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20
Jul
2014
Mick Philpott FI

Wally of the Week: Mick Philpott

Child killer Mick Philpott may get his just deserts for bragging about receiving free false teeth on the NHS   Mick Philpott is a man who should only be remembered as a monster who burnt 6 of his 17 children to death in a house fire. Instead, now this evil creature is back in the press after receiving a full set of false teeth on the NHS.

18
Jul
2014
Car alarm FI

Alarmingly useless

The most pointless invention in history has to be the car alarm   Car alarms have to be the most annoying and pointless inventions ever created.

18
Jul
2014
Lightning FI

Picture of the Week: The Spanish plume

As London’s temperature rises, lightning strikes   Last night, London was hit by an electric storm and today the city’s temperature is expected to hit 33°C. It will be hotter here than Barbados and Mauritius

16
Jul
2014
An open letter to Palestine FI

An open letter to Palestinians

Israeli journalist and American citizen Itay Hod issues an open letter to Palestinian people   First, let me state a simple fact. I am a journalist who also happens to be Israeli. I was born in Nazareth and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper. I’m no stranger to the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and I’m also an American citizen who resides in Los Angeles.

15
Jul
2014
The rise of the boats FI

Picture of the Week: The rise of the boats

As the Costa Concordia is raised, the Titanic takes her revenge   The operation to raise and refloat the Costa Concordia has begun to take shape this week and our Picture of the Week is an ironic take on the fate of another stricken vessel.

14
Jul
2014
Resigning matters FI

Resigning matters

Whilst Baroness Butler-Sloss has taken the right decision, Theresa May has yet again proven herself to be hapless and hopeless   In resigning as the head of a probe into child sex abuse, retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has shown herself to be a decent and sensible lady.

12
Jul
2014
Buying to bank

Buying to bank

As well known buy-to-let tycoons Fergus and Judith Wilson sell up, we ask: “Has the British property market peaked?”   Known as “Baron and Baroness Buy-to-Let”, Fergus and Judith Wilson were the kind of role models those who watch daytime shows such as Homes Under the Hammer aspired to be. With this week’s announcement that they’re selling their 900-house portfolio, could this be indication that the property market has reached its peak?

09
Jul
2014
22 Lyndhurst Road FI

VAT’ing a mansion

Aristocrats, Russians and a VAT case all come together at a £46.5 million Hampstead mansion   Agents Knight Frank describe 22 Lyndhurst Road in London’s Hampstead as a “truly exceptional Ambassadorial period residence”. What they neglect to mention, however, is that this 15,177 square foot house has recently featured in a court case involving one of Winston Churchill’s descendants, Alexander Spencer-Churchill, and a dispute over the VAT payable on introduction fees for the property’s previous sale.

09
Jul
2014
Meek but not mild FI

Meek but not mild

Matthew Steeples asks: “In becoming ‘prison porn’ what does the case of Jeremy Meeks tell us about society?”   The countless articles that have been written about the “hot mugshot guy” Jeremy Meeks fail to miss the point that here is a previously jailed individual awaiting trial for multiple felony weapon charges.

07
Jul
2014
Remembering FI

Remembering 7/7

As offensive graffiti is daubed on the 7/7 memorial, we urge readers to remember the 52 victims today

05
Jul
2014
The gang of 12 FI

Picture of the Week: The Gang of 12

Whilst one works, eleven watch on in London’s Sloane Square

04
Jul
2014
Sailing a sentence FI

Sailing a sentence

Rolf Harris sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in jail   On Friday morning Rolf Harris tried to evade photographers by leaving his home by boat for his final trip to Southwark Crown Court. He didn’t succeed and also rightly failed to avoid jail.

03
Jul
2014
Angelina Jolie FI

Who is Angelina Jolie?

Actor, author, playwright and theatre director Steven Berkoff leaps to the defence of Angelina Jolie

30
Jun
2014
Tony Parsons FI

Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons

Comparing phone hacking to Jihad is simply ludicrous   In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, “warm heart[ed], acid tongue[d]” Tony Parsons ranted about the “waste of money” that has been the “assorted inquisitions into the newspaper industry”. Whilst much of what he stated is true, the way in which he linked this to the war on Jihad was quite ridiculous.

