Richard Benson

Month: April, 2014

Even thieves need to keep up with the news

I was out on night patrol with Dave Jenkins again last night. We still haven’t seen any poachers. He did tell me a good story though. Modern poachers are usually low-grade urban criminals who will, if the chance arises, enter farmyards and steal anything they think they’ll be able sell back at home. They’re very […]

Robin Wood, craftsman

My interview with Robin Wood, Peak District-based wooden bowl turner and chairman of the Heritage Crafts Association, is in issue of Hole & Corner, out now. Wood is an important spokesperson for modern craftsmen and women for several reasons, the most interesting one for me being his understanding of how craft works – always worked […]

The Rites of Spring on Portobello Beach

On this, the first warmish weekend of the year, I’m in Edinburgh, visiting my mother in law with Laura and the children, seeing Spring being welcomed in with a raw, ritual Celtic lustiness. The curtains of mist have only just withdrawn from the city, the temperatures may have risen by only a fraction of a degree, but […]

From £15,000 to £15m in 40 years: the man who taught the FA and Nike how to make money from England football shirts

Elland Road in the Seventies, home of the infamous Dirty Leeds team of David Peace’s The Damned United, is regarded by most football fans as a dour, bleak and violent ground. A “Hateful, hateful, hateful place; spiteful, spiteful, spiteful place,” as Peace’s version of Brian Clough says at the beginning of Peace’s novel. The spit-and-spite […]