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Tag: Oxford

November 27, 2017

The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (AKA ‘The Telegraph Crow’)

by General

Aside from spending more time in television studios than working for the good of her constituents, this crow-like creature is a “hard Brexiteer” with a penchant for claiming expenses for a second home despite representing a North London constituency. Bombastic to her core and a one-time friend of the “arse grabber” Brian Coleman, Theresa Villiers … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (AKA ‘The Telegraph Crow’)”

September 19, 2017

A Big House

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Georgian village house in Oxfordshire for sale for £4.25 million   A Grade II* listed, mid-18th century village house in Adderbury, Oxfordshire has just gone on sale for £4.25 million ($5.74 million, €4.79 million or درهم21.10 million) after fifty years in the same family.   Providing a total of 11,290 square foot of accommodation … Continue reading “A Big House”

July 19, 2017

Gothic Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford’s only Strawberry Hill Gothic house for £2.15 million in spite of needing complete renovation   A house built in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style in Oxford has gone on sale for £2.15 million ($2.80 million, €2.43 million or درهم10.29 million) in spite of needing complete renovation.   Constructed circa 1840 – 1850 on the … Continue reading “Gothic Grandeur”

May 27, 2017

Robert Adam

by General

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the … Continue reading “Robert Adam”

May 21, 2017

A Milder May

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard   There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June … Continue reading “A Milder May”

May 12, 2017

Fun at Faringdon

by Matthew Steeples

£144,000 per year sought for Oxfordshire mansion that was the scene of a most curious ménage-a-trois; it is owned by the writer Sofka Zinovieff   “Tall and willowy” writer Sofka Zinovieff inherited Faringdon House in Oxfordshire at the age of 25 from her eccentric, bisexual uncle, Robert ‘The Mad Boy’ Heber-Percy, partner of the owner … Continue reading “Fun at Faringdon”

April 30, 2017

Miriam Margolyes OBE

by Matthew Steeples

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in her “distinctive voice”, she added: “It is the job of the arts to engage in life… That’s what I care about”. … Continue reading “Miriam Margolyes OBE”

April 4, 2016

A kind estate

by Matthew Steeples

Untouched North Yorkshire estate with 2,116 acres and 44 houses for sale for £20 million for the first time in 150 years

March 26, 2016

A boat named Daniel

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford name their boat ‘Daniel’ in honour of the late, great Daniel Topolski

March 14, 2016

Give it some welly

by Matthew Steeples

Hunter wellington boots created for the Boat Races go on sale for £100 per pair

March 11, 2016

The trials of Khemka

by Matthew Steeples

Old Harrovian jeans designer Sheel Khemka to face retrial

February 12, 2016

Chris Bryant MP

by General

Known primarily for posing in his underpants on a gay dating site and for the utterly ridiculous assessment that Delilah is a song about the murder of a prostitute, Chris Bryant is one of the most pointless MPs ever.

February 3, 2016

Nicholas Campbell

by General

The founder of Narcissus Arts began his career at Haunch of Venison, White Cube and Christie’s.

December 4, 2015

What makes art sell?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times’ first panel debate at the Library members’ club featured four art experts and the question: “What makes art sell?”

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

June 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

An evening showcase of Chavín Jewellery with a barbecue by Le ‘Bab

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

A light mile

by Matthew Steeples

Running shoes in which Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a sub four-minute mile to be sold for £30,000 to £50,000 in the Christie’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

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

March 21, 2015

A Diamond fundraiser

by Matthew Steeples

As Bob Diamond’s wife prepares to host a fundraiser for a Democratic candidate, we ponder whether his daughter will be tweeting about it

February 24, 2015

Merlin Holland

by General

The only grandchild of Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland has spent his life researching the writer and playwright and poet’s life.

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

Baroness Greenfield CBE

by General

Crossbench peer Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who is credited with having “made science sexy”.

February 1, 2015

Oliver Trusgnach

by General

A Belgian fantasist, Oliver Trusgnach falsely accused a former Belgian prime minister of abuse before becoming an £18,500 per year antiques gallery manager in Witney, Oxfordshire in 2000.

January 17, 2015

Lord Wei

by General

This English “social reformer” became the first British-born person of Chinese origin to enter the House of Lords in June 2010.

