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August 26, 2018

Robin Leach (1941 – 2018)

by General

“With champagne wishes and caviar dreams” was the famous signoff of London born Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach. Harrow High School educated, this one-time Daily Mail reporter moved to the US in 1963 with $145 in his pocket and after briefly becoming a shoe salesman founded a music publication named Go … Continue reading “Robin Leach (1941 – 2018)”

April 17, 2018

Analysing Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

The Cambridge Analytica connection you’ve most likely never heard of; meet The Hon. Thomas Borwick, son of ex-Tory MP Lady ‘Call Me Victoria’ Borwick   The Hon. Thomas Borwick is a figure in the Cambridge Analytica scandal you’ve probably never heard of.   Bizarrely largely overlooked by the mainstream media, the son of the ousted … Continue reading “Analysing Borwick”

September 26, 2017

Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)

by General

Putney based Shawn Sullivan fled America after being accused of abusing two girls aged 11 and 14 in the 1990s. He was subsequently convicted of sexually assaulting two 12 year old girls in Ireland in 1997 but then moved to London on an Irish passport. Sullivan then married a Ministry of Justice policy manager named … Continue reading “Shawn Sullivan (AKA Shawn O’Suilleabhain and ‘The Putney Paedo’)”

May 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

May 7, 2017

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

Jobbing Wine

by Matthew Steeples

A dream job for wine lovers; get paid to drink and drive your way across America   An Oregon winery is seeking a ‘Canbassador’ to join them on a roadtrip across America to hawk their range of wines – including their ‘pinot in a can’.   The Union Wine Company, founded by Ryan Harms in … Continue reading “Jobbing Wine”

April 28, 2017

Gilded Glory

by Matthew Steeples

New York’s “last intact Gilded Age mansion” for sale for £38.75 million; it comes with a room that cannot be wiretapped   An Upper East Side “Beaux Arts palace on a small scale” described as “Manhattan’s last intact Gilded Age mansion” has gone on sale for £38.75 million ($50 million, €45.96 million or درهم183.65 million) … Continue reading “Gilded Glory”

April 16, 2017

A Federal Find

by Matthew Steeples

Federal-style New York townhouse for sale for £3.982 million; the West Village was previously the Home of the Sons and Daughters of Israel   A 2,212 square foot townhouse dating to 1833 on sale in New York comes with quite a history. Built in the Federal-style by a cartman named John C. Blauvelt, the property … Continue reading “A Federal Find”

March 14, 2016

An apartment with extras

by Matthew Steeples

£60 million New York condo offered with extras including a pair of Rolls Royce Phantoms and a yacht

January 30, 2016

Naff and overpriced

by Matthew Steeples

One of America’s naffest houses returns to the market at a much reduced price of £11.9 million (down from £17.6 million) and with the neighbouring £5.6 million house thrown in as an extra

October 10, 2015

Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diane Sawyer)

by General

A former member of President Nixon’s White House staff turned acclaimed television journalist, Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky.

October 5, 2015

Modest as ever

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump takes to Facebook to modestly claim that he will become President of the United States of America

September 21, 2015

Back to LeBaron

by Matthew Steeples

“Unmolested” wood-clad Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible to be sold at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction for just £5,800

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”

September 14, 2015

Pastor Farris Wilks

by General

A Texan bricklayer turned billionaire, Pastor Farris Wilks grew up in a goat shed but now owns an airport and his own aircraft.

August 10, 2015

Greta van Susteren

by General

Listed as the 99th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, Washington based news anchor and commentator Greta van Susteren is married to a self-described “ambulance chaser” and is a member of the Church of Scientology.

July 28, 2015

Brendan Jay Sullivan

by General

A former sidekick of Lady Gaga, New York based bartender turned DJ and author Brendan Jay Sullivan wrote a memoir of his time with her in 2013

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

July 4, 2015

Blake Mycoskie

by General

Arlington, Texas born TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started out selling shoes from his apartment in 2006 and now describes his position within what has become a vastly successful company as “Chief Giver of Shoes”.

