He was on the run from the police and went on telly - and then wondered how the police found him
Filmed November 2009 and first broadcast April 2010, this first series of the programme which went on to become a very popular viewed series and changing it to 4 IN A BED - the first series had the most impact on the audience and we were thrilled to be asked to be in it and thrilled that it worked out so very well for us.
This was - 'THREE IN A BED.'
Left to right : Andrew - Clane & Stuart, me and then Christian on the far right.
Christian on the right here worked at Hamilton Hall for 2 years back in 2009 - 2011 and unbeknown to me, was on the run from the police for fraud, theft and more. He was a great worker and a great friend and only after the TV programme went out and he chose - HE CHOSE - to be on it with me;- someone spotted him - called the police - and within weeks was back on the run again - vanished never to be seen or heard from again.
Either that is just dumb ass stupid - or his ego was so big he thought he could do whatever he wanted - but whatever the foolish reason for being on telly was - it bit him hard in the ass as he had to go back on the run and as he was then in his middle 40's - that's not much fun.
Back to the story and more about Christian later on. At the initial interview I had voiced some stuff from my past as a sex worker, whore, prostitute, rent boy, hooker - SOCIAL WORKER as I stated to the producer, and she laughed loudly and asked if they could use this in the programme, and when I said yes and they responded that I was being very brave, I had to state that every time you see a programme about sex workers on telly, they were often / always portrayed in a very negative light and how the TV crews always seemed to pick the victims, those who seem not to have any other choice in life, and that I wanted to offer a different side to the story - a more upmarket, classy, educated and above all - TAX PAYING - story of once being a prostitute. The producer was thrilled and I could see viewing figures ringing up in her mind and we did share a giggle. When it came time to film, some months later, I drove to Avesbury the night before ;- where the crew had put me in another B&B overnight, and then met me in the morning and I was filmed driving to our first destination which was just a few miles away. As usual with reality TV programmes, they sort out beforehand who will make the best TV and putting me up against a homophobic bigot - ( actually a very nice and educated man with a family - who was clearly scared shitless of me, ) was interesting. Pomposity and arrogance do not rest well with me and his manner in trying to ' take me on' throughout the programme was a bit naïve on his part and from the start, he could tell I was no ones fool and from the start, it was clear I was not going to be walked over, and yet he did keep trying. Over and over to make himself look clever and important to the public and all he did was make himself look an absolute moron and repeatedly trying to ' take me on' was a massive mistake as - ha ha - you DON'T TAKE ON A GOBBY QUEEN as some of us could suck him up and blow him out in bubbles in a moment and yet he did keep trying to win against me verbally on anything - all the time - thinking he was impressing people - and while I was thoroughly enjoying the interaction, he was not - bless him - and the public hated him. So the more I loved it all.
The other couple were lovely, an older women with a 20 year younger husband and they were a delight. They enjoyed a good laugh, a glass ( or two ) of wine and had no air of pretentiousness, and their venue was ' up north' and truly a 5 star gold venue. Anyway, the homophobe voted me down because I had only paid him half ( £125) as at £250 a night and with almost no service for this money AT ALL, I paid half what he was asking so he took Umbridge and as they visited Hamilton Hall second - from the moment he walked in the door - he was determined to find fault in anything and everything and he really just made himself look the fool, and millions at home watching agreed, he was a scared fool. Like a rabbit in the headlamps. He complained and bitched from the moment he came in the door and when at the end of his nights stay here he paid me £35 for a double room for 2,9 which was £75 at the time ) the film crew gasped - and the director asked if this was okay with me, and like being ' Ready for my close up Mr. DeMille' - I took a deep breath and let his politely have it with both full barrels. I spoke clearly and - basically - put him in his spot and read the riot act at him, as doubting our Not For Profit aspect - which he claimed was his excuse, was redundant in a world of big business screwing everyone, and he absolutely was all about making as much money as he could and everything was to be charged as an extra, and that is just so not how I work at Hamilton Hall.
Anyway - he made himself look foolish and I suppose I put the cherry on the cake and he was left with nothing to say. The other couple in the north had a delightful venue and they really did deserve to win, and even there, he tried to put them down with rude comments, patronising attitude and arrogance and twice the filming was stopped because they would not put up with his rudeness, and it was all such fun. I loved every minute of it. Once again I gave him a few words of home truths as he kept claiming vehemently that Claire and I needed to earn more money and of he said this once, he said it a dozen times plus and eventually I had to speak up. I pointed out loud and clear that Clair owned her delightful venue with a mortgage - while I own Hamilton Hall OUT RIGHT -
and HE RENTS HIS FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST ON A LEASE SO HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT SOME FURNITURE AND THE ONLY PERSON OUT OF ALL OF US THET NEEDED TO EARN MORE MONEY - WAS HIM - AS HE OWNS - FUCK ALL.
