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November 21, 2017

Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times examines Archilochus’ concept of ‘foxes’ and ‘hedgehogs and applies such to modern day personalities   According to the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.” Isaiah Berlin explored this premise in greater detail in his 1953 essay The Hedgehog and the Fox and identified ‘hedgehogs’ … Continue reading “Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs”

July 30, 2017

Done With Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Enough is finally enough with press coverage about the late Diana, Princess of Wales   Diana, Princess of Wales has been dead twenty years. It is thus ludicrous that her family continue to have to put up with an endless barrage of articles raking over outdated nonsense about her and though it most definitely suits … Continue reading “Done With Diana”

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”

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”

March 14, 2016

Mountbatten’s Ghost

by Matthew Steeples

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost originally owned by Lord Mountbatten to be auctioned; it came back into his possession just months before he was assassinated in 1979

January 18, 2016

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

by General

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk in London.

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

September 19, 2014

POW!

by Matthew Steeples

1989 ‘Prince of Wales’ specification Aston Martin V8 Volante for sale for £450,000   In 1987, an Aston Martin V8 Volante was built to the personal specifications of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It proved so popular with Aston Martin fans, that the company decided to build a further twenty-one cars to the … Continue reading “POW!”

Chicken Divan

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Douglass continues her meal in Wisconsin with a main course of Chicken Divan   Last time I delighted you with a starter of ‘Seven Layer Salad’ and now I’m going to move on to a Wisconsin main, the legendary ‘Chicken Divan’.

August 31, 2014

A royal quarry

by Matthew Steeples

Prince Charles puts a Cornish quarry up for sale   In London, £40,000 to £50,000 won’t buy even a parking spot. In Cornwall, if the auction guide price is met, it’ll get you a former slate quarry with an engine house and 45.88 acres of land that is currently owned by Prince Charles’s Duchy of … Continue reading “A royal quarry”

May 21, 2014

Spot on Charlie boy

by Matthew Steeples

Prince Charles is perfectly justified in having compared President Putin to Adolf Hitler   The Queen’s son Prince Charles has been condemned for comparing President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler during his Canada tour. Those criticising him are wrong

May 5, 2014

Lettice Rowbotham

by Matthew Steeples

This Surrey based violinist and Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been described as “a mixture of the Duchess of York and Patsy from Ab Fab”. Lettice Rowbotham has played for Prince Charles, President Vladimir Putin and at Harvey Weinstein’s 2014 post-BAFTA party and of meeting Oprah Winfrey commented: “No, I didn’t know who she was. … Continue reading “Lettice Rowbotham”

April 11, 2014

Footing the castle

by Matthew Steeples

Own a castle (for just twenty years) for £850,000   Trematon Castle near Saltash in Cornwall is a house that I stayed in about ten years ago when it belonged to a friend of mine’s family. It was sold subsequently and now it is on the market once again.

October 29, 2013

The curse of Savile

by Matthew Steeples

As Savile’s chauffeur Dave Smith is found dead, we suggest his curse is coming into effect   Jimmy Savile’s driver Ray Teret appeared in court on Saturday charged with historic sex offences and now another former chauffeur, Dave Smith, has been found dead. Savile once told Louis Theroux that he’d “take everybody down” if he … Continue reading “The curse of Savile”

September 30, 2013

Taking a Flaming Liberty

by Matthew Steeples

Inappropriately placed poster for the film ‘Diana’ should be removed   The film Diana starring Naomi Watts was deservedly criticised as “inappropriate” but now that those promoting it have placed an advertising poster for it next to the scene of her 1997 death at the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, they’ve truly sunk to a … Continue reading “Taking a Flaming Liberty”

August 14, 2013

The tackiest film of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

‘Diana’ looks set to take the title of “Clanger of the Year”   Films based on the lives of the royal family rarely work. The trailer of the latest, Diana, starring Naomi Watts proves this point perfectly.

July 22, 2013

A French farce

by Matthew Steeples

French fashion brand mocks Jimmy Savile’s victims   A French fashion brand bizarrely named Brooklyn We Go Hard has used the former Scottish holiday home of the deceased paedophile Jimmy Savile as the location for one of its photoshoots.

July 11, 2013

Masking the tusks

by Matthew Steeples

Elephant Family raises £300,000 at their Clarence House ball   On Tuesday evening, society faces gathered in the gardens of the home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for a reception for masked ball to raise funds for Mark Shand’s charity, the Elephant Family.

June 23, 2013

Shackled to the Tooth

by Matthew Steeples

Lawyers Baroness Shackleton and Raymond Toothe lunch at Scott’s   Raymond “The Rottweiler” Toothe and Fiona Shackleton spent two hours together on Friday lunching at Scott’s in Mount Street, Mayfair reported today’s The Sunday People.  

