University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, United Kingdom
The University of Oxford where Robert Beaumont received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees.
Bath Rd, Marlborough SN8 1PA, United Kingdom
Marlborough College where Robert Beaumont studied.
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Little did Carl Giles imagine when he started producing cartoons of a British family more than fifty years ago that the squat, black-garbed grandma, hat jammed well down, brolly at the ready, would become a national figure. A formidable character who terrorized the sniveling Vera, she was undaunted by policemen, toffs, or Mrs. Thatcher herself, and went about her business at home, on family outings and at the bookies and the racecourse with ruthless determination.
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George Hudson - the eponymous Railway King - started his career with a stroke of luck from a distant relative. He invested successfully in the North Midland Railway, then formed his own Midland Railway. But from his glory in 1845 he fell into disgrace, admitting corruption and selling land he did not own. He was eventually imprisoned in York Castle and died a broken man in 1871. His story provides an excellent insight into nineteenth-century politics and industrial progress, full of moral dilemmas and a testimony to the growth of the railways in Britain - a timely subject.
Robert Beaumont began his studies in 1968 at Marlborough College where he studied history till 1973. He also attended the University of Oxford where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern history with honors and a Master of Arts degree in modern history in 1976.
Robert Beaumont began his career as a reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Press in 1977, later becoming an assistant editor. During his time as a journalist, he became increasingly concerned with writing about the truth. He uncovered a number of scandals, including the appalling treatment of elderly people in old people's homes and a huge death toll arising from asbestosis. By 1996 he had decided that he wanted a wider audience for his work and decided to go freelance.
As his first subject, he chose Carl Giles' most famous cartoon character, Grandma, because she made him and millions of others laugh. He wanted to find out more about her and about her creator. In the affectionate biography, Grandma: A Biography of Giles's Infamous Cartoon Character, Robert Beaumont chronicles the provenance of this fearsome old bat. He has unearthed the robust original and shows how Giles developed the handbag-wielding matriarch over the years into a feisty, stout battler who appealed to young and old alike.
For his second book, The Railway King: A Biography of George Hudson, Beaumont chose George Hudson, the nineteenth-century railway king because he was treated badly by York, his home city, and by history. He wanted to set the record straight and to point out that, for all his faults, George Hudson created Britain's railway network and was a great man.
Beaumont is also known as a contributor to periodicals, including the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Life, and Ipswich Evening Star.
In 1998 Robert Beaumont Associates was founded because he felt there was a need for a niche PR agency in Yorkshire, which combined key journalistic skills with a genuine understanding of the county's business community. The company now handles a number of prestigious accounts across a wide spectrum of the business world. These include leading lawyers, accountants, property developers, property agents, and manufacturers in Yorkshire and beyond.
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(George Hudson - the eponymous Railway King - started his ...)2002
"My primary motivation for writing is that I enjoy it - and I know that others enjoy reading what I write. I also write to inform and to inspire."
"When I am writing articles or books, I like to write in the morning, going through to lunch. I will then take a break and revise or edit my work in the evening. I seldom write anything original after lunch. I write quickly: 2,000-3,000 words per day if the creative juices are flowing."
Quotes from others about the person
"Robert has an eye for a story and understands the property sector extremely well. It feels like teamwork when working with Robert, which coupled with his enthusiasm and a tremendous network of media contacts, makes for a strategic and successful partnership." - Eamon Fox
"Robert is an exemplary PR contact. His communications with journalists are as good as they come, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to potential clients looking for representation to the media."
"Robert is a consummate PR professional and a delight to work with. I have employed his PR services for over four years during which time he has produced some excellent press coverage for the firm. I know that I can always rely on Robert to deliver what's required in order to meet our PR objectives and it helps that he is extremely personable to boot."
Robert Beaumont married a woman named Claire on June 11, 1983. The marriage produced two children, David and Emma.