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October 20, 2017

The Air Went Pop

by Matthew Steeples

Canadian sues Sunwing Airlines because he was given sparkling wine instead of champagne   A cheapskate airline allegedly promoted a “champagne service” and then bamboozled at least 1,600 customers by serving them cheap sparkling wine.   Quebec based Daniel Macduff, the BBC report, has launched a class action against Sunwing Airlines after he booked a … Continue reading “The Air Went Pop”

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”

July 30, 2017

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 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”

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”

June 7, 2017

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 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”

May 30, 2017

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 28, 2017

Liar Liar Theresa May

by Matthew Steeples

Captain SKA re-release 2010 anti-austerity hit ‘Liar Liar’ and this time use it to target “you can’t trust her”, Theresa May   In 2010, a musicial protest group called Captain SKA released Liar Liar as part of their aim to become a “voice against austerity and neoliberal politics”.   The track made some headway, but … Continue reading “Liar Liar Theresa May”

May 27, 2017

A Costly Capri

by Matthew Steeples

‘Refinished’ 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands for sale for a sum that will wow; it’s affectionately known as ‘Oscar’   The car of choice of boy racers, the Ford Capri was dubbed ‘The Pratmobile’ by Rodney after Del Boy bought one in the BBC series Only Fools and Horses. Those that kept such vehicles, unlike … Continue reading “A Costly Capri”

The Burka Brainbox

by Matthew Steeples

Burka hating UKIPper Suzanne Evans again shows herself to be anything but a “brainbox” in a ‘Twitter spat’ with Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself having what can be best described as a ‘Twitter spat’ with UKIP’s Suzanne Evans.   Watchmaker’s daughter Evans, whose attempt to suggest the Manchester terrorist atrocity wouldn’t have happened … Continue reading “The Burka Brainbox”

May 8, 2017

Brenda from Bristol

by General

Pearl clad pensioner ‘Brenda from Bristol’ became the Gillian Duffy of the 2017 General Election when she shared her views about politics with a BBC reporter. This 75-year old retired secretary spoke for the nation in remarking: “You’re joking? Not another one!” Oh for God’s sake, I can’t honestly… I can’t stand this. There’s too much … Continue reading “Brenda from Bristol”

May 4, 2017

Dastardly Diane

by Matthew Steeples

Diane Abbott MP, a woman unable to grasp numbers, revealed to be perfectly capable of grabbing as much as she can for her very own pocket   Quite capable of whining about supposedly being unfairly targeted by so-called trolls in spite of being in the pay of and thus accountable to the public, Britain’s most … Continue reading “Dastardly Diane”

May 1, 2017

Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Scandal prone Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed journalist Andre Walker claims Theresa May is fearful of electoral disaster due to MPs from her party likely being jailed   A widely criticised one-time Tory activist turned journalist with links to the party’s dubious 2015 ‘battlebus scandal’ has claimed that “a criminal investigation is the real … Continue reading “Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa”

April 30, 2017

Breaking with Boris

by Matthew Steeples

Breaking News – Rachel Johnson explains why she ditched the party of her Foreign Secretary brother Boris and defected to the Lib Dems   On this morning’s Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Rachel Johnson was interviewed about her decision to defect to the Liberal Democrat Party.   Explaining her rationale for ditching the Tories and … Continue reading “Breaking with Boris”

April 15, 2017

Witchfinders and Watermills

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque watermill used in ‘The Witchfinder General’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ for sale   Witches and water don’t have an affinity – with dunking being a common form of punishment for suspects in the 16th and 17th centuries – and at The Watermill on the River Black Bourn at Ixworth in Suffolk, just such activity occurred … Continue reading “Witchfinders and Watermills”

April 4, 2017

Blabbermouth Burrell

by Matthew Steeples

Butler-turned-blabbermouth Paul Burrell sinks to a new low; he should retreat to Siberia and live out his days privately   Cat-like Paul Burrell again and again reinvents himself. Somehow, in spite of already having undeservedly exhausted more than nine lives, this ghastly individual is back in the press and this time he’s milking the story … Continue reading “Blabbermouth Burrell”

