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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 White picked up on a comment on Gina Miller’s open...

“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 guest and I commented on it each time and today,...

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 to announce the winner of the first Intelligence Book of...

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 fascinating array of intelligent people from the world of security,...

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, John Stoddart. As a fellow gin aficionado, we regularly raise...

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 Steeple TIMES - we'll be sharing wit and wisdom in...

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 but never spoken with her. I do not especially find...

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, I worked for an incredibly respectable firm based in Lancashire....

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 the first three episodes but unlike many others, I preserved...

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 football hooliganism.   This awful insult got wider use in recent days...

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 guides.   Yesterday, though, I read a piece by Kelly Dobkin on...