Members will be aware that the Company has an Honorary Almoner. The Almoner, like many of those who work within the committees of the Company, undertakes the role for three years and last summer Mike Clark took over from Robert Sanger. Big shoes to fill indeed! We asked Mike about the work he does and initially to give an overview of the almoner's role.
Liveryman Paddy Belton is a journalist working for, amongst others, the BBC, Standard and Poor and the Spectator. His specialist fields include technology, economics, banks, cybersecurity, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab world, Northern Ireland, UK and Irish politics, paramilitaries, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hamas, scoundrels, rogues, Irish fiction and even the odd theatre review.
We are all becoming increasingly aware of how the internet can allow us to remotely control our heating systems or how cars can be guided to their destinations without the need for drivers etc., but these are just the tip of the IoT iceberg! We are grateful to Liverymen Janet Bell and Steve Hilleard of OPI for permission to link through to Michelle Sturman’s fascinating article.
At what age did you realise you wanted a career in food and where did you train?
It was no longer than 12 years ago, when I decided to cook for a living. Since I was a teenager I was trying my luck in the kitchen. It was a hobby to begin with, more than a passion. I always enjoyed cooking, first for my parents, then for friends and it stayed like that. I was working in many restaurants working my way up and I was really lucky because I was working with really good chefs and they were always happy to train me.
In the office supplies industry and especially in the world of b2b, mobile has always been seen as a channel that is under invested, and it is still true today that the Office Supplies industry under indexes in mobile traffic in comparison to other e-retail industries.
The Office Power (part of the EO Group, a Stationers’ Corporate Member, and sister company of Euroffice) are experts in the office products market . They recently issued the following piece on Branding and as you will see it has nuggets of information, ideas and interest for anyone, regardless of their industry sector.
Lots of our new Freemen, not just those who aspire to the Livery, go on to Guildhall, after their freedom ceremonies here at the Hall, to apply for Freedom of the City which is an essential step on the way to becoming a Liveryman. Murray Craig is Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court and he, and his Deputy, Laura Miller (a Freeman of the Company) will be familiar to all those who are made Free of the City. But what does the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court do? We asked Murray who is seen in the photo with one of his more famous new Freemen!
The Stationers’ Company is passionate about Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy and members will be very keen to know more about you, your way of thinking and your plans...
Q: What was it about teaching that first made you think "That’s the career for me!"?
A: To be honest I'd planned to become a Lawyer, or a modern Russian Historian. I decided upon a PGCE after my History degree so that I could teach and earn a living, whilst I learnt Russian and sought further qualifications. However, pretty much instantly when I began
Written by Past Master Kevin Dewey
Fig 1 - An indenture certificate dating back to 1857, binding Patrick Meehan to William Vernon and Ludolf Mellin as apprentice for 5 years. Patrick amongst other things promises not to ‘haunt taverns, inns or ale houses’. In return he would have received a training at the ‘Goulburn Chronical and Southern Advertiser’ in New South Wales for a princely, then sum of 7/6p per week for the first year rising to 25/- in the fifth year.
Written by Court Assistant Tim Connell
“As good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book” (Milton)
In his Areopagitica of 1644, John Milton put forward a passionate case for freedom of expression and the right to publish without hindrance. He himself was in some danger at the time of the Restoration when his books were burnt outside the Old Bailey, and removed from university libraries. It is a danger which has flared up at different times and in different parts of the world both before and since, and to this day people take enormous risks either to get a story or to publish an opinion which is not in line with standard orthodoxy.