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September 12, 2018

An Almighty Allsopp

by Matthew Steeples

Is the fuss over Kirstie Allsopp smashing up her children’s iPads justified? Or was it actually a very clever publicity stunt on her part?   On Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show on Monday, one of the panel, The Hon. Kirstie Allsopp, shared that she’d smashed up her children’s iPads because they weren’t using them responsibly. … Continue reading “An Almighty Allsopp”

September 4, 2018

Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with economist turned real estate investor Davide Giardino   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “The happiness and success of those closest to my heart.”   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you keep your destiny in … Continue reading “Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

Petition – Axe Loose Women

by General

Matthew Steeples launches a Change.org petition calling on ITV1 to ‘Axe Loose Women’ in the wake of the tawdry show’s latest scandal   Further to his article yesterday suggesting ITV1 cease airing their tasteless daytime chat show Loose Women, Matthew Steeples started a Change.org petition calling on the channel to action just such.   Justifying … Continue reading “Petition – Axe Loose Women”

August 26, 2018

Watery Child Labour

by Matthew Steeples

Advert for a Quooker boiling-water tap featuring a child in pyjamas using it was plainly the choice of a deranged marketing executive   Priced at between £1,150 and £1,600 depending on specification, a Quooker boiling-water tap with a flexible pull-out hose is anything but cheap but an advert for it, also, is anything but appropriate. … Continue reading “Watery Child Labour”

November 17, 2017

Rotten Rolf Still Rotten

by Matthew Steeples

As the majority of the convictions of Rolf Harris are upheld, one of his unhinged supporters, Lizzie Cornish, launches into yet another of her tirades   Yesterday at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, a man labeled a “disgusting creature” by one of his victims, Rolf Harris, failed in his attempt to overturn eleven … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf Still Rotten”

October 24, 2017

Bloomberg on Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg condemns Brexit as “the single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from America electing Donald Trump   As Michael Bloomberg opened a vast new European headquarters in London on Tuesday, The Guardian revealed a series of comments he’d made two weeks ago about Brexit. … Continue reading “Bloomberg on Brexit”

September 26, 2017

Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)

by General

Putney based Shawn Sullivan fled America after being accused of abusing two girls aged 11 and 14 in the 1990s. He was subsequently convicted of sexually assaulting two 12 year old girls in Ireland in 1997 but then moved to London on an Irish passport. Sullivan then married a Ministry of Justice policy manager named … Continue reading “Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)”

September 20, 2017

Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with Liverpool born artist Pauline Amos; one of her works is for sale for £1.3 million   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Myself.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you hesitate, you’ve lost.”   Kerry … Continue reading “Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

August 6, 2017

Diana’s Drive

by Matthew Steeples

Up-armoured Rolls-Royce used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales to be auctioned in Auburn, Indiana   A 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur I commissioned by the British Foreign Office as part of the British Embassy vehicle pool in Washington D.C. that was used by Diana, Princess of Wales on two occasions is to be sold … Continue reading “Diana’s Drive”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

June 1, 2017

Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with criminal justice expert, former police officer and Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington Annabel Mullin   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To live every moment to the fullest and make the biggest difference to people’s lives that I can.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 31, 2017

Sharon Hodgson MP

by General

Despite being Shadow Minister for Public Health and claiming to be a campaigner to improve children’s diets, Labour’s ‘jolly giant’ Sharon Hodgson is a big fan of kebabs. This Geordie ex-payroll clerk once claimed she’d rescue her handbag if her house were on fire, remarked: “Labour is teetering on the edge of political irrelevance” in … Continue reading “Sharon Hodgson MP”

May 14, 2017

Louise Rowntree – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with public affairs and communications consultant and Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelsea & Fulham Louise Rowntree   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Treat others the way you want to be treated.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Louise Rowntree – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

April 28, 2017

Another Corbyn Calamity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports that Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to enthuse a child in Harlow didn’t go down well; children and politicians should never mix   Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn headed to Harlow, Essex. He gave a speech to an assembled audience – including a woman with an upside down Labour poster – and then picked up a … Continue reading “Another Corbyn Calamity”

