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November 12, 2017

Taking out the Toxic

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the era of PR’s who’ll represent anyone and promote anything ought to end   In Britain, the PR firm Bell Pottinger collapsed ultimately because of its willingness to “represent almost anyone but Robert Mugabe” but in a perfectly put analysis for The Cut on Friday, Kaitlin Menza highlighted a duo with morals … Continue reading “Taking out the Toxic”

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 30, 2017

Wally of the Week – Andre Walker

by Matthew Steeples

Whackjob former Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed ‘journalist’ Andre Walker tells ‘The Steeple Times’: “In the words of Trump: ‘You are fake news’” (and then blocks us)   Andre Walker is of the Donald Trump school when it comes to dealing with situations he doesn’t like: This former Tory bullyboy turned Breitbart braggart and … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Andre Walker”

May 27, 2017

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 13, 2017

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

by General

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government, multi-millionaire Marshall-Andrews built and owns “one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century – the famed ‘Teletubby House’ in … Continue reading “Bob Marshall-Andrews QC”

May 7, 2017

Trumping a Visa

by Matthew Steeples

Kushner family exposed for promoting their links to the Trump presidency to flog flats (with visas) to Chinese investors   Yesterday, The Washington Post, in revealing that the Kushner family are hawking properties complete with investor visas, illustrated yet another appalling example of what is fast becoming the shadiest presidential dynasty in history.   According … Continue reading “Trumping a Visa”

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”

February 19, 2017

P**s Off Piers

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan withdraws from presenting an awards ceremony after an online campaign to oust him went viral; next he needs to leave Britain for good   On Sunday, Piers Morgan, undoubtedly one of the most loathed men in Britain, took to social media to explain why he has opted to pull out of hosting the … Continue reading “P**s Off Piers”

December 20, 2016

Out Of The Shadows

by Matthew Steeples

Hannah Harley Young’s debut exhibition at The Hospital Club   On Thursday 1st December, a private view of the works of the portrait and party photographer Hannah Harley Young was held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.   At a launch attended by such people as Henry Conway, Nancy Dell’Olio and Millie Mackintosh, guests … Continue reading “Out Of The Shadows”

October 17, 2016

Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)

by General

America’s answer to Nigel Dempster went to school with Julianne Moore and later attended Yale University. A preppy entertainment reporter, Jeffrey Slonim was considered to be “a walking Ralph Lauren ad” and a “throwback to a gentler time”. He wrote for amongst others Allure, Gotham, People and The New York Post. An all-round good guy … Continue reading “Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)”

December 9, 2015

Janan Ganesh

by General

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

October 10, 2015

Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diane Sawyer)

by General

A former member of President Nixon’s White House staff turned acclaimed television journalist, Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky.

September 19, 2015

Sandra Shevey

by General

Though she claims to be a feminist, a writer, an expert on market towns and a film and television location tour guide, Sandra Shevey tends to busy her days writing complaints about amongst others Asda, Debenhams, Tesco and Waitrose on Twitter.

September 14, 2015

The Marchioness of Bath

by General

Born in Hungary and raised in France, the Marchioness of Bath has been described as a “soft porn actress” as well as a war correspondent and a journalist.

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 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 7, 2015

The class of Cleese

by Matthew Steeples

In taking on the repugnant journalist Piers Morgan on Twitter, funnyman John Cleese spoke for the nation

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

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

May 8, 2015

Ann Barr (1929 – 2015)

by General

Despite defining “The Sloane” and “The Mayfair Mercenary”, the co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook lived out her final years in Notting Hill 

April 26, 2015

Wally of the Week: Keith Vaz

by Matthew Steeples

It is time that the Labour politician Keith Vaz asked himself some questions about his role in protecting the alleged paedophile Lord Janner

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

January 16, 2015

Welcome to Donetsk

by steepleadmin

Photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts his experiences at the hands of soldiers in Donetsk

October 6, 2014

Carole Malone

by General

To her 3,000 followers on Twitter this malicious media megamouth is just a “Geordie columnist” who came tenth in Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

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

Anna Smith

by Matthew Steeples

Former Daily Record chief reporter Anna Smith has covered conflicts from Somalia and Rwanda to Kosovo. She was one of the first journalists on the scene after both 9/11 and the Dunblane massacres and now writes crime novels full time. In September 2014, she summed up the feelings of many when she wrote an impassioned … Continue reading “Anna Smith”

August 25, 2014

James Foley: A decent man

by Matthew Steeples

The last letter from journalist James Foley   Executed hostage James Foley devised a way of communicating with his family during his captivity. He dictated a letter to a fellow hostage about to be released. On Sunday, his family released the text of it on the Facebook page “Find James Foley”.