This REALLY shut him up and made his lips flap in disarray floundering around not knowing what to say or do as I was right and he damned well knew it.
and he really could not accept anything we said and it was afterwards that he realised he had not been - as he kept claiming - ' a wake up call' ' for me and Hamilton hall - and the wake up call was very much the other way around - and the public loved me and disliked him with a vengeance. I did try warning him on several occasions, but he just kept digging himself into that hole and even with warnings, he just kept digging. Foolish man. After it was over, we had thousands of e mails of absolute praise from the straight world, and a few bitchy e mails from gay men ( says a lot ) and that summer was the best we have ever had and I managed to have the whole building double glazed with the extra business it brought in. Hoorah. For him, he received thousands of abusive e mails and he had to reduce his tariff to half the original and closer to what I had paid him as the public really turned against him and emotionally and financially, he suffered. This saddened me as he was not a bad man, not evil or horrid, he was just scared. He was scared of me and all that I stood for and we all knew exactly what his problem was, as did the viewing public, and yet he ran away from the reality and I did feel desperately sorry for him, but amazed at how well the production company had read him - and by combining him and I, had made for really good TV - and not just about 3 competing B&B's, but about homophobia, bigotry, bullying, sexuality and the sex business as well as running a B&B. Having watched loads of other programmes in the series since then, it has amazed me how awful, how cringey, some of these other owners are and how picky they are.
I admit: YOU WILL find dust. YOU WILL find pet hairs. YOU MIGHT find a pube in your shower and as I am not asking you to lick it clean - just rinse it down. YOU WILL find things to complain about and bitch, and from the décor to the food you could, if that is your manner, find a lot of things to moan about and IF THAT IS HOW YOU VIEW LIFE - then I feel desperately sorry for you and maybe, just maybe, you need to get a reality check. Taking drawers out of a chest to see how much dust was inside - Climbing on top of chairs to see how much dust is on top of the wardrobe - Stripping the bed completely to see the state of the mattress and taking up the drain in the shower to see if there is much down the trap, is desperately sad if that is how you behave. During filming the crew asked me to go through the bedroom I was offered at both venues and point out what was wrong with the venue, and I commented that that was not how I went through life as I looked for what WORKED - what was GOOD and what IMPRESSED and that if on the other hand something really SMACKED ME IN THE FACE - then I would mention it, but otherwise, I - like most of our customers - go away for a few days to have a good time and not to go looking for things to complain about, as what does that say about the persons mental framework.
It is not always easy, but I try and live in a positive place and not a negative one, and so many hoteliers in the series are dreadful people, looking deliberately to knock and destroy even a venue that clearly outshines theirs and I could never pout someone down when clearly, their place is superior. It is only fair and true.
So poor Andrew nearly went bust and I see all these years later his wife is running the venue with him behind and not surprised as after the programme he must have gone through a great deal of soul searching to discover that acting like Prince Andrew and being a stuck up twit - a pompous arrogant asshole - won him no friends at all.
People with screwed up feelings and emotions betray themselves in so many ways and while Andrew really thought he had the backing of ' the people' watching, he misjudged that ENORMOLUSLY and dug that hole and just kept digging until after all my warnings, he drowned in a hole of his own making.
His own fear was the cause of his own destruction.
Back to the errant staff member Christian: He is still hiding out some place and on the run. The police in their ineptitude have never caught him and it beggars belief how the police actually catch any criminals when I told them his whereabouts 5 times in 3 days and they still let him get away. The police were, as all too often, fucking useless.
Just read your latest blog, and wanted to add; I stayed at Hammy Hall a couple of times during the period Christian was working for you. I remember him as a warm character who was welcoming and approachable, but he was a bit too touchy-feely for my liking. You were impressed by his work ethic and he was good company. We three took Missy (rip) for some really lovely walks around the area, and you and I enjoyed a large bag of herbal happiness in the evenings.
Anyway, glad to see you are in good form, and though I haven't been back since then, I hope to take a break at Hamilton Hall over the next few months. You have made something special, and you should be very proud of yourself.