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Tag: Mandrake

March 12, 2017

Chop the Charitycats

by Matthew Steeples

As San Francisco socialite and clothes horse Joy Venturini Bianchi is highlighted to be an American version of her fellow former ‘charitycat’ Lady Meyer, it’s time that charities worldwide were better regulated   In Britain, in 2011, the “Chanel-clad” wife of the former British ambassador to Washington, Lady Meyer, faced criticism after The Telegraph revealed … Continue reading “Chop the Charitycats”

April 5, 2015

Meyer moves

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop

June 2, 2014

Cinematic bliss

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of film director Richard Attenborough for sale for £12.75 million   The Academy Award winning actor, producer and director Lord Attenborough is best known for his roles in such hits as The Great Escape, Gandhi and 10 Rillington Place but it was at Old Friars, his home of many years in Richmond, Surrey, … Continue reading “Cinematic bliss”

April 20, 2014

Tim Walker

by Matthew Steeples

The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist is a man not afraid to take on the establishment. Together with his now former colleague Richard Eden, Walker’s diary extensively featured stories about the charitable activities of Lady Meyer in 2011 and made a fool of the PR for Mastercard after they told him what he was to tweet in … Continue reading “Tim Walker”

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.

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

August 22, 2013

Hawking The Hempel

by Matthew Steeples

Contents of The Hempel Hotel to be sold at auction   The contents of Bayswater’s iconic The Hempel Hotel, originally designed by Anouska Hempel, are to be sold following the building’s sale to British Land for £33 million in March.

August 7, 2013

Chaneling charity

by Matthew Steeples

Charities need to rethink how they pay their executives   It’s hardly news that many charity bosses (AKA ‘charitycats’) are earning in excess of £100,000 a year but once again the toothless Charity Commission is bleating instead of acting.

July 26, 2013

The law’s a pigeon

by Matthew Steeples

Pigeons, cats and bicycles don’t necessarily make for the best of friends   The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ and the Mail Online both reported yesterday that Ben Goldsmith could be prosecuted after colliding with a pigeon whilst on his bicycle in Glasshouse Street, close to London’s Piccadilly Circus.

July 19, 2013

Did you know?

by Matthew Steeples

A new column revealing facts you may or may not already know   Sir Cliff Richard was allegedly praised in the 1970s for staying in Britain whilst Denis Healey “tax[ed] the rich until the pips squeak[ed]”. No such enthusiasm is due now.

May 18, 2013

Fooling Fogle

by Matthew Steeples

Ben Fogle suggests that he could have been poisoned by a Russian spy   Ben Fogle’s rise to the middle realms of “fame” is something I’ve always found puzzling. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an affable chap and I have utterly no problem with him but whenever he comes on the screen, I find myself … Continue reading “Fooling Fogle”

May 14, 2013

Closeted in Chanel

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer applies to build a “closet wing”   The wife of the former ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer, once described as “Chanel-clad” by The Telegraph, has applied to The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to build a number of closets at a property she recently purchased just off the Kings Road.

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 13, 2013

Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle’s holiday villa, La Maison de Bang Bang   Just as it is reported that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is said to be furious about photographers having managed to capture her in a bikini on a beach on the private island of Mustique, another of her previous … Continue reading “Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap”

December 4, 2012

An evening of champions

by steepleadmin

Andreas Kirchberger captures guests and performers at the Champions in the Community fundraising dinner   On Thursday 10th November 2012, Gina and Alan Miller and The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP hosted a dinner at London’s Hurlingham Club to raise funds for the charities supported by Miller Philanthropy and The Centre for Social Justice. … Continue reading “An evening of champions”

November 16, 2012

Put a sock in it

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes a look at the farcical results of the PCC elections   A former ambassador to the US undiplomatically Tweeted the following an hour or two ago: “Prezza beaten. Humberside policing saved.” His dovetailed stooge, one Mowbray Jackson, added: “Tiresome tub thumper ‘Lord’ Prescott rejected in PCC election. There is a god.”   … Continue reading “Put a sock in it”

October 17, 2012

Portraits in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the private view of Aliona Adrianova’s Portraits at LINLEY   On the 10th October 2012, a private view of the works of the portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova was held at LINLEY in Albermarle Street, Mayfair. The Steeple Times was honoured to be asked to be the media partner for the event … Continue reading “Portraits in Mayfair”

June 15, 2012

To the manor born

by Matthew Steeples

The Manor, Bucklebury: a house that shortly may become home to Carole and Michael Middleton   First reported by The Daily Telegraph’s “Mandrake” columnist Richard Eden in May, the talk of today is that The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have just purchased a Georgian manor house at Bucklebury in West Berkshire. … Continue reading “To the manor born”

April 27, 2012

Henry Deedes

by Matthew Steeples

Grandson of the late Lord “Bill” Deedes, inspiration for William Boot in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop! This columnist for the Daily Mail has the driest of wits and is particularly anti Chelsea tractors.

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