March 21, 2017

A Right to Rape

by Matthew Steeples

That a man who raped a 12-year old child has walked free is an utter disgrace   Daniel Cieslak met a 12-year old child in a taxi queue in Edinburgh city centre at 4am on 31st July 2015. He took her to a friend’s flat, had sexual intercourse with her and on being arrested “became … Continue reading “A Right to Rape”

February 6, 2017

Blocking Betsy

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump begs supporters to help him stop his whack-job, wannabe bear killer education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, being blocked   In an email to supporters Saturday, ‘Trump Headquarters’ begged supporters to sign a petition of support for President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.   In the missive, which shared the news … Continue reading “Blocking Betsy”

January 13, 2016

Noelle Blackman

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Respond charity CEO Dr Noelle Blackman: What’s on your mantelpiece?

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

June 3, 2015

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

by Matthew Steeples

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

March 3, 2015

The hypocrisy of England

by Matthew Steeples

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

October 29, 2014

Hoodwinked

by Matthew Steeples

Jim Hood uses parliamentary privilege to name Lord Brittan as someone accused of “improper conduct with children”   Yesterday, a Labour MP named Jim Hood used parliamentary privilege to state that Lord Brittan had been accused “of improper conduct with children”. He has widely been attacked but we will leap to his defence.

October 6, 2014

Liberal with the smacks

by Matthew Steeples

Child beater speaks at Liberal Democrat conference   At the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday, Vince Cable complained that the Conservatives are “like UKIP without the beer” whilst Guido Fawkes shared pictures of delegates sleeping. Worse still – and also highlighted by Mr Fawkes – was news that the conference was addressed by a convicted … Continue reading “Liberal with the smacks”

September 19, 2014

Chicken Divan

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Douglass continues her meal in Wisconsin with a main course of Chicken Divan   Last time I delighted you with a starter of ‘Seven Layer Salad’ and now I’m going to move on to a Wisconsin main, the legendary ‘Chicken Divan’.

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

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 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 6, 2014

Wise words

by Matthew Steeples

Meghan McCain on marriage   Last week, Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, took to Twitter to share her views on marriage. In announcing her views on marriage, she showed herself to be a wise and grounded young lady.

May 9, 2014

Pricing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price’s antics set her on Titanic course   When Katie Price married a part-time stripper named Kieran Hayler in January 2013 everyone cried “publicity stunt” and now she’s supposedly divorcing him, people are rightly shouting the same.

March 20, 2014

Billing the kids

by Matthew Steeples

World’s richest man Bill Gates pledges not to spoil his children   Bill Gates is a man who found it hard to fit in. The geeks he grew up with came to resent him for betraying them but as he was elevated to the position of topping any list of ultra high net worths, he … Continue reading “Billing the kids”

March 18, 2014

Alice Freyman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Apter-Fredericks gallery manager Alice Freyman   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? At this stage in my life, it is ‘balance’: work, play, family, self.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The only difference between a dream … Continue reading “Alice Freyman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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?””

December 19, 2013

Giacomo Brunelli: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with photographer Giacomo Brunelli   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Adrenaline.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill.  

December 17, 2013

Bears and postmen

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust tells the tale of a Steiff bear with a fascinating past   I was routing around in the family safe one rainy day recently when I spotted an unusual object hidden behind a pile of ancient documents right at the back, it turned out to be a near mint condition 1908 Steiff … Continue reading “Bears and postmen”

December 15, 2013

Ban the Bakfiet

by Matthew Steeples

Dangerous bicycles with cargo boxes that carry children should be banned   With the current furore regarding relations between cyclists and motorists in London, one particular type of bicycle that has come to public attention is the “cargo bike”.

September 30, 2013

Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with car dealer and Rolls-Royce specialist Richard Biddulph   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Service, service, service and more service.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Life is not a dress rehearsal” is one choice and my … Continue reading “Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 19, 2013

Picture of the Week: Booze School

by Matthew Steeples

Tesco place a “Back to School” banner above an alcohol display in Swansea   Shoppers at Tesco in Fforestfach, Wales were controversially confronted by a display of gin, vodka and whisky complete with a “Back to School” sign in recent days.

Popping pageants

by Matthew Steeples

Parents should steer well clear of child beauty pageants   This morning on Radio 4’s Today programme, a strange woman named Pam Boon was interviewed about beauty pageants featuring children and “pop up pageants” in general.

