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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
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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
Merry Christmas FI

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
Mikhail Khodorkovsky FI

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
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi in happier times FI

#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
Matching Miller FI

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
3-5 Old Scotland Yard FI

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
A Thunderclap for Jimmy Higham FI

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
Harassing Harrods FI

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
Tatiana Schlossberg FI

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
Winter activities FI

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
Paul Sykes FI

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.

13
Nov
2013
Social media FI

The sycophantic nature of social media

Irene Ramsay explores the world of social media   I’ve always been a Facebook fan, but have never really got to grips with the rest of the social media options out there.

09
Nov
2013
Charting your course FI

Charting your course

James Meeston of Saltydog Investor charts the markets   Fifty years ago, our chairman, Douglas Chadwick, was the navigator on a Jamaican banana boat plying between the UK and Kingston, Jamaica. In the hurricane season, the most important thing to have was regular accurate information on any storm’s speed and direction.  

08
Nov
2013
Total Recall FI

Total Recall

Zac Goldsmith MP launches petition   An e-petition by Zac Goldsmith MP calling on the Government to introduce a “genuine Recall Bill” is something we at The Steeple Times most definitely support given the continual disgrace that many greedy Members of Parliament bring upon British politics.

06
Nov
2013
Handcuffed Hall

Picture of the Week: Handcuffed Hall

Stuart Hall arrives at Preston Magistrates Court in handcuffs   Stuart Hall’s disgrace rightly continues to make headlines as yet more allegations emerge against him. For that reason, an image of the 83-year old former presenter arriving at Preston Magistrates Court in handcuffs today had to be our Picture of the Week.

04
Nov
2013
Poppy FI

Wally of the Week: Reverend Patricia Jackson

A vicar who claims wearing a poppy “advocates war”   A Methodist minister named the Reverend Patricia Jackson from Telford, Shropshire is refusing to wear a poppy to a Remembrance Day service because she believes they “advocate war”. For that reason, she simply had to be our Wally of the Week.

02
Nov
2013
Twitter's gone One Direction

Twitter’s gone One Direction

One Direction have more influence on UK Twitter users than David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Piers Morgan   Piers Morgan’s public spat with Jeremy Clarkson has made headlines in recent days, but according to research by PeerIndex, the chat show host is ahead of the automotive expert in terms of his influence on British users of Twitter.

01
Nov
2013
Seizing The Sun FI

Seizing The Sun

James Blunt names a song after ‘The Sun on Sunday’   Coinciding with Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson going on trial, singer James Blunt has recently released a song named Sun on Sunday.  

29
Oct
2013
Auntie disgraces herself once again FI

Auntie disgraces herself once again

The BBC should never have employed Dave Smith   It now transpires that Dave Smith, former chauffeur to Jimmy Savile, had 22 convictions for child abuse dating back to 1966. Why, therefore, did the BBC employee him as a chauffeur in the 1980s? ‘Auntie’ has yet again shown herself to be a truly incompetent organisation.

28
Oct
2013
Corrupting Brooks FI

Corrupting Brooks

As Rebekah Brooks heads into court, her ex-husband stars in Radio 4’s ‘The Corrupted’   Just as the trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks started today, her ex-husband Ross Kemp ironically starred in Radio 4’s excellent and unmissable adaptation of GF Newman’s The Corrupted.

27
Oct
2013
St Jude and 999 don’t mix FI

St Jude and 999 don’t mix

Police urge public not to dial 999 during forthcoming St Jude Storm   With hurricane forces winds of upto 80mph predicted today and on Monday, police have requested that the public don’t call 999 about high winds unless it is a “genuine emergency”.

25
Oct
2013
Tori Spelling FI

Wally of the Week: Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling proclaims “I have money problems”   She was born with a silver spoon yet Tori Spelling is claiming to be suffering “hard times”.

22
Oct
2013
Stuart Hall FI

OBE’d out

Stuart Hall stripped of his OBE   As he faces further charges, convicted rapist and child abuser Stuart Hall has been stripped by the Queen of his OBE. Having had his sentence already doubled by the court of appeal, some might argue that this move was harsh but we wholeheartedly commend it.

