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November 13, 2017

Foot in Mouth in K&C

by Matthew Steeples

Both Labour and the Tories get it very wrong in Kensington and disgrace themselves with their truly offensive conduct   On Monday, the political blog Guido Fawkes exposed the new Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, as having viciously called a black Tory candidate named Shaun Bailey as a “token ghetto boy,” “gobby … Continue reading “Foot in Mouth in K&C”

November 10, 2017

Exposing Traditional Britain

by Matthew Steeples

After far-right Traditional Britain Group is exposed in an ITV documentary, oddball founder and ex-jailbird Gregory Lauder-Frost responds   Last night ITV screened an hour long documentary that “examined the resurgence of the far right in Britain; its expansion on and use of the Internet and social media; the internationalization of the far right with … Continue reading “Exposing Traditional Britain”

October 29, 2017

A Silo in SoHo

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse in SoHo, New York for sale for 48% more than it was marketed for in 2007; it comes come complete with structures resembling a barn and a silo on its roof   This week the popular New York real estate blog 6sqft reported that a 1,250 square foot condo loft had gone on sale … Continue reading “A Silo in SoHo”

October 17, 2017

A Derelict Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict 18th century Oxfordshire mansion with 125 acres of land for sale for £10 million   A 125-acre Oxfordshire estate with Humphrey Repton landscaped grounds has gone on sale for £10 million ($13.2 million, €11.3 million or درهم48.7 million) in spite of being described as being “in poor order.”   The Coombe Park Estate at … Continue reading “A Derelict Doer-Upper”

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.  

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”

July 23, 2017

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 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”

June 30, 2017

Pitying Petra

by Matthew Steeples

A reminder of what Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt had to say about her husband back in 2014   In August 2014, Petra Stunt – a woman who’d probably now prefer once again to be called Petra Ecclestone – wrote to The Steeple Times to share her displeasure about an article we’d published.   Mrs Stunt, aside … Continue reading “Pitying Petra”

May 6, 2017

A Georgian Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Georgian mansion in Worcestershire for sale for the first time since the 1720s   Few houses remain in the ownership of the same family for three hundred years, but an example of such, Ombersley Court at Ombersley in Worcestershire, has just been placed on the market for £3.5 million ($4.5 million, €4.1 … Continue reading “A Georgian Gem”

April 25, 2017

Michael Heaver

by General

The co-owner of the right-wing Westmonster website terms his ethnicity “milk bottle white” and claims there are “tons of burkas” on the streets of East London. Naturally a fan of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump and of the belief that England is the land of “soft justice”, Michael Heaver loathes what he describes as … Continue reading “Michael Heaver”

March 11, 2017

Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob

by Matthew Steeples

Acid tongued food blogger Jack Monroe’s libel victory over right wing media personality Katie Hopkins represents a victory for only their lawyers   Katie Hopkins undoubtedly spouts a lot of hot air but that she lost a libel action yesterday brought by the acid tongued food blogger Jack “I don’t want my boobs anymore” Monroe … Continue reading “Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob”

December 8, 2016

Free Raif Badawi

by Matthew Steeples

Saudi Arabia should free Raif Badawi; we urge readers to support a message calling for his release   With rights come responsibilities and with freedom of speech and freedom of expression comes a responsibility to avoid making hateful and false comments. The blogger Raif Badawi is a man who understood that but shockingly in Saudi … Continue reading “Free Raif Badawi”

November 22, 2015

Team Harris cracks

by Matthew Steeples

Supporters of the paedophile Rolf Harris take to attacking one another

September 3, 2015

Pondering the ‘paedophile panic’

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Brendan O’Neill’s mocking attack on alleged victims of Westminster VIP abusers as a ‘paedophile panic’ in ‘The Spectator’ is nothing but a disgrace

June 13, 2015

Emily Clarkson

by General

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

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

Freelance journalist and commentator Serena Cowdy blogs as ‘Cowdy Calling’.

