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The Steeple Times is an online magazine with a following of upto 880,000 unique views per day on our best day yet.

  • We have 91,000 daily subscribers by email.

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  • We currently have 65 contributing authors who range from students to the actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff and the champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

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September 30, 2017

Benjamin Lipari

by General

East London based Benjamin Lipari was born in Italy, grew up in Australia and is described as a “digital comms guru.” Aside from working in marketing for a bank, he has 16,500 followers on Instagram, loves jazz and cocktails and blogs about menswear and travel.  

September 8, 2017

Leanne Ratcliffe (AKA ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’)

by General

A somewhat loopy YouTube ‘star’, Australian Leanne Ratcliffe moved from promoting veganism to “living sustainably” in February 2017. Known for what she terms “call out” videos – in which she controversially mocks others on their diet and lifestyle habits – Ratcliffe shares such information as how she has just one pair of socks and five … Continue reading “Leanne Ratcliffe (AKA ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’)”

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”

August 8, 2017

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”

April 30, 2017

Miriam Margolyes OBE

by Matthew Steeples

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in her “distinctive voice”, she added: “It is the job of the arts to engage in life… That’s what I care about”. … Continue reading “Miriam Margolyes OBE”

December 2, 2016

Crook Bankrupt

by Matthew Steeples

PR man of fat Australian Clive Palmer who wanted to rebuild RMS Titanic goes broke; appropriately his surname is ‘Crook’   In 2013, a larger-than-life Aussie gave a press conference at The Ritz, London after hanging out with a now deceased jailbird Astor scion in New York. He tastelessly announced he was rebuilding the RMS … Continue reading “Crook Bankrupt”

March 2, 2016

Kylie and Kardashian

by Matthew Steeples

There’s only one Kylie – and it’s not a Jenner-Kardashian

July 16, 2015

The surprising rise of Alexa Chung

by Matthew Steeples

Why does Alexa Chung generate so many column inches? The answer remains shrouded in mystery suggests Matthew Steeples

July 9, 2015

Anything but Australian

by Matthew Steeples

One-off Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

July 1, 2015

Alwen Hughes (also known as “Alwen Harris”)

by General

The wife of the disgraced entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris, jeweller and sculptress Alwen Hughes complained of “sleepless nights” during his 2014 trial.

June 15, 2015

You’re just a sex offender

by Matthew Steeples

One of Rolf Harris’ victims responds with her own song about this repugnant sex offender

June 14, 2015

Repugnant Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Rolf Harris shows his true colours in a letter to a friend (who happily sold him down the river to the ‘Mail on Sunday’)

April 17, 2015

Crispin Baynes

by General

Described by Gotham Magazine as “the go-to-man for super yachts” and listed by them as one of their ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ in 2014, Crispin Baynes is a British expat

April 2, 2015

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 23, 2015

Dishonoured

by Matthew Steeples

As Rolf Harris loses his Australian honours, Matthew Steeples asks: “Why has this paedophile still got his CBE?”

September 7, 2014

Argentina’s Eiffel

by Matthew Steeples

Salvage Europe sell part of Argentina’s contribution to the Exposition Universelle of 1889   To mark the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, between May and October 1889, Paris held a fair named the Exposition Universelle. The main symbol and the most iconic building at the Expo was the Eiffel Tower but now … Continue reading “Argentina’s Eiffel”

August 16, 2014

Amanda Platell

by General

This acid tongued Australian harpy was the press secretary to William Hague when he was leader of the Conservative Party. She’s now reverted to journalism and after leaping to the defence of her “dear friend” Rolf Harris declared “Cliff Richard doesn’t deserve this lurid trial by television” in August 2014. Amanda Platell “ran out of … Continue reading “Amanda Platell”

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it   “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

August 1, 2014

Harrowing Harris

by Matthew Steeples

Paedophile Rolf Harris launches bid to overturn his conviction   Rolf Harris’ lawyers have lodged papers at the Court of Appeal as part of an attempt to overturn his recent conviction on 12 counts of indecent assault – indication, surely, that the arrogance of this Australian monster plainly hasn’t faded as he sits rotting in … Continue reading “Harrowing Harris”

December 18, 2013

What were they thinking?

by Matthew Steeples

The worst named restaurants in the world   When opening a restaurant, some restaurateurs opt to name their businesses after a street whilst others use their surname or a historic figure. Here, however, we list a selection of ten of the most bizarre and ridculous that we’ve come across

October 12, 2013

Five of the Best: Gifts for a barfly

by Matthew Steeples

Items that will delight those who like to drink at home   Many readers of The Steeple Times are well known drinking aficionados. As a result, we thought it time to share five of the best items that will further improve your tippling pleasures

September 30, 2013

Website of the Week: Sirimo.co.uk

by Matthew Steeples

A website that explains the legal restrictions on the rights to take photographs   Knowing your rights when it comes to taking photographs – especially in an age when most have iPhones and other smart devices with camera facilities – has never been more important.

