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September 17, 2017

A Caged Crib

by Matthew Steeples

Former San Francisco home of actor Nicolas Cage for sale for £11.4 million or 660% more than it sold for in 1996   Thrice married and an Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is also known for lavish spending. Aside from once buying twenty-two cars in one hit – including a “squadron” of nine Rolls-Royce … Continue reading “A Caged Crib”

September 14, 2017

Hero of the Hour – Farhad Neda

by Matthew Steeples

Farhad Neda rescued his disabled mother from the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower; they are the only survivors from the penultimate level of the building   Whilst others headed upwards tragically wrongly thinking a helicopter would rescue them, 23rd floor resident of the Grenfell Tower 24-year old Farhad Neda realised the best course of … Continue reading “Hero of the Hour – Farhad Neda”

September 11, 2017

A Cheap Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Part refurbished Irish Georgian stately home for sale for just £136,000; it was originally built by the Fry family   What could be one of the cheapest Georgian stately homes ever has been placed on the market for just £136,000 ($179,000, €150,000 or درهم658,000).   Three storey, five bay, mid-18th century Frybrook House in the … Continue reading “A Cheap Mansion”

Bugger All Bernard

by Matthew Steeples

Naturist politician Bernard Jenkin MP shows himself to be the ‘Buggerallmoney’ of the Brexit generation   “When Brexit happens there will be lots more money for everyone” crowed Bernard Jenkin on Monday morning’s All Out Politics with Adam Boulton on Sky News.   “The UK’s best known naturist” and Tory politician continued: “We’ll have far … Continue reading “Bugger All Bernard”

September 9, 2017

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

Pritikin’s Folly

by Matthew Steeples

Kitsch San Francisco mansion turned private museum that houses everything from Hitler memorabilia to a portrait turned down by Prince Philip for sale for £9.5 million   The collection of a former advertising executive turned San Francisco based bon viveur named Robert C. Pritikin – better known as ‘Bob’ to his friends – includes everything … Continue reading “Pritikin’s Folly”

September 8, 2017

Dwarfing Misogyny

by Matthew Steeples

Rising star female racing driver Jamie Chadwick puts ‘Bungling Bernie’ Ecclestone in his place and dismisses his ridiculous misogynist views   The first ever female and youngest ever winner of the British GT Championship Jamie Chadwick was interviewed in The Guardian last weekend.   Speaking to the paper’s Giles Richards, 19-year-old Chadwick criticized Bernie Ecclestone’s … Continue reading “Dwarfing Misogyny”

A Magnificent Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Delightful West Country estate with Elizabethan manor house and 450 acres of land for sale for £7.95 million   Launched to the market in May for £8.75 million ($11.55 million, €9.60 million or درهم42.42 million) with 538 acres of land, Higher Melcombe Manor at Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester in Dorset is now available for a … Continue reading “A Magnificent Manor”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

August 28, 2017

Stopping Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Labour’s partial U-turn on Brexit is a positive start; they must now go further and oppose it entirely   Whilst Keir Starmer’s decision to announce Labour will support Britain remaining in a customs union with the EU and within the single market during a “time-limited transitional period between our exit from the … Continue reading “Stopping Brexit”

August 27, 2017

The Black Prince

by Matthew Steeples

“Ultra-rare” 1951 Invicta Black Prince to be auctioned; here is a truly astounding shooting brake complete with an incredible mascot   An ultimate example of 1950s luxury, a 1951 Invicta Black Prince shooting brake with coachwork by Associated Coachbuilders – that cost £3,820 new (the equivalent of £110,000, $142,000, €119,000 or درهم521,000 today) – is … Continue reading “The Black Prince”

Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’

by Matthew Steeples

Facebook group mocks racist online abuser Viscount St Davids as he returns to the clink   On Friday, the dimwitted ‘half biscuit’ 4th Viscount St Davids – also known as amongst other things Rhodri Philipps and Baron Strange of Knockin – was returned to jail after attempting and then dropping an appeal against a sentence … Continue reading “Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’”