January 8, 2015

Ghislaine Maxwell

by General

The favourite child of the crooked newspaper tycoon ‘Bouncing Bob’ Maxwell, New York based Ghislaine Maxwell has been described as “smart, funny, beaut[iful], kind and sarcastic”

September 22, 2014

Kate Williams

by General

Oxford educated Kate Williams is an expert on royal history. A television presenter and author, Williams has over 10,000 followers on Twitter and has been described as “an outstanding talent” by Matthew D’Ancona. She is based in London and her works include The Pleasures of Men, Becoming Queen and England’s Mistress.  

September 17, 2014

Ivan Pun

by General

Oxford educated Ivan Pun is plainly someone the party crasher David Pun would love to be. He features on Town & Country’s ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list, is described as liking “the international party circuit” and works in his father’s property development business, Serge Pun Associates (SPA), as head of corporate development. Yangon based and a … Continue reading “Ivan Pun”

September 16, 2014

Lady Wolfson

by General

With her late husband, Lady Wolfson was and remains as one of the UK’s leading philanthropists. The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation provides around £35 million per year “to support scientific and medical research, education and the arts” and this fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; King’s College, London; University College, London; the Ashmolean, … Continue reading “Lady Wolfson”

September 8, 2014

A royal second

by Matthew Steeples

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with second child

September 5, 2014

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.

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 9, 2014

Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks author of “Rowing Blazers” Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity and persistence.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Aut viam inveniam aut faciam: “Either I shall find a … Continue reading “Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 6, 2014

Trenton bleats

by Matthew Steeples

2012 Boat Race protestor Trenton Oldfield tweets ‘The Steeple Times’   Trenton Oldfield will only ever be remembered for one thing: wrecking the 2012 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Ahead of today’s race, this “activist” tweeted us to complain that we were “a little obsessed” with him. We can confirm that we are not in the slightest … Continue reading “Trenton bleats”

March 29, 2014

In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow

by Matthew Steeples

James Murphy leaps to the defence of Gwyneth Paltrow   You’ve heard the news: Gwyneth Paltrow is ‘consciously uncoupling’ from Chris Martin. It’s only human to be interested. We are conditioned towards prurience. In the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, however, it’s personal, pernicious and pervasive. The poor woman has been hounded by a sinister reflection … Continue reading “In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow”

February 27, 2014

As worldly as Whicker

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Bentley S3 Continental coupé to be auctioned by Bonhams   The late Alan Whicker numbered amongst those to have owned a Bentley S3 Continental coupé and now a fine example is to be auctioned by Bonhams

November 28, 2013

The Hon. Nigella Lawson

by General

A self-proclaimed “Domestic Goddess”, Lawson was rebranded a “habitual criminal” during the trial of her two former assistants in November 2013. In an email quoted during the case, her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, nicknamed her “Higella” and alleged his wife “poisoned [her] child with drugs and trashed her life”. In response, amongst those who leapt to … Continue reading “The Hon. Nigella Lawson”

November 5, 2013

Dark Estates

by James Murphy

James Murphy reviews ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘The Fifth Estate’   Thor: The Dark World and The Fifth Estate are two movies that do not seem ripe for comparison at first glance. Their genres – one based upon fact, one in fiction – antipathetic; their motivations disparate – one aims to entertain; the other … Continue reading “Dark Estates”

September 13, 2013

If I Were You

by Matthew Steeples

One of Chelsea’s most important modernist houses comes to the market   Built for the parliamentarian and playwright Benn Levy and his actress wife and designed by the Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius, 66 Old Church Street is one of Chelsea’s most significant modernist houses. It’s no wonder that, even though in need of renovation, … Continue reading “If I Were You”

August 22, 2013

Wentworth Miller III

by Matthew Steeples

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he declined to attend a film … Continue reading “Wentworth Miller III”

August 19, 2013

Katherine “Kate” Mosse OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This author and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Literature must often find people confusing her with the model of the same name. Most famous for her international bestseller novel Labyrinth, Mosse is a lynchpin of the “Chichester set”. She has an honorary degree from her hometown’s university and set up the Chichester Writing Festival … Continue reading “Katherine “Kate” Mosse OBE”

August 2, 2013

Bigots attack Baroness

by Matthew Steeples

Trolls complain about Doreen Lawrence’s elevation to the peerage   Yesterday, we added the newly ennobled Baroness Lawrence OBE to our roll call of campaigners. Today, we’ve been inundated by tweets from those who disapprove of this move.

