do’s and don’ts first date attire   Recently, I received a frantic text message from a friend who was getting dressed for a first date with a woman he met online. “What do I wear?” he lamented.

08
Oct
2013
Sabine Roemer FI

Sabine Röemer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with goldsmith, designer and sculptress Sabine Röemer   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Follow your heart. It is always right”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them.  

03
Oct
2013
Nathalie Pulford FI

Wally of the Week: Nathalie Pulford

A self-publicist we’d rather not have heard about   Our dislike for Speaker John Bercow is well known but equally ridiculous is a report in today’s Evening Standard about an incident between him and a Range Rover Sport driver named Nathalie Pulford in Ixworth Place, Chelsea.

01
Oct
2013
Byron Bradshaw FI

Byron Bradshaw: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with New York based fashion entrepreneur Byron Bradshaw   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’d rather be dead than boring.  

30
Sep
2013
Jenny Halpern Prince FI

Halpern gets a little more CHI

WPP backed CHI&Partners acquires stake in Halpern   The world of public relations can be fickle and few who work in it command the level of respect that Jenny Halpern Prince has built up since she founded Halpern on her kitchen table in 1992. Today, in an email newsletter, it was announced that a stake in her agency had been acquired by CHI&Partners, a company backed by Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP.

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Sep
2013
Richard Biddulph FI

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

20 questions with car dealer and Rolls-Royce specialist Richard Biddulph   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Service, service, service and more service.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Life is not a dress rehearsal” is one choice and my second is: “You never heard a man on his deathbed saying: ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office’”.  

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Sep
2013
Facebook FI

Social media sorts: Part I

The characters of social networking   In the first of a series, we take a look at the character types who use Facebook.

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Sep
2013
Meet The Pun FI

Meet The Pun

Party loving David Pun appears in ‘Meet The Russians’   We didn’t expect the first episode of Meet The Russians would offer anything other than clichéd claptrap, but there was actually at least one scene of note.

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Sep
2013
Hank Buttita FI

Hank Butitta: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Hank Butitta of ‘Hank Bought a Bus’ fame   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The will to create. My family and friends are my unconditional support, but design is my passion.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “It’ll be fine”: Although it’s more of an anxious reminder than a motto.  

24
Sep
2013
Front elevation FI

Receiving Broadwell

One of the UK’s most stunning repossessions, sold for £9.3 million in 2012, comes to the market for just £6.95 million   Law of Property Act Receivers act for banks and private lenders when the terms of mortgages are not met. Broadwell Manor in Gloucestershire is not the kind of house one would normally associate with such individuals but, as we reported in June, neither would one expect such a fine property to end up in the ownership of a man who would subsequently be accused of stealing £12.5 million from the very company he was chief executive director of.

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Sep
2013
Sara Corcoran Warner FI

Sara Corcoran Warner: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with founder of the ‘California Courts Monitor’ Sara Corcoran Warner   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Honour amongst thieves”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Churchill: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks”.  

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Sep
2013
Marshalling a dollar FI

Marshalling a dollar

Eminem’s childhood home for sale for just $1   Owned by his mother Debbie Mathers – also known as Debbie Nelson – between 1987 and 1994, the rapper Eminem’s former home in Detroit is for sale with a starting price of just $1.

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Sep
2013
Hedi Ferjani FI

Hedi Ferjani: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with artist Hedi Ferjani   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? 9 hours of sleep and my brushes when I paint.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Art, art and art. I like this Oscar Wilde quote: “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life”… Or as “The Queen of Pop” would put it: “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself”.

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Sep
2013
Pom Harrington FI

Pom Harrington: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Pom Harrington of leading rare book dealers Peter Harrington   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Integrity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Do judge a book by its cover.  

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Sep
2013
You're the Chip Paper FI

You’re the Chip Paper

As a cousin of the 13th Duke of Argyll is revealed to be an escort, we suggest that there’s nothing new about it   This week, the Mail Online revealed Charlotte Colquhoun, the eldest daughter of Sir Malcolm Colquhoun Bt. and a cousin of Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, to be an escort.

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Sep
2013
© Sarah Elliott

Amir Zada: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with financier Amir Zada   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Health, hard work, love and laughter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Revenge is a waste of time, as is gloating”.  

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Sep
2013
Alina Blinova from 'Meet The Russians' this September on FOX.

RuBbish

‘Meet The Russians’ “star” tells The Steeple Times to “step down”   We featured the forthcoming tackiest show of 2013, Meet The Russians, the other day and now we’ve had a missive from one of its so-called ‘stars’, a self-styled promoter named Alina Blinova.

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Sep
2013
Christian Leone FI

Christian Leone: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with online fashion retail magnate and co-founder of Vaunte Christian Leone   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Glamour and passion mixed with a lot of humour.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Always forgive, never forget”: My grandmother used this phrase often.  

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Sep
2013
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Hugo Portuondo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Madrid and London based interior designer Hugo Portuondo   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Passion and consistency.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.  

16
Sep
2013
Mrs Milf FI

Ask Mrs MILF: The agony aunt who’s naughty but nice

This week, Mrs MILF deals with a wife with expensive tastes in jewellery, a sister with suspicions, social networks and answers a reader’s question about her own tastes in men and women.   Mrs MILF: Do you like men or women? I get the feeling you are ambivalent. Lizzie C., Honiton, Devon Although a few of my exes were intrigued by the thought of me with other women, those exes who had more maturity and experience of life realised that they should be careful what they wished for. As for men and women, I love most men, like some but respect only a few. Women: I love a few, like some and respect most.   My wife came home from…

15
Sep
2013
Shawn Henderson FI

Shawn Henderson

20 questions with New York based interior designer Shawn Henderson   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Living a truthful life to both myself and others”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Treat others as you wish to be treated”.  

15
Sep
2013
Liz Brewer FI

Liz Brewer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with London based society fixer Liz Brewer   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Mostly my own intuition.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “You have to have a dream and you have to make that dream happen”.