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Tag: Margaret Thatcher

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 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

September 15, 2016

Thatcher’s Jag

by Matthew Steeples

Armoured Jaguar that served as Margaret Thatcher’s last car – and which was also used by David Cameron – sells at auction   Offered with an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000 ($19,800 to $26,400 or €17,600 to €23,600), an armoured Jaguar XJ8 used by Margaret Thatcher sold at auction yesterday for £37,500 ($49,900 or €44,200). … Continue reading “Thatcher’s Jag”

June 3, 2015

Trumping Clinton

by Matthew Steeples

An American election contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would most definitely be something to relish

February 20, 2015

Dame Shirley Porter DBE (née Shirley Cohen)

by General

Tesco heiress Dame Shirley Porter joined Twitter in August 2014 and describes herself there as “an English philanthropist and former UK politician residing in Israel”.

September 14, 2014

Where is David Cameron?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron needs to show his hand   Yesterday, David Cameron attended the wedding of his wife’s half-brother, Jake Astor. Unlike others, we have no problem with that but at a time when Isis have beheaded a British hostage and when the Union teeters on a knife-edge, many have called for … Continue reading “Where is David Cameron?”

July 28, 2014

Matt Forde

by Matthew Steeples

“Who the f*ck is Matt Forde?” – allegedly the words of Noel Gallagher – are the first thing one encounters on accessing the website of this comedian and one time political advisor to the Labour Party. Nottingham born and the son of a former nun, Forde’s Twitter handles reads: “A talentless liar, a shameless sycophantic … Continue reading “Matt Forde”

December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

by Matthew Steeples

Thoughts for the year ahead   2013 has not been the best of years. We’ve lost Margaret Thatcher and Sir David Frost and the word “selfie” has entered the Oxford English Dictionary. The economy has not got better – despite the nonsense spouted on the BBC – and the slaying of Private Rigby summed up … Continue reading “Goodbye 2013”

December 27, 2013

The arrivals and departures of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

The births, deaths and innovations of the year   2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.

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 12, 2013

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

by Matthew Steeples

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

November 28, 2013

Greed and envy

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Mirror’ is wrong to attack Boris Johnson’s speech to the Centre for Policy Studies   The Mirror is a left-wing paper so some would say their latest attack on Boris Johnson was inevitable, but this time they are utterly wrong.

November 27, 2013

A Greek marriage

by Matthew Steeples

Steven Berkoff’s ‘Greek’ at The Barons Court Theatre   Running until Saturday 30th November, Greek by Steven Berkoff is performing nightly at The Barons Court Theatre within The Curtains Up public house.

October 7, 2013

Ed Miliband: A true hypocrite

by Matthew Steeples

That Ed Miliband was prepared to pose with an individual who wishes to dance on Margaret Thatcher’s grave is an utter disgrace   Whilst Ed Miliband was rightly offended by the attacks upon his late father, he has brought shame upon himself in appearing in a photograph with a Labour activist wearing a T-shirt declaring … Continue reading “Ed Miliband: A true hypocrite”

August 4, 2013

Seeing blue

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Atlantic Wire’ compares the British Conservative Party with both the American Republican Party and Democratic Party   Traditionally the British Conservative Party is seen to align itself to the American Republican Party whilst the British Labour Party finds itself having more in common with the American Democratic Party. An article this week in The … Continue reading “Seeing blue”

July 17, 2013

Margaret’s mistake

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the late Baroness Thatcher attempted to get Jimmy Savile knighted four times, we call for a wholescale review of the British honours system   Today, The Independent revealed that it took the late Margaret Thatcher four attempts to get the late Jimmy Savile knighted.

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?””

June 15, 2013

The grateful D(e)ad

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Claire Rubinstein laments this year’s Father’s Day offerings   As far as celebrations go, Father’s Day seems to be a decidedly tepid affair if the dismal offerings from the High Street are anything to go by.  

May 18, 2013

Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks private investor and chairman of the Saltydog Investor Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The thoughts of Jesse Livermore. He was the first acknowledged momentum trader in the United States. He was worth over a billion dollars by the … Continue reading “Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 11, 2013

Debbie Eybers: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hospitality consultant Debbie Eybers: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “My belief in right and wrong”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “We plan, God laughs”.  

May 10, 2013

The Bouquet of Christie’s

by Matthew Steeples

Always dressed to the nines and a prominent feature at Christie’s auction receptions, this lady plainly loves a perm as much as she likes antiques and fine art. She’d most definitely make a perfect body double for Hyacinth Bucket and Baroness Thatcher would, without doubt, have been green with envy over her collection of handbags.