June 22, 2013

Give us a Gilpin’s

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Gilpin’s Gin and a call to save juniper   This week it was reported that there’s a crisis in the world of gin. Juniper, the plant that provides the botanical essential to create this remarkable spirit, is threatened by loss of habitat and a deadly new fungus.  

May 10, 2013

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.

May 7, 2013

Lord of the Bond

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £400,000 castle owned by a man who was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond’s nom de plume Sir Hilary Bray, Bt and for many elements of 007’s character also   Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012) is largely thought of as the man whose persona Ian Fleming … Continue reading “Lord of the Bond”

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”

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 12, 2013

Tanya Gold

by Matthew Steeples

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

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

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”

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?””

February 1, 2013

David Elias

by Matthew Steeples

Some say he died in 2009, others, including the Serious Fraud Office, suspect he’s hiding out in the rainforests of Borneo. This bankrupted businessman was best known for drinking red wine from a teapot at breakfast and for his public spats with Egon Ronay, Richard Desmond, Lord Rothschild and Ernest Saunders. He met his wife, … Continue reading “David Elias”

December 4, 2012

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

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 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

November 1, 2012

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”

October 26, 2012

Richard Mason

by Matthew Steeples

This talented author was born in South Africa but educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. The Drowning People, his first novel, gained him a “vast” advance and was published during his first year at university. It’s been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 3 million copies. Richard Mason funds a foundation in … Continue reading “Richard Mason”

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”

September 26, 2012

Crispin Odey

by Matthew Steeples

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, Prudence, but after divorcing her Odey formed a union with a fellow financier, Nichola Pease. The couple, termed “The City’s Posh and Becks,” live between Chelsea and … Continue reading “Crispin Odey”

June 16, 2012

Sara Murray OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This Lancashire born entrepreneur founded the price comparison site Confused.com and is now a member of the government’s Technology Strategy Board. Murray has deservedly won countless accolades for her achievements and is also known for her love of helicopters.

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”

A Monopolistic mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Could 100 Park Lane become the property that achieves the accolade of being Britain’s highest priced private residence?   Occupied by property giants Hammerson since 1969 as their corporate headquarters, the 44,000 square foot Grade II* listed Dudley House is one of Park Lane’s finest landmark properties. It is supposedly about to come to the … Continue reading “A Monopolistic mansion”

May 17, 2012

Aita Ighodaro

by Matthew Steeples

This statuesque Oxford graduate’s first novel, Sin Tropez, was a mighty success. The Independent described it as a “thrilling and scandalous read” and it got five out of five from OK! Magazine. Aita Ighodaro’s second novel, All That Gitters, came out in November 2012 and when she’s not writing, she’s often to be found enjoying a … Continue reading “Aita Ighodaro”

May 9, 2012

Barnaby Rodgers

by Matthew Steeples

The son of screen legend Anton Rodgers is one to watch in the drinks industry. He’s worked with some of the top brands but is now embarking on a new chapter guiding strategy for a variety of clients. He’s a dab hand in the kitchen and also responsible for the phrase: “I’d rather eat wasps.”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

May 5, 2012

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

by Matthew Steeples

An Englishman who also happens to be a bullfighter, actor and writer.

April 27, 2012

Sally Bercow

by Matthew Steeples

Opinionated Tweeter who happens to be married to the Speaker of the Commons. She’s hung out with gypsies and camped in the Celebrity Big Brother house. She particularly loves baiting Tories and being photographed wrapped in nothing other than a towel. Most people, thankfully, just ignore her.

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.

April 8, 2012

Keep your oar out Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Trenton Oldfield: the man who temporarily halted the 2012 Boat Race   “Why are the right such angry people?” asked @NotAGateway, the shared Twitter account of Deepa Naik and her boyfriend Trenton Oldfield yesterday afternoon.   In this comment, Oldfield, who had just managed to swim into the path of the Oxford boat in … Continue reading “Keep your oar out Oldfield”

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