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Tag: quirky

March 12, 2017

An Economical Plate

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1952 Austin A90 Atlantic to be auctioned complete with plate ‘GDP 137’; it is a fine example of an affordable and quirky classic   Described as an “unrestored oily-rag example”, a 1952 Austin A90 Atlantic saloon to be offered for sale by Classic Car Auctions has a design that echoes a 1946 Pininfarina bodied … Continue reading “An Economical Plate”

February 14, 2017

Chocolate Box Perfection

by Matthew Steeples

Quaint medieval thatched cottage for sale; it is one of the oldest in Wiltshire   One of the oldest building structures in Wiltshire, The Old Cottage at Ogbourne St. Andrew, dates to medieval times and is now for sale for £630,000 ($786,000, €743,000 or درهم2.9 million).   Grade II listed and built from banded sarsen … Continue reading “Chocolate Box Perfection”

January 18, 2016

A million pound lav

by Matthew Steeples

Former public lavatory in Spitalfields, London, E1 offered for sale for a staggering £1 million

September 30, 2013

Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with car dealer and Rolls-Royce specialist Richard Biddulph   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Service, service, service and more service.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Life is not a dress rehearsal” is one choice and my … Continue reading “Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 6, 2013

Picture of the week: Doubly dumb

by Matthew Steeples

Cambridge County Council create Britain’s shortest set of double yellow lines   A Liberal Democrat councilor named Damien Tunnacliffe has to be the most idiotic person we’ve come across this week and an image of him beaming proudly with Britain’s shortest set of double yellow lines just had to be our picture of the week. … Continue reading “Picture of the week: Doubly dumb”

March 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 8, 2013

Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks milliner Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?  “No woman is a success to herself”. I’ve paraphrased this from Graham Greene but I think the thought applies to both men and women. I like originality, and pushing my own creative … Continue reading “Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””