September 1, 2013

Ask Mrs MILF: The agony aunt who’s naughty but nice

by Matthew Steeples

This week, Mrs MILF deals with a party invite with a clause, a husband who wants his wife to buy “gear”, an Old Etonian with a complex, a wealthy couple who have sex but no relationship and a wife who’s worried about Katie Hopkins.

August 24, 2013

Henry Pryor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with property market expert Henry Pryor   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Cheering the underdog”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “There are only two types of ‘expert’ when it comes to predicting house prices – those … Continue reading “Henry Pryor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 16, 2013

Alan Mendoza: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with executive director of The Henry Jackson Society Dr. Alan Mendoza   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Stretching the boundaries of the possible.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Incompetent until proven competent”.  

July 19, 2013

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

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Peter Wetherell, Mayfair’s leading estate agent   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The revival of Mayfair as the best residential village of what is now called “Prime Central London” (PCL).   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 6, 2013

Katie Hopkins (nicknames include The Wicked Witch of the West, Cruella De Vil, Widow Twanky, Miss Piggy and Patrick Bateman)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Barnstaple, Hopkins is a serial reality contestant who is serially capable of making seriously stupid remarks. This blonde blabbermouth was once a stand-by contestant for Big Brother and appeared on both The Apprentice and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2007. During and after her stint in competitive television, Hopkins … Continue reading “Katie Hopkins (nicknames include The Wicked Witch of the West, Cruella De Vil, Widow Twanky, Miss Piggy and Patrick Bateman)”

July 4, 2013

What about other missing children?

by Matthew Steeples

A new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann   A new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is all very well but given the colossal costs involved and the fact that many other children are missing, is it right that so many resources continue to be devoted to this case?

June 24, 2013

Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion management consultant Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Spirituality.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? That certainly isn’t mine. My motto is: “To love and to belong”.  

June 20, 2013

The word ‘rich’ is relative

by Matthew Steeples

Website of the Week: Rich Kids of Instagram   The Rich Kids of Instagram website is an Internet phenomenon that has come to illustrate the gulf between the haves and the have nots.  

June 11, 2013

Hose them down

by Matthew Steeples

Anarchists deserve no respect   Peaceful protest is one thing. Dragging children into it is another entirely. Today in London, irresponsible individuals protesting ahead of next week’s G8 summit in Lough Erne, County Fermanagh showed themselves for what they are: idiots.  

May 26, 2013

Paedos and platitudes

by Matthew Steeples

Is it right that Amanda Platell faces a police investigation for looking at child porn?   Amanda Platell, the former press secretary to William Hague, wrote an article in yesterday’s Daily Mail in which she examined how easy it is to access child pornography. Later in the day, Mark Williams-Thomas, the “child protection expert” who … Continue reading “Paedos and platitudes”

May 25, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part I

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the first of a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He begins with Joan Swift, James C. Cox Jr. and Emily and Elizabeth Beare.  

May 18, 2013

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

May 16, 2013

Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks businesswoman Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My mum always taught me to treat people better than they treat me. Whilst it is quite tough sometimes, it always seems to work out in the end.   “Don’t get … Continue reading “Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 6, 2013

Putting it away

by Matthew Steeples

As the BBC announce an investigation into the activities of Stuart Hall, he transfers his marital home solely into the name of his wife and his son states that his OBE should not be revoked   You’d have thought that after Stuart Hall OBE’s barrister said “sorry for what he has done” last week, the … Continue reading “Putting it away”

April 25, 2013

Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist and sculptor Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Accepting each moment as it appears.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Laugh often and don’t take life too seriously. … Continue reading “Marina Cowdray: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 18, 2013

Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks high jewellery expert Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding forces are the everyday challenges that I face and my family of course.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 11, 2013

Bird on a wire

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker tries out Britain’s scariest new attraction   80mph, approximately a mile long, 700 foot above a mountain lake, under clear blue skies in Snowdonia: Today, I became Wonder Woman for 55 seconds.  