May 9, 2013

Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

“He condensed good and evil. An extraordinary personality” was Pier Ferdinando Casini, head of the Italian centrist Democratic Center Union party’s description of this seven times Prime Minister of Italy. Andreotti was given many nicknames by his detractors. Amongst them were the monikers of Beelzebub, The Hunchbank, The Black Pope and Divo Giulio (after Julius … Continue reading “Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)”

April 18, 2013

Firing Maggie

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a Purdey gun engraved with a portrait of Baroness Thatcher   Margaret Thatcher had many devoted followers and fans in her time as Prime Minister. Coal miners, in general, were not amongst them but some like Jimi Heselden OBE (1948 – 2010) used their redundancy payouts to make vast fortunes.  

Amanda Thatcher

by Matthew Steeples

At the funeral of her grandmother, Baroness Thatcher, this young lady from Texas showed herself to be a “chip off the old block”. Her reading was composed and faultless and impressed the nation. She’s also said to be a talented sportswoman and there’s a most definite possibility she’ll take up the Iron Lady’s mantle in … Continue reading “Amanda Thatcher”

April 17, 2013

The lady’s last turn

by Matthew Steeples

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher   As her coffin headed to St Paul’s Cathedral, I stood in Parliament Square to watch Margaret Thatcher leave Westminster for the last time.  

March 10, 2013

Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks writer, broadcaster and entertainer Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Christine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you say so dear.  

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”

February 18, 2013

Deborah Walker: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks matchmaker Deborah Walker: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? ‘The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”.

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 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 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 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 9, 2012

Name and shame at your peril

by Matthew Steeples

Philip Schofield and the protection of powerful paedophiles   Yesterday, when Phillip Schofield showed the Prime Minister a note containing the names of alleged politician paeodophiles who have been named on Twitter, little did he realise what he’d set in motion.     Amongst the names was that of Lord McAlpine who also appears on … Continue reading “Name and shame at your peril”

November 7, 2012

A long, long Savile road

by Matthew Steeples

Why does the Savile story really keep running?   We’re all Saviled out. It’s been more than eight weeks since revelations about Jimmy, formerly Sir Jimmy, Savile came to public attention. Yes, the horrors of his “activities” have appalled us all but frankly why do the media really keep this story running as a main … Continue reading “A long, long Savile road”

October 24, 2012

Wafic Saïd

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the £50 million neo-Georgian mansion Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire and he supposedly paid Robbie Williams in excess of a million to perform at his daughter’s May 2012 wedding to PR … Continue reading “Wafic Saïd”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

September 4, 2012

Trevor Abrahmsohn: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Trevor Abrahmsohn, the founder and managing director of Glentree Estates: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Knowledge and charm.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The ninth ‘no’ is a precursor … Continue reading “Trevor Abrahmsohn: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 21, 2012

The man who had it all

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Asil Nadir   Last month I visited a house I’d heard much about over the years in the company of Ed Burrows, the personable managing director of Barnsdale Lodge in Rutland. That house, located a few minutes from the hotel that Burrows so ably runs, was Burley-on-the-Hill House.   Now converted into … Continue reading “The man who had it all”

June 10, 2012

Enough is enough

by Matthew Steeples

Has The Leveson Inquiry not gone on long enough?   The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press commenced on the 28th July 2011 and has gone on and on. Lord Justice Leveson seems like a perfectly decent chap, but that every week more and more tittle-tattle is aired by a … Continue reading “Enough is enough”

May 31, 2012

A motoring must

by Matthew Steeples

The launch of Chelsea AutoLegends 2012   I was introduced to Chelsea AutoLegends some three years ago when my good friend the racing driver James Wood became involved in the organisation of it.   Held at The Royal Hospital first in 2010, this extravaganza of all things motoring has grown immensely and will include over … Continue reading “A motoring must”

May 25, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP

by General

She called the Conservative Party the “Nasty Party” in a speech in 2002 and now Theresa May makes for a pretty nasty Prime Minister herself. Gaffe prone May failed to appeal to the police in May 2012 when they heckled her at the Police Federation conference and was too busy hosting a party with Lady … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP”

May 22, 2012

Captain Simon Mann

by Matthew Steeples

This former army officer boldly led a coup d’état in Equatorial Guinea in 2004. He was imprisoned for 34 years but received a presidential pardon from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in 2009. This Old Etonian’s account of the episode, Cry Havoc, is a great read and he now lives peacefully in Hampshire with his wife … Continue reading “Captain Simon Mann”

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

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.

April 27, 2012

Neil & Christine Hamilton

by Matthew Steeples

Eternally cheerful survivors. They’re amongst the few who’ve beaten both Max Clifford and speed cameras. No one ever guesses what they’ll do next.

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.

Rupert Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

This father of six is a media mogul who doesn’t back down. Faced with being labeled the prime culprit in the phone hacking debacle, he battles on. His second wife Wendi packs a mean left hook.

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