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Tag: spy

May 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

July 16, 2015

Edward Holcroft

by General

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.

January 16, 2015

Welcome to Donetsk

by steepleadmin

Photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts his experiences at the hands of soldiers in Donetsk

August 9, 2013

Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell (better known as Betty Maxwell, 1921 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Her “fat fraudster” husband called this French Hugenot Protestant “the keeper of my Jewish soul”. Of her life with him, she wrote an autobiography titled A Mind of My Own: My Life With Robert Maxwell and in it described him “as bullying, unfaithful and frequently absent as he amassed his empire”. This mother of nine … Continue reading “Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell (better known as Betty Maxwell, 1921 – 2013)”

May 18, 2013

Fooling Fogle

by Matthew Steeples

Ben Fogle suggests that he could have been poisoned by a Russian spy   Ben Fogle’s rise to the middle realms of “fame” is something I’ve always found puzzling. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an affable chap and I have utterly no problem with him but whenever he comes on the screen, I find myself … Continue reading “Fooling Fogle”

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”

December 2, 2012

Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks model and personality Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? I try to learn something from everyone I meet.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is short so enjoy a … Continue reading “Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 10, 2012

Bond’s base

by Matthew Steeples

A home suitable for James Bond   The latest James Bond film Skyfall is the talk of the town and it’s received many a rave review. The fictional James Bond allegedly lived in Royal Avenue, off the Kings Road in SW3, but if he were looking for a house today, we think 9 Hillgate Street … Continue reading “Bond’s base”

November 1, 2012

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

October 22, 2012

Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the right-wing businessman and owner of Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle, Sir Benjamin Slade: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Money, power, sex, success, land, trees, books and fine wine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 25, 2012

Hook off

by Matthew Steeples

The deportation of Abu Hamza and the story of Hassan Butt   It’s taken far too long but thankfully the day of Abu Hamza al-Masri’s deportation has arrived. This evil one-eyed Egyptian-born Sunni preacher, best known for his hateful views and involvement in terrorism, has been in prison in Britain since 2004 and is now … Continue reading “Hook off”

August 22, 2012

Arthur Ransome (1864 – 1967)

by Matthew Steeples

Though best known for Swallows and Amazons, Ransome’s life in Russia was what makes him most fascinating. He was sued unsuccessfully by Lord Alfred Douglas over a biography of Oscar Wilde, played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky’s personal secretary, Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina. Accused by many of being a spy, his books on fishing, some … Continue reading “Arthur Ransome (1864 – 1967)”

June 17, 2012

Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

“The Queen of Mean” was a chain-smoking hotelier and real estate tycoon with a reputation for tyrannical behaviour. She took the view that “only the little people pay taxes” but was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989. Sentenced to 16 years, she served just 19 months in prison and 2 months … Continue reading “Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)”

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”

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