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Tag: personality

January 5, 2019

The Collapse of Chelsea Character

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples celebrates the nicknames of Chelsea’s characters but regrets that the area itself is rapidly being stripped of the very character that made it so appealing   In Chelsea well-known barflies and lavish lunchers have long been given wacky nicknames. Amongst my friends and acquaintances are ‘Steve the Lunch’ (known for planning where to … Continue reading “The Collapse of Chelsea Character”

December 26, 2018

From Ceaușescu to The Queen

by Matthew Steeples

1967 Rolls-Royce state landaulet originally built for the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu – but considered too extravagant even by him – and later used by Her Majesty The Queen to be auctioned   Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu was a dictator whose extravagance was a bit like that of Barbara Amiel: It knew no bounds. In … Continue reading “From Ceaușescu to The Queen”

October 19, 2018

Hit the Road Marilyn

by Matthew Steeples

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird to be auctioned   A 1956 Ford Thunderbird gifted as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 by her business partner, the photographer Milton Greene, is to be auctioned in November.   The raven black roadster bodied automatic – dubbed a “personal luxury car” by Ford – comes with … Continue reading “Hit the Road Marilyn”

September 4, 2018

Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with economist turned real estate investor Davide Giardino   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “The happiness and success of those closest to my heart.”   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you keep your destiny in … Continue reading “Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

September 1, 2018

Styled by Stoddart

by Matthew Steeples

‘Photographer to the Stars’ John Stoddart puts his Whitstable bachelor pad up for sale; it truly represents his bon vivant lifestyle   Suave Liverpool born ‘sniper-turned-snapper’ John Stoddart is selling his lavishly decorated apartment in the heart of the “oyster capital of Britain,” Whitstable.     Extending to 919 square foot and situated on this … Continue reading “Styled by Stoddart”

August 27, 2018

The Affair That Never Was

by Matthew Steeples

As the Mail Online makes yet another balls-up, The Steeple Times suggests that Lord Rothermere hire a decent copy checker   As was the case with the amazing yet surprisingly true story of The Man Who Never Was and his affair with the woman who ultimately became the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Bond character Miss … Continue reading “The Affair That Never Was”

August 13, 2018

Wally of the Week – Noel Edmonds

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Noel Edmonds’ latest outburst just confirms himself to be a strange, publicity desperate fool   Spiritualist television personality Noel Edmonds is certainly an off-the-scale oddity. He blamed the banking giant HBOS for getting cancer and then claimed he knew of an electric box that could cure the disease; he tried to “comfort” … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Noel Edmonds”

March 4, 2018

#LazyBrady

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests ‘Lady’ Karren Brady of Knightsbridge has shown herself to be nothing but a muckspreader in her latest pathetic opinion piece for ‘The Sun’   The Steeple Times delighted in exposing the former Member of Parliament for Kensington, Lady Borwick, as #LazyBorwick during the 2017 General Election campaign and now, it seems, we … Continue reading “#LazyBrady”

November 29, 2017

The Stars of Beel

by Matthew Steeples

Neglected Georgian mansion that has been home to Sir Dirk Bogarde, Basil Dearden, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Aitken and Robert Kilroy-Silk for sale for 39% less than it sold for in 2014   A dilapidated Grade II* listed country house whose extensive roster of owners numbers aristocrats, rock and film stars and politicians is … Continue reading “The Stars of Beel”

November 21, 2017

Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times examines Archilochus’ concept of ‘foxes’ and ‘hedgehogs and applies such to modern day personalities   According to the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.” Isaiah Berlin explored this premise in greater detail in his 1953 essay The Hedgehog and the Fox and identified ‘hedgehogs’ … Continue reading “Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs”

October 31, 2017

The Accolades of Abuse

by Matthew Steeples

Top-drawer politicians again sweep serious incidents of historic abuse under the carpet; focusing on film star abusers instead is not the solution   Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Theresa May’s thirty-six apparently ropey sex pest MPs are undoubtedly – if all or indeed any of the allegations against them are proven true – repugnant specimens … Continue reading “The Accolades of Abuse”

July 31, 2017

Public vs. Private

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests respected actor George Clooney and publicity desperado Karen Danczuk provide contrasting examples about the ethics of paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation   Paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation are interlinked hot potatoes that look unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Two very different examples emerged in recent days of very different behavior by … Continue reading “Public vs. Private”

July 16, 2017

Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone

by Matthew Steeples

A selection of five cars owned and previously owned by ‘personalities’ to be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Sale in July   On the 29th and 30th July, Silverstone Auctions will sell both classic and contemporary cars at their Silverstone Classic Sale in Northamptonshire. Amongst them are five cars owned or previously owned by the … Continue reading “Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

