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Tag: The Telegraph

November 23, 2017

More gin, vicar?

by Matthew Steeples

As Public Health Wales claims drinking spirits is bad for you, we rebut their frankly stupid study   On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that a completely unscientific study by an organisation named Public Health Wales had found that spirits are more likely to “trigger bouts of depression and unexpected weeping.”   Said also to cause … Continue reading “More gin, vicar?”

November 15, 2017

Whacking Out The Wheat

by Matthew Steeples

Upto 20 sensible Conservative MPs are set to rebel against ‘Wheat Field Wanderer’ Theresa May over her plans to enshrine the date of Brexit in law   This morning The Telegraph revealed upto twenty Conservative MPs are set to do the right thing. Unsurprisingly deemed “Brexit mutineers” by the paper, this diverse group “have informed … Continue reading “Whacking Out The Wheat”

July 30, 2017

Strictly Come Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Grosvenor Square apartment for sale; it comes with access to a private residents’ ballroom and will appeal to any fan of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’   Built circa 1958 on the site of an earlier house damaged during the war, a ground floor apartment within 17 Grosvenor Square in London’s Mayfair has gone on sale for … Continue reading “Strictly Come Mayfair”

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

June 13, 2017

Maxed Out

by Matthew Steeples

Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation   Since being jailed, paedophile Max Clifford has shown absolutely no contrition and utterly no remorse. He’s sued newspapers, let his equally arrogant daughter, Louise, buy the “goodwill” – if such bizarrely even exists – of his former PR firm and tried to sell … Continue reading “Maxed Out”

May 25, 2017

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

May 1, 2017

Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Scandal prone Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed journalist Andre Walker claims Theresa May is fearful of electoral disaster due to MPs from her party likely being jailed   A widely criticised one-time Tory activist turned journalist with links to the party’s dubious 2015 ‘battlebus scandal’ has claimed that “a criminal investigation is the real … Continue reading “Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa”

April 28, 2017

Another Corbyn Calamity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports that Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to enthuse a child in Harlow didn’t go down well; children and politicians should never mix   Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn headed to Harlow, Essex. He gave a speech to an assembled audience – including a woman with an upside down Labour poster – and then picked up a … Continue reading “Another Corbyn Calamity”

April 20, 2017

A Homely Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest castle is for sale; it comes with 10 acres, a 44 million gallon moat and a narrow boat   Last marketed in 2003 for £1 million (the equivalent of £1.45 million, $1.86 million, €1.73 million or درهم6.83 million today), what is allegedly Britain’s smallest castle is back for sale for the slightly higher … Continue reading “A Homely Castle”

April 15, 2017

Witchfinders and Watermills

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque watermill used in ‘The Witchfinder General’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ for sale   Witches and water don’t have an affinity – with dunking being a common form of punishment for suspects in the 16th and 17th centuries – and at The Watermill on the River Black Bourn at Ixworth in Suffolk, just such activity occurred … Continue reading “Witchfinders and Watermills”

March 25, 2017

Limehouse

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples extols the relevance of the Donmar Warehouse’s ‘Limehouse’ to Britain’s contemporary political climate   At a time when Brexit has divided Britain and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour continues to provide little-to-no opposition to Theresa May’s somewhat unfocused, unelected government, the relevance of a play named Limehouse is especially poignant.   Based around the formation … Continue reading “Limehouse”

March 12, 2017

Power Pays

by Matthew Steeples

That a convicted paedophile is able to avoid a jail sentence is an utter disgrace especially given pensioners get locked up for non-payment of TV licence fees; Old Etonian Andrew Picard shouldn’t be on the streets, he should be in the clink   Andrew Picard (AKA Andrew Laurence and Andrew Boeckman) was caught with 1,185 … Continue reading “Power Pays”

Chop the Charitycats

by Matthew Steeples

As San Francisco socialite and clothes horse Joy Venturini Bianchi is highlighted to be an American version of her fellow former ‘charitycat’ Lady Meyer, it’s time that charities worldwide were better regulated   In Britain, in 2011, the “Chanel-clad” wife of the former British ambassador to Washington, Lady Meyer, faced criticism after The Telegraph revealed … Continue reading “Chop the Charitycats”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

December 15, 2016

Itsu’s Over

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – Chelsea restaurant Itsu set to close its doors for the final time   Itsu in Walton Street, Chelsea is set to close its doors shortly for the last time shortly due to rocketing rents.   Described by The Telegraph as a “timeless social hot spot for women in fur boots who can’t move … Continue reading “Itsu’s Over”

November 27, 2016

The Times They are a-Changin’ (and All it Takes is a Tweet)