Big Shorting Gatsby

by Matthew Steeples

Long Island mansion with links to ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Big Short’ for sale for £13.1 million (or 152% more than it sold for in 2011)   F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) set his ‘Roaring Twenties’ classic The Great Gatsby in the fictional locations of East Egg and West Egg on Long Island … Continue reading “Big Shorting Gatsby”

August 21, 2017

Rent Like A Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Richmond Old Deer Park, Surrey that is owned by the Crown Estate and was originally a royal observatory to rent for £450,000 per year   A Grade I listed house set on 6.6 acres of World Heritage Site and Grade I listed land in the middle of the Royal Mid-Surrey … Continue reading “Rent Like A Royal”

Axing Anti-Social Media

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the director of public prosecutions is right to seek “uplifted” sentences for online abusers but argues she does not go far enough   I have been targeted by online trolls for years. As a writer, I accept I am ‘fair game’ for criticism but when that tips over into the kind of … Continue reading “Axing Anti-Social Media”

August 18, 2017

Flying a White Elephant

by Matthew Steeples

Orange County mega-estate sold last for £14 million on an original asking price of £67 million offered for sale again for £43 million after death of owner   The largest residential estate on the Newport Coast of California is back on the market. One Pelican Hill Road North in Newport Beach – alternatively known as … Continue reading “Flying a White Elephant”

August 17, 2017

A Castle for £130k

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle on sale for just £130,000; it comes without a roof and is located near the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire   A castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is for sale for £130,000 ($168,000, €143,000 or درهم616,000) in spite of being nothing other than a roofless shell.   Reduced in price from £150,000 ($193,000, … Continue reading “A Castle for £130k”

August 16, 2017

Word of the Week – Woebegone

by Matthew Steeples

After ‘Vanity Fair’ use ‘woebegone’ in the context of ‘Donald Trump’, Matthew Steeples examines that word’s origins   On Wednesday morning, in their daily ‘The Hive’ email to subscribers, Vanity Fair referenced Donald Trump as an ‘ole woebegone’.   Not having heard ‘woebegone’ used in many a year and now realising how appropriate it is … Continue reading “Word of the Week – Woebegone”

Let There Be Light

by Matthew Steeples

Two and apartments and a bothy within one of Britain’s remotest lighthouses in Sutherland for sale for £371,500   Two apartments and a bothy that form part of a lighthouse designed by the acclaimed author Robert Louis Stevenson’s (1850 – 1894) designer father Thomas (1818 – 1887) and his brother are for sale.   Stoer … Continue reading “Let There Be Light”

A Bargain Boat

by Edward Kay

Edward Kay reports on the sale of a truly striking 1-of-1 Aguti 20-metre wooden motor yacht that cost £6.4 million to build; it is offered for just £1.4 million   As most of Germany is relatively landlocked, with just the borders of the far northern cities meeting the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise that some … Continue reading “A Bargain Boat”

Andrew Warren

by General

New York socialite Andrew Warren is known primarily as the best friend of Donald Trump’s daughter, Tiffany. With 100,000 followers on Instagram and the creator of the Just Drew fashion brand, he is the son of a real estate investor and also counts fellow trustafarians Kyra Kennedy and Gaia Matisse amongst his ‘Snap Pack’ entourage. … Continue reading “Andrew Warren”

Grim Grenfell

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the giant coffin and stain on government that is the Grenfell Tower should be demolished immediately   The giant, grim carbuncle that is Grenfell Tower is a stain on the councillors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and it should be torn to the ground immediately.   Allowing this monstrous … Continue reading “Grim Grenfell”

August 10, 2017

Bungling Bernie

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Ecclestone accused of bribing F1 drivers by an Australian F1 legend   Bernie Ecclestone – whose Christian name is often used in the context of bungs and bribes – is just the kind of person whose past mistakes keep coming back to haunt him. An encounter with an Australian driver named Alan Jones in … Continue reading “Bungling Bernie”

Tales of The Tube

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington house for sale for £4 million in spite of being literally right next to a noisy London Underground line   Estate agents are not known for honesty but Strutt & Parker certainly neglected a key detail when preparing particulars for a £3.95 million ($5.13 million, €4.38 million or درهم18.83 million) property in Pelham … Continue reading “Tales of The Tube”