May 21, 2017

A Milder May

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard   There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June … Continue reading “A Milder May”

November 28, 2016

Trump Flies

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump continues to wear his ridiculous ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap, admits his victory was “fraudulent” and continues to show extremism on Twitter   Repeatedly we’ve been told Donald Trump is to tone down his extremist language and show a more rational and frankly more diplomatic side to his personality. That kind of happened … Continue reading “Trump Flies”

November 27, 2016

Sugaring a Price

by Matthew Steeples

1957 Bentley S1 Continental sports saloon that has been owned by both Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar for sale for a 243% higher sum than it achieved in 2007   Owned by the temper tantrum prone Sir Elton John – a character known for his fondness for visits to the land of olive oil … Continue reading “Sugaring a Price”

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

June 21, 2015

Leandra Medine (AKA “The Man Repeller”)

by General

New York based fashion blogger Leandra Medine claims she “may have been Ernest Hemingway in my last life, or Prince” on her personal Twitter handle

June 14, 2015

Repugnant Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Rolf Harris shows his true colours in a letter to a friend (who happily sold him down the river to the ‘Mail on Sunday’)

June 5, 2015

Christine Walkden

by General

Christine Walkden describes herself as a “gardener, horticulturist, plantswoman, lecturer, trainer, garden centre advisor, tour leader and guide, broadcaster, writer and photographer”.

February 22, 2015

Baroness Greenfield CBE

by General

Crossbench peer Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who is credited with having “made science sexy”.

February 19, 2015

Pippa’s post

by Matthew Steeples

Pippa Middleton offered £100,000 job at a strip club in Croydon

January 14, 2015

Ampika Pickston

by General

Oldham born divorcee and former glamour model Ampika Pickston describes herself as “feisty, fun loving and warm hearted”.

December 23, 2014

Solomon Akhtar

by General

More “party boy” than “business man”

September 23, 2014

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

by Matthew Steeples

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

September 8, 2014

Beckham’s blend

by Matthew Steeples

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo

August 25, 2014

James Foley: A decent man

by Matthew Steeples

The last letter from journalist James Foley   Executed hostage James Foley devised a way of communicating with his family during his captivity. He dictated a letter to a fellow hostage about to be released. On Sunday, his family released the text of it on the Facebook page “Find James Foley”.

July 20, 2014

Remembering Ross

by Matthew Steeples

Ross Burden passes away aged just 47   Antipodean television chef Ross Burden “died peacefully” on the 17th July aged just 47.

December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Goodbye 2013”

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 20, 2013

Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A man’s character … Continue reading “Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

#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”

November 25, 2013

Wally of the Week: Mark Wright

by Matthew Steeples

Mark Wright being locked out of Twitter for an hour is hardly the end of the world   Mark Wright – who formerly appeared in The Only Way is Essex – went into meltdown on Monday after his Twitter account was temporarily hacked.

November 14, 2013

Cindy Crawford

by Matthew Steeples

The “original supermodel” looks just as good in reality as she does in photographs and was born in DeKalb, Illinois. Her marriage to the actor Richard Gere was shortlived but a union with bar operator Rande Gerber has produced two children. Crawford has endorsed politicians as varied as Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama and made … Continue reading “Cindy Crawford”

November 11, 2013

Ruth Madoff (née Ruth Alpern)

by General

The wife of the biggest Ponzi schemer in history claims she had no knowledge of what her husband – whom she’s since disowned but not divorced – did as chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

November 8, 2013

Kelly Hoppen MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This red-headed South Africa born design dragon is most famous for her use of taupe. Hoppen views white to be an “essential neutral” and loved visiting show flats as a child. She’s dated footballer Sol Campbell and hairdresser Nicky Clarke and claims Victoria Beckham as her “BFF”. She is “proud of being British today” and … Continue reading “Kelly Hoppen MBE”

October 29, 2013

The curse of Savile

by Matthew Steeples

As Savile’s chauffeur Dave Smith is found dead, we suggest his curse is coming into effect   Jimmy Savile’s driver Ray Teret appeared in court on Saturday charged with historic sex offences and now another former chauffeur, Dave Smith, has been found dead. Savile once told Louis Theroux that he’d “take everybody down” if he … Continue reading “The curse of Savile”

October 25, 2013

Wally of the Week: Tori Spelling

by Matthew Steeples

Tori Spelling proclaims “I have money problems”   She was born with a silver spoon yet Tori Spelling is claiming to be suffering “hard times”.