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights the workings and truths behind the changed political landscape of 2016   2016 will be remembered as the year when the world flipped convention on its head. With the brutal monster Fidel Castro finally gone, Donald Trump headed for The White House and Brexit in Britain, comes a new era but it … Continue reading “The Times They are a-Changin’ (and All it Takes is a Tweet)”

September 7, 2016

The pleasures of Petworth

by Jacina Coyne

New contributor Jacina Coyne on how to spend a day in Petworth, West Sussex   Petworth is well known for its synonymous stately home and its grounds by ‘England’s greatest gardener’, Capability Brown. This is a charming gem of a town in the English countryside and is easily accessible from London. I reached it in … Continue reading “The pleasures of Petworth”

August 15, 2016

An unlucky mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Unlucky mansion in Yorkshire with 13 bedrooms for sale for a lower sum than it was marketed for in 2007 – despite having been renovated internally in the time since   Offered for sale for less than it was last marketed in a “dilapidated condition” in 2007, Whinburn Hall in the gritty West Yorkshire mill … Continue reading “An unlucky mansion”

May 5, 2016

Furnishing Downton

by Matthew Steeples

“World famous actor” with a superinjunction set to be named in America

May 2, 2016

PACTing up

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer packs in charity

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 25, 2016

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

by General

A regular on the party circuit in London, self-described “International Man of Excellence” Oliver Rothschild was exposed by The Telegraph as a “fake Rothschild” in March 2016.

March 13, 2016

The 70mph shed

by Matthew Steeples

Garden shed capable of speeds of in excess of 70mph takes to the roads

January 29, 2016

Alison Platt

by General

A “trolley dolly” turned CEO of Britain’s biggest estate agency, Alison Platt sees no difference between selling bleach and houses.

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

September 5, 2015

Taking refuge with The Telegraph

by Matthew Steeples

Letter to ‘The Telegraph’ illustrates a sensible perspective on how England should behave towards “foreigners flying for refuge against oppression and tyranny”

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

July 13, 2015

Gillian Clarke (1941 – 2015)

by General

The late daughter of schoolteachers from Sidcup, Kent and a mother of two, Gillian Clarke met her Conservative politician husband Kenneth at Cambridge in 1963.

July 9, 2015

Wally of the Week: Amy Roberts

by Matthew Steeples

Moaning Tube driver Amy Roberts sums up all that is wrong about the mentality of London Underground workers

June 27, 2015

Harry Cole

by General

A former associate of Guido Fawkes’ Paul Staines, Harry Cole became The Sun’s Westminster correspondent in June 2015.

June 13, 2015

Trimming Trimdon

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair’s former home heads to auction for £35,000 less than he sold it for in 2010

June 11, 2015

Eva Harold

by General

With a habit for ranting about those who expose her antics in Waitrose Kings Road to anyone who’ll listen, Eva Harold is renowned for sharing her toxic views on immigrants via Facebook.

May 28, 2015

Boating with a Birka

by Matthew Steeples

Boat shrouded with a veil provides a reminder that it is again time to debate banning burkas in Britain

April 11, 2015

Barbara Casasola

by General

This Brazilian firecracker and rising star of the fashion world loves spending time at 5 Hertford Street and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

April 5, 2015

Meyer moves

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

March 28, 2015

Gillian Anderson

by General

Best known for her role in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson married her first husband on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii.

March 23, 2015

Doing Justice

by Matthew Steeples

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

March 8, 2015

Ross O’Connell Jennings

by General

Edinburgh graduate Ross O’Connell Jennings aims to become the first man to play the bagpipes in all 196 independent countries in the world.

March 6, 2015

Nancy Dell’Olio

by General

A whirlwind of energy accompanies Nancy Dell’Olio wherever she goes.

March 3, 2015

The hypocrisy of England

by Matthew Steeples

Playwright Alan Bennett chooses ‘hypocrisy’ as Britain’s best achievement

February 22, 2015

Baroness Greenfield CBE

by General

Crossbench peer Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who is credited with having “made science sexy”.

February 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

January 5, 2015

Boozing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage giving up drinking is nothing other than an orchestrated publicity stunt

January 4, 2015

Philip Mould OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This renowned art sleuth co-presents BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? with Fiona Bruce.

December 28, 2014

A crown for a meal

by Matthew Steeples

Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on 6th January and get a meal on the house

December 26, 2014

Zack Peck (also known as Zackary Peck)

by General

The grandson of the late, great actor Gregory Peck and the son of a wannabe actor named Anthony Peck and “the first American supermodel”, Cheryl Tiegs.

December 23, 2014

Paula Wilcox

by General

This modest Mancunian actress is best known for having starred in the 1970s series Man About the House.

