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Tag: July 2014

January 23, 2019

Falling Down Flass

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Cumbrian mansion built by opium dealer and once marketed for £1.5 million for sale for just £460,000; it was also the scene of the UK’s biggest ever cannabis raid in 2012   A 23,000 square foot, 52 room, mid-19th century Palladian mansion in the Westmorland Dales National Park is to be sold … Continue reading “Falling Down Flass”

April 12, 2016

Overheard – 12th April

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

October 6, 2014

Liberal with the smacks

by Matthew Steeples

Child beater speaks at Liberal Democrat conference   At the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday, Vince Cable complained that the Conservatives are “like UKIP without the beer” whilst Guido Fawkes shared pictures of delegates sleeping. Worse still – and also highlighted by Mr Fawkes – was news that the conference was addressed by a convicted … Continue reading “Liberal with the smacks”

September 8, 2014

May May go

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron would do well to send Theresa May on her merry way   Those suggesting David Cameron will have to resign if Scotland votes ‘yes’ to independence are missing the point. It is not Cameron who should be under fire right now; it’s Theresa May.

August 4, 2014

Stunted by Ecclestone

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter – Petra Stunt – backs her husband and his excessive ways   Chelsea residents now yawn when they see a convoy of cars transporting James Stunt and his wife Petra (formerly Ecclestone). Mrs Stunt – as she rightly now likes to be called – though, took umbrage when she came across a … Continue reading “Stunted by Ecclestone”

July 28, 2014

Well sly water

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines London venues charging the most for mineral water   A 500ml bottle of San Pellegrino will set you back just 63p in Tesco. At The Wellesley in Knightbridge, however, a customer, Edward Heaton, was left somewhat shocked when he got a bill of £75 for three bottles on 17th July.

Rebecca Richardson

by Matthew Steeples

This Brighton resident announced she’d sue Brighton and Hove City Council in July 2014 after her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Scooby, slipped a disc whilst chasing a cat on council-owned land. Facing a £5,000 bill for the dog’s surgery, this benefit claimer argued that “the grass was too long”

July 24, 2014

The rewards of crowdfunding

by Matthew Steeples

Crowdcube raise £1.2 million in 16 minutes as Glentham Capital proceeds with their second fund raise via Seedrs   This week the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, opened and closed their bid to raise £1.2 million to expand their company in just 16 minutes. This followed their having raised £3.8 million of investment from Balderton … Continue reading “The rewards of crowdfunding”

July 21, 2014

The house that time forgot

by Matthew Steeples

House where items lay untouched for 100 years remains on the market for over a year   The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland is a “small stately home” that truly is a time warp. Rented by the Morant family for nearly 100 years, this Grade II* listed, 14 bedroomed mansion was barely touched during that period.

July 19, 2014

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by James Murphy

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

July 13, 2014

Made in chains

by Matthew Steeples

‘Made in Chelsea’ tours and chain stores have taken the place of Led Zeppelin and Sloane Rangers on London’s Kings Road   The Kings Road was famous as the centre of counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s. It subsequently became gentrified in the 1980s and 1990s but now is primarily dominated by the outlets of … Continue reading “Made in chains”

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

July 9, 2014

Wally of the Week: Sir Roger Moore

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Roger Moore’s joke about being poor is nothing but offensive   Quoted in the Daily Mail’s ‘Ephraim Hardcastle’ column on Wednesday, Sir Roger Moore stated that he couldn’t afford to retire because “I have to keep working to afford petrol for my Smart car”.

July 8, 2014

Monty’s menu

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples samples a menu inspired by Monty Python at The Rib Room   Michele Caggianese, the manger of The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is a man who can be relied upon to come up with clever marketing ideas and in his latest menu offering he’s created something that … Continue reading “Monty’s menu”

Frank Furedi (born Ferenc Furedi)

by Matthew Steeples

This Hungarian “former student radical” and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent argued that historic abuse offences should effectively be swept under the carpet on Newsnight in July 2014. Faversham based Furedi – who is married to the CEO of the UK’s largest independent abortion provider – has previously bizarrely leapt to … Continue reading “Frank Furedi (born Ferenc Furedi)”

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