April 9, 2013

Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks bass-baritone singer Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Gravity mainly, followed by a healthy fear of dying young. Avoiding skydiving tends to keep both of those fears at bay.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble … Continue reading “Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 5, 2013

Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Blue Boar Smokehouse chef Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Seasonality, traceability and simplicity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid.   Kerry Katona … Continue reading “Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 3, 2013

Diego Bivero-Volpe: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks nightlife entrepreneur Diego Bivero-Volpe: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Get there on time.   … Continue reading “Diego Bivero-Volpe: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 26, 2013

A cock-up by “Cock Roache”

by Matthew Steeples

The latest in a series of bizarre comments from actor William Roache   William Roache MBE, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, is no stranger to controversy.   The grandson of a Freemason who was interested in hypnotism, theosophy and esotericism, Roache is a vegetarian and spiritualist who was photographed participating in Druid rituals … Continue reading “A cock-up by “Cock Roache””

March 17, 2013

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 14, 2013

Bankrupt in Barton Street

by Matthew Steeples

The story of “fallen tycoon” Brian O’Donnell, the differences between bankruptcy in the UK and Ireland and an £11 million mansion   In these straightened times, the media in general and the Daily Mail in particular quickly latch on to stories about benefit scroungers living in luxury homes. They’re less quick, however, with the exception … Continue reading “Bankrupt in Barton Street”

March 10, 2013

The truth about Mother’s Day

by steepleadmin

Travel writer Sarah Tucker shares her views on Mother’s Day   Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful women who have given birth to little gems. I feel a bit like a travel writer stating: “The people here are all very friendly” when I write that, because although it’s mostly true, it’s not always true. … Continue reading “The truth about Mother’s Day”

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?””

February 27, 2013

Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks “Made in Chelsea’s” Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My conscience.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Revenge is a dish best served cold.

February 26, 2013

Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks restaurateur Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I am guided by the usual human forces, but my permanent motivation is work.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Live as … Continue reading “Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

February 10, 2013

Ten types of playground mother

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker explains the types of mother she thinks exist in the school playground   In a short video for Netmums, best selling author Sarah Tucker educates viewers about the ten types of mums she believes frequent school playgrounds. Her insights are both amusing and revealing.     What’s your view? We look forward to … Continue reading “Ten types of playground mother”

February 5, 2013

Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks “super-tutor” Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? The mantra I use with my students is: “clarity, confidence, creativity”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Neither here nor there”, because … Continue reading “Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

January 11, 2013

Jimmy Savile: A man who kept himself very busy

by Matthew Steeples

The Metropolitan Police report into the Jimmy Savile scandal is published   We’ve written much about the Jimmy Savile scandal and received countless information about it and Operation Yewtree in general from our readers.   The majority, we’re glad to report, were shocked and appalled by this monster’s conduct. Though several of Savile’s friends bizarrely … Continue reading “Jimmy Savile: A man who kept himself very busy”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 12, 2012

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

by Matthew Steeples

She owns a controlling interest in the world’s third largest brewer and is married to the child star of Lawrence of Arabia, Michel de Carvalho. They live together in London with their five children, are said to be worth £5.5 billion but live “quite modestly.” Of meeting his wife, de Carvalho commented: “I met the … Continue reading “Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken”

November 6, 2012

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 4, 2012

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

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

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

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”

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 31, 2012

Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hotelier and chairman of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Hunger.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “While I breath, I hope.”   Kerry Katona was considered … Continue reading “Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 29, 2012

Cows don’t wear Rolexes

by steepleadmin

Charles Mitford Cust asks: “Do the clocks really need to go back?”   Yesterday, once again, the clocks went back and now we are officially in winter. As is always the case on this sad annual occasion, I am left asking myself why we have do something so apparently illogical and what are the origins … Continue reading “Cows don’t wear Rolexes”

October 26, 2012

The “i” wise monkeys

by steepleadmin

Gina Miller asks if today’s “i” generation can still embody the proverbial maxim “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”   The hysteria and media attention around the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini has made me take note and observe “i” gadget usage over the last few weeks. The idea of people … Continue reading “The “i” wise monkeys”

October 23, 2012

Twittering S-Pam

by Matthew Steeples

Pam Ayres makes a poem of Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself listening to a self-proclaimed “writer, broadcaster and entertainer” named Pam Ayres on BBC Radio 4.   An example of her style numbers:   “I am sittin’ on the sofa. By the fire and stayin’ in. Me head is free of comfort. And … Continue reading “Twittering S-Pam”

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?””

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