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November 29, 2018

The Berk Bercow

by Matthew Steeples

Speaker Bercow brings shame on himself and Britain through his mendacious ways (yet again) suggests Matthew Steeples   John Bercow could be criticised for marrying a rough bird named Sally (who then had an affair with his very own cousin and flirted outrageously on television with the somewhat strange gypsy Paddy Doherty) but now he’s … Continue reading “The Berk Bercow”

September 9, 2014

The Rivers Way

by Matthew Steeples

As Broadway refuses to dim its lights for Joan Rivers, a list of those she banned from her funeral is revealed

August 12, 2014

Bus it Bercow

by Matthew Steeples

John Bercow shames himself again in claiming £1,200 to attend a funeral   John Bercow and his blabbermouth wife are known for their grasping ways but in charging £1,215.60 to attend the funeral of the late Paul Goggins MP, the House of Commons Speaker has gone too far.

June 3, 2013

Don’t be an arsehole, be a true friend

by Matthew Steeples

A letter that just had to be shared   Today I was sent a scan of a letter written on 6th December 1983 by Spike Milligan. It made me laugh and I thought it most worthy of sharing with readers of The Steeple Times.  

April 18, 2013

Firing Maggie

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a Purdey gun engraved with a portrait of Baroness Thatcher   Margaret Thatcher had many devoted followers and fans in her time as Prime Minister. Coal miners, in general, were not amongst them but some like Jimi Heselden OBE (1948 – 2010) used their redundancy payouts to make vast fortunes.  

Amanda Thatcher

by Matthew Steeples

At the funeral of her grandmother, Baroness Thatcher, this young lady from Texas showed herself to be a “chip off the old block”. Her reading was composed and faultless and impressed the nation. She’s also said to be a talented sportswoman and there’s a most definite possibility she’ll take up the Iron Lady’s mantle in … Continue reading “Amanda Thatcher”

April 17, 2013

The lady’s last turn

by Matthew Steeples

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher   As her coffin headed to St Paul’s Cathedral, I stood in Parliament Square to watch Margaret Thatcher leave Westminster for the last time.  

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

March 8, 2013

Crashing Assange

by Matthew Steeples

The uninvited nuisances who are the nightmare of any party host   First published in October 2011 on a blog written by Matthew Steeples, we revisit the story of the leading gatecrashers who boldly go where no others would dare.   Gatecrashers are people who get into parties without invitations. Central London seems to be … Continue reading “Crashing Assange”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

June 7, 2012

Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A descendant of the Aga Khan and the grandson of Rita Heyworth. Gregarious and witty Embiricos was passionate about flying and worked for Virgin Atlantic. His departure came far too soon.

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

December 6, 2011

Keep flying

by Matthew Steeples

The suicide of Andrew Embiricos   I was saddened this morning to read the news that my friend Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011) had committed suicide.   Andrew, the grandson of Rita Heyworth, was witty and positive and planning a trip to London in the coming weeks. That he decided to end his life is … Continue reading “Keep flying”

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