October 29, 2014

Hoodwinked

by Matthew Steeples

Jim Hood uses parliamentary privilege to name Lord Brittan as someone accused of “improper conduct with children”   Yesterday, a Labour MP named Jim Hood used parliamentary privilege to state that Lord Brittan had been accused “of improper conduct with children”. He has widely been attacked but we will leap to his defence.

October 28, 2014

Ronnie Spector

by General

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

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

August 25, 2014

Boyling over

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Boyle owes Jeremy Clarkson an apology   Frankie Boyle is a provocative yet humourless Scottish comedian who’d do well to stay north of the border. In demanding one of Britain’s favourite television presenters is sacked by the BBC, he’s truly gone too far and frankly he ought to make an apology to Jeremy Clarkson.

August 6, 2014

Boris is back

by Matthew Steeples

BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson set to attempt to return to Westminster   It was inevitable but it is excellent news: Boris Johnson has decided to stand for Parliament again at next year’s elections.

July 27, 2014

Quote of the Week: Tony Blair claims: “I’ve not changed”

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair disputes estimates of his wealth and claims that he just wants to make a difference   Last week, our former Prime Minister Tony Blair declared: “I’ve not changed. It’s not about making money. It’s about making a difference”. Curiously, for a man with so little interest in cash, he then went on to … Continue reading “Quote of the Week: Tony Blair claims: “I’ve not changed””

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

June 18, 2014

Cannabis Sport

by Matthew Steeples

Older Range Rover Sport models targeted by cannabis growers   Spotted recently by a reader in Parson’s Green in London, a pair of Range Rover Sports are telling of a trend that has spread throughout Britain: Especially prevalent in West Yorkshire – where at least 40 vehicles have been successfully targeted – gangs have been … Continue reading “Cannabis Sport”

June 2, 2014

Cinematic bliss

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of film director Richard Attenborough for sale for £12.75 million   The Academy Award winning actor, producer and director Lord Attenborough is best known for his roles in such hits as The Great Escape, Gandhi and 10 Rillington Place but it was at Old Friars, his home of many years in Richmond, Surrey, … Continue reading “Cinematic bliss”

April 30, 2014

Mind out Max

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford refuses to apologise as it is revealed that he’s been borrowing against his assets   Sexual abuser Max Clifford’s only remarks since being convicted have been to say that he is “incredibly disappointed about what’s happened” and he’ll be “back to court on Friday”. When asked if he would be apologising to the … Continue reading “Mind out Max”

April 20, 2014

Tim Walker

by Matthew Steeples

The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist is a man not afraid to take on the establishment. Together with his now former colleague Richard Eden, Walker’s diary extensively featured stories about the charitable activities of Lady Meyer in 2011 and made a fool of the PR for Mastercard after they told him what he was to tweet in … Continue reading “Tim Walker”

April 15, 2014

Wally of the Week: Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

by Matthew Steeples

Member of Parliament Sarah Wollaston should resign   Our Wally of the Week is a Member of Parliament named Dr Sarah Wollaston. This maliciously reckless woman is amongst those responsible for having ensured our contributor Nigel Evans was wrongly brought to trial by the Crown Prosecution Service.

April 11, 2014

Footing the castle

by Matthew Steeples

Own a castle (for just twenty years) for £850,000   Trematon Castle near Saltash in Cornwall is a house that I stayed in about ten years ago when it belonged to a friend of mine’s family. It was sold subsequently and now it is on the market once again.

Hope for £10

by Matthew Steeples

Tickets for Hope Springs concert available for just £10   Tuesday’s Hope Springs concert at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea looks set to be a barnstormer of an event. With a whole array of performers and compered by The Telegraph’s Tim Walker, all funds raised from this charity event will go to great causes. Now, last … Continue reading “Hope for £10”

February 28, 2014

Handeling a house

by Matthew Steeples

One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market   On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.

February 20, 2014

Wally of the Week: Housing a hashtag

by Matthew Steeples

House PR’s “condition attached” invites score a true own goal   We’ve upset a few PRs this week but the award for the man that brought another of them down has to go to Tim Walker, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist.

January 2, 2014

Prycing a resolution

by Matthew Steeples

Vicky Pryce shares her New Year’s resolutions with ‘The Telegraph’   Vicky Pryce, the disgraced former wife of the equally disgraceful Chris Huhne, shared her New Year’s resolutions with The Telegraph yesterday. They summed her up well.

December 27, 2013

The house of fun

by Matthew Steeples

A coastal estate complete with its own private cove comes to the market for £7.5 million   Described by the selling agents as a “private coastal estate with fun as its mantra”, Redlap House near Dartmouth in Devon is situated in a 30-acre frost free valley that runs down to the sea.

