Sorry to say that the teething problems and general opacity of website development has meant that the Contact mechanism for this site has not been functioning and messages have apparently been lost in cyberspace.
The problem has been rectified but there is no way I can recover the lost messages meanwhile. Feel free to contact me.
My recent post on the Conservation Angels Awards seems to have touched a nerve with more than 200 people coming here to read it.
Was it sour grapes? Have I broken some ethical code in biting a hand that offered to feed us? I don’t think so. I was glad to be a finalist and to be given a platform – but why shouldn’t I try to use mine as effectively as any other media operation uses theirs?
Conservation skills training as with all vocational training for young people in this country is in deep trouble. … Continue reading
Maybe the morning after isn’t the right moment to reflect on failing to win a beauty contest, but yesterday Woodchester Mansion Trust lost out as one of the four finalists in the Best Craftsmanship in the Rescue of an Historical Building at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s inaugural Conservation Angel Awards.
Seven members of the Trust had paid hefty rail fares to get to the awards at the Palace Theatre in London (home of Les Miserables, of whom I was one by the end of proceedings) and would have left empty-handed but for Councillor Keith Pearson of Stroud District Council.
We were… Continue reading
Representing Woodchester Mansion Trust tomorrow in the finals of the national Conservation Angel Awards at The Palace Theatre in London tomorrow with awards sponsor Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
Host is Clare Balding; judges include TV presenter Bettany Hughes, Robert Chartres, Bishop of London, and Simon Thurley, CEO of English Heritage.
Media partners are The Daily Telegraph and BBC2 Culture Show.
BBC2’s Culture Show at 7.00pm features Woodchester Mansion, a national finalist in the Conservation Angels Awards sponsored by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
We’re filming at Woodchester Mansion on Tuesday next (28th September) for the BBC Culture Show, to be shown on BBC2 in the week beginning September 29th. I’ll do an interview and as usual try to share with the world the importance of training a new generation of young craftsmen – we’ll have the student stonemasons of Bath College on site, finishing what has been twenty years work on one of the Mansion’s exterior gables.
I’ve done a lot of television interviews at Woodchester over recent years, including Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and ITV’s CountryWise. The trick is… Continue reading
Woodchester Mansion Trust Chairman Stephen Davis is interviewed live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Drivetime show at 5.20pm on 19th September talking about the Conservation Angels Awards.
Strip joint-owner Jack Ruby, the Dallas Mob, the CIA and the assassination of JFK.
Starring Danny Aiello and Sherilyn Fenn.
Directed by John MacKenzie.
Screenplay by Stephen Davis from his play Love Field.
See Ruby at the IMDB
Tommy Lee Jones stars as CIA officer Steve Daley trying to unravel the riddle of high-level KGB defector Yuri Nosenko (Oleg Rudnik).
The real-life espionage case that started a secret war inside the CIA.
Screenplay by Stephen Davis.
View the details for the film at the IMDB