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Tag: Blogger

April 29, 2017

Blocked by Nuttall

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples celebrates getting blocked by Paul Nuttall on Twitter   When someone blocks you on Twitter, you know you’ve won. In the past, I’ve been cut off by an array of ‘delights’ ranging from the sofa loving sad sack Sir Christopher Meyer to the foaming-at-the-mouth firebrand George Galloway. Others joining that list include the … Continue reading “Blocked by Nuttall”

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”

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”

February 25, 2016

Out of Fashion

by Matthew Steeples

London echoes New York in bemoaning what its Fashion Week (and other events) have become dominated by

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

Tanya Burr

by General

Born Norwich in 1989, beauty and fashion blogger and vlogger Tanya Burr has made a small fortune from her craft.

November 10, 2015

A boob too far

by Matthew Steeples

Blogger turned media mouthpiece Jack Monroe sinks to a new low

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.

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

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”

February 28, 2014

An outworldly place

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker visits Antarctica   I was on the ship that didn’t get stuck in the ice at Christmas. In the wake of Prince Harry who trekked there and was airlifted back, I went via Patagonia and Buenos Aires (a phenomenal city where they genuinely dance in the streets and they miss their archbishop), to … Continue reading “An outworldly place”

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 30, 2013

Jack Monroe (also known as “A Girl Called Jack”)

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued blogger describes herself as a “freelance food-and-politics-gob” and responded to one of our articles by stating “I want no association with your s**t”. The Independent are the ones who ought to be ashamed: Why on earth do they choose to be associated with this lentil loathing moralising menace?

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 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 21, 2013

Meghan McCain

by Matthew Steeples

The tattooed daughter of Senator John McCain once suggested that “Republicans are scared shitless about the future” and voted for John Kerry.

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.

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 11, 2013

Yewtree’s net widens as bizarre theories of a Conservative conspiracy emerge

by Matthew Steeples

As Operation Yewtree detectives announce they will investigate five more personalities, bizarre conspiracy theories suggesting a Conservative led conspiracy against Stuart Hall, William Roache and Owen Oyston emerge   Last night, the Daily Mirror revealed that complaints about further personalities have been made to detectives from Operation Yewtree. On the list of additional individuals, whom … Continue reading “Yewtree’s net widens as bizarre theories of a Conservative conspiracy emerge”

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?””

Derek Blasberg

by Matthew Steeples

This witty New York based fashion journalist and author’s first book, Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, was a New York Times bestseller in 2010.

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 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 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”

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”

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”

November 1, 2012

Angela Epstein

by Matthew Steeples

The Daily Mail is renowned for enthusiastically bashing benefit scroungers but in November 2012, they gave Angela Epstein, whose household income is in excess of £100,000 a year, a platform to bleat that she wasn’t getting enough. This Manchester based mum of four has also penned articles speaking of her pride about driving her brats … Continue reading “Angela Epstein”

October 27, 2012

A manageable mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions like Highclere Castle, better known as Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, however, Bletchingdon is of a far more manageable size. … Continue reading “A manageable mansion”

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 20, 2012

Cycling with a Smile

by Matthew Steeples

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next to a campfire I’ve successfully made, cooking a fish I’ve caught (with much difficulty) that I plan to … Continue reading “Cycling with a Smile”

July 4, 2012

An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne

by Claire Rubinstein

Claire Rubinstein interviews Lyndon Ogbourne for “The Steeple Times”   Last week, Claire Rubinstein made Emmerdale fans envious when she interviewed the soap’s former baddest boy at Sette restaurant in Chelsea.   Over lunch, the pair chatted about Ogbourne’s career, charity, social media and forthcoming projects. Watch video footage of the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncDQkCxgsY   … Continue reading “An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne”

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 13, 2012

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

May 12, 2012

Jassy Davis

by Matthew Steeples

A top British blogger who is the lady behind the legend that is Gin and Crumpets. This freelance writer is also the co-author of The Contented Calf Cookbook and knows more about gin than you could possibly imagine. A lunch or dinner in her company is an utter pleasure.

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.

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.

April 28, 2012

Thomas James

by Matthew Steeples

Known to his friends as T.J., this trendsetting youngster blogs about Palm Beach, The Hamptons and style. Thomas James is often to be spotted enjoying either of his favourite dishes: figs with goat’s cheese or Ladurée macarons or sporting the latest preppy garments in America’s hotspots.  

Lyndon Ogbourne

by Matthew Steeples

He was Emmerdale’s number one bad boy for several years but with the help of his agents at Curtis Brown, his career is stepping up a gear.  He’s also appeared in Spooks and Doctors and is well known for cooking up a pretty mean brunch.

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