March 7, 2017

Jan Harvey

by General

Penzance born actress Jan Harvey is married to her Howards’ Way co-star Stephen Yardley. She played Jan Howard in the popular series that depicted Thatcherite, nouveau riche excess from 1985 to 1990, has also appeared in Inspector Morse and Lovejoy and was pushed off a balcony to her death in Eastenders in 2016. In 2013, … Continue reading “Jan Harvey”

December 4, 2016

SM:)E

by Matthew Steeples

Dying ‘The Archers’ star Sara Coward urges people to smile and “try to make the world a better place”   With all the doom and gloom we have in our world currently and with Trump headed to The White House and Brexit in Britain, many feel disheartened. One woman, 68-year old actress Sara Coward – … Continue reading “SM:)E”

October 6, 2016

Crazy Corbyn & Awful Abbott

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Jeremy Corbyn’s appointment of Diane Abbott as Home Secretary proves he’s beyond bonkers   I am honoured to be blocked on Twitter by Diane Abbott MP. She’s now Shadow Home Secretary and in appointing her, the worst Labour leader in history, Jeremy Corbyn, achieved one thing: He proved that he’s only capable … Continue reading “Crazy Corbyn & Awful Abbott”

September 17, 2016

Loving Jones

by Matthew Steeples

Elizabeth Jones comes last in UKIP’s leadership contest – despite admitting to have “never made love” to Nigel Farage   In UKIP’s leadership contest, which concluded yesterday, Elizabeth Jones – best known as a friend of Eva Harold and David Pun and for an angry outburst on a radio show in September 2015 – unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Loving Jones”

August 12, 2016

The Duke of Westminster

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Gerald Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Westminster (1951 – 2016)   Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster was a man of duty dedicated to his country, its military and to the countryside he so loved.   Described in a poignant tribute on the Grosvenor Estate’s website as “distinctly down-to-earth” and … Continue reading “The Duke of Westminster”

May 12, 2016

Pricking Bonneville

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville shares his views on the self-satisfied classes

April 4, 2016

The death of The Archers

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks: Was Helen Titchener killing her husband in The Archers last night a plot too far?

March 21, 2016

Boy George scratched

by Matthew Steeples

Viewers left asking how Boy George acquired facial bruising and scratches

March 18, 2016

Upping the Auntie

by Matthew Steeples

The BBC needs to look to history if it wishes to regain the nation’s adulation

March 15, 2016

Blocked by Boy George

by Matthew Steeples

Boy George blocks ‘The Steeple Times’ on Twitter after we criticised the BBC’s promotion of this convicted repeat offender

February 21, 2016

Hannah Wick

by General

Despite having suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Herefordshire born Hannah Wick displays passion and gusto that’s hard to find.

Minder mobiles

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used in ‘Minder’ to be auctioned alongside a Ford Capri from the same series; rather appropriately it was once clocked

February 15, 2016

Tom Read Wilson

by General

Berkshire born singer, actor and sports massage therapist Tom Read Wilson described himself as “a cultural throwback” when he appeared on the BBC show The Voice in February 2016.

February 12, 2016

Chris Bryant MP

by General

Known primarily for posing in his underpants on a gay dating site and for the utterly ridiculous assessment that Delilah is a song about the murder of a prostitute, Chris Bryant is one of the most pointless MPs ever.

February 8, 2016

A contemporary castle

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million

January 12, 2016

Donal Skehan

by General

Dublin born Donal Skehan morphed from being part of a boyband to being recognised as one of the most popular food bloggers after being endorsed by Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver

December 9, 2015

Janan Ganesh

by General

Journalist, author and political commentator Janan Ganesh is a regular on Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics.

November 6, 2015

Curried Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

After Cliff Richard was re-interviewed by police this week, what did he do? He headed off for a curry and said he would be returning to South Yorkshire again

August 19, 2015

Selina Scott

by General

Yorkshire based broadcaster turned farmer and cashmere and mohair retailer Selina Scott once declared she’d “like to steal Donald Trump’s hairpiece and bury it in the sand dunes of Aberdeenshire”.

July 16, 2015

Edward Holcroft

by General

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.

