A bad start to 2009

Richard GravesThis has been a tough year so far with a lot of problems. We have our economic meltdown and without question the leather industry in a year’s time will have a different look about it. But the year has also been tough on a personal level. I have spent the last three weeks in hospital after a car accident and will be on my back for a month or more ahead, and one of our good colleagues from Pittards, Ron Smith, has also suffered very badly in a traffic accident earlier in the year.

Yet the shock for us all was the unexpected death of Richard Graves last week. For all the time I have been visiting the BSLT over the last few decades Richard was the familiar face that gave the place its character and continuity. Fiercely supportive of his students Richard has a multitude of friends amongst alumni worldwide and was well known for his gruff outspoken manner. He has been absent from the School for some months having taken early retirement and it is a great shock that we will not be seeing him around in the future. Dr. Wilkinson will be able to provide further information for those who want further details.


On a brighter note everyone is gearing up for the trip to Hong Kong for the APLF show. The Vice Chancellor will be present along with a lot of other University staff and the Corium club event while remaining true to its traditional format will be a major centenary event and the best place to meet up with all your colleagues. APLF this year celebrates its 25th year and this looks like being a busy and important moment for the industry. Everyone needs to get the best information on what is likely to happen and this fair has always been one of the best for getting a world overview.

Mike Redwood

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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