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Tag: Olympics

December 8, 2016

Sexing up Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Defrocked priest appears outside the Supreme Court dancing a jig without any trousers; he believes Nigel Farage was “sent by Christ”   This week, as the Supreme Court debated one of the most serious constitutional cases in history, a strange little man dressed as a leprechaun danced a jig whilst holding placards about Nigel Farage, … Continue reading “Sexing up Brexit”

September 17, 2016

Shoot and Stay

by Kelly Double

Kelly Double suggests where to learn to shoot and where to stay within easy reach of London   There’s seldom a diversion from city life as effective as a session of clay shooting. In the wake of Team GB’s Olympic successes and as the shooting season is getting underway, there’s never been a better time … Continue reading “Shoot and Stay”

November 24, 2015

Wally of the Week: Oscar Pistorius

by Matthew Steeples

Despite remaining under house arrest, disgraced athlete turned killer Oscar Pistorius has plainly not learnt any humblesse

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

October 30, 2014

Claudine Longet

by Matthew Steeples

This Parisian actress and singer married the crooner Andy Williams when he was 33 and she was 19.

June 22, 2014

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (AKA “The Winklevii”)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in The Hamptons, the 6’5” tall Winklevoss twins have achieved success in both rowing and online ventures. Their long-running legal wranglings with Mark Zuckerberg over who founded Facebook scored them a settlement of at least $65 million and they used this to In 2012, they established Winklevoss Capital and after discovering bitcoin whilst partying … Continue reading “Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (AKA “The Winklevii”)”

September 2, 2013

Models required

by Matthew Steeples

Renowned sculptor Jonathan Wylder seeks models   Talented sculptor Jonathan Wylder is setting himself up as the “artist at work” at Belgravia’s The Osbourne Gallery between 7th and 22nd September. He is looking for individuals to model for him during this period and we thought we’d offer up this opportunity to readers of The Steeple … Continue reading “Models required”

August 9, 2013

I (don’t) Love My Country

by steepleadmin

Fred Sculthorp delves into the mysterious world of Saturday night television   There’s something dark taking place on the BBC’s Saturday night entertainment slot, or so the Internet would have you believe.

May 26, 2013

Ryan Lochte (nicknames ‘Reezy’ and ‘The Lochtenator’)

by Matthew Steeples

This American competitive swimmer has won 11 Olympic medals, been challenged to a swimming race by Prince Harry in Las Vegas and featured in a Funny or Die spoof with Sir Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg. Known for his diamond-encrusted smile, Lochte trademarked the catchphrase “Jeah” in 2012 and of its meaning explained: “It means … Continue reading “Ryan Lochte (nicknames ‘Reezy’ and ‘The Lochtenator’)”

May 24, 2013

The Rt. Hon. The Lady Garden of Frognal

by Matthew Steeples

It’s quite simple. With a name like hers, this Oxford educated Liberal Democrat peer ought to be made the President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

May 12, 2013

Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Olympian swimmer Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Don’t judge, be open-minded and approach everything you do with love” – You can never go wrong.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. … Continue reading “Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 3, 2013

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Grace by name and graceful by nature, New Zealander Peter Grace was one of the greatest men in polo and the owner of the Ascot Park Polo Club.

January 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong

by Matthew Steeples

Cycling’s former golden boy being exposed as a cheat shocked the world. He summed himself perfectly in a comment to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013: “I look at this clip [of himself] and say ‘Look at this arrogant prick.’“ Many call for him to retire into obscurity but sadly that seems unlikely. Instead, the former … Continue reading “Lance Armstrong”

October 31, 2012

Boat it like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

The ultimate souvenir of the 2012 Olympics?   On Friday 27th July, a boat sped up the Thames that was watched by an estimated 900 million people across the globe. That craft, a Bladerunner BR RIB 35, was piloted by David Beckham and also carried Bladerunner’s managing director Jeremy Watts and the Olympic torch.   … Continue reading “Boat it like Beckham”

October 23, 2012

Harry Handelsman

by Matthew Steeples

This German-born property developer is best known as the pioneer who brought “loft living” to London in the early 1990s with his Manhattan Loft Corporation. His redevelopment of the Grade I listed St Pancras railway station has resulted in accolades galore and his personal fortune has allowed him to build up a collection featuring works … Continue reading “Harry Handelsman”

August 22, 2012

No thanks needed

by Matthew Steeples

“Thank you for reaching out!”: a phrase that should be banned   “Thank you for reaching out” is a phrase that I’ve noticed is used far too frequently. During the Olympics, BBC presenters used it when medal winners gave a minute or two of their time to conduct an interview after a grueling challenge. If … Continue reading “No thanks needed”

August 14, 2012

Olympic closing ceremony

by Matthew Steeples

SIR – I watched the Olympic closing ceremony and was astounded by how well executed it was. I began as a cynic of the Games and in fact I was very much of the belief of: “The Olympics… Give them to the Scots, they take everything else from us” but I must admit I got … Continue reading “Olympic closing ceremony”

August 6, 2012

Riotous celebration

by Matthew Steeples

Contrasting 6th August 2012 with the 6th August 2011   This time last year, I was on the Isle of Wight enjoying Cowes Week. A day’s sailing with my friend Andreas Widegren was proceeded by a stay in a rather strange Holiday Inn in Southampton. The surreal contrast between the hotel full of noisy travelling … Continue reading “Riotous celebration”

August 3, 2012

Jan Moir

by Matthew Steeples

She called the Olympic women’s road race winner, Marianne Vos: “Some bitch from Holland” and won the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Award after mocking Stephen Gately’s death in 2009. Her poisonous pen was utilised again in August 2012 when she attacked both Anthea Turner and Eva Rausing in the same article. This mouth of … Continue reading “Jan Moir”

August 1, 2012

Boris comes out kung-fu fighting

by Matthew Steeples

Boris Johnson hosts Rupert Murdoch at the Olympics   The Daily Mail and other titles are in uproar today. It has been revealed that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has invited Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, to be his guests at the women’s 800m freestyle swimming finals of the Olympics this week. … Continue reading “Boris comes out kung-fu fighting”

May 11, 2012

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

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