June 10, 2015

Thomas Gilbert Jr.

by General

Privileged and 6’3” tall, Princeton graduate Thomas Gilbert Jr. stands accused of the January 2015 slaying of his hedge fund manager father Thomas Gilbert Sr.

June 5, 2015

David Hallberg

by General

The first ever American invited to be a premier dancer in Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, David Hallberg was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and “found inspiration through the films of Fred Astaire”.

June 3, 2015

Trumping Clinton

by Matthew Steeples

An American election contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would most definitely be something to relish

May 6, 2015

Peter Dinklage

by General

Despite his diminutive stature, Peter Dinklage lives life large.

March 30, 2015

Kerry Washington

by General

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter.

March 8, 2015

Elizabeth Holmes

by General

Palo Alto, California based Elizabeth Holmes quit Stanford University and made a $4.5 billion fortune as a health technology entrepreneur.

October 16, 2014

Indré Rockefeller

by General

The wife of venture capitalist Justin Rockefeller, Indré Rockefeller became the US president of the Spanish fashion brand Delpozo in March 2014.

September 23, 2014

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (AKA “Vlad” Restoin Roitfeld)

by General

The Paris-born son of fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Equipment shirt brand founder Christian Restoin, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld is the founder of New York art dealership of the same name. He’s the godson of the photographer Mario Testino and has dated the fashionista Giovanna Battaglia and “the female Roman Abramovich” Goga Ashkenazi. Restoin Roitfeld – … Continue reading “Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (AKA “Vlad” Restoin Roitfeld)”

August 11, 2014

America’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to buy an American equivalent of Downton Abbey   Downton Abbey returns to our screens this autumn and one has to ask whether its writer Julian Fellowes was at all influenced by the story of the story of Peter Widener of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose son and grandson both died in the sinking of … Continue reading “America’s Downton”

July 9, 2014

Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks author of “Rowing Blazers” Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity and persistence.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Aut viam inveniam aut faciam: “Either I shall find a … Continue reading “Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 12, 2014

Game, set and match

by Matthew Steeples

One of Westchester County’s finest houses comes to the market   Westchester is a gilded county. It’s a place that has variously been home to John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, P. Diddy and Martha Stewart and one that the rich and famous adore. With the sale of a “modern-day masterpiece” created by the … Continue reading “Game, set and match”

January 2, 2014

Peck’s ‘Mockingbird Bentley’

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley owned by Gregory Peck for 34 years goes to auction   Gregory Peck loved his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur so much that he kept it for 34 years. The very same car is set to be auctioned on 17th January by RM Auctions.

January 1, 2014

Wally of the Week: Kim Jong-un

by Matthew Steeples

Kim Jong-un is a megalomaniac with no moral compass   Kim Jong-un could easily be a Bond villain but in reality he is a monster. Having executed his own uncle, this 30-year old tyrant has used his New Year’s Day message to describe Chang Song-thaek’s killing as “resolute action” to strengthen his country.

December 18, 2013

What were they thinking?

by Matthew Steeples

The worst named restaurants in the world   When opening a restaurant, some restaurateurs opt to name their businesses after a street whilst others use their surname or a historic figure. Here, however, we list a selection of ten of the most bizarre and ridculous that we’ve come across

September 29, 2013

Raw at the River

by Matthew Steeples

62,000 square foot apartment at New York’s The River House comes to the market for £80.5 million   Apartments don’t normally come with indoor tennis courts but if the proposed conversion of the former River Club within New York’s River House co-operative goes ahead, what will surely be one of the world’s most ludicrous properties … Continue reading “Raw at the River”

September 6, 2013

I cried all the way to the piano

by Matthew Steeples

One of Liberace’s pianos heads to auction   Liberace personally played to 25 million fans during his 40-year career and during this time he built up a mammoth collection of pianos. One of them, a Conover pompadour model, will be auctioned by Britannia Piano Auctions in Manchester on 12th September.