August 23, 2014

Wally of the Week: David Cameron

by Matthew Steeples

David Cameron should not have gone surfing; he should have recalled Parliament   David Cameron did the right thing in returning to London in the wake of the execution of the journalist James Foley by a British jihadi. Just as President Obama did in heading off to play golf, Cameron took exactly the wrong course of … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: David Cameron”

August 21, 2014

James Foley (1973 – 2014)

by General

This twice kidnapped “man of courage and dignity” was a “miner of truth” who bravely reported from war zones. Photojournalist James Foley was born in Rochester, New Hampshire and killed by a cowardly hooded ISIS executioner in Syria. As his friend and fellow Libyan hostage Nicholas Hénin commented: “He stayed upright and dignified to the … Continue reading “James Foley (1973 – 2014)”

August 19, 2014

#noicebucketchallenge

by Matthew Steeples

Two journalists call for “no more ice bucket challenges”   You’ve surely seen it on your Facebook timeline or received a YouTube video of some celebrity dousing themselves in ice water. The ALS Association’s challenge to pour ice water over yourself or donate $100 has certainly gone viral but Will Oremus of Slate and Arielle … Continue reading “#noicebucketchallenge”

August 16, 2014

Amanda Platell

by General

This acid tongued Australian harpy was the press secretary to William Hague when he was leader of the Conservative Party. She’s now reverted to journalism and after leaping to the defence of her “dear friend” Rolf Harris declared “Cliff Richard doesn’t deserve this lurid trial by television” in August 2014. Amanda Platell “ran out of … Continue reading “Amanda Platell”

August 10, 2014

Cognac Wellerlane

by General

America’s answer to Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch is famed as an interviewer of the rich and famous in New York and the Hamptons. This unashamed fur lover has profiled everyone from Paris Hilton to Henry Kissinger and appeared as a socialite in The Devil Wears Prada. We can’t be alone in wondering as to what … Continue reading “Cognac Wellerlane”

August 6, 2014

Boris is back

by Matthew Steeples

BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson set to attempt to return to Westminster   It was inevitable but it is excellent news: Boris Johnson has decided to stand for Parliament again at next year’s elections.

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 19, 2014

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by James Murphy

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

July 16, 2014

End the insanity

by steepleadmin

Israeli journalist and American citizen Itay Hod calls for a peaceful resolution to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict   First, let me state a simple fact. I am a journalist who also happens to be Israeli. I was born in Nazareth and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper. I’m no stranger to the Middle East … Continue reading “End the insanity”

June 30, 2014

Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons

by Matthew Steeples

Comparing phone hacking to Jihad is simply ludicrous   In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, “warm heart[ed], acid tongue[d]” Tony Parsons ranted about the “waste of money” that has been the “assorted inquisitions into the newspaper industry”. Whilst much of what he stated is true, the way in which he linked this to the war on … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons”

June 4, 2014

Phillipified

by Matthew Steeples

Journalist Melanie Phillips is right in her analysis of the impact of the decision not to publish the full correspondence between Tony Blair and George W. Bush before the 2003 invasion of Iraq   On the 2nd June, Melanie Phillips, a journalist loathed by many on the left, argued that “the threat from Saddam Hussein…” … Continue reading “Phillipified”

June 3, 2014

Charity and Chavin

by Matthew Steeples

Jewellery brand Chavin hosts charity event at Mahiki   On 29th May, Simon Ogilvie-Harris of the jewellery brand Chavin hosted a cocktail party and charity event at Mahiki with the help of the socialite Henry Conway.

April 24, 2014

Hack off

by Matthew Steeples

Whining “victims” of News Corporation should accept that they are not the voice of the British public   In a letter to Rupert Murdoch, the self-proclaimed “victims” of what they call “unlawful actions of… papers published by a News Corporation company” attack his decision to sign up News UK titles to the Independent Press Standards … Continue reading “Hack off”

March 23, 2014

If you can’t take the heat…

by Matthew Steeples

Acid tongued Liz Jones should put down her poison pen   Daily Mail ‘journalist’ Liz Jones has featured on our pages several times after writing vicious bile about her former neighbours and admitting to stealing her then husband’s sperm as part of the “ultimate deception”. Today, this malicious mouthpiece used her column to complain that … Continue reading “If you can’t take the heat…”

February 20, 2014

Wally of the Week: Housing a hashtag

by Matthew Steeples

House PR’s “condition attached” invites score a true own goal   We’ve upset a few PRs this week but the award for the man that brought another of them down has to go to Tim Walker, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist.

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 3, 2013

Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with writer, television personality and co-founder of Body Gossip Natasha Devon   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m driven by a desire to make everything fair (and to silence the people who would have us believe that injustice can be explained by that irritating platitude – “life’s … Continue reading “Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 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 15, 2013

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (born Yasmin Damji)

by Matthew Steeples

This Ugandan-born journalist is a self-confessed racist who loathes “white, middle class men”, yet describes herself as being a “leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim, part-Pakistani, and … a very responsible person”. She believes Osama bin Laden didn’t get a “respectful burial” and asked: “Why does anyone black, Asian or Arab ever vote Tory?” on Twitter … Continue reading “Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (born Yasmin Damji)”

August 7, 2013

Viola Herms Drath (1920 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married 91-year old Georgetown, Washington, D.C. socialite and journalist was born in Dusseldorf and died as a result of “strangulation and blunt force injuries” in her own bathroom in August 2011.