March 27, 2015

Joudie Kalla

by General

Having begun her career cooking at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and at Daphne’s and Papillon in Chelsea, Joudie Kalla established Baity Kitchen in Walton Street in 2011.

February 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

January 5, 2015

Jill Dando (1961 – 1999)

by General

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

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.

September 21, 2014

Website of the Week: Proper Kid Problems

by Matthew Steeples

American lifestyle website Proper Kid Problems is a sartorial zeitgeist   We’ve previously featured a British website that celebrates red trouser wearing sorts and now we make an American sartorial zeitgeist our Website of the Week.

September 5, 2014

Roald Dahl: Literary hero

by James Murphy

James Murphy lauds Roald Dahl as a literary hero   My last article focused on Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl provides a natural sequel. Like Fleming, Dahl’s work continues to film and television from beyond his grave.

August 28, 2014

Magnificent Mary

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples commends Mary Beard for her forgiving manner towards those who troll her on Twitter

August 6, 2014

Spelling Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Stunt sends yet another rambling comment to ‘The Steeple Times’   Petra Stunt – nee Ecclestone – took great umbrage at our article about her father’s views on her husband’s convoy of cars. Now, in yet another comment, she’s shared her take on James Stunt’s entourage of vehicles once again.

July 25, 2014

Trashy Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

As singer Tulisa hits out at her conviction for assault, we urge her instead to learn to respect the justice system   Tulisa Contostavlos is best known for trashy tracks about “living on the edge of life” and has also sung lines such as: “Forgive us for what we’ve done, cause we young, we young, … Continue reading “Trashy Tulisa”

March 23, 2014

The Devil tweets

by Matthew Steeples

Should prisoners like Giovanni Di Stefano be allowed access to social media?   Convicted conman Giovanni Di Stefano is in jail for 14 years for committing a £3 million fraud yet today we purportedly received a tweet from him.

October 1, 2013

Monroe mucks up in Manchester

by Matthew Steeples

As Jack Monroe speaks at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference, she continues to rant and again makes an utter fool of herself   Is there anything that “food-and-politics-gob” Jack Monroe can do gracefully? It seems not. Today, she’s speaking at the Conservative Party conference at a fringe meeting on food banks and, … Continue reading “Monroe mucks up in Manchester”

September 2, 2013

Bedding down

by Matthew Steeples

Sarah Tucker recounts an interview with Sir David Frost   I was once lucky enough to interview Sir David Frost. He was one of my interviewees for a show I devised for Sky called Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? Others in the series included Lord Menuhin and Anita Roddick.

August 29, 2013

A mighty fine meal for 30p

by Matthew Steeples

Creating a meal for 30p whilst helping to eliminate food waste   On the blog that preceded ‘The Steeple Times’, Matthew Steeples wrote this article in December 2011. We republish it here given the response we’ve had to our article on food poverty and the comments of Jamie Oliver and Jack Monroe.

August 25, 2013

Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)

by Matthew Steeples

A teenage member of the dynasty who control Thailand’s Central Group of companies. Like her brother, Peach (พชร จิราธิวัฒน์), Pear is an aspiring pop star, but it is expected that she will work within the family business. Though her family is worth $3 billion, Pear receives just £3 a day in pocket money and “must … Continue reading “Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)”

August 20, 2013

Plodding communications

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues that the detainment of David Miranda again illustrates why a clearer communications strategy is required on the part of the police   David Miranda’s detainment may have been legitimate and he may indeed have been carrying information that could be considered dangerous to Britain. Equally, though, these charges could simply be, as … Continue reading “Plodding communications”

August 9, 2013

Wally of the Week: Sir Stephen Bubb

by Matthew Steeples

Hypocritical charity boss makes an utter fool of himself   The charity boss who stated that charity bosses earnings were “not excessive” this week it transpires had his 60th birthday party at the House of Lords paid for by donations.