August 17, 2013

Costing a degree

by Matthew Steeples

Australia is the most expensive country in terms of studying costs   A recent study by HSBC’s Wealth Development department came up with a surprising revelation: Australia is the most costly country in the world in which to study.

July 9, 2013

‘Ћ’ is just unacceptable

by Matthew Steeples

Those who play with our language do so at their peril   News that an Australian restaurateur named Paul Mathis has “invented” a new symbol to replace the word ‘the’ might enthuse some but it certainly doesn’t appeal to The Steeple Times.

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.

June 20, 2013

What an Oddjob

by Matthew Steeples

Bill Oddie defends Rolf Harris   “Personalities” from the 1980s seem to like making odd statements about paedophilia and sexual abuse. First it was William Roache and then came Jim Davidson and Max Clifford. All three have since been arrested and more recently Jeremy Irons and now Bill Oddie have stuck their oars in too. … Continue reading “What an Oddjob”

June 18, 2013

Five of the best: Here comes the sun

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times suggests five things to bring cheer to Julian Assange’s grey existence   The fugitive Julian Assange will have been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for exactly one year tomorrow, the 19th June 2013. Last week Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, commented:   “We believe he has a fundamental right to sunbathe. … Continue reading “Five of the best: Here comes the sun”

June 12, 2013

Sunning Assange

by Matthew Steeples

Does a fugitive have the right to sun?   Ecuador’s foreign minister Richard Patino has called for his country’s enforced guest, Julian Assange, to be allowed the right to sunbathe and have a bit of “intimacy”. Instead, he would do well to do the decent thing by telling him to hand himself in.  

May 21, 2013

Fadi Fawaz

by General

A Lebanese born, London based “hairdresser to the stars” and former male model who is best known as the late George Michael’s on-off boyfriend from 2009 until his death on Christmas Day 2016. Fadi Fawaz was brought up in Logan Central, a “crime ridden” suburb of Brisbane, Australia, and went on to become a male … Continue reading “Fadi Fawaz”

April 25, 2013

New York’s priciest pad

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $125 million penthouse on the top three floors of The Pierre   In London this week, the Evening Standard announced that a 50,000 square foot Grade I listed Regency house, 18 Carlton House Terrace, SW1 has gone on the market at £250,000,000. If it achieves this figure, it will become the … Continue reading “New York’s priciest pad”

April 18, 2013

Edward Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks estate agent Edward Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Honesty and integrity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? My favourite is: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” but “Try … Continue reading “Edward Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 5, 2013

Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks architectural antiques expert Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Design, travel and friends.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The best revenge is to have a fabulous life.   … Continue reading “Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 1, 2013

My Heart Won’t Go On

by Matthew Steeples

An Australian tycoon announces a bizarre plan to launch a replica of the doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic   This week, a “brash” 58-year old Australian mining tycoon named Clive Palmer announced that he will launch a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic in 2016.     On hearing of this, I wondered if April … Continue reading “My Heart Won’t Go On”

December 7, 2012

A prank too far

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his views on the untimely death of a hospital receptionist   Suicide is sadly something that is at the forefront of my mind this week. My friend Andrew Embiricos sadly died exactly a year ago but when I read that a hotel receptionist who had been the victim of a prank had … Continue reading “A prank too far”

November 1, 2012

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

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”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

May 25, 2012

Gina Rinehart

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever she does, “The House of Hancock comes first.” This little known Australian daughter of a bush pilot and prospector is now the world’s richest woman with a worth of some £18 billion. Known as the “Iron Lady,” twice-married Rinehart’s fortune is expanding at a rate of £21,000 a second and if this continues this … Continue reading “Gina Rinehart”

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

April 28, 2012

Kathy Lette

by Matthew Steeples

This Australian author has written books and plays that have included Puberty Blues, Mad Cows and How to Kill your Husband (and other handy household hints).  Married to the human rights champion Geoffrey Robertson QC, Lette wore a dress covered in images of corgis when she met HM The Queen and describes herself as a … Continue reading “Kathy Lette”

April 27, 2012

Trenton Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

He swam into the path of the Oxford vessel in the 2012 Xchanging Boat Race. Oldfield claimed to be protesting about “elitism” but it transpired that he was himself educated at a private school and the LSE. His hypocrisy knows no bounds and thankfully he ended up in the clink.

April 8, 2012

Keep your oar out Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Trenton Oldfield: the man who temporarily halted the 2012 Boat Race   “Why are the right such angry people?” asked @NotAGateway, the shared Twitter account of Deepa Naik and her boyfriend Trenton Oldfield yesterday afternoon.   In this comment, Oldfield, who had just managed to swim into the path of the Oxford boat in … Continue reading “Keep your oar out Oldfield”

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