22
Jun
2014
Lord Janner FI

May Fernbridge finally be investigated

As police raid the offices of Lord Janner, we urge those running Operation Fernbridge to step up their game   The revelation in the Sunday People that Labour peer Lord Janner has had his House of Lords office raided by the police comes as no surprise following on from our having received many messages about this individual via Twitter for the last year. That this story has now finally been outed is progress but what needs to happen next is for the unconnected Operation Fernbridge to finally be given the resources it requires

05
Jun
2014
Lying Scotsman FI

Picture of the Week: The Lying Scotsman

An appropriate description of the SNP leader   The biggest donors to the campaign for Scottish independence thus far have been Colin and Chris Weir, a couple who won £161 million in the EuroMillions lottery in 2011. They’ve funded 79% of the ‘Yes’ campaign and now as Scotland prepares to vote on this stupid gamble, we had to make an image shared with us by Peter Burrell our Picture of the Week.

30
May
2014
Preisverleihung im Wettbewerb "startsocial 2011/2012"

Mr Gus Instinct on the Euro election results

Will the last person to leave please turn off the lights?   The Euro election results clearly identified that we have become a nation of voters who speak from the knee rather than the brain. We have empowered a group of people with no real influence and it seems we almost favour a return to the 1970s.

24
May
2014
Nigel Farage Speech At UKIP Public Meeting In Basingstoke

Mr Gus Instinct on UKIP’s success in this week’s elections

Billericay here we come   The future political landscape of Britain has been subverted by the most meaningless political party in our history

20
May
2014
OCS Cheriyot Arap Rono FI

Wanted: Reward issued for killer of Alexander Monson

‘The Steeple Times’ issues a reward for information that will lead to successful prosecution of the killer of Alexander Monson   Yesterday, May 19th, was the second anniversary of Alexander Monson’s death in police custody in Kenya. Alexander was the handsome and intelligent 28-year old heir of Lord Monson.

16
May
2014
Max Clifford FI

The new life of Max Clifford

An insight into the new life of Max Clifford   In a press release sent to The Steeple Times, the author Ian Hitchings has revealed details about disgraced publicist Max Clifford’s new life in Wandsworth Prison. 

15
May
2014
Simplifying Bitcoin FI

Simplifying Bitcoin

Halsey Minor launches a platform that addresses Bitcoin volatility   Today, Internet and technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor announced his return to the sector with the launch of Bitreserve

13
May
2014
Relaunching the Space Race

Relaunching the Space Race

R. K. Patrick on the potential of an upcoming space race   MOSCOW — Russia’s recent annexation of the Crimea has bred a fresh batch of overnight experts. Most are now ruminating over whether Russia has further territorial ambitions in Eastern Ukraine but they are overlooking the obvious. It is now clear that Russia’s territorial ambitions extend far further than mere earthly possessions. Indeed by 2030, a new Russian Government report suggests, Russia will have colonized the Moon.

09
May
2014
Pricing publicity FI

Pricing publicity

Katie Price’s antics set her on Titanic course   When Katie Price married a part-time stripper named Kieran Hayler in January 2013 everyone cried “publicity stunt” and now she’s supposedly divorcing him, people are rightly shouting the same.

07
May
2014
Lauren Goodger FI

Wally of the Week: Lauren Goodger

TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger is the only client to publicly stand by Max Clifford   Loyalty to ones friends is an admirable trait but there are times when the only option is to cut ones ties. It seems highly unlikely but even Hitler might have nice as a little boy. The truth is, however, that anyone who admitted to having been his friend as his evil empire fell would be deservedly lambasted. In coming out in support of the family of “sex fiend” Max Clifford, Lauren Goodger of The Only Way Is Essex has put herself in just such a position.