December 21, 2013

A classic English home

by Matthew Steeples

A former rectory that truly is a classic English home   Old rectories and vicarages are the things of novels: Jeffrey Archer lives in one near Cambridge that was previously the home of the poet Rupert Brooke and Joanna Trollope waxes lyrical about them regularly.

December 20, 2013

I’m out

by Matthew Steeples

Duncan Bannatyne slices £100,000 off asking price of his former marital home   Listed in June 2013 for £899,000 according to Zoopla and now reduced to £799,995, Duncan Bannatyne OBE’s troubles with selling his home near Middlesbrough were detailed in yesterday’s ‘City Diary’ in The Telegraph.

November 28, 2013

Greed and envy

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Mirror’ is wrong to attack Boris Johnson’s speech to the Centre for Policy Studies   The Mirror is a left-wing paper so some would say their latest attack on Boris Johnson was inevitable, but this time they are utterly wrong.

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

October 14, 2013

Harry’s House of Secrets

by Matthew Steeples

‘Harry Potter’ director Chris Columbus sells up in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights   Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is selling his £8,128,000 ($12,995,000) Italianate style San Francisco home.

October 4, 2013

Scotland’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland’s most expensive estate comes to the market   In Downton Abbey last week, the Grantham family talked about selling off parts of their estate to cover the costs of death duties. In Scotland, the death of Sir James Cayzer has led to his family selling off one of their estates.

September 30, 2013

Downturning

by Matthew Steeples

A home worthy of any ‘Downton’ devotee is marketed for £6,500,000 less than it was previously promoted for in 2008   With Downton Abbey back on our screens, Brits are waxing lyrical about life in country houses whilst our American cousins are already bemoaning that they won’t get to see the latest series until January. … Continue reading “Downturning”

September 26, 2013

Boating Bull

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Madoff’s boat on the market at a reduced price   Previously marketed at £2.7 million, Bernie Madoff’s Arno Leopard yacht, Bull, is again on the market. Priced this time at £1.6 million, the 27-metre boat is still in the hands of the joint liquidators of Madoff Securities and cost £5.1 million when built in … Continue reading “Boating Bull”

September 14, 2013

Punching with Pippa

by Matthew Steeples

Is there a news title that won’t fall under Pippa Middleton’s spell?   First she sent sales soaring with her column for Waitrose Kitchen, then came a role as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and now, today, Pippa Middleton’s landed a new position at The Telegraph with a new column named ‘Sport and Social’.

August 26, 2013

Anna Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

An aristocratic actress, Chancellor is the daughter of the Hon. Mary Alice Jolliffe, a great-great-granddaughter of Herbert Asquith and a second cousin, once removed of Helena Bonham Carter. Born in Richmond, London, this star of the stage and screen is best known as “Duckface” in Four Weddings and a Funeral and as Juliet Shaw in … Continue reading “Anna Chancellor”

August 22, 2013

Hawking The Hempel

by Matthew Steeples

Contents of The Hempel Hotel to be sold at auction   The contents of Bayswater’s iconic The Hempel Hotel, originally designed by Anouska Hempel, are to be sold following the building’s sale to British Land for £33 million in March.

August 7, 2013

Chaneling charity

by Matthew Steeples

Charities need to rethink how they pay their executives   It’s hardly news that many charity bosses (AKA ‘charitycats’) are earning in excess of £100,000 a year but once again the toothless Charity Commission is bleating instead of acting.

August 5, 2013

‘Kendal woman found in Kendal’

by Matthew Steeples

The ‘Silly Season’ is once again upon us   August is the time when newsrooms run out of things to say. With half the country on holiday and Parliament in recess, it’s the time of year when journalists write stories that range from the bizarre to the ridiculous.

August 1, 2013

The growth myth

by steepleadmin

Vladimir Lavrentiev reports on the flaws in the reporting of ‘economic growth’   The British press used to unanimously spout the story of a ‘double dip recession’ and now they are attempting to put the agenda of economic growth into the headlines.

July 26, 2013

The law’s a pigeon

by Matthew Steeples

Pigeons, cats and bicycles don’t necessarily make for the best of friends   The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ and the Mail Online both reported yesterday that Ben Goldsmith could be prosecuted after colliding with a pigeon whilst on his bicycle in Glasshouse Street, close to London’s Piccadilly Circus.

July 19, 2013

Did you know?

by Matthew Steeples

A new column revealing facts you may or may not already know   Sir Cliff Richard was allegedly praised in the 1970s for staying in Britain whilst Denis Healey “tax[ed] the rich until the pips squeak[ed]”. No such enthusiasm is due now.

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