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August 8, 2017

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

May 12, 2017

Carina Reid

by General

Thieving Chelsea based trollop Carina Reid was labeled “arrogant”, “extremely boorish” and a fraudster by a judge in May 2017. Often spotted in the now defunct La Brasserie restaurant, this tarty so-called beautician was jailed for three years in May 2016 and ordered to pay back £50,000 she’d falsely claimed in benefits a year later. … Continue reading “Carina Reid”

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”

October 22, 2016

The Pret Prayer

by General

A new addition to the South Kensington neighbourhood in October 2016, the Pret Prayer likes to get his mat out in front of all and sundry in Pret A Manager in Old Brompton Road, SW7. He also likes to paint and listen to his radio – on full volume, of course. He then joins the … Continue reading “The Pret Prayer”

September 17, 2016

Loving Jones

by Matthew Steeples

Elizabeth Jones comes last in UKIP’s leadership contest – despite admitting to have “never made love” to Nigel Farage   In UKIP’s leadership contest, which concluded yesterday, Elizabeth Jones – best known as a friend of Eva Harold and David Pun and for an angry outburst on a radio show in September 2015 – unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Loving Jones”

November 11, 2014

Turn The Arch

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Archers’ without the Archers won’t be ‘The Archers’   The BBC has lost its way; it’s plain and it’s as simple as that. Radio 4 is an institution and The Archers – which has been on the air since 1951 – was frankly something so essential to its very essence that what they’ve done … Continue reading “Turn The Arch”

November 2, 2014

Gareth Barlow

by Matthew Steeples

This blogger turned television presenter bought a herd of Hebridean sheep at the age of 17 and sold them six years later.

September 23, 2014

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

by Matthew Steeples

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

April 17, 2014

Beebed

by Matthew Steeples

Jeremy Paxman is right to criticise the BBC   This week Jeremy Paxman – one of the BBC’s highest paid presenters – took on the very organisation that employs him in an interview with the Guardian.

September 7, 2013

Graham Seed: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Graham Seed, best known for having played Nigel Pargetter in BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My wife, of course.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Success and failure are irrelevant. … Continue reading “Graham Seed: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 24, 2013

Henry Pryor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with property market expert Henry Pryor   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Cheering the underdog”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “There are only two types of ‘expert’ when it comes to predicting house prices – those … Continue reading “Henry Pryor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 2, 2013

Long may she reign

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation   Sixty years ago today, Princess Elizabeth became Her Majesty The Queen. Today we at The Steeple Times join with the nation in celebrating this historic moment.  

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 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”

May 2, 2013

Leave it out Leveson

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Stuart Hall and the case of Rolf Harris illustrate the damage that Leveson has done to the free press   The British press, until the onset of the phone hacking scandal, was generally celebrated for being free, inquisitive and in the main decent. Yes, indeed, there were bad apples but it truly … Continue reading “Leave it out Leveson”

April 12, 2013

Richard Littlejohn

by Matthew Steeples

Essex born journalist Richard Littlejohn claims that the Royal Family are a “bunch of tax-evading adulterers”

April 11, 2013

Bird on a wire

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker tries out Britain’s scariest new attraction   80mph, approximately a mile long, 700 foot above a mountain lake, under clear blue skies in Snowdonia: Today, I became Wonder Woman for 55 seconds.  

April 4, 2013

Disgusted of Ambridge

by Matthew Steeples

“Archers addicts” are up in arms   BBC Radio 4’s The Archers is an institution and its devoted following object to those who mess with it at their peril.  

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 29, 2013

Richard Griffiths OBE (1947 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Most recognised for having played Uncle Monty in Withnail and I and Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, this Yorkshireman truly was a larger than life actor.

March 17, 2013

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

by Matthew Steeples

This witty Northern comedian began his career as deputy headmaster at Caton Primary School in Lancashire. Best known as the host of Bullseye between 1981 and 1985, Bowen’s back in the limelight as many suggest he’s a lookalike of the new Pope. His BBC Radio Lancashire show was axed in 1999 after he referred to … Continue reading “Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)”

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 15, 2013

Ben Howard

by Matthew Steeples

This singer-songwriter grew up in rural Devon but has become a “word-of-mouth” star and a “one-man One Direction”. This whisky loving Englishman cites his influences as Van Morison, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and won both BRIT Awards he was nominated for in 2013. He states that he “doesn’t really believe in fame” and … Continue reading “Ben Howard”

Kathy Clugston

by Matthew Steeples

Belfast born Clugston is known as “The Posh Radio 4 Lady” or “The PR4L” and is BBC Radio 4’s continuity announcer. This witty lady’s voice is familiar to millions as a result of this but she’s also the female Irish voice for TomTom satellite navigation systems and the creator of the “Radio4minus1letter” Twitter based game. … Continue reading “Kathy Clugston”

March 11, 2013

Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks journalist and author Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To learn from history – in all senses of the word – but listen to the needs of the present.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 10, 2013