June 8, 2013

“Where are they now?” – Michael Barrymore

by Matthew Steeples

What has become of the former entertainer Michael Barrymore?   Shamed television personality Michael Barrymore has reinvented himself. In Prince Charles like fashion, the former Strike it Lucky star has begun a new career talking to plants at a garden centre in Brentwood, Essex.  

May 18, 2013

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

May 16, 2013

Selling Savile’s lair

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Savile’s cottage to be sold at auction   “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is the motto Glasgow based auctioneers Ross Harper. This is indeed apt given that they are to sell the late paedophile Jimmy Savile’s cottage in Glencoe on 30th May.  

Like father, like son

by Matthew Steeples

Proof that Prince Harry is Prince Charles’ son   It’s done the rounds for years. It’s a rumour that has failed to have been quashed and newspaper reporters have even tried to snatch pieces of his hair to test his DNA in their quest to prove it. This week, however, a photograph of Prince Harry … Continue reading “Like father, like son”

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”

April 30, 2013

Correcting ‘Kate’

by Matthew Steeples

Why do the press continue to refer to the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘Kate Middleton’?   Two years ago yesterday, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married Prince William. Euphoria reigned throughout the land and 26 million are said to have watched the ceremony in Britain alone.

April 3, 2013

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Grace by name and graceful by nature, New Zealander Peter Grace was one of the greatest men in polo and the owner of the Ascot Park Polo Club.

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”

December 3, 2012

Behold a royal baby

by Matthew Steeples

Our congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge   The announcement that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby brings joy at a time when this country needs it. The pages of our newspapers have been filled with stories of Leveson, Jimmy Savile and austerity for too long and now, like … Continue reading “Behold a royal baby”

November 22, 2012

Kay Burley

by Matthew Steeples

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

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

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”

July 12, 2012

The curse of wealth

by Matthew Steeples

The sad story of Eva Rausing   Those who don’t have, it dream of it; those who have it, often put it to good use. Sadly, however, money doesn’t always necessarily bring happiness.   Lottery winners often go off the rails as they spend like silly because they simply are not used to wealth. Those … Continue reading “The curse of wealth”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 12, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

by Matthew Steeples

The “Steel Magnolia” is described as having “charm and resoluteness.” The cousin of Nigella Lawson and George Monbiot is one of the country’s finest solicitors but also trained as a cordon bleu chef. Heather Mills threw a jug of water over her head at the final settlement hearing of her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

June 1, 2012

God Save The Queen

by Matthew Steeples

A weekend of celebration   The launch of The Steeple TIMES today, 1st June 2012, coincides with a weekend that celebrates something far more significant.   Tomorrow, 2nd June, marks the 60th year of The Queen’s reign and over an extended weekend, the nation will gloriously raise their glasses to this amazing lady. The Queen, … Continue reading “God Save The Queen”

May 24, 2012

William Roache MBE (better known as Ken Barlow)

by Matthew Steeples

“Cock Roache” as he’s known (he’s supposedly bedded over 1,000 women) has been in Coronation Street since December 1960. He’s the world’s longest serving television actor and is also on the board of directors of Owen Oyston’s Oystons Estate Agency.

Stoned & Stoddart

by Matthew Steeples

John Stoddart features in a Parisian exhibition   To mark the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, La Gelerie de l’Instant opens an exhibition named “Photographies de Stoned-and-Respectable” this evening in Paris.   Photographs featured most notably number works by Terry O’Neill, Patrick Anson, the 5th Earl of Lichfield, Albert Watson, Peter Lindbergh and Philip … Continue reading “Stoned & Stoddart”

May 13, 2012

Nicholas “Nick” Witchell

by Matthew Steeples

This newscaster and royal correspondent reports for the BBC daily. He’s lesser known these days for having sat on a lesbian protestor who invaded his studio in 1988 and for having written a book, The Loch Ness Story, in which he declares his belief in the existence of the creature to be “quite unshakeable.” There’s … Continue reading “Nicholas “Nick” Witchell”

May 11, 2012

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

Churchill’s most highly decorated special agent. A resistance heroine who lived at The Stafford Hotel from 2001 to 2003 and regaled visitors with tales of her time as the legendary “White Mouse.” Her tipple of choice, gin and tonics, flowed as freely as did the stories of her time interviewing Hitler in the 1930s and … Continue reading “Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)”

April 27, 2012

John Stoddart

by General

A Liverpudlian who moved from shooting with guns whilst in The Grenadier Guards to snapping the best-known personalities. Always kitted out in the finest garb, Whitstable based John Stoddart is particularly partial to a stiff G&T at 12 noon. His subjects have variously included Tony and Cherie Blair, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Scorsese, Catherine … Continue reading “John Stoddart”

April 25, 2012

The greenest of Astons

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of an Aston Martin Virage Volante used by Prince Charles   A press release pinged into my inbox this morning from Bonhams that immediately caught my attention. It came from Leonora Oldfield of Bonhams, someone I hadn’t heard from since the days when we were both involved in fundraising for Lady Meyer’s PACT. … Continue reading “The greenest of Astons”

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