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Tag: alcohol

September 26, 2017

Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)

by General

Putney based Shawn Sullivan fled America after being accused of abusing two girls aged 11 and 14 in the 1990s. He was subsequently convicted of sexually assaulting two 12 year old girls in Ireland in 1997 but then moved to London on an Irish passport. Sullivan then married a Ministry of Justice policy manager named … Continue reading “Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)”

August 8, 2017

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”

July 25, 2017

Brainy Boozing

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals drinking alcohol can improve memory   A study has revealed that those that drink alcohol after studying recall what they learnt better than those that don’t.   The University of Exeter set 88 drinkers a word-learning task and then split them into two random groups. The first were told to drink as much … Continue reading “Brainy Boozing”

June 8, 2017

A Question of Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond   In the final hours of the 2017 General Election campaign, I asked the Conservative candidate for Kensington, Lady Borwick, five questions I considered relevant … Continue reading “A Question of Borwick”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 7, 2017

Jobbing Wine

by Matthew Steeples

A dream job for wine lovers; get paid to drink and drive your way across America   An Oregon winery is seeking a ‘Canbassador’ to join them on a roadtrip across America to hawk their range of wines – including their ‘pinot in a can’.   The Union Wine Company, founded by Ryan Harms in … Continue reading “Jobbing Wine”

September 19, 2016

Gin rockets

by Matthew Steeples

Gin sales up in the UK as drinkers switch from beer and wine to ‘Mother’s Ruin’   The gin market in the UK has soared to sales of nearly £1 million per day according to new research by analysts Kantar Worldpanel.   According to the firm, sales are up 16% to £338 million in the … Continue reading “Gin rockets”

March 22, 2016

Brooke Barzun

by General

Art curator, philanthropist and ambassador’s wife Brooke Barzun is of Pilgrim Fathers ancestry and hails from the family that controls Jack Daniel’s.

March 20, 2016

The Ranting Crasher

by General

A lover of parties in Central London, little else is known of The Ranting Crasher.

November 15, 2015

Vodka wars

by Matthew Steeples

Chase Vodka founder slates rival brands Sipsmith and Black Cow and refers to them as “crap” products

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben

by General

Though convicted and sentenced to a six-week suspended jail sentence for a racist tirade in December 2013 in which she claimed “brown people are ruining London”, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben continues to parade around as if still acceptable in polite society.

June 20, 2015

Comfort Yinusa

by General

Jailed in June 2015 for making false accusations of rape against two entirely innocent men in October 2013, London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa is the kind of woman who makes it harder for genuine victims to get justice.

June 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

An evening showcase of Chavín Jewellery with a barbecue by Le ‘Bab

April 2, 2015

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Motcombs Bar & Restaurant offers what could quite possibly be the best set of bargains for drinkers in the affluent area of Belgravia during April – including two G&Ts for just £5.90

Video of the Week: SketchShe

by Matthew Steeples

YouTube hit Australian trio SketchShe share a lip sync medley of classic tracks that will brighten your day

February 11, 2015

Drunk-derground

by Matthew Steeples

As London Underground workers vote to go on strike in support of a colleague who failed two alcohol breath tests, Matthew Steeples argues that it is time to curtail the rights of essential service workers

February 2, 2015

Passage to another world; we are not terrorists

by steepleadmin

Conflict photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts encounters with doctors and drunks in Donetsk and finds that all the people there want is for the world to know what is happening to them

January 16, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge bar and restaurant The Rib Room creates a cocktail using 41 gins (and 9 other ingredients) to mark the release of the film ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

January 14, 2015

Danilo Tersigni

by General

Italian bartender and gin creator Danilo Tersigni is the charming general manager of Mayfair hotspot Mr Fogg’s.

January 5, 2015

Boozing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage giving up drinking is nothing other than an orchestrated publicity stunt

December 6, 2014

Pablo Salcedo

by Matthew Steeples

This cheerful barman lives in Chelsea and works at La Brasserie in South Kensington.

November 2, 2014

Dr Hyacinth Morgan (1885 – 1956)

by General

Twice a Labour Member of Parliament (1929 – 1931 and 1940 – 1955) and bizarrely sharing a Christian name with television’s Mrs Bucket, Dr Hyacinth Morgan was a doctor and Labour politician

September 23, 2014

Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014)

by General

One of the finest ever “method actors”, Eli Wallach was a star of the stage and screen between 1945 and 2010 and once had to ask the director John Hutson for advice on how to play a drunk because he was a strict teetotaler. Brooklyn born and the son of a sweet shop owner, Wallach … Continue reading “Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014)”

September 14, 2014

Gérard Depardieu

by General

Vineyard owner and French actor Gérard Depardieu admitted to drinking up to 14 bottles of wine a day in September 2014 but also claimed he is “never totally drunk, just a little pi**ed”.