04
May
2014
May Day Russian style FI

Our Man in Moscow on May Day Russian style

R. K. Patrick reports on the first May Day parade in Red Square since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991   MOSCOW — Last Thursday, over 100,000 people paraded through Moscow’s Red Square to celebrate May Day. It was the first time any such parade has happened in Red Square since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

02
May
2014
The Maximum ring FI

The Maximum ring

As Max Clifford heads to jail for 8 years, it is time to reveal the link between him and other convicted sex offenders   In 1997, Max Clifford stated: “[Owen] Oyston is many things, including very arrogant, but he is not a rapist” after being hired to represent the businessman as he attempted and failed to overturn his conviction for rape.

30
Apr
2014
Bob Hoskins FI

The brilliance of Bob

Bob Hoskins: A gent who passed before his time   Suffolk born actor Bob Hoskins started his career as a circus worker, fruit packer and camel herder but rose to become one of Britain’s best loved actors.

30
Apr
2014
Mind the Max FI

Mind out Max

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 women he’d indecently assaulted, he did not answer and simply smugly raised his eyebrows. Here is a man with no shame and no regret.

29
Apr
2014
Max Clifford FI

Max’s smalls

There’s nothing worse than being Max Clifford   ‘Grubby publicist’ has been the description that has been attached to Max Clifford for many years but with his conviction yesterday on eight counts of indecent assault, that can now be replaced by ‘sexual abuser’, ‘liar’ and most tellingly ‘the man with the small penis’.

25
Apr
2014
MI FI

Dot.dollar

Two-letter web address sells for $3.6 million (£2.1 million)   It’s barely news now when a social media website sells for a billion dollars, but news that a web address has changed hands for $3.6 million (£2.1 million) is quite extraordinary.

23
Apr
2014
Celebrating St George FI

Celebrating St George

It is time to make St George’s Day a public holiday   The Irish enjoy a national holiday for St Patrick’s Day and the Scottish celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day and it is time we, the English, marked it properly.

22
Apr
2014
Oscar Pistorius FI

Mr Gus Instinct on Oscar Pistorius

Mr Gus Instinct says: “Oscar Pistorius is a horror story for any parent”   Have you heard that there is a new disease? It’s called “Oscarpistosis” and can only be caught by girls but the symptoms are a fear of going into your boyfriend’s bathroom.

20
Apr
2014
Bored off the Cliff FI

Bored off the Cliff

Cliff Richard bores on about gay rumours and rockstar wreckers   Sir Cliff Richard OBE is a man of mystery. Rumours about his sexuality and other areas of his life abound on the Internet and in an interview for an Australian television channel last Friday, he again tried to dispel them.

20
Apr
2014
Republic FI

Wallies of the Week: Republic.org.uk

Republic.org.uk are wrong to attack the travel arrangements of The Prince of Wales   In an image already shared by 1,280 on Facebook, a shameful organisation named the Republic Campaign attacked the travel arrangements of Prince Charles and his wife. We think their comments preposterous and thus make them our Wallies of the Week.   In the post, Republic state:   “In 2011, Charles and Camilla charged the taxpayer £30,000 for a return flight from Clarence House to Balmoral for a private break with no public engagements”.   “Their excuse? Clarence House said that because Charles is ‘always on duty’, travel between his residences is regarded as official expenditure”.   Firstly, it’s news to us that there’s an airport named Clarence…

19
Apr
2014
Chaneling an Audi FI

Chaneling an Audi

Audi Q7 rammed through the window of Chanel’s Brompton Cross store   In the early hours of Good Friday, thieves rammed a stolen Audi Q7 through the window of Chanel’s store on Brompton Cross, SW3.

18
Apr
2014
The etiquette of F FI

Word of the Week: The etiquette of ‘F’

An examination of the ‘F’ word   “F**king amazing” is considered a compliment by the Chelsea chicks that chatter but “f**king cheat” is one that they find themselves often using to describe what’s gone wrong with their relationships. The ‘F’ word is used by such people in many contexts, but one has to ask “When is using it appropriate?”

