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May 8, 2017

Marlene’s Motor

by Matthew Steeples

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet to be auctioned; it attracted the attentions of Marlene Dietrich and has a Hermés interior   In October 1949, the chameleon-like actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901 – 1992) was photographed “descending elegantly” from a custom-built T26 Talbot Grand Sport by coachbuilders Franay at the Paris Salon. That car … Continue reading “Marlene’s Motor”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

April 30, 2016

No regrets

by Matthew Steeples

Idyllic former home of Édith Piaf for sale for £3.5 million

April 16, 2016

A wining singer

by Matthew Steeples

Portuguese vineyard that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s wine goes up for sale as he awaits a decision as to whether he might face charges in Britain

March 21, 2016

Boy George scratched

by Matthew Steeples

Viewers left asking how Boy George acquired facial bruising and scratches

March 2, 2016

Kylie and Kardashian

by Matthew Steeples

There’s only one Kylie – and it’s not a Jenner-Kardashian

February 15, 2016

Tom Read Wilson

by General

Berkshire born singer, actor and sports massage therapist Tom Read Wilson described himself as “a cultural throwback” when he appeared on the BBC show The Voice in February 2016.

January 12, 2016

Donal Skehan

by General

Dublin born Donal Skehan morphed from being part of a boyband to being recognised as one of the most popular food bloggers after being endorsed by Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver

October 22, 2015

Selling a Sellers

by Matthew Steeples

Continuing our look at the lots in the forthcoming Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show sale, we highlight a 1966 Lotus Elan S2 originally owned by Peter Sellers

September 19, 2015

27 Forever

by Matthew Steeples

’27 Club’ member Janis Joplin’s custom 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 cabriolet heads to auction with a guide of £260,000 and thus proves it wasn’t just “my friends [whom] all drive Porsches”

July 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

March 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pub time?

by Matthew Steeples

Both Jeremy Clarkson and Zayn Malik trended on Twitter this week; both now have a chance for quiet reflection and pub time

March 23, 2015

James Bay

by General

This Hitchin, Hertfordshire born acoustic singer-songwriter declared that he “[doesn’t] want to be a prisoner in a hat” in an interview with The Independent’s Craig McLean

March 7, 2015

Houses of the Holy

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Page wins planning dispute with neighbour Robbie Williams

December 22, 2014

Jack Peñate

by General

This talented musician and singer-songwriter is the grandson of the Gormenghast series author Mervyn Peake.

October 30, 2014

Claudine Longet

by Matthew Steeples

This Parisian actress and singer married the crooner Andy Williams when he was 33 and she was 19.

October 28, 2014

Ronnie Spector

by General

Born in Spanish Harlem, big haired Ronnie Spector is a singer and a survivor.

September 30, 2014

Cole Rumbough

by General

Dubbed “the truest American royalty” by one fan, jazz singer Cole Rumbough grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the grandson of the actress Dina Merrill and the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

September 9, 2014

The Rivers Way

by Matthew Steeples

As Broadway refuses to dim its lights for Joan Rivers, a list of those she banned from her funeral is revealed

September 2, 2014

Sun, sand and salt

by Matthew Steeples

 A £1.375 million house in a Norfolk village with connections to James Blunt   The summer is nearly over but many of you no doubt will find yourselves continuing to hanker after the sun and sand. A new house named Marshlands in the village of Cley next the Sea in North Norfolk could offer you … Continue reading “Sun, sand and salt”

August 15, 2014

Controlling the Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

Was it really that wrong that the BBC were tipped off about the search on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in advance?   In the last 24-hours, there has been an outcry of anger from left-wingers such as Geoffrey Robertson QC about how the BBC managed to be present at Thursday’s search of Sir Cliff Richard’s … Continue reading “Controlling the Cliff”

July 28, 2014

Investigating Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial, we examine the merits of investigative journalism   Tulisa Contostavlos declared she’d had a “rollercoaster of a week” after she was convicted of assault in one case yet saw off another after it was thrown out due to the “serious misconduct” on the part … Continue reading “Investigating Tulisa”

July 25, 2014

Trashy Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

As singer Tulisa hits out at her conviction for assault, we urge her instead to learn to respect the justice system   Tulisa Contostavlos is best known for trashy tracks about “living on the edge of life” and has also sung lines such as: “Forgive us for what we’ve done, cause we young, we young, … Continue reading “Trashy Tulisa”

July 24, 2014

Plated IX

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

December 4, 2013

The Singing Lady

by Matthew Steeples

Late at night, the Kings Road and Sloane Square are the haunts of this eccentric singer of sorts. She favours the outside seating at Colbert but doesn’t venture indoors and rather likes Chelsea Fire Station too. Speak to her and expect a barrage of commentary. She never asks for money.