June 27, 2015

Harry Cole

by General

A former associate of Guido Fawkes’ Paul Staines, Harry Cole became The Sun’s Westminster correspondent in June 2015.

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

June 17, 2015

Diane Abbott MP

by General

The Steeple Times is honoured to be blocked on Twitter by this hypocritical loudmouthed Labour Member of Parliament.

June 13, 2015

Emily Clarkson

by General

The feminist daughter of the television icon Jeremy Clarkson is the antithesis of negativity and Katie Hopkins.

June 5, 2015

Christine Walkden

by General

Christine Walkden describes herself as a “gardener, horticulturist, plantswoman, lecturer, trainer, garden centre advisor, tour leader and guide, broadcaster, writer and photographer”.

May 25, 2015

James Wong

by General

Ethnobotanist, TV presenter and garden designer James Wong is the author of Grow Your Own Drugs.

April 21, 2015

Nina Campbell

by General

On her website Nina Campbell describes herself as “one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers” and someone with a “contagious wit and brilliant sense of style”.

March 31, 2015

Elliot Bssila

by General

London based crimper to the stars Elliot Bssila has styled the hair of people as diverse as Nancy Dell’Olio and Lulu

March 28, 2015

Gillian Anderson

by General

Best known for her role in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson married her first husband on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii.

Picture of the Week: Pub time?

by Matthew Steeples

Both Jeremy Clarkson and Zayn Malik trended on Twitter this week; both now have a chance for quiet reflection and pub time

March 22, 2015

Pat Albeck (AKA “Queen of the Tea Towel”)

by General

Hull born textile designer and mother of one Pat Albeck studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s and is best known for creating special tea towels for the National Trust.

March 9, 2015

Aidan Turner

by General

Despite tweeting just twice, Dublin born actor Aidan Turner has over 21,000 followers on Twitter.

March 3, 2015

The hypocrisy of England

by Matthew Steeples

Playwright Alan Bennett chooses ‘hypocrisy’ as Britain’s best achievement

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

February 16, 2015

Charlie Anson

by General

When Charlie Anson appeared on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in February 2015 to raise funds for his cartoon business, Charlie’s Cartoons, he was unsuccessful but praised by Deborah Meaden for his “passionate pitch”.

Manthe Penton Harrap

by General

Featured on the BBC documentary Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair in February 2015, Manthe Penton Harrap tells her Twitter followers that she believes “health is wealth”.

February 8, 2015

The wrong Lane?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks: “Is the story of the ‘middle class Heathrow homeless couple’ all that it seems?”

February 4, 2015

Moron of the Month: Gregory Lauder-Frost

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice president of the Traditional Britain Group, as the second The Steeple Times ‘Moron of the Moment’

January 16, 2015

Evading justice

by Matthew Steeples

As alleged paedophile John Stingemore mysteriously dies, it is about time Theresa May finally acted over historic abuse allegations

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

Jill Dando (1961 – 1999)

by General

Somerset born Jill Dando was the greatly respected presenter of the BBC’s Crimewatch between 1995 and 1999.

January 4, 2015

Philip Mould OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This renowned art sleuth co-presents BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? with Fiona Bruce.

December 29, 2014

Siân Phillips CBE

by General

Thrice married and the wife of Peter O’Toole between 1959 and 1979, Siân Phillips was born in West Glamorgan

November 11, 2014

Turn The Arch

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Archers’ without the Archers won’t be ‘The Archers’   The BBC has lost its way; it’s plain and it’s as simple as that. Radio 4 is an institution and The Archers – which has been on the air since 1951 – was frankly something so essential to its very essence that what they’ve done … Continue reading “Turn The Arch”

November 2, 2014

Gareth Barlow

by Matthew Steeples

This blogger turned television presenter bought a herd of Hebridean sheep at the age of 17 and sold them six years later.

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

October 14, 2014

Increasing our footage

by Matthew Steeples

Accompanying an endorsement of ‘The Steeple Times’ by “the BBC’s favourite property expert” Henry Pryor, our readership grows to over 500,000 in one single day

September 25, 2014

You reap what you sow

by Rupert James

Businessman Rupert James shares his views on the problems at Tesco   Jack Cohen founded Tesco; his wife was called Tessa Cohen. That is where the name comes from. It grew far too quickly and it has become too big. Now this behemoth is unsurprisingly reaping what it has sown.

