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Jul
23

Robin Hood's Body Found ….clutching Maid Marian’s knickers!

Robin Hood's Body Found ….clutching Maid Marian’s knickers!

27 years ago, on July 19th, 1992, this was the global exclusive, sensationalist headline that appeared in the Sunday Sport newspaper and shocked the world!  Long before the development of social media, this dubious publication thrived on “fake news” and had a reputation for unashamedly creating a wide range of fanciful stories and unlikely events that had scant reference to the truth!!!

The paper tapped into the general publics’ insatiable appetite for gossip and controversy and in the story about Robin Hood they claimed that an American study group from the University of Utah had found the outlaw’s perfectly preserved body in a shallow grave in Sherwood Forest! The article also even featured a fake photograph, supposedly showing the corpse! It was all a total pack of lies of course - but Nottingham City Council and County Council press and public relations departments had several hectic days fielding the inevitable calls from the global media wanting to find out more!

This anecdote is just one of the hundreds of items of fact, fiction and trivia contained in a new and fascinating book  about to be published  titled “Robin Hood: The Legacy of a Folk Hero” and written by Robert White, the chairman of the internet-based, World Wide Robin Hood Society. The book looks at how, over the centuries, the Sherwood Forest outlaw has become a globally famous icon of popular culture with many diverse links to literature, art, poetry, music, theatre, film and television etc..  As well as examining the truth behind the unsolved “man or myth” conundrum that continues to question his actual existence, it also looks at Robin Hood’s role in the rise of popular culture and how the principles that the legendary outlaw stands for still resonate in the world today!

So if you thought you knew about Robin Hood – then think again! Read the book and discover things you probably never knew were associated with the world’s favourite outlaw!

The book has been published by BLKDOG publishers and will be available in both a paperback and a Kindle Edition, which can be ordered on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robin-Hood-Legacy-Folk-Hero-ebook/dp/B07PS5ZXFF/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1563870799&sr=8-11

For further background information you can contact the author direct by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by phone on (0115) 9523183.

Dec
06

Concerns that the county appears to be “dodging” the Robin Hood issue yet again

Concerns that the county appears to be “dodging” the Robin Hood issue yet again

Disappointment and concern are the views being initially expressed by the public and interested organisations having seen that the County Council's proposals for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre are now to be carried out in two phases. With plans for a possible Robin Hood Heritage Centre earmarked for "sometime in the future" when funding has been secured, doubts are being raised as to whether the much-needed attraction will ever get built!

Questions are also being asked as to why an application has not been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a matched contribution to try to double the County Council's £5.3m investment and make it possible to extend the proposed new Visitor Centre and be able to accommodate the Robin Hood heritage element in one building. This latest fiasco is seen by the public as yet another delaying factor by the local authority in a long-running saga of failed Sherwood Forest initiatives, reflecting a sad indictment of the County Council's true commitment, ambition and pride in Nottinghamshire's most famous legend!

Commenting on the design of the new Visitor Centre, grants consultant, Paul Abel said "If ever there was a need for an "Iconic Building" this should have been it! Somewhere that becomes instantly recognisable because its architecture reflects the heritage of the place where it stands. The building Robin Hood deserves should be able to take the visitor's imagination back in time and invite you into a world that meets the expectations of visitors looking to experience Sherwood Forest's legendary hero and his unique status in popular culture. However, with the interior space being divided between retail outlets, a cafe and an exhibition area that is likely to primarily be allocated to wildlife information, it appears that Robin Hood will simply just get "airbrushed in" as a token gesture! "

Bob White, Chairman of the internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society, said "Squaring the circle between a mythical legend and the appreciation of the forest's natural environment was always going to be a difficult balance to achieve but the proposed two-phased approach means that for the next few years this historic location will have a visitor centre in denial of what Sherwood Forest means to most people! Bob suggests the RSPB should look at its 2-phase approach as one, as such a proposal would make excellent match funding for a Robin Hood Heritage Centre if it were to be built at the same time. He said, "Committing to the Visitor Centre without trying to secure Heritage Lottery support is a wasted funding opportunity. The consultation events should have whetted the public's appetite to rise to the challenge of bringing legends to life but instead they look like being testimony to another embarrassing chapter in the Robin Hood saga that will once again attract scorn and ridicule from the public and the media."

For further comment contact:
Paul Abel : e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel: 07973 169820
Bob White : e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel: (0115) 9523183

Dec
06

Society takes part in panel of experts discussing the best and worst portrayals of Robin Hood in the movies

Society takes part in panel of experts discussing the best and worst portrayals of Robin Hood in the movies

With the new Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx currently scheduled for general release in November, not-for-profit company, Robin Hood Energy, recently invited the World Wide Robin Hood Society to join a panel of “experts” to give their opinions on who they thought gave the best and worst portrayals of Robin Hood in the movies. The outcome of their deliberations can be viewed at https://robinhoodenergy.co.uk/news/best-robin-hoods-film-experts-decide/

Chairman Bob White was the Society’s representative on the film panel but he personally considers the best over-all portrayal of Robin Hood to have been the “small screen” performance by Michael Praed in the popular 1980’s “Robin Of Sherwood” television series made by HTV/Goldcrest. Bob commented “For me personally, Praed, was definitively the ideal Robin Hood! He had the look and screen presence and the benefit of writer/creator Richard Carpenter’s tight scripts that cleverly blended the traditional tales with a hint of mystery and magic.”

Dec
06

ITN News pressure Nottingham city council to name new sheriff

ITN News pressure Nottingham city council to name new sheriff

Before the meteoric rise of today’s instant communication networks, it was much harder for journalists to find new stories. So when, in the late 1990’s, ITN News picked up on the fact that Nottingham City Council had yet to announce who was to be the next Sheriff of Nottingham, they mischievously started to speculate that the Council were planning to abolish the centuries-old office that traditionally dated back to famous links with Robin Hood.

Of course, this was totally un-true but as the Council continued to dismissively resist ITN’s requests for an interview with the Leader of the Council, the news channel ratcheted -up the pressure by deciding to feature the story in their popular “...And Finally”, three minute slot that always concluded their 10pm prime-time news programme.

Council leader, John Taylor was furious and repeatedly dug his heels in deeper, stating he had far more important local government issues to deal with than choosing the next Sheriff! However, further telephone calls established that it was the Robin Hood connection that made the item “worthy” of national news focus and as ITN had already paid to use original footage from the 1950’s Richard Greene TV series, they had absolutely no intention of dropping the story. In the end, Councillor Taylor begrudgingly listened to the advice given by the media and communication team and agreed to an interview and the resultant feature took on a more ”tongue-in-cheek” view of the issue that showed the Council in a positive light!