November 6, 2013

Victoria Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

The Fleet Street Fox spoke sense in November 2013 when she said of Beckham: “Take a bow, Savvy Spice. We got you wrong”. This former Spice Girl turned business maven deserves to be admired for her work ethic and success. She won the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 … Continue reading “Victoria Beckham”

November 1, 2013

Seizing The Sun

by Matthew Steeples

James Blunt names a song after ‘The Sun on Sunday’   Coinciding with Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson going on trial, singer James Blunt has recently released a song named Sun on Sunday.  

October 3, 2013

Off The Wall

by Matthew Steeples

Lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s family against his final concert promoter fails   Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 was as riddled with tragedy as his life but that his family brought a claim of £1.1 billion against the promoter of his final tour was just off the wall.

July 11, 2013

Tom Bem: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with singer-songwriter Tom Bem   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Success and positivity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’ve adopted the Olympic motto ‘Faster Higher Stronger’. It’s mine now.  

July 5, 2013

Supersize me

by Matthew Steeples

First pictures of long-wheelbase Range Rover published   The first images of the forthcoming 2014 long-wheelbase Range Rover were published on the Autoblog Canada website yesterday.

Stuart Brayson

by Matthew Steeples

This singer-songwriter turned musical theatre composer began his career in the rock band Pop. His West End début with From Here To Eternity alongside Sir Tim Rice is already attracting much acclaim.

June 16, 2013

Blighted Bassett

by Matthew Steeples

Robbie Williams’ Wiltshire estate for sale again for £2.6 million less than he paid for it   Singer Robbie Williams paid £8,100,000 for Compton Bassett House, near Calne in Wiltshire in 2008. In the years since he’s tried to sell it several times but even now that it has been relaunched for just £5,500,000, will … Continue reading “Blighted Bassett”

Mike Rosenberg (AKA Passenger)

by Matthew Steeples

This English folk-rock singer-songwriter hails from Brighton and topped the charts in 16 countries in 2013 with Let Her Go. Passenger, whose own style is described as “evoking the style and hardworking creativity of the troubadours of old”, cannot stand Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

June 5, 2013

Tulisa hits Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos arrested and taken to Belgravia Police Station   We’re no fans of Tulisa here at The Steeple Times. Her music is appalling and her sex tape story was just tedious. That she calls herself a “role model” and an “inspiration” for “Broken Britain”. Plainly the girl is delusional and we … Continue reading “Tulisa hits Belgravia”

June 4, 2013

72 is the magic number

by Matthew Steeples

We suspect the latest arrest in Operation Yewtree to be the biggest yet   The key to the latest arrest in Operation Yewtree is the age of the 72-year old man named.  

June 3, 2013

Emmanuelle Seigner

by Matthew Steeples

The wife of Roman Polanski committed a serious fashion faux pas at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when her Alexandre Vauthier low-cut silk jersey “gown” left nothing to the imagination. An actress, model and singer, Seigner claims Frenchwomen are jealous of her “success, beauty and money”. She’s certainly nothing other than modest.

May 23, 2013

Dramatic dining: Sieges and shootouts

by Matthew Steeples

London restaurants where diners got more than they bargained for   In the first in a series, we tell the stories of five restaurants in Central London where diners sadly got a little more than dinner. All bar Walton’s are still open.  

May 21, 2013

Fadi Fawaz

by General

A Lebanese born, London based “hairdresser to the stars” and former male model who is best known as the late George Michael’s on-off boyfriend from 2009 until his death on Christmas Day 2016. Fadi Fawaz was brought up in Logan Central, a “crime ridden” suburb of Brisbane, Australia, and went on to become a male … Continue reading “Fadi Fawaz”

May 17, 2013

Zach Matari: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks singer Zach Matari: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Passion.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Argue for your limitations and they are surely yours”.  

May 13, 2013

A disc most relevant

by Matthew Steeples

Don’t Forget To Catch Me   We saw this today and just felt it ought to be shared.  