September 23, 2014

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

by Matthew Steeples

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

September 20, 2014

Miriam O’Reilly

by General

This Irish writer, journalist and presenter describes herself as having “fought ageism at the BBC and won”. Miriam O’Reilly is best known as a BBC Countryfile presenter but successfully sued the Corporation after being dropped in 2009. She subsequently returned to front the Crimewatch Roadshow with Rav Wilding before attempting and failing to become a … Continue reading “Miriam O’Reilly”

September 19, 2014

Sensible Scotland

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland has taken the right decision   Yesterday the Scottish came out in force and voted ‘no’ to independence. Though the ‘Better Together’ campaign’s win is by a relatively small margin and though their campaign was poorly orchestrated, it is a victory nonetheless and we should all celebrate the common sense of this decision.

September 18, 2014

Julia Bradbury

by General

Nicknamed “the walking man’s crumpet”, Dublin born, Rutland based television presenter Julia Bradbury has over 50,000 followers on Twitter. She fronted the BBC’s Countryfile for five years and has also presented shows such as Kill It, Cook It, Eat It and Take on the Twisters. Bradbury views the late fell walker Alfred Wainwright to be a … Continue reading “Julia Bradbury”

September 8, 2014

Help find the EastEnders parrot

by Matthew Steeples

Appeal launched to find a parrot that whistles the EastEnders theme tune that has gone missing in Kent

September 5, 2014

Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)

by Matthew Steeples

This wine loving chef was brought up in a council house but educated at Wellington. After finding that he and the army were “mutually incompatible”, Keith Floyd took a job as a vegetable peeler. From this humble start, he progressed to owning a number of restaurants and presenting cooking shows for the BBC. Married four … Continue reading “Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)”

Quote of the Week: Joan Rivers

by Matthew Steeples

The late Joan Rivers on success   Yesterday’s news that the comedienne Joan Rivers passed away is sad but she’ll long be remembered for her wit and acerbic comments.

September 3, 2014

Get a grip

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s Prime Minister needs to get a grip   Parliament is back in session and we’re now in September. The ‘Silly Season’ should be well and truly over but in fact we’re sinking into a quagmire that can only be described as ‘stupid’ and ‘irresponsible’.

August 25, 2014

Boyling over

by Matthew Steeples

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

August 24, 2014

Out of the Ordinary

by Matthew Steeples

Highlights from the second annual Christie’s South Kensington sale of unusual items and objects, ‘Out of the Ordinary’   On 3rd September Christie’s South Kensington will auction “an eclectic selection of art and ephemera celebrating the joy of the unconventional”. Here, The Steeple Times selects a few highlights

August 20, 2014

Josh Bowman

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Berkshire, Josh Bowman is a rugby player turned actor who briefly dated Amy Winehouse in 2009. Having spent two years in the BBC’s Holby City, he moved to Los Angeles to take up the main role of Daniel Grayson in the popular American ABC series Revenge in 2011. His co-star Emily VanCamp has … Continue reading “Josh Bowman”

August 15, 2014

Controlling the Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

Was it really that wrong that the BBC were tipped off about the search on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in advance?   In the last 24-hours, there has been an outcry of anger from left-wingers such as Geoffrey Robertson QC about how the BBC managed to be present at Thursday’s search of Sir Cliff Richard’s … Continue reading “Controlling the Cliff”

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”

July 28, 2014

Investigating Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial, we examine the merits of investigative journalism   Tulisa Contostavlos declared she’d had a “rollercoaster of a week” after she was convicted of assault in one case yet saw off another after it was thrown out due to the “serious misconduct” on the part … Continue reading “Investigating Tulisa”

July 15, 2014

Oscar, tango, out

by Matthew Steeples

Arrogant Oscar Pistorius shows his true character yet again   Revelations that Oscar Pistorius was both in a fight in a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend and that he returned to Twitter to share his bizarre religious references sum up how arrogant this individual truly is.

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