August 31, 2013

Carlo Mondavi

by Matthew Steeples

Educated at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Milan, this scion of the Mondavi wine making dynasty married his wife Megan on the Nippozano Estate in Tuscany. Naturally, after proposing at the Opus One Winery, the wedding itself included a wine pouring ceremony that blended Sangiovese and Merlot varietals. He’s also into snowboarding … Continue reading “Carlo Mondavi”

August 20, 2013

Amanda Hearst

by Matthew Steeples

This “Hearst with a heart” is a special projects editor at Town & Country magazine and the founder of Friends of Finn, a committee dedicated to stopping the “inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills”. A graduate of Fordham University, Amanda Hearst also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the inspiration for Citizen Kane, William … Continue reading “Amanda Hearst”

The Trump House

by Matthew Steeples

Will Donald Trump make a 2016 bid for the White House?   We’re used to seeing him in the boardroom of The Apprentice and to hearing of his spats with ex-wives and Scottish politicians but could it be possible that a 70-year old Donald Trump might become the 45th President of the United States of … Continue reading “The Trump House”

June 24, 2013

Amazonian takes on the City

by Matthew Steeples

Gina and Alan Miller launch the True & Fair Investment Calculator   Already well known for their groundbreaking True & Fair Campaign, Gina and Alan Miller have recently launched a free online calculator that enables investors and savers to easily discover the impact of costs and fees on their investments.  

April 20, 2013

Amanda Knox

by Matthew Steeples

Whether innocent or guilty of the murder she’s repeatedly been accused of, this American has made $4 million from her memoir deal with HarperCollins. The family of Meredith Kercher, the true victim in all of this, have rightly stated that they “do not believe anyone should profit from the murder” but Knox, whose conviction for … Continue reading “Amanda Knox”

April 19, 2013

Vito Schnabel

by Matthew Steeples

This New Yorker is the son of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly filmmaker Julian Schnabel and curated his first exhibition aged 16. Vito Schnabel dated Demi Moore at the age of 26 and though that relationship ended in December 2012 supposedly because Schnabel didn’t like the intrusion of the paparazzi he subsequently took up with Heidi … Continue reading “Vito Schnabel”

April 18, 2013

A prime bargain

by Matthew Steeples

A happy hour with a difference launches at The Palm in London’s Belgravia   Opened in May 2009, The Palm replaced the legendary restaurant Drones of Pont Street. Amongst the original backers of Drones were David Niven Jr. and Sir Roger Moore. Nicky Kerman, a titan of the restaurant world, was another part owner. A … Continue reading “A prime bargain”

April 10, 2013

Paul Johnson Calderon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Paul Johnson Calderon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Wit, cunning and sheer will.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Trust no one.  

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

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 16, 2013

Sam Dangremond

by Matthew Steeples

This New York based journalist is an assistant editor at Town & Country and has also contributed to New York Magazine and the New York Social Diary. 

March 15, 2013

We’re still at The Sherry

by Matthew Steeples

The $95 million apartment of the world’s richest travel agent remains for sale after six months of marketing   The Sherry-Netherland is one of New York’s finest skyscraper apartment-hotels and one of the city’s best known landmarks. The world’s richest travel agent and co-founder of Liberty Travel, Gilbert Haroche, who occupies the entire 18th floor … Continue reading “We’re still at The Sherry”

March 12, 2013

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

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.

Barbara Walters

by Matthew Steeples

This dynamic American television personality and author was one of the first women to work in “hard news” and is best known for having hosted the Today show, the ABC Evening News, The View and 20/20. She grew up “in awe” of the famous people her father, a Broadway producer and nightclub owner, introduced her … Continue reading “Barbara Walters”

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

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)”

Crashing Assange

by Matthew Steeples

The uninvited nuisances who are the nightmare of any party host   First published in October 2011 on a blog written by Matthew Steeples, we revisit the story of the leading gatecrashers who boldly go where no others would dare.   Gatecrashers are people who get into parties without invitations. Central London seems to be … Continue reading “Crashing Assange”