August 6, 2014

Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

The eccentric owner of Old Brompton Road’s Nam Long Le Shaker was famed for creating the legendary Flaming Ferrari cocktail. A favourite of the likes of Lord Archer’s son, James, this lethal concoction consists of 100% proof rum, Chartreuse, Grand Marnier and Blue Curaçao. Of them Dang Cao commented: “If you drink three of them … Continue reading “Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)”

March 23, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cheers!

by Matthew Steeples

A Bactrian camel named Jeffrey who loves a pint   When we heard about a beer loving Bactrian camel named Jeffrey, we just had to make an image of him our Picture of the Week.

February 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Shopping without shame

by Matthew Steeples

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

December 24, 2013

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

by Matthew Steeples

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

September 19, 2013

Picture of the Week: Booze School

by Matthew Steeples

Tesco place a “Back to School” banner above an alcohol display in Swansea   Shoppers at Tesco in Fforestfach, Wales were controversially confronted by a display of gin, vodka and whisky complete with a “Back to School” sign in recent days.

August 31, 2013

Carlo Mondavi

by Matthew Steeples

Educated at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Milan, this scion of the Mondavi wine making dynasty married his wife Megan on the Nippozano Estate in Tuscany. Naturally, after proposing at the Opus One Winery, the wedding itself included a wine pouring ceremony that blended Sangiovese and Merlot varietals. He’s also into snowboarding … Continue reading “Carlo Mondavi”

August 25, 2013

William Seth-Smith: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Xero Vodka founder William Seth-Smith   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I try never to turn down adventure for the sake of easy apathy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Those that mind don’t matter and … Continue reading “William Seth-Smith: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 15, 2013

Mallya’s Waterloo

by Matthew Steeples

Has booze baron Vijay Mallya met his match?   The Indian tycoon and self-proclaimed “King of Good Times” Vijay Mallya has long been lauded as a mammoth success story but finally, as he faces potential prosecution for alleged non-payment of taxes, it seems as if he may have lost his Midas touch.

July 14, 2013

Cory Monteith (1982 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

This Canadian actor and musician’s life was short but he packed plenty into it. A star of Fox’s Glee, Monteith appeared in 17 different films and attended 16 different schools. Tragically this substance addict was found dead in The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver in July 2013. A talent lost.

July 11, 2013

Madams and margaritas

by Matthew Steeples

The brass of Chelsea   Though the characters of Chelsea are changing, the murky world beneath its privileged surface will never disappear.

July 9, 2013

A beginner’s guide to The Ashes

by Fred Sculthorp

Our man in whites Fred Sculthorp looks ahead to this week’s Test cricket series, The Ashes   The enemy are at the gates. The time has come. Tomorrow, two of the great sporting civilizations will clash in mankind’s most profound expression of physical and mental endurance- the five day Test match.

July 8, 2013

Propping up a ‘princess’?

by Matthew Steeples

Sara[h] Al Amoudi: a supposed ‘Saudi princess’ who has a history with the British court faces two property investors who claim she duped them into handing her £14 million worth of properties in Central London   We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: “Where there’s brass, there’s muck”.

June 22, 2013

Give us a Gilpin’s

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Gilpin’s Gin and a call to save juniper   This week it was reported that there’s a crisis in the world of gin. Juniper, the plant that provides the botanical essential to create this remarkable spirit, is threatened by loss of habitat and a deadly new fungus.  

May 27, 2013

Matthew Gilpin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Matthew Gilpin, the creator of Gilpin’s Gin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity: The only thing that endures.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stay jolly. However bad things get … Continue reading “Matthew Gilpin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 21, 2013

Chloe Madeley

by Matthew Steeples

A model and “television personality”. The daughter of the former daytime duo Richard and Judy, Madeley appeared in a show named Celebrity Quitters in 2010 but has been banned for causing a car crash whilst drunk and photographed allegedly smoking cannabis. Maybe it would indeed be best if she did indeed give up.

A twister of a trial

by Matthew Steeples

The latest bizarre turn in the John Goodman case   Rather like the twisters that often hit the coast of Florida, the story of the case of the polo mogul and multimillionaire Goodman stereo manufacturing heir John Goodman has again taken another turn.   On Friday, it was revealed that a juror in the case … Continue reading “A twister of a trial”

April 24, 2013

Wanting whisky

by Matthew Steeples

The tale of a thief with taste   Nobody likes at an alcohol thief but sadly, here at The Steeple Times have to write about a fair few of them. Most recently, we wrote of the case of Romain Brunot, a man so partial to Krug and Belvedere that he helped himself to some £75,000 … Continue reading “Wanting whisky”

April 11, 2013

Bird on a wire

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker tries out Britain’s scariest new attraction   80mph, approximately a mile long, 700 foot above a mountain lake, under clear blue skies in Snowdonia: Today, I became Wonder Woman for 55 seconds.  