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 12, 2013

Alan Whicker CBE (1925 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Where will the world be without Whicker’s World? The answer: “A hell of a lot poorer”. Born in Egypt, this “broadcasting genius” shot footage of the body of Benito Mussolini during the Second World War before beginning a career interviewing the likes of John Paul Getty, the Sultan of Brunei, ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier and Peter … Continue reading “Alan Whicker CBE (1925 – 2013)”

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?””

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)”

June 22, 2013

Slurring Saatchi

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever you may think of him, Tony Parsons’ comparison of Charles Saatchi to Ian Brady is beyond offensive   Yesterday, the former host of a Channel 4 show named Big Mouth, Tony Parsons, compared Charles Saatchi to child murderer Ian Brady in a Daily Mirror column titled: “Men who deserve no mercy”.  

June 5, 2013

Tulisa hits Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos arrested and taken to Belgravia Police Station   We’re no fans of Tulisa here at The Steeple Times. Her music is appalling and her sex tape story was just tedious. That she calls herself a “role model” and an “inspiration” for “Broken Britain”. Plainly the girl is delusional and we … Continue reading “Tulisa hits Belgravia”

June 2, 2013

Put this dying dog down

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues the case for scrapping the Charity Commission   The Charity Commission recently appointed a new chairman, William Shawcross CVO. The author and journalist is to be paid an astonishing £50,000 for just two days work a week and even he himself admits he’s taken on a “a poisoned chalice”.  

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 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?””

Martha Kearney

by Matthew Steeples

This “avid bee-keeper” is the main presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World At One. When interviewed by The Guardian in 2011, Oxford educated Kearney stated: “I wouldn’t think of myself as a Loose Woman”. We’re glad to hear it. This voice of reason is indeed far from that.

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 4, 2013

Libby Purves OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This British radio presenter, journalist and author is a much respected and reassuring voice of reason. Whilst at Oxford she was the librarian of the Oxford Union and then wrote a travel book, One Summer’s Grace, based on a 1,700 mile sailing journey she made around Britain with children aged three and five in 2002. … Continue reading “Libby Purves OBE”

April 12, 2013

Richard Littlejohn

by Matthew Steeples

Essex born journalist Richard Littlejohn claims that the Royal Family are a “bunch of tax-evading adulterers”

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

David Patrick Columbia

by Matthew Steeples

This gentleman giant is the editor-in-chief of Quest magazine and the founder of the New York Social Diary. A revered social chronicler, “DPC” as he is widely known, previously collaborated with Debbie Reynolds on her autobiography and has also variously been an actor and stockbroker. He is seen at all of New York’s best events … Continue reading “David Patrick Columbia”

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 18, 2013

Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks author Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Books, cooks and good looks.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Do no harm; or if you do, make sure it’s beautiful … Continue reading “Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

March 16, 2013

Sam Dangremond

by Matthew Steeples

This New York based journalist is an assistant editor at Town & Country and has also contributed to New York Magazine and the New York Social Diary. 

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 15, 2013

Ben Howard

by Matthew Steeples

This singer-songwriter grew up in rural Devon but has become a “word-of-mouth” star and a “one-man One Direction”. This whisky loving Englishman cites his influences as Van Morison, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and won both BRIT Awards he was nominated for in 2013. He states that he “doesn’t really believe in fame” and … Continue reading “Ben Howard”

March 12, 2013

Tanya Gold

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued journalist doesn’t care about causing offence.

March 11, 2013

Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks journalist and author Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To learn from history – in all senses of the word – but listen to the needs of the present.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 9, 2013

Barbara Walters

by Matthew Steeples

This dynamic American television personality and author was one of the first women to work in “hard news” and is best known for having hosted the Today show, the ABC Evening News, The View and 20/20. She grew up “in awe” of the famous people her father, a Broadway producer and nightclub owner, introduced her … Continue reading “Barbara Walters”

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

Alex Preston

by Matthew Steeples

This talented Oxford educated author is a former credit derivatives trader who is now regular on BBC2’s The Review Show. This Bleeding City, his first novel, was based on his own working experiences and analyses how the financial crash could be seen as “our subconscious revenge, our way of bringing down the system that had … Continue reading “Alex Preston”

December 14, 2012

The brilliance of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Our thoughts on the £10.8 million payout to Rebekah Brooks   Rebekah Brooks is a lady who is variously described as looking like Lady Macbeth and Merida, the animated hero of Pixar’s Brave.   Brooks is of working class extraction but rose to find herself in the company of the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony … Continue reading “The brilliance of Brooks”

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 29, 2012

When good men should do nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples responds to the recommendations of Leveson   “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” was one of Edmund Burke’s most famous observations.   Today, David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were in court to face charges of … Continue reading “When good men should do nothing”

November 22, 2012

Kay Burley

by Matthew Steeples

Lancastrian Sky News anchor Kay Burley is the longest serving female newsreader on British television.

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”

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