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Tag: poet

September 25, 2017

A Bastard of a Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge townhouse for sale for sum 11% lower than it sold for in 2011; it comes with a rather large hole in the garden that has been described as “almost as deep as the Führerbunker”   To the poet and wit Henry Luttrell (1765 – 1861) “eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets” … Continue reading “A Bastard of a Basement”

September 10, 2017

The Icing on the Cake

by Matthew Steeples

Octagonal Victorian Gothic landmark in Westchester County, New York available for rent; Bono was filmed there and it includes the only domestic Egyptian Revival room in existence   A Victorian Gothic house in Irvington, Westchester County, New York that resembles a wedding cake has been put on the market to rent for £30,300 per month … Continue reading “The Icing on the Cake”

May 25, 2017

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

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 29, 2017

Blocked by Nuttall

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples celebrates getting blocked by Paul Nuttall on Twitter   When someone blocks you on Twitter, you know you’ve won. In the past, I’ve been cut off by an array of ‘delights’ ranging from the sofa loving sad sack Sir Christopher Meyer to the foaming-at-the-mouth firebrand George Galloway. Others joining that list include the … Continue reading “Blocked by Nuttall”

March 23, 2017

Painting & Poetry

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill house complete with its own valley for sale; Wordsworth waxed lyrical about its setting and Turner painted it   Described as “a delightful and delicious valley” by the Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) in 1799 in a letter to his friend and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), … Continue reading “Painting & Poetry”

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

February 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

August 28, 2014

Magnificent Mary

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples commends Mary Beard for her forgiving manner towards those who troll her on Twitter

August 21, 2014

Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)

by General

The daughter of John Betjeman, Candida Lycett Green was English through and through. An author, conservationist and horsewoman, Lycett Green was a bohemian member of the Private Eye set whom lived by the Reverend Sydney Smith’s “take the short view of human life, never further than dinner or tea”. She began her marriage to the … Continue reading “Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)”

June 23, 2014

Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

This maverick publishing legend and poet founded Dennis Publishing in 1974 and was the first person to say the word “cunt” on live British television in 1970 on David Frost’s The Frost Programme. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Felix Dennis was jailed but subsequently acquitted in a trial relating to a sexually explicit Rupert the Bear cartoon … Continue reading “Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)”

April 7, 2014

Jamming Giles

by Matthew Steeples

As Annabel Giles is threatened with legal action, she tweets about raspberry jam   Media mouthpiece Annabel Giles, this morning’s Daily Mail reported, is being threatened with legal action over claims she made during the Channel 5 show The Big Benefits Row: Live. I am not surprised given that this is not the first time … Continue reading “Jamming Giles”

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.

June 3, 2013

John Armstrong

by Matthew Steeples

This poet and artist was born in Consett, County Durham and began writing aged just 13 during his time studying at a monastery in Shropshire. Famed for his amazing head of a hair and a regular at the Chelsea Arts Club, amongst Armstrong’s most poignant verses is one from his poem Who Am I in … Continue reading “John Armstrong”

May 10, 2013

Martin the Poet

by Matthew Steeples

“Dinky, danky, doodle, dee, I am a poet and so is she” goes his opening line. This Scot wanders the streets around Chelsea Green selling poems. “I am the magic man”, he often continues and “I could have sex with any woman I wanted” are amongst the other quotes he shares. “Dinky Danky” and his companion, … Continue reading “Martin the Poet”

April 26, 2013

Omar Borkan Al Gala

by Matthew Steeples

This Dubai born poet, actor and photographer was expelled from Saudi Arabia in April 2013 by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices for being “too sexy”. He has over 175,000 fans on his Facebook page and of women he states: “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in … Continue reading “Omar Borkan Al Gala”

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

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”

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

Pam Ayres MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This supposed “First Lady of Comedy” spouts lines like: “He had a bull name Floyd, but he was unemployed.” How long did it take her to come up with that? Her appearances on Radio 4 and elsewhere are peppered with references to “blummin’ people” and how she’s “stuck all [she] can stick.” Could someone please … Continue reading “Pam Ayres MBE”

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”

July 17, 2012

Lord Alton: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

“The Steeple Times” quizzes Lord Alton about what’s on his mantelpiece   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “The still small voice of calm” (from the Quaker poet, John Greenleaf Whittier).   “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Pretty much … Continue reading “Lord Alton: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 15, 2012

Petronella Wyatt

by Matthew Steeples

“Petsy” brilliantly combines life as a writer and journalist with being a social dynamo. When interviewing Janet Anderson, then Labour Minister for Women, she suggested that: “Under Labour, women will become more promiscuous.” Her own relationship with Boris Johnson was a very public affair but the daughter of Lord Wyatt of Weeford deserves to be … Continue reading “Petronella Wyatt”

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.

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