16
Apr
2014
Donna Leon FI

An adult Disneyworld

Donna Leon’s portrait of Venice has telling similarities to our view about what Central London has become   In yesterday’s The Times, author Donna Leon was interviewed about her latest novel, By Its Cover. Born in America, but a longtime resident of Venice, Leon made telling remarks about what the city where she lives has become

15
Apr
2014
Dr Sarah Wollaston FI

Wally of the Week: Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

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.

14
Apr
2014
A bash in Belgravia FI

A bash in Belgravia

Lexus smashes through railings in Chesham Place, SW1   In the wake of the recent Lamborghini crash in Sloane Street, this afternoon, a Lexus smashed into a street sign in Chesham Place, Belgravia before bouncing off straight through the railings of the garden opposite. Witnesses stated that the driver had a heart attack at the wheel but this is unconfirmed.

13
Apr
2014
Repaying the wronged FI

Quote of the Week: Repaying the wronged

Nigel Evans is right to demand the CPS repay his legal expenses   Last Friday, contributor to The Steeple Times Nigel Evans was cleared of nine charges of sexual offences against seven men. Whilst these non-victims disgracefully remain under the shroud of anonymity, the Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley will wrongly be best remembered for this case.

12
Apr
2014
PD*62997661

Liberally lax

Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne declares his party pointless   Finally, in an interview with The Times, a Liberal Democrat realised what the nation has known for years and admitted that his party is pointless.

11
Apr
2014
Silencing Hopkins FI

Quote of the Week: Silencing Hopkins

Katie Hopkins chooses to remain silent about the death of Peaches Geldoff   The misunderstood motormouth who will say anything for a buck Katie Hopkins used her column in The Sun this week to announce that she wouldn’t be tweeting about the death of Peaches Geldof. It’s one of the few good decisions she’s ever made.

07
Apr
2014
Money park London FI

Money park London

Mr Gus Instinct says: “London’s become a rubbish dump for high net worths”   The expression ‘ransom strip’ has always been a dream hold in the world of property but nowadays that is exactly what has happened to the prime areas of Central London.

05
Apr
2014
Margaret Thatcher FI

Word of the Week: Panjandrum

Words worth using   Our new weekly feature is a ‘Word of the Week’. Our first selection is “panjandrum”.

01
Apr
2014
An event with an Aventador FI

An event with an Aventador

Footage of a Lamborghini Aventador crashing in Sloane Street   On Sunday, a young turk crashed his Lamborghini Aventador into three vehicles in Sloane Street.

30
Mar
2014
Sloane Square Hotel 2013

Chelsea’s for servants

Estate agent announces that Chelsea is “where servants live”   The cast of Made in Chelsea better relocate. With the announcement by estate agents Beauchamp Estates that Chelsea “is a place where servants live”, this once haunt of the aristocracy has morphed into a very different place.

27
Mar
2014
Gina and Alan Miller FI

Legalised Looting

True and Fair Campaign calls for an OFT investigation into the investment industry   On Tuesday, Gina and Alan Miller, founders of The True and Fair Campaign, hosted an event with Prospect Magazine on Savile Row in London. At it they highlighted the perilous mess that the financial industry truly is in.

23
Mar
2014
Liz Jones FI

If you can’t take the heat…

Acid tongued Liz Jones should put down her poison pen   Daily Mail ‘journalist’ Liz Jones has featured on our pages several times after writing vicious bile about her former neighbours and admitting to stealing her then husband’s sperm as part of the “ultimate deception”. Today, this malicious mouthpiece used her column to complain that she “wakes up scared everyday”. We can’t imagine anyone will have any sympathy for her.

20
Mar
2014
Billing the kids FI

Billing the kids

World’s richest man Bill Gates pledges not to spoil his children   Bill Gates is a man who found it hard to fit in. The geeks he grew up with came to resent him for betraying them but as he was elevated to the position of topping any list of ultra high net worths, he was not accepted by the waspish elite of America.

19
Mar
2014
I could not possibly comment FI

Video of the Week: I could not possibly comment

The original ‘House of Cards’ beats the new one hands down   Everyone is raving about Beau Willimon’s House of Cards yet most don’t know how great the performance of Ian Richardson in the original Andrew Davies adaptation truly was.