21
Oct
2013
Madoff's liquidators lose FI

Madoff’s liquidators lose

Bernie Madoff’s sons and London based directors cleared in civil claim   Over £1 billion of funds passed through Bernie Madoff’s London office each year yet on Friday a £33 million civil claim against his brother, son and six former directors of the firm was dismissed.

20
Oct
2013
Twittering returns FI

Twittering returns

Twitter’s initial backers set to make returns worth more than double their entire funds   Three firms, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and Benchmark will be amongst the major beneficiaries of the Twitter £9.5 billion flotation. Two of them will more than double their entire fund on this investment alone.

20
Oct
2013
Messing with Morgan FI

Messing with Morgan

The ousting of Charles Morgan from the board of Morgan is a mistake   These are turbulent times for the British motor industry. Aston Martin’s disastrous Cygnet caused losses of £34.1 million, Land Rover have axed the Defender and now Morgan have removed Charles Morgan from their board.

16
Oct
2013
VIP FI

VIPing it

Matthew Steeples argues against the overuse of the term ‘VIP’   The ‘VIP’ is dead. This acronym is bandied around so much that it has utterly lost its meaning.

14
Oct
2013
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Twittering McCann

Live reactions to the BBC’s ‘Crimewatch’ special on Madeleine McCann were far from in support of Gerry and Kate McCann on Twitter   A random sample of tweets during the BBC’s Crimewatch special on Madeleine McCann showed little support for the couple and little belief in the so-called “progress” Operation Grange has made in investigating the child’s disappearance in 2007.

14
Oct
2013
Lady Gaga FI

Wally of the Week: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga in £1.25 million bidding war for macabre Michael Jackson images   An eight-page medical report on Michael Jackson’s hair-fire accident in the 1980s is not something most normal people would want. It’s for sale, however, according to The Mirror and Lady Gaga is supposedly after it. The price? £1.25 million.

13
Oct
2013
Jeremy Bamber FI

Could Bamber be innocent?

Further doubts raised about the conviction of Jeremy Bamber   Jeremy Bamber’s conviction for the 1985 murders of his adopted parents, his sister and her children at White House Farm, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex is again in question. New evidence has surfaced in a book by Andrew Hunter, a former Conservative MP, that, if proven, would indeed quash the case against Bamber for once and for all.

08
Oct
2013
Cygneting a disaster FI

Cygneting a disaster

Losses of £34.1 million follow in the wake of Aston Martin’s Cygnet’s failure   Aston Martin makes wonderful sports cars. Given reports that the company lost £34.1 million in 2012, they should perhaps stick to that.

07
Oct
2013
Homing on Downton FI

Homing on Downton

Sunday night’s viewing was a mixed bag   Last night Homeland went head to head with Downton Abbey. The winner, in our view, was clearly Homeland but though both had their moments, both had clear weaknesses.

05
Oct
2013
Shep The Dog Who Hated Britain FI

Picture of the Week: ‘Shep: The Dog Who Hated Britain’

Amusing spoof cover mocking the ‘Daily Mail’ and their stance on Ralph Miliband   The Daily Mail has rightly come under fire this week for their unnecessarily branding the late Ralph Miliband as “hating Britain”.

04
Oct
2013
Max Clifford FI

Maximum nonsense

Max Clifford’s suggestion that Jimmy Savile is to blame for the case against him is without justification   After appearing at Southwark Crown Court today, Max Clifford announced: “But for Jimmy Savile I wouldn’t be here”. He is wrong.

03
Oct
2013
Off The Wall FI

Off The Wall

Lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s family against his final concert promoter fails   Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 was as riddled with tragedy as his life but that his family brought a claim of £1.1 billion against the promoter of his final tour was just off the wall.

30
Sep
2013
Diana death scene poster FI

Taking a Flaming Liberty

Inappropriately placed poster for the film ‘Diana’ should be removed   The film Diana starring Naomi Watts was deservedly criticised as “inappropriate” but now that those promoting it have placed an advertising poster for it next to the scene of her 1997 death at the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, they’ve truly sunk to a new low.

