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Put a Bloody Bin in it!

“Waste expert” Henley-on-Thames deputy mayor resigns over ding-dong over a decision about 22 new ‘heritage’ bins; two of the bins are remarkably solar powered and in total are set to cost a staggering £19,000.

MacBook Maxwell

Mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers demand she gets access to a laptop seven days per week; one can assume she’ll expect a ritzy MacBook Pro.

Erecting a C(l)ock

WARNING: EXPLICIT – Chi-chi auction house auction smutty Benny Hill-esque novelty automotive clock; it’ll be erecting a lot of interest.

A Defender Desk

As more and more people work from home, how about an unusual desk? Jaguar Land Rover have made one out of a Defender and it’ll set you back a pretty penny.

Spying a Watch

1950s Cold War espionage device disguised as a watch to be auctioned for a surprisingly low sum; someone could end up spying a bargain and something akin to what Jack Ruby even once owned.

Noel’s Blobby Mobile Office

Range Rover developed by Land Rover in conjunction with ‘Mr Blobby’ sidekick Noel Edmonds as a ‘mobile office’ at the incredulous price of £450,000 to be auctioned for a knockdown price of just £15,000.

Firing Up A 20th Century Limo

‘Stretched’ 1994 Toyota Century for sale for less than the price of a brand new Ford Fiesta; the rammed full of gadgets limousine comes with a food heating compartment and privacy curtains favoured by notoriously shy Japanese people even.

E-Scooter-ing a Shameless Minister For Rent

E-Scooter-ing Out a Minister For Rent – As the government disgracefully announces they’ll be allowing rentable e-scooters on Britain’s roads, Matthew Steeples asks: “Who gave ‘a Robert Jenrick’?” to get this multi-million market going.

Gas & Golf

Rare example of first ever production petrol powered golf cart to be auctioned; the 1957 Jato Walker Executive, however, does not come cheap Whilst British golfers will be celebrating that they have been allowed to...

A Meticulous MG

“Meticulously restored” MG 14/28 Super Sports bullnose two-door salonette for sale; it is the only surviving example of just six made in 1925 Just 400 MG 14/28 Super Sports were produced between 1924 and 1927....

An Ugly Duckling With All The Extras

“Ugly duckling” ex-crab boat converted into “ultimate fun factory” by billionaire equity investor for sale for 47% less than in 2017; it comes with gadgets galore amongst them a two-seat amphibious flying boat Stanford educated...

A Meterless Cab

Black cab (in green) that has never carried a paying passenger to be auctioned in May; it was originally owned by construction giants Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. What do the Duke of Edinburgh, Noel Edmonds,...

A Costly Coupé

Coachbuilt 2018 Range Rover ‘Adventum Coupé’ for sale for an eye-watering sum; it comes with two umbrellas with handles made of the same leather as the interior Niels van Roij is a Dutchman who has...

An Exceptional Estate

One-of-one 2005 Ferrari 612 shooting brake by Vanderbrink to be auctioned in Monte Carlo; unlike other Ferrari estates, it’s not from the ownership of Brunei royalty One wouldn’t normally associate Ferrari with shooting brakes –...

A Landy or a Thing?

Nine seat, thirty year old Land Rover for sale for staggering sum; a cheaper alternative at RM Sotheby’s auction (forced online because of coronavirus) is a Volkswagen ‘Thing’ With coronavirus grinding everything from the Olympics...

“So You Want To Test The Car? The Only Way Is To Buy One”

Theodora Ong explores the history of Bristol Cars and laments the company’s recent demise Prying into the enigma of the apparently abandoned Bristol car showroom in Kensington, led our classic cars writer Theodora Ong to...

Name & Shame – Brazen in Belgravia

Female E-scooter user abuses pedestrians in Belgravia after being told it is illegal for her device to be on both the pavement and the highway Whilst New York City is considering a bill to legalise...

How to Solve an Unsolved Murder

New contributor Elizabeth J. Bond examines the cases of the murders of Eve Stratford and Lynne Weedon in 1975 and suggests how they could finally be solved I first came across the sad and likely...

A One Off

One-of-a-kind 2012 Aston Martin shooting brake for sale for a staggering sum; it comes with all needed to build more examples Aston Martins are the preserve of James Bond and the super-rich, but for someone...

An Expensive Apple

Original Apple-1 computer for sale for the staggering sum of £235,000; it is surprisingly still in “working condition” Most people chuck out their computers after a couple of years, but geeks everywhere will rejoice with...

Turn Off The Power

The trial of an E-biker who allegedly killed a pedestrian is proof that these menacing machines should be banned or at least regulated Thomas Hanlon allegedly hit 56-year old Sakine Chihan on his E-bike as...

NAME & SHAME – A Wheel Pest

Dangerous single wheeled contraption spotted in Belgravia; like electric scooters it is illegal and should be banished from our streets In spite of there being enough trouble (and deaths) as a result of London being...