17
Mar
2014
Hope for £10 FI

Hope for £10

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 minute tickets are available for just £10 as opposed to their list price of £50 each.

12
Mar
2014
Piers Morgan FI

Video of the Week: Handling Piers

Chelsea Handler tells Piers Morgan why his show has been axed   The dead duck that is Piers Morgan is not having a great time of late. His CNN show has been scrapped and though Jeremy Clarkson and others have rightly stuck the knife in, it is the comedian Chelsea Handler who finished him off.

06
Mar
2014
Hope Springs FI

Hope Springs

Miller Philanthropy to host a charity concert at Cadogan Hall   On Tuesday 18th March, Miller Philanthropy is to host an evening of entertainment in aid of small charities at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall.

05
Mar
2014
Flor Kent FI

Flagging Venezuela

Flor Kent shows her solidarity with those seeking to highlight the brutality of the Venezuelan government   Yesterday at the InterContinental in Westminster, during filming for a feature for The Steeple Times, artist Flor Kent opted to display the flag of Venezuela next to a statue of the British Parliament to highlight the struggles currently happening in her home country.

04
Mar
2014
Skintland FI

Picture of the Week: Skintland

A redrawn map of Scotland sums up the perils of independence   It’s always been our belief that the sum parts of the Union are worth more together than apart. Great Britain is great because of the diversity brought together in uniting England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth and with their attempt to become independent, the Scots lobbying for it just show themselves to be fools.

03
Mar
2014
Expel Putin's henchmen FI

Expel Putin’s henchmen

Susannah Constantine calls for Putin’s henchmen to be expelled   Trinny and Susannah are best known for telling the nation’s women what to wear but today one half of this brilliant duo spoke sense when she took to Facebook to express her views on Putin and his cronies.

25
Feb
2014
Let's salute the Swiss FI

Mr Gus Instinct on the Swiss

Mr Gus Instinct says: “Let’s salute the Swiss”   Yet again, Switzerland has fearlessly shown the way on another issue involving its own borders. Following their tradition to remain firmly neutral unless they need to act in defense of their own territory, the Swiss last week voted by a narrow margin to halt all further immigration.

23
Feb
2014
Eurosmash FI

Eurosmash

What’s so special about the titled classes?   We’ve previously separately featured two women who gained titles because of whom they happened to end up married to. They are the sorts that now enjoy using these ‘accolades’ wherever they go.

21
Feb
2014
The lights aren't on and no one's home FI

Picture of the Week: The lights aren’t on and no one’s home

“Home-ageddon” hits London   Sent in by reader and photographer John Stoddart, our Picture of the Week is of a page from the Evening Standard. It sums up what’s become of Central London perfectly.

18
Feb
2014
The myths of fashion FI

The myths of LFW

Noelle Reno shares the truth about London Fashion Week   All myths in fashion boil down to one fact: no one has money. Retailers have money, the media has money. However a majority of designers, models, journalists, presenters, producers, publicists and all in between seem to be meant to survive on hot air and passion.

15
Feb
2014
Marching with Harry FI

Marching with Harry

Prince Harry makes his debut at Goodwood Motor Circuit   Today, Saturday 15th February, Prince Harry took part in a track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit run by the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund.

15
Feb
2014
Chaneling the VAT in Chelsea FI

Chaneling the VAT in Chelsea

Another pair of Chelsea fraudsters bite the dust   The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, as we’ve repeatedly pointed out, attracts criminals and the case of the latest dodgy pair to come to our attention won’t surprise many of our readers sadly. Meet Emmanuel and Behnaz Scotts, a duo who funded a “high rolling lifestyle” via a £280,000 VAT fraud

14
Feb
2014
Twitter FI

Mr Gus Instinct on Twitter

Twitter in 140 characters… (well almost…)   Twitter: Human beings showing sheep like behaviour and asking for drivel rather than information. Then the Twitterati actually went over the cliff when they bought shares in a company that loses $2 billion a year and has now dropped in value by 25%. Enough said.