30
Sep
2013
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Website of the Week: Sirimo.co.uk

A website that explains the legal restrictions on the rights to take photographs   Knowing your rights when it comes to taking photographs – especially in an age when most have iPhones and other smart devices with camera facilities – has never been more important.

29
Sep
2013
Don't Duck FI

Don’t Duck

Third incident involving a DUKW vehicle in 2013   Last weekend, we reported on one of Boris Johnson’s new Route Master buses causing a six-vehicle pile up in Chelsea. Today, it was the turn of a London Duck Tour DUKW vehicle named Cleopatra to endanger the lives of those who’d paid upto £65 to take a trip along the Thames.

29
Sep
2013
Selling the V&A FI

Selling the V&A

Forthcoming V&A exhibition questions London’s property bubble   A 25-metre hoarding outside the V&A announces that this “unique property at [a] prime cultural heritage location” is for sale. However, before “Angry of Tunbridge Wells” erupts, it must be added that the advert is just a stunt. The poster is for a major new installation named Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A.

27
Sep
2013
Ladies Who Impress FI

The F Word

Ladies Who Impress to hold their next event on 4th October   Jana Bakunina, a contributor to The Steeple Times and the founder of the Ladies Who Impress forum, is hosting her next event on 4th October at the Skyloft bar of the Millbank Tower.

26
Sep
2013
Meet The Russians FI

Russkie rubbish

Jana Bakunina Meets The Russians   Last week, I was adamant to boycott the new show on Fox, Meet The Russians, which promised nothing but a reality TV spin on the stereotypical Russian expats in London: filthy rich, Knightsbridge-dwelling, vodka-drinking, fur-clad billionaires. And then I thought that I may have created a stereotype of my own: this show needn’t be bad and surely the promotional videos featuring wannabe popstar Kamalyia are overstating the ‘cringe factor’.

24
Sep
2013
Godfrey Bloom

Blooming over?

Has UKIP reached the end of the line?   In recent weeks the United Kingdom Independence Party has suffered a series of setbacks. Today, with Godfrey Bloom MEP having quit, one has to ask whether this organisation was just a flash in the pan or whether it still is a force to be reckoned with.

22
Sep
2013
Russian Businessman Boris Berezovsky Loses Lawsuit Against Roman Abramovich

The legacy of Berezovsky

Will of Boris Berezovksy confirms he was far from broke and again raises questions about his death by hanging   When he died, many wrongly jumped to the conclusion that Boris Berezovsky was broke. With the publication of a story about his will by The Sunday Times today, it most certainly seems that this was untrue.

19
Sep
2013
Lehman Brothers sign FI

Lehmaned down

As Lehman Brothers sign sells for just £9,375 at Christie’s, one bidder disputes the sale price and former executives party   The Lehman Brothers sign we featured earlier this month achieved just £9,375 in this week’s Christie’s South Kensington sale.

19
Sep
2013
JonBenet Ramsey FI

Popping pageants

Parents should steer well clear of child beauty pageants   This morning on Radio 4’s Today programme, a strange woman named Pam Boon was interviewed about beauty pageants featuring children and “pop up pageants” in general.

15
Sep
2013
Jeremy Clarkson FI

Topping Parliament

Jeremy Clarkson deserves to be wholeheartedly backed if he does indeed stand for Parliament   The day after the St Leger, the final Classic of the season, was held in Doncaster, BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson announced that he’s considering standing for Parliament there. Many call him a “buffoon” and view him to be unelectable but we believe him to be a man who talks common sense and one most worthy of our backing.

14
Sep
2013
Punching with Pippa FI

Punching with Pippa

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’.

12
Sep
2013
The Daily Beast FI

Is ‘The Beast’ burnt?

With Tina Brown’s departure, will ‘The Daily Beast’ survive?   The Daily Beast was Tina Brown and Tina Brown was The Daily Beast. That’s without question but with the announcement of her departure yesterday, one must ask if this online news outfit will survive or flop?