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Tag: Devon

April 20, 2018

Ratty on The River

by Matthew Steeples

A dream house for ‘The Wind In The Willows’ character Ratty; Devon boathouse for sale for £2.5 million   A Devon house that could be perfect for anyone sharing Kenneth Grahame’s character Rat’s view that “there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” has gone … Continue reading “Ratty on The River”

June 8, 2017

Three Reasons to Vote…

by General

A financier, a photographer and a doctor explain why they’ll respectively choose the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour today   Financier Zachary Latif on why he’ll vote for the Conservative Party   Brexit is the primary question Firstly, this election was called on the issue of Brexit and when voters go to the polls, … Continue reading “Three Reasons to Vote…”

August 15, 2015

Let there be light

by Matthew Steeples

Devon lighthouse for sale for £450,000 – accessible only by helicopter, on foot or using a utility terrain vehicle

May 21, 2015

Closing the avenue

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May

April 19, 2015

Where’s Jack?

by Matthew Steeples

Readers who spot and photograph Charles Mitford Cust’s van will be sent a free signed copy of his novel ‘Union Jack’

March 14, 2015

Lizzie Cornish

by General

Lizzie Cornish is a plainly bonkers Twitter troll who believes that the convicted paedophile Rolf Harris is innocent of his crimes. 

July 24, 2014

The rewards of crowdfunding

by Matthew Steeples

Crowdcube raise £1.2 million in 16 minutes as Glentham Capital proceeds with their second fund raise via Seedrs   This week the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, opened and closed their bid to raise £1.2 million to expand their company in just 16 minutes. This followed their having raised £3.8 million of investment from Balderton … Continue reading “The rewards of crowdfunding”

March 23, 2014

If you can’t take the heat…

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “If you can’t take the heat…”

December 27, 2013

The house of fun

by Matthew Steeples

A coastal estate complete with its own private cove comes to the market for £7.5 million   Described by the selling agents as a “private coastal estate with fun as its mantra”, Redlap House near Dartmouth in Devon is situated in a 30-acre frost free valley that runs down to the sea.

December 26, 2013

A tribute to the King of Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Our tribute to Martin Miller   We learnt yesterday via Facebook that the founder of Martin Miller’s Gin and Miller’s Antiques Guides, Martin Miller, had died. Like many others, we were shocked and astounded by this terrible news.

September 3, 2013

Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with writer, television personality and co-founder of Body Gossip Natasha Devon   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m driven by a desire to make everything fair (and to silence the people who would have us believe that injustice can be explained by that irritating platitude – “life’s … Continue reading “Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 1, 2013

Ask Mrs MILF: The agony aunt who’s naughty but nice

by Matthew Steeples

This week, Mrs MILF deals with a party invite with a clause, a husband who wants his wife to buy “gear”, an Old Etonian with a complex, a wealthy couple who have sex but no relationship and a wife who’s worried about Katie Hopkins.

July 6, 2013

Katie Hopkins (nicknames include The Wicked Witch of the West, Cruella De Vil, Widow Twanky, Miss Piggy and Patrick Bateman)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Barnstaple, Hopkins is a serial reality contestant who is serially capable of making seriously stupid remarks. This blonde blabbermouth was once a stand-by contestant for Big Brother and appeared on both The Apprentice and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2007. During and after her stint in competitive television, Hopkins … Continue reading “Katie Hopkins (nicknames include The Wicked Witch of the West, Cruella De Vil, Widow Twanky, Miss Piggy and Patrick Bateman)”

June 24, 2013

Five of the best: Boathouses

by Matthew Steeples

Homes perfect for those who love messing about in boats   The Water Rat in Wind in the Willows famously stated:   “There is NOTHING – absolute nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.   Here, we share five homes that would suit him perfectly as a base for … Continue reading “Five of the best: Boathouses”

March 16, 2013

Out of their class

by Matthew Steeples

Mid Devon District Council ban the use of apostrophes in street signage   First, Waterstone’s announced that they’d be ditching the apostrophe in their name to become Waterstones and now Mid Devon District Council are embarking on the same ludicrous course of action with regard to street signs.   Stating that they wish to “reduce … Continue reading “Out of their class”

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

March 15, 2013

Ben Howard

by Matthew Steeples

This singer-songwriter grew up in rural Devon but has become a “word-of-mouth” star and a “one-man One Direction”. This whisky loving Englishman cites his influences as Van Morison, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and won both BRIT Awards he was nominated for in 2013. He states that he “doesn’t really believe in fame” and … Continue reading “Ben Howard”

December 4, 2012

An evening of champions

by steepleadmin

Andreas Kirchberger captures guests and performers at the Champions in the Community fundraising dinner   On Thursday 10th November 2012, Gina and Alan Miller and The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP hosted a dinner at London’s Hurlingham Club to raise funds for the charities supported by Miller Philanthropy and The Centre for Social Justice. … Continue reading “An evening of champions”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 13, 2012

More Purdey than Posh

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I made is too rude to put in print, but the jist is that it’s ‘slammed’ rear styling reminded me … Continue reading “More Purdey than Posh”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

October 31, 2012

Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hotelier and chairman of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Hunger.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “While I breath, I hope.”   Kerry Katona was considered … Continue reading “Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 15, 2012

“Grockles” and “Emmets”

by Matthew Steeples

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

October 3, 2012

Of mice and stags

by Matthew Steeples

In his first column as our rural affairs correspondent, Charles Mitford Cust tells of the stags rutting near his Devon home and discovers a remedy that sends mice on their merry way   Down here in deepest Devon, the red deer rut has started and the majestic sight of the powerful stags proudly displaying their … Continue reading “Of mice and stags”

April 28, 2012

Andrew Davis

by Matthew Steeples

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of 26 luxury hotels but the £300m empire, developed with loans from bankers who plainly asked very few questions, collapsed in 2011. Since then, instead of quietly going to ground, he’s bought … Continue reading “Andrew Davis”

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