August 1, 2013

The best things in life remain free

by Matthew Steeples

Papers and paywalls   This morning a paywall went up on The Sun’s online portal, Sun+. This move follows those of the The Times and the Telegraph and some might suggest they are commercially justifiable. We disagree

July 30, 2013

Paul Staines (AKA Guido Fawkes)

by Matthew Steeples

This “relentlessly mocking” Irish right-wing blogger is the editor of the UK’s most read political blog and operates with a guiding force of: “Fuck with me, and I fuck with you”. Staines has variously worked for political parties, as a professional blackjack player, a futures broker, a bond dealer and a hedge fund manager and even … Continue reading “Paul Staines (AKA Guido Fawkes)”

July 12, 2013

The tables are turned

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples answers food writer Jamie Cotter-Craig’s questions   I’m used to asking questions. So far, I’ve done over a hundred “What’s on your mantelpiece?” interviews with people ranging from champion jockey Frankie Dettori to hedge fund titan Alan Miller via glamour model Leah Newman and author Kathy Lette.

July 8, 2013

Peter Jukes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with author, screenwriter, playwright and literary critic Peter Jukes   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? ‘Duende’. Sounds pretentious I know, but it basically means follow things, people, events that have ‘soul’.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Jukes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 16, 2013

Anne Dunhill

by Matthew Steeples

This Roman Catholic novelist and Italian translator’s works have included A Darker Shade of Love, Web of Passion and Anita: A Memoir. A former debutante and model, Dunhill also writes about love, life and lunches on the site Angela Darling’s Blog and is a granddaughter of the luxury goods titan Alfred Dunhill.

June 4, 2013

Connecting justice

by Matthew Steeples

The worrying similarities in developments in the cases of Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks could be very bad for justice   Two cases. Two countries. Two worrying trends. The cases against Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks might at first glance appear to have little in common but in reality they’re developing a lot of similarities. … Continue reading “Connecting justice”

Guido Fawkes drops a hint

by Matthew Steeples

A cartoon on the ‘Guido Fawkes’ blog hints at the identity of the Downing Street lovers   As rumours spread like wildfire on Twitter, Guido Fawkes has dropped another hint as to the identity of the Downing Street lovers.  

May 10, 2013

Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks entertainment journalist, author and teacher Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Generally being pessimistic and then being extra pleased if something good happens.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 5, 2013

Brian Coleman

by Matthew Steeples

“Nice to see ya. Are you alright?” was this Independent Conservative’s answer when he was asked about his inappropriate behaviour outside a court. “He grabbed my arse” was the response of his victim. A former Mayor of Barnet, Coleman, who was expelled from the Conservative Party in October 2012, was fined £270 after pleading guilty … Continue reading “Brian Coleman”

April 30, 2013

Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks art curator, advisor and advocate Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I surround myself with those who remind me not to take life too seriously and to laugh, no matter what. For new relationships, focus on those who have … Continue reading “Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 26, 2013

Omar Borkan Al Gala

by Matthew Steeples

This Dubai born poet, actor and photographer was expelled from Saudi Arabia in April 2013 by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices for being “too sexy”. He has over 175,000 fans on his Facebook page and of women he states: “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in … Continue reading “Omar Borkan Al Gala”

April 25, 2013

Alessandra Brian

by Matthew Steeples

This delightful London based lifestyle blogger has British and American passports and loves both food and Ferraris.

March 16, 2013

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

Alexandra “Lexi” Abrams

by Matthew Steeples

Social yet serious, this talented Cambridge graduate is now the UK youth advisor for the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations in the UK.

March 12, 2013

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

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

Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion entrepreneur Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The weather… Or Tolstoy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Eleanor Roosevelt: “Women are like tea bags. You never know how … Continue reading “Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 15, 2013

Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks musician and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is optimism.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Wealth and fame”! Just joking, I think that … Continue reading “Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 5, 2012

Reaching nowhere

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights the peril of “reaching out”    “Reaching out” is a phrase that can be compared to Starbucks and their taxes.   This toxic platitude has sadly become common in both Britain and America and is generally used by people who don’t know you when they want something. Like Starbucks on the high … Continue reading “Reaching nowhere”

December 1, 2012

The Media: Friend or foe?