The truth about Mother’s Day

by steepleadmin

Travel writer Sarah Tucker shares her views on Mother’s Day   Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful women who have given birth to little gems. I feel a bit like a travel writer stating: “The people here are all very friendly” when I write that, because although it’s mostly true, it’s not always true. … Continue reading “The truth about Mother’s Day”

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 3, 2013

Petula Clark CBE

by Matthew Steeples

A singer, actress and composer who has been a star all her life. Brought up in Epsom, Surrey and best known for Downtown, Petula Clark surprisingly made her radio debut aged just 9 and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall when she was only 11. She now lives between Switzerland and Chelsea and can occasionally … Continue reading “Petula Clark CBE”

Derek Bell MBE

by Matthew Steeples

A five times winner at Le Mans, this British racing icon also won the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Described as “one of the most liked drivers of his generation”, Bell suffered minor burns whilst working with Steve McQueen on the 1971 film Le Mans and is now a global … Continue reading “Derek Bell MBE”

March 1, 2013

My Heart Won’t Go On

by Matthew Steeples

An Australian tycoon announces a bizarre plan to launch a replica of the doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic   This week, a “brash” 58-year old Australian mining tycoon named Clive Palmer announced that he will launch a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic in 2016.     On hearing of this, I wondered if April … Continue reading “My Heart Won’t Go On”

December 7, 2012

A prank too far

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his views on the untimely death of a hospital receptionist   Suicide is sadly something that is at the forefront of my mind this week. My friend Andrew Embiricos sadly died exactly a year ago but when I read that a hotel receptionist who had been the victim of a prank had … Continue reading “A prank too far”

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 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

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 6, 2012

Derek Paravicini

by Matthew Steeples

This echolaliac prodigy has absolute pitch and has been described as “the human iPod.” His abilities as a musician are amazing given that he’s both blind and autistic. The cousin of The Duchess of Cornwall’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, Paravicini unexpectedly played Big Spender to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair … Continue reading “Derek Paravicini”

October 24, 2012

Annabel Giles

by Matthew Steeples

On her website, Giles describes herself as a “model, TV and radio presenter, actress and comedienne, novelist and journalist…” Is there anything this ex-wife of Midge Ure of Ultravox does not do? On her blog: “When 140 characters just isn’t enough…” she tells David Cameron: “I’m not into politics, I’m into people” and states that … Continue reading “Annabel Giles”

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”

September 26, 2012

Playground victims

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares the latest of her “playground politics” experiences   My son started at a new school a few weeks back. Five foot eleven, half of him at 13 he is now taller than me.   He was a bit nervous, I cried in the car after I dropped him off and he refused … Continue reading “Playground victims”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

August 17, 2012

Taylor Swift

by Matthew Steeples

This American singer-songwriter was born in 1989 and earned $120 million between 2009 and 2012. The first thing she did on her 18th birthday was to register to vote and she’s dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhall, Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles. Swift owns homes in Nashville, Brentwood, Beverley Hills and Cape Cod. In … Continue reading “Taylor Swift”

August 14, 2012

Kate Mulvey

by Matthew Steeples

Author and journalist Kate Mulvey is an expert on fashion, emotional intelligence and lifestyle. Mulvey’s article about how people reacted to her travelling around London in a pair of pyjamas is the stuff of legends and she is also the co-author of Decades of Beauty, Key Moments in Fashion; Defining Moments in Art and Vintage … Continue reading “Kate Mulvey”

July 5, 2012

Playground Mafia

by Sarah Tucker

Award winning journalist, presenter and novelist Sarah Tucker examines the mafia of the playground It’s getting worse. I wrote the (fictional) novel The Playground Mafia in 2006 and since then have had requests for interviews and emails from all over the world where men and women have got a hold of the book somehow and … Continue reading “Playground Mafia”

June 17, 2012

Susan Hill CBE

by Matthew Steeples

Best known for her chilling novel The Woman in White, this writer also did a stint on the BBC’s The Archers and runs a small publishing house named Long Barn Books. Married to the Shakespeare scholar Professor Stanley Wells, Hill lives in a farmhouse with 50 acres of woodland in the Cotswolds and describes ghosts … Continue reading “Susan Hill CBE”

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

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 12, 2012

Céline Dion CC OQ

by Matthew Steeples

Dion met her husband and manager, René Angélil, when she was 12. Her rise has been meteoric and she’s now one of the richest women in showbiz. Whether she’s “Falling into You” or “Taking Chances,” however, there’s just something utterly irritating about her demeanour. Please could someone send in an iceberg? This Titanic of a … Continue reading “Céline Dion CC OQ”

April 28, 2012

Melinda Hughes

by Matthew Steeples

She sings about celebrities, the credit crunch and carbon footprints and has appeared on Radio 4 with Barry Humphries. She filmed a video about “Fred the Shred getting in over [his] head” at the Brompton Bar & Grill and though Mr Goodwin may have lost his knighthood, Miss Hughes’ star is definitely on the ascent. … Continue reading “Melinda Hughes”

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.

April 22, 2012

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

by Matthew Steeples

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it

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