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A monstrous murder in Mayfair

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013)...

BT phone home

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red...

Keep Calm and Get Certified

Is it time for “Keep Calm And…” to “Sod Off And Get Lost”?   Since 2001, whatever the situation and whatever the context, three words, “Keep...

Taxes are only for the little people

HMRC publish a list of tax evaders but neglect to mention any large corporations   The hotelier and real estate heiress Leona Helmsley stated: “Taxes are...

Knightsbridge’s playboy racers

A review of Channel 4’s Millionaire Playboy Races by Matthew Steeples   I watched last night’s Millionaire Playboy Racers expecting to find myself in agreement with...

A Robin Reliant of a drama

Our view on the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey   Christmas Day is meant to be a time for celebration and joy. After feasting likes kings,...

A prank too far

Matthew Steeples shares his views on the untimely death of a hospital receptionist   Suicide is sadly something that is at the forefront of my...

Reaching nowhere

Matthew Steeples highlights the peril of “reaching out”    “Reaching out” is a phrase that can be compared to Starbucks and their taxes.   This toxic platitude has...

When good men should do nothing

Matthew Steeples responds to the recommendations of Leveson   "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” was one...

Put a sock in it

Matthew Steeples takes a look at the farcical results of the PCC elections   A former ambassador to the US undiplomatically Tweeted the following an hour...

Name and shame at your peril

Philip Schofield and the protection of powerful paedophiles   Yesterday, when Phillip Schofield showed the Prime Minister a note containing the names of alleged politician paeodophiles...

A long, long Savile road

Why does the Savile story really keep running?   We’re all Saviled out. It’s been more than eight weeks since revelations about Jimmy, formerly Sir Jimmy,...

Twittering S-Pam

Pam Ayres makes a poem of Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself listening to a self-proclaimed “writer, broadcaster and entertainer” named Pam Ayres on BBC...

Bravo the Beeb

Matthew Steeples reacts to the BBC quietly dropping the “Sir”   This morning when I turned on Radio 4’s Today programme, as has become customary in...

Picture of the Week: Sinking and stupid

A pair of pillocks piddling about in a puddle   All of us who drive have made stupid mistakes but most of us, at worst, have...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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