April 9, 2013

Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks bass-baritone singer Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Gravity mainly, followed by a healthy fear of dying young. Avoiding skydiving tends to keep both of those fears at bay.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble … Continue reading “Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 12, 2013

Tanya Gold

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued journalist doesn’t care about causing offence.

March 10, 2013

The truth about Mother’s Day

by steepleadmin

Travel writer Sarah Tucker shares her views on Mother’s Day   Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful women who have given birth to little gems. I feel a bit like a travel writer stating: “The people here are all very friendly” when I write that, because although it’s mostly true, it’s not always true. … Continue reading “The truth about Mother’s Day”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 4, 2013

Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My old headmaster Peter Pyemont once said in a Friday assembly: “The more you put into life, the more you get out of it”. I have lived by those words ever since. … Continue reading “Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 3, 2013

Judy Finnigan

by Matthew Steeples

This former daytime television presenter is now a novelist who somewhat ambitiously compares herself to Dame Daphne du Maurier. Better known collectively with her second husband as just “Richard and Judy”, Judy Finnigan has been beset by rumours about her love of alcohol for many years. She didn’t exactly help put a stop to such … Continue reading “Judy Finnigan”

December 2, 2012

Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks model and personality Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? I try to learn something from everyone I meet.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is short so enjoy a … Continue reading “Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 12, 2012

John Gaze (1947 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A gent who operated by routine, whisky and 40 cigarettes a day. This clubman’s knowledge of London history was phenomenal and he was dedicated to his role as parish clerk at St. Michael’s Cornhill. Gaze, a Russian icon dealer with a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade, lived a life full of dramas that included being … Continue reading “John Gaze (1947 – 2011)”

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

by Matthew Steeples

She owns a controlling interest in the world’s third largest brewer and is married to the child star of Lawrence of Arabia, Michel de Carvalho. They live together in London with their five children, are said to be worth £5.5 billion but live “quite modestly.” Of meeting his wife, de Carvalho commented: “I met the … Continue reading “Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken”

October 30, 2012

Blind dining

by steepleadmin

Christian Huhnt takes his first foray into the world of supper clubs   I don’t usually find myself in the east of London. It’s not because I don’t like it but simply because it’s just an awful journey to get there from where I live. Eventually, though, a “secret” was able to convince me to … Continue reading “Blind dining”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

September 20, 2012

John Reith, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Reith KT GVCO GBE CB TD PC (1889 –1971)

by Matthew Steeples

“Dictatorship tempered with an amount of human decapitation” was his style as Director-General of the BBC. This Presbyterian didn’t get on with Churchill as he felt he could have done a better job himself. John Reith was emancipated by a booze fuelled sailing trip with the governor of the Bank of England without his wife … Continue reading “John Reith, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Reith KT GVCO GBE CB TD PC (1889 –1971)”

August 20, 2012

“What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?”

by Matthew Steeples

Our “What’s on your mantelpiece?” question “What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?” has attracted a large mailbag of correspondence. What’s your view? Please submit letters to editorial@thesteepletimes.com. All letters must be accompanied by contact details and your name and postal address.   SIR – I drink from the … Continue reading ““What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?””

May 7, 2012

Gary Hazell

by Matthew Steeples

This gent has a knowledge of spirits second to none, but he’s now also found a new vocation with his “tales by the riverbank” blog. He’s passionate about fishing and cars but also used to run an antiques shop in Sussex. If you want to go fishing, Gary’s the man to go with.

Claus Von Bülow

by Matthew Steeples

Tried twice for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny, who remained in a vegetative state for some 28 years, this socialite and writer has the most mischievous of wits. Subject of the Golden Globe award winning film Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, this distinguished gent is also renowned for telling … Continue reading “Claus Von Bülow”

April 27, 2012

Sally Bercow

by Matthew Steeples

Opinionated Tweeter who happens to be married to the Speaker of the Commons. She’s hung out with gypsies and camped in the Celebrity Big Brother house. She particularly loves baiting Tories and being photographed wrapped in nothing other than a towel. Most people, thankfully, just ignore her.

April 3, 2012

A chic serpent

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Roberto Cavalli Vodka The Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is best known for using exotic wild animal prints in his creations and for giving jeans a “sand-blasted look” that has become the standard style for the majority of brands.     Born in 1940 in Florence, Cavalli sells his main lines in … Continue reading “A chic serpent”

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