October 12, 2013

Mary Berry CBE

by Matthew Steeples

This cookery writer morphed into Britain’s favourite baker as the judge of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off and in the process amassed a fortune of some £15 million. Buckinghamshire based and married to a retired antiquarian bookseller, Berry has published more than 70 cookery books since 1970 and began her career working in … Continue reading “Mary Berry CBE”

August 22, 2013

Wentworth Miller III

by Matthew Steeples

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he declined to attend a film … Continue reading “Wentworth Miller III”

July 28, 2013

Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married, self-made billionaire publisher and philanthropist is a polarising force. Desmond’s portfolio has at various times included titles as diverse as the Daily Express, OK!, Asian Babes and Penthouse and this is used against him by enemies like Tom Bower who have also claimed that he’s “violent and dishonest”. Though some might loathe … Continue reading “Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)”

July 26, 2013

It’s A Knock-In

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall’s sentence doubled   Today, paedophile and former broadcaster Stuart Hall’s sentence was doubled to 30 months by judges at the Court of Appeal. We salute those who questioned his original sentence

July 8, 2013

Peter Jukes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with author, screenwriter, playwright and literary critic Peter Jukes   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? ‘Duende’. Sounds pretentious I know, but it basically means follow things, people, events that have ‘soul’.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Jukes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 16, 2013

Blighted Bassett

by Matthew Steeples

Robbie Williams’ Wiltshire estate for sale again for £2.6 million less than he paid for it   Singer Robbie Williams paid £8,100,000 for Compton Bassett House, near Calne in Wiltshire in 2008. In the years since he’s tried to sell it several times but even now that it has been relaunched for just £5,500,000, will … Continue reading “Blighted Bassett”

June 14, 2013

Nick Oram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks television producer and host Nick Oram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The willingness to change and learning from my mistakes.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The only way to … Continue reading “Nick Oram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 8, 2013

“Where are they now?” – Michael Barrymore

by Matthew Steeples

What has become of the former entertainer Michael Barrymore?   Shamed television personality Michael Barrymore has reinvented himself. In Prince Charles like fashion, the former Strike it Lucky star has begun a new career talking to plants at a garden centre in Brentwood, Essex.  

June 3, 2013

Emmanuelle Seigner

by Matthew Steeples

The wife of Roman Polanski committed a serious fashion faux pas at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when her Alexandre Vauthier low-cut silk jersey “gown” left nothing to the imagination. An actress, model and singer, Seigner claims Frenchwomen are jealous of her “success, beauty and money”. She’s certainly nothing other than modest.

May 9, 2013

Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

“He condensed good and evil. An extraordinary personality” was Pier Ferdinando Casini, head of the Italian centrist Democratic Center Union party’s description of this seven times Prime Minister of Italy. Andreotti was given many nicknames by his detractors. Amongst them were the monikers of Beelzebub, The Hunchbank, The Black Pope and Divo Giulio (after Julius … Continue reading “Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)”

May 2, 2013

Paedophile Stuart Hall guilty

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall admits 14 counts of indecent assault   The former It’s A Knockout and BBC Five Live presenter (James) Stuart Hall OBE admitted to being a rapist and paedophile this morning.

May 1, 2013

John Challis: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor John Challis, best known for playing Boycie in “Only Fools and Horses”: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Marlene is my guiding force at all times. Listen to your wife. She knows best.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “John Challis: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 20, 2013

Amanda Knox

by Matthew Steeples

Whether innocent or guilty of the murder she’s repeatedly been accused of, this American has made $4 million from her memoir deal with HarperCollins. The family of Meredith Kercher, the true victim in all of this, have rightly stated that they “do not believe anyone should profit from the murder” but Knox, whose conviction for … Continue reading “Amanda Knox”

April 9, 2013

Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Vino, feminae et Carmen.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Ask, believe, receive”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who … Continue reading “Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 30, 2013

A kangaroo court

by Matthew Steeples

The latest arrest in Operation Yewtree illustrates the muddle that this investigation has become   British newspapers have decided not to name the 82-year old “celebrity” arrested in Berkshire on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree.   The political blog Guido Fawkes and other news sources have decided to name the individual, … Continue reading “A kangaroo court”

March 24, 2013

Andreas Panayiotou

by Matthew Steeples

A self-made mogul and former champion boxer who cannot read or write fluently. He thinks “differently” and built a £400 million fortune by creating and then selling a buy-to-let empire of almost 6,000 rental properties. Panayiotou takes the view that it is “moral[ly]” right to pay taxes in Britain and of those who call Heath … Continue reading “Andreas Panayiotou”

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 11, 2013

Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks journalist and author Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To learn from history – in all senses of the word – but listen to the needs of the present.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”