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Ivor Stephens: on bushelling hops, buying horses and baking cakes…

Ivor was a sprightly 95-year-old with a firm handshake, and the perfect host; producing a beautiful victoria sponge for our visit!

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'Hop king' of Europe

I wonder, when he was first took over the family’s Dormington farm, if Peter Davies ever thought one day he would be crowned ‘hop king of Europe’? He was frail when we met him, recovering from an operation following a fall, but you couldn’t help notice the steely glint in his eye when talking about the ‘business’. He must have been some operator in his time.

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A Recipe for a Successful Film: tips for beginner filmmakers

If you're just getting started in filmmaking, or even just thinking about it, we'd say, 'Give it a go!' Rick has written a blog about some of the things to think about when making a film, so read on for his useful 'Recipe for a Successful Film".

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Aesthetics in the everyday? Hop hauling as an art

Which brings to mind one of my favourite interviewees, the retired haulier, John Griffiths. I think even John would admit to being a ‘hard nut to crack’ when it comes to interviewing. And, again, I admired that in him: he is a proud man, who has had to work very, very hard

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Micro-tradition vs global homogeneity

It’s easy to see why Derek Evans returned to it again and again to create his photographic record. Before the merciful advent of the Welfare State, a ‘safety net’ offered by the Friendly Society was sorely needed

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