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Tag: South Africa

August 10, 2017

Bungling Bernie

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Ecclestone accused of bribing F1 drivers by an Australian F1 legend   Bernie Ecclestone – whose Christian name is often used in the context of bungs and bribes – is just the kind of person whose past mistakes keep coming back to haunt him. An encounter with an Australian driver named Alan Jones in … Continue reading “Bungling Bernie”

November 24, 2015

Wally of the Week: Oscar Pistorius

by Matthew Steeples

Despite remaining under house arrest, disgraced athlete turned killer Oscar Pistorius has plainly not learnt any humblesse

September 12, 2014

The right decision

by Matthew Steeples

It is right that Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide   This morning Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide – the South African equivalent of the UK’s manslaughter charge – and one charge relating to a restaurant shooting. That he showed no emotion as he was convicted is telling.

July 26, 2014

Beating his blues

by Matthew Steeples

Conor Mccreedy work sells for £100,000   Aged just 27, South African artist Conor Mccreedy has pulled off an extraordinary coup in selling a painting for just shy of £100,000 (R1.8 million ZAR).

July 15, 2014

Oscar, tango, out

by Matthew Steeples

Arrogant Oscar Pistorius shows his true character yet again   Revelations that Oscar Pistorius was both in a fight in a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend and that he returned to Twitter to share his bizarre religious references sum up how arrogant this individual truly is.

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 4, 2013

Connecting justice

by Matthew Steeples

The worrying similarities in developments in the cases of Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks could be very bad for justice   Two cases. Two countries. Two worrying trends. The cases against Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks might at first glance appear to have little in common but in reality they’re developing a lot of similarities. … Continue reading “Connecting justice”

May 11, 2013

Sara Blakely

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest woman to have become a self-made billionaire ever. A former comedian and door-to-door fax machine saleswoman, Blakely founded the privately held Spanx undergarment business at the age of 27. Sales took off in 2000 when Oprah Winfrey endorsed the product and then when she signed a contract with QVC, 8,000 pairs were sold … Continue reading “Sara Blakely”

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.  

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

March 10, 2013

Toby Flood

by Matthew Steeples

This level-headed “reluctant star” of English rugby grew up in Northumberland and describes himself as a “horse whisperer, ventriloquist, ladies swimwear model and soft play enthusiast” to his 50,000 followers on Twitter. He enjoys gardening, fishing and walking his black Labrador and eventually intends to become a lawyer. Whilst both of his grandfathers were actors, … Continue reading “Toby Flood”

November 17, 2012

J.Harry Edmiston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks photographer J.Harry Edmiston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? The idea that the photographs I take may still be admired long after I’m gone.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If … Continue reading “J.Harry Edmiston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

June 22, 2012

Vincent Tchenguiz

by Matthew Steeples

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). His Rolls-Royce Phantom, numberplate “2V,” is often spotted outside London’s finest establishments and an SFO investigation into his business affairs has now been sensibly put to bed.

May 22, 2012

Captain Simon Mann

by Matthew Steeples

This former army officer boldly led a coup d’état in Equatorial Guinea in 2004. He was imprisoned for 34 years but received a presidential pardon from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in 2009. This Old Etonian’s account of the episode, Cry Havoc, is a great read and he now lives peacefully in Hampshire with his wife … Continue reading “Captain Simon Mann”

May 21, 2012

Mccreedy’s blues

by steepleadmin

Thomas “T.J.” James peruses the works of artist Conor Mccreedy   Conor Mccreedy is an internationally known artist, art collector and entrepreneur who lives between New York City, South Africa and Paris.   Originally from Johannesburg, Mccreedy was intrinsically drawn to painting in his youth. He attended St. David’s Marist Inanda where he excelled at … Continue reading “Mccreedy’s blues”

May 15, 2012

Peregrine Heathcote

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest ever student at the Heatherly College of Arts, Peregrine Heathcote has morphed from portrait painting to a focus on something a little more Gatsby-esque. He grew up on Cheyne Walk and now lives in the country with his charming wife, Louise. This Old Harrovian’s stunning paintings hang in some of the finest collections … Continue reading “Peregrine Heathcote”

May 13, 2012

John Simpson CBE

by Matthew Steeples

A Chelsea resident who travels the globe reporting from all manner of war zones. He’s avoided bullets in Tiananmen Square and was punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson on his first day working at the BBC. He freely admits to having had tried hallucinogenic drugs. One resulting hallucination consisted of a 6ft goldfish in … Continue reading “John Simpson CBE”

Benjamin Boateng

by Matthew Steeples

A club promoter who thought he was above the law. Found guilty in October 2011 of a pre-planned sexual assault, this former actor was previously accused of a similar crime in South Africa whilst his father was High Commissioner there. That time the case was dropped but this time he’s been jailed for nearly four … Continue reading “Benjamin Boateng”

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 7, 2012

Conor Mccreedy

by Matthew Steeples

Internationally renowned South African conceptual artist, Conor Mccreedy has exhibited at the National Arts Club in New York and the David Brown Fine Art Gallery in Johannesburg.

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