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Tag: December 2013

March 22, 2016

Brooke Barzun

by General

Art curator, philanthropist and ambassador’s wife Brooke Barzun is of Pilgrim Fathers ancestry and hails from the family that controls Jack Daniel’s.

June 25, 2015

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben

by General

Though convicted and sentenced to a six-week suspended jail sentence for a racist tirade in December 2013 in which she claimed “brown people are ruining London”, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben continues to parade around as if still acceptable in polite society.

June 20, 2015

Comfort Yinusa

by General

Jailed in June 2015 for making false accusations of rape against two entirely innocent men in October 2013, London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa is the kind of woman who makes it harder for genuine victims to get justice.

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

June 1, 2014

Anna Soubry MP

by Matthew Steeples

In discussion with UKIP’s Nigel Farage MEP in June 2014, “lighthearted” Soubry suggested that some people who raise concerns about immigration are “frankly racist”. Immediately disowned by Downing Street, this former television presenter turned Conservative politician is a single mother of two children and a supporter of the legalisation of cannabis. In December 2013, she … Continue reading “Anna Soubry MP”

February 27, 2014

Rucking a baroness

by Matthew Steeples

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets off with a suspended sentence   “Don’t kick a dog when it’s down” is a commonly used phrase, but in the case of ‘Baroness’ Marie Claire von Alvensleben I’ll make an exception given that she only received a six week jail sentence, suspended for twelve months, for her racist tirade … Continue reading “Rucking a baroness”

December 31, 2013

Pottery and drama

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million castle once owned by the Wedgewood family comes to the market   Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire is a man once described as “having it all”. He’s also a man who plainly attracts drama and with the sale of his castle, a new chapter looms for his … Continue reading “Pottery and drama”

December 25, 2013

Christmas achievers

by Matthew Steeples

A salute to those taking on challenges this Christmas   As the majority settle down to their Christmas feasts, give a thought to The Atlantic Polo Team who are racing across the Atlantic in a seven metre by two metre rowing boat unaided and Parker Liautaud, a young man who has just become the youngest … Continue reading “Christmas achievers”

December 22, 2013

Pink and Pricey

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price tries to sell her pink Range Rover   Katie Price is a woman known for not being particularly refined. With the sale of her pink Range Rover, a buyer of equally poor taste could acquire this hideous vehicle for £69,950.

December 21, 2013

A classic English home

by Matthew Steeples

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

December 20, 2013

#TeamTrouble

by Matthew Steeples

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, … Continue reading “#TeamTrouble”

I’m out

by Matthew Steeples

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

December 17, 2013

Burying the phone hacking trial

by Matthew Steeples

The mess that is the phone hacking trial   The public have tired of the phone hacking trial and despite Stuart Kuttner, the News of the World’s former managing editor, being placed in the dock today and the paper’s former news editor being declared “currently unfit” to face trial, there is now very little coverage … Continue reading “Burying the phone hacking trial”

November 21, 2013

An orgy of a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed Somerset mansion goes to auction for just £250,000   It’s rare to find Grade I mansions in the hands of the receivers, but Halswell Park in Somerset is an exception to that rule. Now, Clive Emson auctioneers on behalf of Citi Private Banking, seek just £250,000 to £500,000 for the main house and £635,000 … Continue reading “An orgy of a mansion”

October 3, 2013

A Facel for a family

by Matthew Steeples

Facel Vega II formerly owned by Ringo Starr goes to auction   Earlier this year we featured the sale of John Lennon’s first car and now the same auction house, Bonhams, are selling a car belonging to his band mate Ringo Starr MBE.

August 7, 2013

Viola Herms Drath (1920 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married 91-year old Georgetown, Washington, D.C. socialite and journalist was born in Dusseldorf and died as a result of “strangulation and blunt force injuries” in her own bathroom in August 2011.

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