August 8, 2017

Parked in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

A rare thing – A Pacific Heights, San Francisco house with a 9-car garage that has been dramatically reduced in price by £1 million   Extending to 7,580 square feet in total and on a corner plot, 2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco is a detached 5-storey residence with a private garage with space for … Continue reading “Parked in Pacific Heights”

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

Congratulations Bill

by General

‘Songwriter to the Stars’ Bill Martin to perform for first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; he will enlighten his audience about his successful career   Glasgow born Bill Martin MBE – whose chart topping hits have included Congratulations, Puppet on a String and Shang-A-Lang – is performing a nightly show at The Dome during … Continue reading “Congratulations Bill”

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

A Sugar Palace

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Sugar puts his gin palace up for sale for £12.7 million after owning it for just two years; it was originally built for the controversial tycoon Alan Bond   On Monday, the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare revealed that Lord Sugar – of The Apprentice fame, in case you didn’t already know – is trying … Continue reading “A Sugar Palace”

August 7, 2017

Calmed Down Cameron

by Matthew Steeples

David Cameron snapped ‘Hugging a Corbyn’ after he’s revealed to have a ‘Calm Down – It’s Only a Recession’ in his kitchen and a £25,000 shepherd’s hut in his garden   David Cameron is plainly enjoying life to the full. Not only has he been rewarded with a huge literary advance after walking away after … Continue reading “Calmed Down Cameron”

Parking a Farmhouse

by Matthew Steeples

Listed Cumbrian time warp farmhouse goes on sale for less than the price of an open-air parking space in London, W2   A detached, 17th century farmhouse in Cumbria’s Eden Valley has gone on sale for just £290,000 ($378,000, €321,000 or درهم1.4 million) or £10,000 less than the price of an open-air car parking space … Continue reading “Parking a Farmhouse”

August 5, 2017

Trendifying Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

George Freeman MP denies he wants to create a Tory version of Glastonbury; imagining Theresa May boozing with Liam Gallagher definitely would be hard   Theresa May, Dizzee Rascal and Liam Gallagher would certainly make for unlikely bedfellows but now a Conservative MP, George Freeman, wishes to replicate Jeremy Corbyn’s success in such company at … Continue reading “Trendifying Theresa”

August 1, 2017

United in Plastic

by Matthew Steeples

‘Bride of Wildenstein’ Jocelyn Wildenstein reunites with her lover Lloyd Klein; the plastic faced couple will marry at some point in the future   Yesterday, the world’s ugliest woman announced she is to marry the world’s vainest man in an exclusive feature in the DailyMail.com.   According to the paper, Jocelyn Wildenstein – a New … Continue reading “United in Plastic”

July 31, 2017

Public vs. Private

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests respected actor George Clooney and publicity desperado Karen Danczuk provide contrasting examples about the ethics of paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation   Paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation are interlinked hot potatoes that look unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Two very different examples emerged in recent days of very different behavior by … Continue reading “Public vs. Private”

July 30, 2017

Palming Off Il Palmetto

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire founder of Netscape has failed to sell his Palm Beach mansion in a year; it remains on the market for £105 million (or 754% more than he paid for it in 1999)   Four times married, a father of four and a collector of rather large gin palaces, Texan James H. Clark founded Netscape … Continue reading “Palming Off Il Palmetto”

Done With Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Enough is finally enough with press coverage about the late Diana, Princess of Wales   Diana, Princess of Wales has been dead twenty years. It is thus ludicrous that her family continue to have to put up with an endless barrage of articles raking over outdated nonsense about her and though it most definitely suits … Continue reading “Done With Diana”

A Spectre of a Landy

by Matthew Steeples

Villain’s Land Rover used in James Bond film ‘Spectre’ to be auctioned in London   A 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX used in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre is to be sold in London in September.   Offered without reserve, the fully UK road legal vehicle – which was one of ten such models … Continue reading “A Spectre of a Landy”

Strictly Come Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Grosvenor Square apartment for sale; it comes with access to a private residents’ ballroom and will appeal to any fan of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’   Built circa 1958 on the site of an earlier house damaged during the war, a ground floor apartment within 17 Grosvenor Square in London’s Mayfair has gone on sale for … Continue reading “Strictly Come Mayfair”

July 26, 2017

Dr No More

by Matthew Steeples

Gatecrasher ‘Dr Nastro’ admits defeat and announces he’ll be retiring from the ligging circuit; perhaps Denis Doble, Eva Harold, David Pun and Sandra Shevey ought to follow his lead   On Wednesday, we received a message from a known member of London’s ligging community of aging oddballs using the pseudonym ‘Dr Nastro’.   In an … Continue reading “Dr No More”

A Peaceful Reduction

by Matthew Steeples

Designer Reed Krakoff slashes the price of his Hamptons mansion; Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers there   A Hamptons mansion named Lasata – meaning: “Place of Peace” in Native American – where Jacqueline Bouvier (later Kennedy and later Kennedy Onassis) spent her childhood summers has recently been reduced in price from £41.5 million … Continue reading “A Peaceful Reduction”

July 25, 2017

Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Cher-oo!

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill conversion with 120-foot chimney and cast iron water wheel for sale for £975,000   A converted mill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has gone on sale for £975,000 ($1.3 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.7 million). It has not only its original 120-foot chimney still in-situ but also an original cast iron … Continue reading “Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Cher-oo!”

July 24, 2017

Dogging Assange

by Matthew Steeples

Gold wrapped van advertising “elite” dogs parks opposite the Ecuadorian Embassy ‘home’ of bail skipper Julian Assange   The silly season has come early in Knightsbridge: Sighted Sunday evening and parked, rather appropriately, opposite the Embassy of Ecuador ‘home’ of the fugitive bail skipper Julian Assange, was a gold wrapped van advertising protection and guard … Continue reading “Dogging Assange”

July 23, 2017

An Ugly Brake

by Matthew Steeples

Rare “ugly duckling” seven-seat 1967 Mercedes-Benz shooting brake to be offered at auction; it will generate the same reaction as Marmite   An extremely rare yet somewhat ugly 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S ‘Universal’ is to be sold at auction this month with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $52,000, €39,000 to €45,000 or درهم167,000 … Continue reading “An Ugly Brake”

Enough is Enough

by Matthew Steeples

Funding for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must cease; £11 million spent with no result is evidence that enough is enough   Over £11 million has been spent in relation to the search for Madeleine McCann since the then 3-year old disappeared on 3rd May 2007. The result? Absolutely no progress and … Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

July 21, 2017

The Sound of Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

In taking three weeks off for a holiday with her ‘Garden Gnome’ hubby, Theresa May has shown where her priorities lie   Whilst orchestrating the most appallingly run election campaign in recent history, Theresa May waxed lyrical about her naughty moments wandering in wheat fields. Now, our Prime Minister, at a time when most would … Continue reading “The Sound of Theresa”

July 19, 2017

Gothic Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford’s only Strawberry Hill Gothic house for £2.15 million in spite of needing complete renovation   A house built in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style in Oxford has gone on sale for £2.15 million ($2.80 million, €2.43 million or درهم10.29 million) in spite of needing complete renovation.   Constructed circa 1840 – 1850 on the … Continue reading “Gothic Grandeur”

July 18, 2017

Great Minus Garden

by Matthew Steeples

San Francisco landmark mock Tudor house with stunning ‘Great Room’ for sale for £12.2 million – in spite of no longer having its garden   Built in 1909 as a wedding gift from Morris Meyerfeld, a partner in San Francisco’s Orepheum Theatre, to his then 19-year old daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Leon Roos – … Continue reading “Great Minus Garden”

July 17, 2017

Removing Ralph

by Matthew Steeples

Ralph Lauren are latest to board-up shop in Fulham Road, London   In April, Ralph Lauren shut their flagship Polo store in Fifth Avenue and now they’ve closed one of their two stores on London’s Fulham Road too.   Whilst the reasoning for closing the Chelsea outlet of Ralph Lauren Kids is unknown, the firm … Continue reading “Removing Ralph”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

Limited in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

As Arabs descend on London with their eccentric convoys of cars, we select a new arrival; such things delight some and infuriate others   The time of year is upon Knightsbridge when Arabs and their supercars descend. Amongst them come exotically coloured Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, but one new arrival this season is … Continue reading “Limited in Knightsbridge”

