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August 22, 2014

Drilling a bank robbery

by Matthew Steeples

A drill used in the Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery on display at Christie’s is a reminder of the world’s biggest bank heist   Former banker David Gainsborough Roberts has amassed an extraordinary collection of items owned by famous and infamous individuals. A selection of them are currently on display at Christie’s in South Kensington and … Continue reading “Drilling a bank robbery”

November 3, 2013

Lady Camilla Bloch (born Lady Camilla Bingham)

by Matthew Steeples

Hampstead based and a barrister by profession, Oxford educated Lady Bloch is the daughter of suspected murderer Lord Lucan. Asked how she’d describe her father to her son, Bloch told The Scotsman: “I’ll tell Cameron that his grandfather was tall, dark and handsome – a professional gambler who loved powerboating and the Cresta Run in … Continue reading “Lady Camilla Bloch (born Lady Camilla Bingham)”

July 31, 2013

Looking for Lucan

by Matthew Steeples

ITV’s claims to have a solution to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lord Lucan are pure fantasy   There have been countless suggestions as to what happened to Lord Lucan after he disappeared without trace on 8th November 1974. As part of publicity for a forthcoming two-part drama starring Rory Kinnear, ITV, though, claim … Continue reading “Looking for Lucan”

April 30, 2013

Silence please

by Matthew Steeples

Ken Livingstone should honour his promise   When Ken Livingstone lost for a second time to Boris Johnson May 2012, he announced “this will be my last election” and signaled that he might quietly disappear from frontline politics.   Sadly, he’s plainly reassessed the idea and today caused great offence with comments made on the … Continue reading “Silence please”

February 1, 2013

David Elias

by Matthew Steeples

Some say he died in 2009, others, including the Serious Fraud Office, suspect he’s hiding out in the rainforests of Borneo. This bankrupted businessman was best known for drinking red wine from a teapot at breakfast and for his public spats with Egon Ronay, Richard Desmond, Lord Rothschild and Ernest Saunders. He met his wife, … Continue reading “David Elias”

November 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

October 13, 2012

Bravo the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

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 the last weeks, the first item on the news was about a man who will forever be associated with abuse and paedophilia, Jimmy Savile.   In recent days, as … Continue reading “Bravo the Beeb”

April 28, 2012

Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

by Matthew Steeples

“Lucky,” as he was known to his friends, was a man whose luck ran out on the 8th November 1974. A prolific gambler, Lord Lucan disappeared following the killing of his children’s nanny and he was subsequently declared legally dead in October 1999. Conspiracy theories as to his supposed whereabouts continue to this day. Amongst … Continue reading “Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)”

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