Name & Shame – The Road Raging Ratbag

Acid tongued prat on a ‘mobile weapon’ that is an electric scooter called out for what he is – a vile menace who should be removed from the roads Today, The Steeple Times asks readers:...

A Double Starter

Rare 1964 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4×4 complete with two starters to be auctioned; it was originally designed to be a “low priced car”  but is now anything but One of just 694 made and one...

Five of the Best – Travel Apps

New contributor Andrea Boffo selects five of the best travel apps that will make your life easier both online and offline Some of the best travel apps can make life easier both online and offline....

As Deadly Expensive As A Dodo

Christie’s to auction the only near complete Dodo skeleton in private hands in May; the price is anything but ‘as dead as a Dodo’ A near-complete Dodo skeleton from Mauritius is to be sold at...

A Whisky Watch

The Point of POS

Lucy Smith takes a look at developments in point of sale systems   It is human nature to take for granted that which we interact with on an daily basis. After all, when was the last...

A Bit Of An Enigma

Bonhams to auction two Enigma machines at their science and technology sale for six figure sums Tomorrow in Knightsbridge, Bonhams will auction two Heinsoeth Und Rinke enigma enciphering machines at a sale of instruments of...

The King of Caravans

One-of-a-kind “big caravan-house” with patio on the roof for sale for £30,000; the current owner bought it for just £1 and spent £70,000 restoring it Believed to be the last remaining example of 99 originally...

The Bubble is Back

New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino   The Swiss are known for their chocolate and cuckoo clocks but now they might add...

A Low-Cost Limo

Perfect car for Hillary Clinton to be auctioned for just £7,800 in Indiana; replica Cadillac One truly is worthy of the name ‘The Beast’ Hillary Clinton could finally fulfill part of her power hungry ways...

Picture of the Week – High Above The Highlands

International Space Station astronaut captures a truly amazing cloud free photograph of the Scottish Highlands   Photographs taken from aeroplanes and spacecraft are generally blighted by cloud cover but an image shared this week in the...

A Range Rover Goes Topless

Wacky 1970s Range Rover convertible for sale for just under £100,000   A truly quirky 1972 Range Rover Classic Suffix ‘A’ that was transformed for ‘topless’ use in Monaco is for sale through Kensington dealers Graeme...

Profit from Focus

Six year old Ford to be sold for nearly double its price in 2011; it has just 18 miles on the clock   A zippy 2011 Ford Focus RS with just 18 miles on the clock...

A Mammoth Merc

Limousine, convertible and off-roader combined created by Mercedes-Maybach to be sold for charity One of just ninety-nine examples made, a brand new Mercedes-Maybach G650 V12 landaulet is to be auctioned in October.   Offered to benefit the...

A Con and A Cabriolet

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet...

Diana’s Drive

Up-armoured Rolls-Royce used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales to be auctioned in Auburn, Indiana   A 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur I commissioned by the British Foreign Office as part of the British Embassy vehicle...

A Spectre of a Landy

Villain’s Land Rover used in James Bond film ‘Spectre’ to be auctioned in London   A 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX used in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre is to be sold in London in...

Watching Putin

Patek Philippe watch allegedly originally owned by President Putin to be auctioned; it is said to be worth around £800,000   It’s given owner is potentially #FakeNews, but a watch that is due be auctioned in...

A Pint-Sized Peel

Tiny 1965 Peel Trident to be auctioned; it is the smallest two seater car ever made, is offered without reserve but is expected to achieve upwards of £80,000   One of just sixty made and an...

A Smoking Aston

1996 Aston Martin shooting brake complete with humidor to be sold at auction One of just three 1996 Aston Martin V8 coupé shooting brake conversions is to be offered for sale at auction by Bonhams...

Fishing with Bentley

Bentley 4x4 equipped with fly fishing kit by Mulliner to be exhibited at The London Fly Fishing Fair Designed with the gentleman angler in mind, what some might call a “casting brake” is to...

The Sky’s the Limit

Bonhams to offer what they call “the world’s most sought after Cadillac” at auction in Florida; it was originally made for the famed BROADMOOR Hotel resort in El Paso County, Colorado The BROADMOOR – a...

Down Balling

Publicity seeking 24-year old Russian brat with a passion for crystal covered cars tones down   In the summer of 2014, a Russian student named Daria Radionova hit the headlines after covering a 2011 Mercedes-Benz 350...

A Working Rolls

1959 Rolls-Royce estate car owned by late industrial tycoon Orin Smith to be auctioned; it was bizarrely designed to include beds and a loud air horn to “blast” cattle off the highway Florida based businessman...

The Missile

“Rakish” 8.0-litre Bentley – known as ‘The Missile’ – for sale; it’s “not one for the faint of heart” but would suit Toad of Toad Hall   New to the market through Vintage & Prestige Classic...