July 15, 2017

A Cottage in the Clouds

by Matthew Steeples

New York penthouse complete with a ‘Nantucket style cottage’ on the roof goes on sale   A New York penthouse with a difference has gone on sale for £2.7 million ($3.5 million, €3.1 million or درهم12.9 million).   Situated in Minthorne House at 72 East 1st Street in the East Village, a fourth to sixth … Continue reading “A Cottage in the Clouds”

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

July 9, 2017

Breaking For Gold

by Matthew Steeples

Thatched seaside cottage in West Sussex for sale; it has a plot laid out in the style of the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning garden of 1936   A thatched seaside cottage on what has been described as “the Sussex Riviera” has gone on sale for £3.25 million ($4.19 million, €3.67 million or درهم15.39 … Continue reading “Breaking For Gold”

Expensive Shit

by Matthew Steeples

‘SHIT’ to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington; it comes at quite a price   A painting which simply depicts the word ‘SHIT’ is to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington, London this month.   Offered with an estimate of £2,000 to £4,000 ($2,590 to $5,180, €2,260 to €4,520 or درهم9,470 to درهم18,940) … Continue reading “Expensive Shit”

A Slumping Square

by Matthew Steeples

Eaton Square penthouse offered for £825,000 or 30% lower sum than it was marketed for two years ago; it comes with several catches   A penthouse in Eaton Square, Belgravia has gone on sale for £1.925 million ($2.483 million, €2.178 million or درهم9.121 million) in spite of being held on a lease with just 16 … Continue reading “A Slumping Square”

July 8, 2017

Donald’s Duck

by Matthew Steeples

Weak and wobbly Theresa May becomes dastardly and dominant Donald Trump’s (dead) duck at the G20 in Germany   Up north people often say: “Ay up me duck” when they meet someone and yesterday Theresa May looked as if she wanted to come out with such when she encountered “pussy grabber” Donald Trump.   Pictured … Continue reading “Donald’s Duck”

One Owner From 1840

by Matthew Steeples

Small country house in Derbyshire that has been in the same family since it was built for sale for £2.5 million   Owned by the same family since it was built in 1840 and occupied by them since the 1930s, Nether Hall at Hathersage in Derbyshire is to be sold for the first time ever … Continue reading “One Owner From 1840”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

July 4, 2017

Anything But Liberal

by Matthew Steeples

Former Liberal Democrats headquarters for sale for somewhat reduced but still anything but liberal sum of £36 million (to include a Rodin)   A building that was originally the London office of the North Eastern Railway Company and the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party and then their successors, the Liberal Democrats, between 1982 and … Continue reading “Anything But Liberal”

June 29, 2017

iCrash Home

by Matthew Steeples

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, Eva Harold and David Pun were spotted at play with Apple devices in London   Party crashing sorts Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, Eva Harold and David Pun like to go where they’re not invited and yesterday was no exception.   Whilst … Continue reading “iCrash Home”

June 27, 2017

A Shoreditch Statement

by General

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”

DUPed

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 26, 2017

Tea at Blakes

by Matthew Steeples

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”

Virgin Virginia

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 23, 2017

Pricey Pickhurst

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 21, 2017

Theresa’s Timing

by Matthew Steeples

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”

Disappointing Dent Coad

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 19, 2017

Letters – Berkoff & Brenda

by Matthew Steeples

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”

The Pumpkin House

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 15, 2017

Peaking in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 12, 2017

Bumbling Bucketheads

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 13, 2017

Maxed Out

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 11, 2017

Politics With The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 10, 2017

Empire State of Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

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”

Watching Putin

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 9, 2017

Theresa’s Trumped

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 8, 2017

A Villa In The Sky

by Matthew Steeples

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”

Flop or Fly?

by Matthew Steeples

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?”

June 7, 2017

A Take On Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

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”

A Pint-Sized Peel

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

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”

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 4, 2017

Trevor Hemmings CVO

by General

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”

London

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 3, 2017

Messy Mackinlay

by Matthew Steeples

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”

June 2, 2017

Betting on the Blues

by Jon Vine

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”

June 1, 2017

Sail Away

by Matthew Steeples

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”

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