10
Feb
2014
Soggy socked Sam FI

Picture of the Week: Soggy socked Sam

The plight of Somerset’s ‘King Canute’ Sam Notaro sums up how bad flooding in the UK is   The arrogance of government ministers about flooding and the many victims who’ve been underwater since December has been surprising but our Picture of the Week is what truly sums up the mess so many are in.

06
Feb
2014
Liz Hurley FI

Who hasn’t Liz been with?

Revelations of an affair between Bill Clinton and Liz Hurley sound a little far fetched   “Don’t be silly” said Liz Hurley after it was revealed that the model and actress may have had an affair with Bill Clinton whilst he was in office.

05
Feb
2014
Transport for Laziness

Transport for Laziness

Low and high paid TFL employees shown for what they truly are   Bob Crow rightly is taking the brunt of the criticism for the London Underground strikes but it turns out there are two very sets of Transport for London employees who also need to be reigned in.

04
Feb
2014
Heath House FI

Is it really a billionaires’ wasteland?

Debate about empty homes on The Bishops Avenue continues   In recent days there has been much debate about the many empty mansions on North London’s The Bishops Avenue. Uproar from campaigners against homelessness has been accompanied by justification from residents and estate agents.

02
Feb
2014
Bins and burkas FI

Picture of the Week: Bins and burkas

Burkas and bin bags make for interesting companions   Our Picture of the Week is certainly nothing but controversial.

02
Feb
2014
Reassessing immigration FI

Reassessing immigration

Henry Irwin Pesch reviews ‘D’ORA: The Romanian Immigrant’   D’ORA by Delia Antal is not just another film. No, it’s not a film made by some amateur looking to get into the film business. It’s not the story about Romanian immigrants or any other stereotype you have in mind right now. What do you think of when you hear of a Romanian who comes to London? And when that Romanian comes over with their whole family and friends?

01
Feb
2014
Jim's regeneration FI

Jim’s regeneration

Will victory in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ relaunch Jim Davidson’s career?   If Jim Davidson were a product, he’d be Marmite. This entertainer polarises the nation due to his acidic style of humour and even after having seen off sexual assault allegations and having won Celebrity Big Brother 2014, he will continue to attract negative press attention.

31
Jan
2014
The forgotten victims FI

The forgotten victims

Two cases that illustrate that it is often the victim who is forgotten   Today, there have been developments in the murder cases of Meredith Kercher in Italy and Anni Dewani in South Africa. Reporting on both curiously focuses on their alleged killers rather than their victims.

30
Jan
2014
Thomas McLoughlin FI

McLoughlin’s lament

Conman Tom McLoughlin cautioned for assault   The ex-jailbird Thomas McLoughlin should now have learnt his lesson. This nasty piece of work, I today learnt, has been given a police caution for common assault after attacking me in a South Kensington restaurant.

28
Jan
2014
A hacked trial FI

A hacked trial

Phone hacking trial is becoming a joke   Jude Law’s relative, it turns out, was sharing information with the News of the World, Colin Montgomerie’s ex-wife got mixed up about what was said to her at Chequers and Charlie Brooks’ lesbian porn collection have been highlighted. The twists and the turns of phone hacking trial are certainly odd but frankly they’re nothing other than part of a “distraction technique” that we believe will result in this strange trial just falling apart.

27
Jan
2014
Nigel Goldman FI

Not sold on Gold

Convicted fraudster Nigel Goldman on run after allegedly stealing another £2.5 million   Marbella based Nigel Goldman was a man who supposedly had it all: a fortune, Ferraris, racehorses and “close friends” numbering Sir Mark Thatcher and James Hewitt. Now, this convicted fraudster is said to be on the run after allegedly stolen some £2.5 million via his Tangiers-based company, International Financial Investment.