May 5, 2013

Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins, also known as Sherene Davis)

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s answer to Celine Dion. One of Tyler’s singles, Believe In Me, was chosen as Britain’s 2013 Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2013. In it, she sings: “It’s just not worth the pain”. This more than amply bosomed Botox loving Welsh woman is quite right. Her song is beyond painful.

April 16, 2013

Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks singer-songwriter Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Music, love and happiness.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Learn your lines and turn up”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 9, 2013

Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Vino, feminae et Carmen.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Ask, believe, receive”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who … Continue reading “Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks bass-baritone singer Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Gravity mainly, followed by a healthy fear of dying young. Avoiding skydiving tends to keep both of those fears at bay.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble … Continue reading “Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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.

Justin Bieber

by Matthew Steeples

This Canadian pop musician rose from poverty to become an international sensation with huge amounts of power over his “Beliebers”. Now wealthy beyond comprehension, this Fisker driving youngster is turning into an arrogant, aggressive brat who fails to turn up to concerts on time and gets aggressive with photographers. “Racks of servers are devoted to … Continue reading “Justin Bieber”

March 5, 2013

Josh Henderson

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan actor and singer is a rising star who first found fame in Desperate Housewives before taking a lead role in the TNT revival of Dallas. Henderson is heterochromatic and has one green eye and one blue eye. He lists his style icons as James Franco and Ryan Gosling and of them states: “I … Continue reading “Josh Henderson”

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”

February 19, 2013

Natalie Coyle: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks classical singer Natalie Coyle: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Passion. I’m driven and motivated by many things – the desire to succeed; live, love and laugh. I think it’s important to be passionate about everything you do.   “Don’t get … Continue reading “Natalie Coyle: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 15, 2013

Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks musician and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is optimism.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Wealth and fame”! Just joking, I think that … Continue reading “Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 14, 2013

Kiss Me

by Matthew Steeples

Victoria Aitken launches a single for Valentine’s Day   This Valentine’s Day, the electro-house chart topping singer-songwriter Victoria Aitken, daughter of the former Conservative minister Jonathan Aitken, has released her latest single, Kiss Me.     Of what inspired her to write it, Aitken comments:   “Sometimes we are left ‘un-kissed’ and it can just … Continue reading “Kiss Me”

December 14, 2012

The holiday season is upon us

by Matthew Steeples

Our scoop on the next arrest in Operation Yewtree   Our editor met with someone involved in Operation Yewtree this week. They let slip the identity of the next person who’ll be helping them with their enquiries in the run up to Christmas.   Even though Jimmy Savile is dead, his predictions are coming true. … Continue reading “The holiday season is upon us”

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 14, 2012

Eddie Redmayne

by Matthew Steeples

An Old Etonian and graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Redmayne has performed alongside Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Julianne Moore. He’s noted for his manners but admits he “didn’t have a clue” when he did work experience in banking prior to embarking on a career as an actor. He’s modeled with Cara Delevingne for … Continue reading “Eddie Redmayne”

November 5, 2012

Antony Costa

by Matthew Steeples

Edgware born Costa is best known as a member of the boy band Blue but he actually started out as an actor in the BBC’s Grange Hill. He’s sung with Stevie Wonder and Elton John and thinks that groups created via shows such as The X-Factor achieve fame “the wrong way.” We’d say he has … Continue reading “Antony Costa”

November 4, 2012

Beverley Craven

by Matthew Steeples

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period raising a family, she’s now … Continue reading “Beverley Craven”

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 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

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”

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”

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”

May 10, 2012

Kerry Katona

by Matthew Steeples

Some call her “Warrington’s finest export.” Others don’t. She tried to persuade mums to go to Iceland and in the process went bankrupt. This tragic former Atomic Kitten really should just be kept off our screens.

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

Daniel “Dan” O’Connor

by Matthew Steeples

He first came to prominence as Ned Parker in Neighbours and since 2012 has been in teen drama Hollyoaks. O’Connor has also worked as a graphic designer and in typical Aussie fashion, once shared a 3-bedroom flat with 7 others.

Paris Hilton

by Matthew Steeples

The great granddaughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels is best known for her phrase: “That’s hot” and a sex tape but she’s the one having the last laugh. She’s only in her early 30s but already worth $100 million.

April 10, 2012

Prospering Paris

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The genius of self-promotion that is Paris Hilton   At a dinner party last week, my guests gasped in horror when I said that I view Paris Hilton to be a genius. Their faces turned ashen and one asked if I had lost the plot. In the ensuing discussion, several described her as the … Continue reading “Prospering Paris”

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