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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burkas and bin bags make for interesting companions Our Picture of the Week is certainly nothing but controversial.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Tori Spelling proclaims “I have money problems” She was born with a silver spoon yet Tori Spelling is claiming to be suffering “hard times”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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?
‘Coronation Street’ actor may have been cleared but was celebrating with a pint the best idea? Actor Michael Le Vell was cleared of 12 sex offence allegations yesterday. He is an innocent man but though he was shown to be an alcoholic adulterer in court, he is now set for a “bumper £250,000 pay deal” as part of his return to the cobbles.
Professor Alan Sked forms new party In 1991, Alan Sked, a professor of International History at the London School of Economics, formed the Anti-Federalist League. In 1993, the organisation became what is now known as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) but after leaving what he came to see as a factionalised organisation in 1997, Sked has just formed a new party named New Deal.
Rolf Harris’ portrait of the Queen disappears After the BBC commissioned Rolf Harris to paint a portrait of the Queen in 2005, the Corporation showed a special episode of Rolf On Art featuring the Australian artist and entertainer working on it.
20 Fenchurch Street: a building that melts cars At 525 foot tall, the 37-storey “Walkie-Talkie” skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in London’s EC3 was meant to turn heads. Instead it’s already doing a lot more: it’s melting cars.
Actors William Roache and Michael Le Vell in court on the same day Soaps are meant to be more dramatic than reality. In the case of the nation’s longest running series, however, it’s the personal lives of the actors that have actually become more tawdry.
Sarah Tucker recounts an interview with Sir David Frost I was once lucky enough to interview Sir David Frost. He was one of my interviewees for a show I devised for Sky called Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? Others in the series included Lord Menuhin and Anita Roddick.
Saltydog’s James Meeston suggests that staying active is good for your wealth So you have made the decision to become a DIY investor and manage part or all of your ISAs, SIPP and other financial investments. Well, one of the first choices you must make is whether you are going to be a “passive” or “active” manager of your portfolios.
A website that helps you complain more effectively Some people whinge when things go wrong. Others do something about it. Some might consider the name a trifle aggressive but The Complaining Cow does exactly what she says on the tin and she “wins”. For that reason, after coming across the founder Helen on Twitter, we’ve chosen her website as our Website of the Week.
Holocaust denier made a fool of (yet again) We thought that horrific Holocaust denier David Irving had disappeared but sadly that’s not the case. He’s back and he’s still spouting nonsense, drivel and poison. Thankfully though, he’s been royally stitched up again and for that reason he is the most worthy winner of our Wally of the Week.
Handbag auction raises only £63,000 Fraudster Kankamol Albon’s handbags were expected to raise “upto £200,000” at an auction of assets seized by the Joint Suffolk and Norfolk Economic Crime Unit. They fetched just £63,000.
A “Food-and-politics-gob” who lacks the capability for a reasoned debate We responded to an article by a journalist named Jack Monroe this morning. The feature, written for The Independent, involved a stinging attack on Jamie Oliver’s views on food poverty. We expected a reaction, but not the 45,000 unique views we had within 3 hours.
Assets of £9.2 million Ponzi schemer sold Yesterday, Clowes Nash Auctions sold approximately £200,000 of luxury goods that had belonged to a fraudster named Kankamol Albon on behalf of the Joint Suffolk and Norfolk Economic Crime Unit. Unusually for a provincial auction, the sale included many items from Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Prada.
The flotation of Foxtons is something best avoided A much used and much loved quote is: “If it floats, flies or fucks, rent it by the hour”. One of our favourite mantelpiece interview respondents, Sir Benjamin Slade Bt., chose it as his response to one of our questions and now with the floatation of Foxtons, never has this mantra been more relevant.
Norman Tebbit on Chris Huhn In a blog for The Telegraph last week, Lord Tebbit lambasted the firm that hired the disgraced former minister and ex-jailbird Chris Huhne on a salary of £100,000 per annum for two days a week. The Conservative peer was completely right.
French to sell San Francisco residence of their consul général In London, Peter Wetherell of Wetherell produced a fascinating report last week into how embassies are selling trophy properties and relocating. The same, it seems, is true internationally and in San Francisco, the French are selling (or may indeed already have sold) the residence of their consul général at 2570 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights.