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Tag: character

September 10, 2018

A Rental Ruin

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea estate agent optimistically markets an £850 per week house with unpainted walls and an exposed gas meter by announcing: “It does have a new boiler”   Other than the legendary Roy Brooks, the only honest man in his game, estate agents will be optimistic about just about anything. A bit of damp: “no problem”; … Continue reading “A Rental Ruin”

September 6, 2018

Fame & The Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

John Stoddart exhibition of silkscreen prints of his iconic works at Chelsea Arts Club attracts the attention of some BBC heavyweights   On Tuesday, at the Chelsea Arts Club in London, photographer John Stoddart illustrated his versatility as an artist in exhibiting silkscreen prints created from his works.   Present at the preview were a … Continue reading “Fame & The Beeb”

August 24, 2018

Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936)

by General

Though considered one of society’s “Bright Young Things,” the “morally dubious” daughter of Sir John and Lady Mullens was just a tempestuous coke addict who got away with murder.   Separated from her supposedly violent American singer husband, John Sterling Barney, and living with an “extravagant, bisexual waster” named Michael Scott Stephen in 1932, Elvira … Continue reading “Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936)”

June 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading “A House of Hide”

May 27, 2017

Wealthy in Wiltshire

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading “Wealthy in Wiltshire”

May 1, 2017

Domesticity Above A Canal

by Matthew Steeples

Conversion of “one of Europe’s first purpose-built office blocks” for sale; £3.5 million Grade II* listed Georgian house in Bath literally straddles a canal   Some people dream of living beside a lake or a river, but a Grade II* listed detached property recently placed on the market in Bath gives anyone with £3.5 million … Continue reading “Domesticity Above A Canal”

September 7, 2016

The pleasures of Petworth

by Jacina Coyne

New contributor Jacina Coyne on how to spend a day in Petworth, West Sussex   Petworth is well known for its synonymous stately home and its grounds by ‘England’s greatest gardener’, Capability Brown. This is a charming gem of a town in the English countryside and is easily accessible from London. I reached it in … Continue reading “The pleasures of Petworth”

May 21, 2016

One family from new

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Northern Ireland offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1620

May 19, 2016

Mr Make a Big Issue

by General

Big Issue sellers are normally pleasant but Mr Make a Big Issue is quite the exception.

April 3, 2016

A merchant’s lodge

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian house in Lancashire will appeal to George Osborne’s new northern wealth

April 27, 2015

Kensington Claus

by General

It’s Christmas every day for this bearded giant. Generally spotted in the pubs of South Kensington and always on his own, Kensington Claus has favoured drinking spots at each bar he visits

April 26, 2015

Watering the asylum

by Matthew Steeples

A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000

April 25, 2015

The Knightsbridge rose seller

by General

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

August 7, 2014

A mean mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of Leona Helmsley comes to the market   Leona Helmsley didn’t do “little”. She lived by the belief that “only the little people pay taxes” and housed herself in a vast mansion on a 40-acre plot in Connecticut. Helmsley died at the house in 2007 and it is now once again for sale

March 22, 2014

The best of BADA

by Matthew Steeples

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a … Continue reading “The best of BADA”

December 30, 2013

Naff off

by Matthew Steeples

Central London is losing its character   A house in Pelham Street for £105 million, Tamara Ecclestone spends £1 million on a bathtub and Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews racks up a bar bill of £450,000. These are all headlines we’ve featured recently that illustrate the nonsensical world that has become The Royal Borough of … Continue reading “Naff off”

December 20, 2013

Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A man’s character … Continue reading “Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 25, 2013

Genre watch

by James Murphy

James Murphy offers a rundown on the trends in cinema today and an insight into what is coming in 2014 and 2015   Summer 2013 was unremarkable for movies. Iron Man 3: too clever for its own good. Man of Steel: a long way from ‘super’. Wolverine: pointless, toothless and a waste of Hugh Jackman’s … Continue reading “Genre watch”

June 8, 2013

Don who’s Donna at night

by Matthew Steeples

By day this Walton Street resident can be spotted drinking coffee and dressed quite conventionally. He is better known, however, for donning earrings and styling himself rather like the former Eastenders character Pat Butcher by night. His favoured watering hole was previously The Admiral Codrington but he hasn’t been seen there that often of late.

May 16, 2013

Austin 7 man

by Matthew Steeples

He cruises the streets of Knightsbridge and Belgravia in the afternoons and hoots every so often as he drives along. Often spotted puffing away on a cigar, nothing more is known of this diminutive character.

May 10, 2013

The Waitrose Clepto

by Matthew Steeples

Famous simply for being thrown out of Waitrose in Kings Road because of his helping hands and also for his daily dance on the steps of Patara in Fulham Road, little else is known about this Chelsea eccentric. Goodness knows what’s hidden inside the flasher mac The Waitrose Clepto generally sports.  

April 4, 2013

Disgusted of Ambridge

by Matthew Steeples

“Archers addicts” are up in arms   BBC Radio 4’s The Archers is an institution and its devoted following object to those who mess with it at their peril.  

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

February 21, 2013

Norman Balon

by Matthew Steeples

“London’s rudest landlord” enjoyed causing offence more than anything else. Following on from his father’s purchase of the lease of Soho’s The Coach & Horses pub in 1943 Norman “You’re Barred” Balon worked there and then later, as landlord, presided over “prostitutes, gays, lesbians and a bit of the theatre community”. When a visiting rugby … Continue reading “Norman Balon”

January 26, 2013

Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

A professional beggar who was well known in Soho and Pimlico. She lived in a £7 a night hostel but preferred to be found in The French House. She liked Gap jeans and was a gambling addict but surprisingly was a teetotaler. The thought of crossing Oxford Street is said to have worried her greatly.

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

October 28, 2012

Redefining Rachman

by Matthew Steeples

A different side to Peter Rachman is revealed   Whenever the name Rachman is mentioned, the first things that come to mind are greed, extortion and intimidation. The word is so engrained in such that “Rachmanism” now features in the dictionary, defined as:   “The exploitation of tenants of slum properties by unscrupulous landlords.”   … Continue reading “Redefining Rachman”

October 9, 2012

Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the chef, author and television personality Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force?  “Independence and the life choices that come with it.”    “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? As … Continue reading “Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 8, 2012

The perils of fusion

by steepleadmin

Christian Huhnt reports on recent changes at Cassis restaurant   As I work in the arts and also collect wines, I find Cassis Bistro in South Kensington most comfortable as here I find myself surrounded by great works by Julian Opie, Gary Hume and Henri Matisse alongside as a humongous and well-stocked wine rack at … Continue reading “The perils of fusion”

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 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

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”

May 24, 2012

William Roache MBE (better known as Ken Barlow)

by Matthew Steeples

“Cock Roache” as he’s known (he’s supposedly bedded over 1,000 women) has been in Coronation Street since December 1960. He’s the world’s longest serving television actor and is also on the board of directors of Owen Oyston’s Oystons Estate Agency.

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 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)”

April 27, 2012

Marisa Masters (1925 – 2016)

by General

This pint-sized nonagenarian hailed from Barri, Italy and was married to Lindsay Masters, one of the founders of Haymarket Publishing.

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