February 22, 2013

Reduced times

by Matthew Steeples

The tale of a pioneer landowner reduced to bankruptcy and a Baywatch babe fighting off her debtors   Former Baywatch babe turned animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson purchased 23445 Malibu Colony Drive in Malibu, California in 2000 for $1,800,000 with her then husband and subsequent on-off lover Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. She has just … Continue reading “Reduced times”

December 5, 2012

Reaching nowhere

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights the peril of “reaching out”    “Reaching out” is a phrase that can be compared to Starbucks and their taxes.   This toxic platitude has sadly become common in both Britain and America and is generally used by people who don’t know you when they want something. Like Starbucks on the high … Continue reading “Reaching nowhere”

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”

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?””

Let there be light!

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas James examines the Luzinterruptus art movement   Luzinterruptus is a Spanish artistic group, who create temporary urban interventions in public spaces. Using light as their primary component and the black of night as their canvas, the group consists of three anonymous artists from different artistic backgrounds. Interestingly, the artistic group’s name Luzinterruptus is of … Continue reading “Let there be light!”

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 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

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 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by General

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

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 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 11, 2012

Which bear will take the 13th seat?

by Matthew Steeples

Could the number 13 be the reason Halcyon Hall has failed to sell?   Several over the top Californian residences we’ve featured on The Steeple Times, namely the $40,000,000 Chateau d’Or in Bel Air and the $87,000,000 Villa del Lago on the Newport coast, were properties that have seen huge price reductions. Though $15,000,000 has … Continue reading “Which bear will take the 13th seat?”

November 6, 2012

For the love of Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs’s yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship’s de Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands with his wife and three children aboard. The Jobs family gave the members of the … Continue reading “For the love of Jobs”

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”

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

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”

October 26, 2012

Richard Mason

by Matthew Steeples

This talented author was born in South Africa but educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. The Drowning People, his first novel, gained him a “vast” advance and was published during his first year at university. It’s been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 3 million copies. Richard Mason funds a foundation in … Continue reading “Richard Mason”

October 23, 2012

Harry Handelsman

by Matthew Steeples

This German-born property developer is best known as the pioneer who brought “loft living” to London in the early 1990s with his Manhattan Loft Corporation. His redevelopment of the Grade I listed St Pancras railway station has resulted in accolades galore and his personal fortune has allowed him to build up a collection featuring works … Continue reading “Harry Handelsman”

October 16, 2012

Tarred by Paparazzi

by Matthew Steeples

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936. Here, in this most exclusive of districts, the homes of the prosperous residents are hidden from view and this … Continue reading “Tarred by Paparazzi”

October 15, 2012

“Grockles” and “Emmets”

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples discovers Michael Winner’s links to descriptions of unwelcome “out of towners”   My last linguistic rambling explored two words, “plebs” and “ladettes,” that, like Andrew Mitchell MP, truly need to be eliminated from our culture. The next two in this series, “grockles” and “emmets,” have far more amusing origins and truly sum up … Continue reading ““Grockles” and “Emmets””

October 5, 2012

The Compliment

by Matthew Steeples

Kerri Moss Beaumont tells of the joys of being a mother of four who also manages to enjoy life to the max   A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at an end of summer barbeque. We got chatting to a glamorous couple in their early 30s and we were asked: “So when … Continue reading “The Compliment”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

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”

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 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”

Leonid Rozhetskin

by Matthew Steeples

He co-founded City AM and was executive producer of the 2009 film Boogie Woogie. This Russian financier and lawyer led a closeted life and disappeared in March 2008. Elements of the Russian press suggest he’s living in California under the Federal Witness Protection Program but others argue that he was the victim of foul play … Continue reading “Leonid Rozhetskin”

August 18, 2012

Adam Caldwell

by Matthew Steeples

A rising star in the interiors industry. Caldwell, who hails from Gastonia, North Carolina, has just completed a stint as a freelance designer at NH Design by Nicky Haslam and is now based in New York. He has a penchant for colourful trousers and American-style cookies.

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