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares her experiences on a panel discussing the outcomes of Leveson   Journalist and author Sarah Tucker was one of the panelists at a talk at the Richmond Literary Festival on Thursday evening. By chance, since it coincided with the publication of the Leveson Report, the panel’s discussion naturally focused on that. Here … Continue reading “The Media: Friend or foe?”

November 16, 2012

Breakfast hawks

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Hawksmoor Guildhall, EC2V   In the first of a series, we publish a number of the most popular articles from the blog that conceived The Steeple Times. Here, in a February 2012 piece, Matthew Steeples reviews a boozy breakfast at Hawksmoor Guildhall with Anthony Brown. After seeing an image of their breakfast … Continue reading “Breakfast hawks”

November 8, 2012

Nad’s not that Mad

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Nadine Dorries is perhaps right to head for the jungle   Don’t get me wrong: I think Nadine Dorries is an utter loon. For those who haven’t heard of her, she’s the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire and a bit of a mouthpiece. Her entry on our roll call attracted over 8,000 hits … Continue reading “Nad’s not that Mad”

November 6, 2012

Derek Paravicini

by Matthew Steeples

This echolaliac prodigy has absolute pitch and has been described as “the human iPod.” His abilities as a musician are amazing given that he’s both blind and autistic. The cousin of The Duchess of Cornwall’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, Paravicini unexpectedly played Big Spender to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair … Continue reading “Derek Paravicini”

For the love of Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs’s yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship’s de Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands with his wife and three children aboard. The Jobs family gave the members of the … Continue reading “For the love of Jobs”

November 2, 2012

The Savile defence

by Matthew Steeples

Hugo Istay discovers Jimmy Savile’s most unlikely advocates: The Daily Mail   Here are some quotes from that bastion of the country’s morals, The Daily Mail. Apparently Jimmy Savile had been collecting ones like these for years to aid his defence should the proverbial hit the fan.     He was going to kick off … Continue reading “The Savile defence”

October 24, 2012

Annabel Giles

by Matthew Steeples

On her website, Giles describes herself as a “model, TV and radio presenter, actress and comedienne, novelist and journalist…” Is there anything this ex-wife of Midge Ure of Ultravox does not do? On her blog: “When 140 characters just isn’t enough…” she tells David Cameron: “I’m not into politics, I’m into people” and states that … Continue reading “Annabel Giles”

October 22, 2012

Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the right-wing businessman and owner of Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle, Sir Benjamin Slade: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Money, power, sex, success, land, trees, books and fine wine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 17, 2012

Taylor Swift

by Matthew Steeples

This American singer-songwriter was born in 1989 and earned $120 million between 2009 and 2012. The first thing she did on her 18th birthday was to register to vote and she’s dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhall, Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles. Swift owns homes in Nashville, Brentwood, Beverley Hills and Cape Cod. In … Continue reading “Taylor Swift”

June 15, 2012

Martha Payne

by Matthew Steeples

A fearless child who set about improving school meals by posting photographs and rating the junk she was fed. Her blog, NeverSeconds, became an internet sensation and even Jamie Oliver backed her. Subsequently, bureaucrats at Argyll and Bute Council banned her from taking photographs but all that did was make her more famous. Good for … Continue reading “Martha Payne”

May 21, 2012

Karen Matthews

by Matthew Steeples

She told “The Mother Of All Lies” when she arranged for her degenerate boyfriend to help her kidnap her own daughter, Shannon, in 2008. She hid the poor child under a bed and basked in the media attention. Not being very bright was what resulted in her being caught and resultantly she failed to collect … Continue reading “Karen Matthews”

May 8, 2012

Michael Ezra

by Matthew Steeples

A hedge fund guru and anti-Communist. Mr Ezra knows more about tea than anyone you’ll meet and blogs at Harry’s Place and Under the Ocular Tree. A rights-based libertarianist, he professes a desire to abolish both the United Nations and unpaid internships. His dream home would be a suite at Claridge’s in Mayfair.

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