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Now then, now then, not now then

Matthew Steeples shares his somewhat mixed thoughts on the allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile   When Sir Jimmy Savile’s 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche went to auction in...

Plebs and ladettes

“Ladette”: A word and culture that should be consigned to history   Last week, in a BBC Radio 4 broadcast, the former Radio 1 DJ Sara...

Video of the week: Bush does Dr. Evil

George W. does a mean Dr. Evil impression   George W. Bush is a man who most of our readership no doubt loathe. Most people know...

Do you “chitter-chatter”?

The phrase “chit-chat”   This morning, as I walked through the streets of Chelsea, I heard a lady blabbering into her mobile telephone about how she’d...

All lounged out

The misuse of the word “lounge”   “Lounge,” to my mind is a word that conjures laziness. “Lounging around” is something one did as a teenager...

No thanks needed

“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...

Riotous celebration

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...

Boris comes out kung-fu fighting

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...

Keeping bankers out of the kitchen

The Steeple Times features in The Sunday Telegraph   Yesterday, we received our first mainstream press mention with a feature in The Sunday Telegraph’s “Dashwood” column.   Anna...

“Enjoy”: an overused word

It’s just not “enjoyable”   In a five star hotel last week, a waitress followed the delivery of every course with the phrase: “Please enjoy.” My...

Long live the spies

Vadim J. Birstein wins the first Intelligence Book of the Year Award   Yesterday a reception was held in a fascinating hotel named the St. Ermin’s...

Grabbing grabbers

“Grab”: a word that should know its place   After attending a cocktail reception for the Intelligence Book of the Year Award today and meeting a...

Gin O’Clock

Celebrate World Gin Day at The Rib Room   At 12 noon I often receive a message from my good friend the photographer to the stars,...

Welcome to The Steeple TIMES

Greetings readers: We are just sorting out a few details and glitches but will be going live shortly. May I welcome you to The...

A fact isn’t a fact until you’ve checked it’s a fact

The case for the regulation of the UK’s property industry   Don’t get me wrong: I know many good estate agents. At the age of 15,...

Pip Pip Hurray!

My response to Terence Blacker’s piece attacking Pippa Middleton   Pippa Middleton is not someone I know. I have seen her in bars and at parties...

Sinking television

Sinking television A review of Julian Fellowes’s “Titanic”   Against better advice, I watched all four episodes of Julian Fellowes’s Titanic television drama. Nothing much happened in...

Jog off

A phrase that should be consigned to history   Now “hijacked by chavs,” the phrase “jog on” first became prominent in The Football Factory film about...

Lamer than lame

Zagat’s lamest list   I am a big fan of Zagat. I fill out their surveys religiously every year and always look forward to receiving their...