25
Jan
2014
Banking with Brown FI

Banking with Brown

Gordon Brown’s benefits from having been Prime Minister exposed   Gordon Brown was undoubtedly one of Britain’s worst Prime Ministers. He was also the Chancellor who gave away our gold and a man known for his appalling temper and one who upset little old ladies. Now that Guido Fawkes has revealed the truth behind where the money passing through his office has gone, the nation has a clearer picture of the reality behind the fiction of his so called “charitable nature”.

24
Jan
2014
Twiggy Garcia

A citizen’s cheque

Barman who tried to “arrest” Tony Blair to profit from incident   The recent attempted “citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair” by a man called Twiggy Garcia has featured widely in the media in the last days. Though it was claimed that Garcia’s motive was “for crimes against peace”, it now transpires that he will be paid approximately £2,222.55 by George Monbiot’s ArrestBlair.org website.

24
Jan
2014
The rat ship FI

The rat ship

Rat infested ghost ship headed for Britain   The shores of Britain are the likely destination of a ghost ship filled with disease ridden “cannibal rats” in the coming weeks.

21
Jan
2014
Jack Monroe FI

Wally of the Week: “Ms” Jack Monroe

Mouthpiece Monroe is a true moron   Last time I featured the self-proclaimed “poverty campaigner” “Ms” Jack Monroe, she launched into a tirade of abuse against me. I expect more of the same today.

16
Jan
2014
Let's get controversial FI

Let’s get controversial

The perils and bonuses of being controversial   The Steeple Times subscribes to George Orwell’s philosophy of: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations”. Some might not like this but frankly if we took the opposing view, we might as well become the mouthpiece of Nick Clegg.

15
Jan
2014
The entertainers FI

The entertainers

As 1970s relics appeared in court, Matthew Steeples calls for Operation Fernbridge to be treated more seriously   Rolf Harris, William Roache and Dave Lee Travis each appeared in courts yesterday in relation to separate sexual abuse charges. It truly was a day for 1970s B-listers.

14
Jan
2014
Guns and bombs FI

Picture of the Week: Banning the bomb

American Embassy does not welcome guns and bombs   Submitted by a reader, our Picture of the Week was taken inside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square and illustrates how stupid “health and safety” posters truly can be.

11
Jan
2014
Sara Al Amoudi FI

‘Vamp in Veil’ as she’d rather not be seen

New photos of Sara Al Amoudi published   Our features on the ‘Vamp in the Veil’ Sara Al Amoudi have attracted much interest as plainly there is much more to the case brought against her than meets the eye. With the publication today of an image of her as “she’d prefer not to be seen” in the Daily Mail, a new side to this alleged fraudster’s lifestyle has been highlighted.

09
Jan
2014
David Irving FI

Wally of the Week: David Irving

David Irving’s legal action against the BBC over a programme presented by Jeremy Clarkson represents yet another low for this disgraced historian   On Sunday The Telegraph’s Richard Eden reported that the Holocaust denier David Irving is to instigate legal proceedings against the BBC over a programme about the Second World War Navy Arctic convoys presented by Jeremy Clarkson.

08
Jan
2014
Arianna Huffington FI

Blairing Huffington

Arianna Huffington launches new website with Tony Blair and Bill Gates as contributors   Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is a lady who reels in the influencers and in her latest move in founding a new news website, the World Post, she’s truly pulled off a coup.

06
Jan
2014
A January rant FI

A January rant

Irene Ramsay shares her post-Christmas blues   Waking up in January 2014 and glancing in the mirror has revealed that an entire month of disgusting excess has taken its toll. It all starts with the irritating shops that think it’s Christmas before it’s even Halloween. Before you know it you’re singing Christmas carols and it’s not even December.

02
Jan
2014
Vicky Pryce FI

Prycing a resolution

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.

31
Dec
2013
Goodbye 2013 FI

Goodbye 2013

Thoughts for the year ahead   2013 has not been the best of years. We’ve lost Margaret Thatcher and Sir David Frost and the word “selfie” has entered the Oxford English Dictionary. The economy has not got better – despite the nonsense spouted on the BBC – and the slaying of Private Rigby summed up the very lowest level humanity can reach.

24
Dec
2013
Vorayuth Yoovidhya FI

Bullish bravado

Red Bull founder’s grandson remains subject to an arrest warrant   In a case that echoes that of Florida’s John Goodman trial, 28-year old Vorayuth Yoovidhya – the grandson of the founder of Red Bull – remains subject to an arrest warrant for reckless driving, causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

23
Dec
2013
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Merry Christmas from ‘The Steeple Times’

Wishing our readers a very Merry Christmas   As we all head home for the holidays, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ve had a busy year at The Steeple Times and below we highlight some of our favourite stories as a collage.

21
Dec
2013
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To your health

Anthony Mamo shares his views on the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky   Yesterday, by virtue of executive order #922 signed by the President of Russia himself, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison and is now in Germany visiting his seriously ill mother.

20
Dec
2013
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#TeamTrouble

The not guilty verdict in the case of the former assistants to Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s highlights nothing but the mess that was their marriage   #TeamNigella has trended on Twitter in recent weeks. Even the Prime Minister joined in. Few have leapt to the defence of the television presenter’s former husband, Charles Saatchi, however, but yesterday, still, his Evening Standard column still proudly graced the entirety of page 39.

19
Dec
2013
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Matching Miller

Miller Philanthrophy pledge to double every donation received this Christmas   Many charities rack up huge bills for the salaries and expenses of their executives. The Miller Philanthropy charitable foundation, however, takes a very different approach and guarantees that 100% of all donations and Gift Aid is transferred to their grantees within two months of being received.

16
Dec
2013
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Your Country Needs You

Original Scotland Yard site to become hotel ‘of the quality of Chateau Marmont’   An Edwardian building on the site of the original Scotland Yard is to be converted into a 92,000 square foot, 235-bedroom 5-star hotel of the “world class… quality of The Mercer or the Chateau Marmont”

10
Dec
2013
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A Thunderclap for Jimmy Higham

Zach Topley urges readers to give a Thunderclap for Jimmy Higham   Jimmy Higham, a teacher at Wellington College in Berkshire tragically died from cancer back in 2011, aged just 26. Jimmy was a hard-working, wise, funny and kind individual; an instant hit at the school. His unexpected death shocked the Wellington community.

01
Dec
2013
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Harassing Harrods

Assange takes on Harrods   Revelations that the biopic based upon his life, The Fifth Estate, has flopped at the box office and took just $6 million against a $28 million budget no doubt cheered Julian Assange’s spirits, but it seems matters closer to “home” have been troubling his sleeping pattern.

28
Nov
2013
How not to park FI

How not to park

Range Rover totals a Porsche in Moore Street, Chelsea   The power of social media was illustrated this morning when two readers of The Steeple Times, Quirina Louwman and Edward Thomson, shared images of a Range Rover Sport parked in Moore Street, Chelsea.

23
Nov
2013
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Picture of the Week: A tribute to JFK

President Kennedy’s granddaughter pays her respects at a British memorial to him   On Friday, Tatiana Schlossberg, accompanied by the American ambassador to Britain, Matthew Barzun, paid tribute to President Kennedy on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination.

21
Nov
2013
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Kennedy’s Cabelled

New e-book on Kennedy’s assassination   On Tuesday night, I attended an event at the longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world, Sotheran’s of Sackville Street, to mark the launch of two books by Craig Cabell. Linking two semicentennial events, the first episode of Doctor Who and the assassination of President Kennedy, the author regaled an audience with a fascinating and thought provoking speech.

19
Nov
2013
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Five of the Best: Winter in London

Activities to enjoy in London this winter   Whilst many of our readers will be participating in country sports such as hunting and shooting this winter, there are plenty of options for those who remain in London. Here we select five of the best

18
Nov
2013
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Syking up UKIP

Paul Sykes pledges “whatever it takes” to help UKIP win   In a move reminiscent of Sir Jimmy Goldsmith founding the Referendum Party, one of Britain’s richest men, Paul Sykes, has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to ensure that UKIP top May’s Euro elections.