Q&A: David Bland, sales and marketing director, Blackmore

David is 63 years old and has been in print for 47 years. He’s married to the “long suffering” Jackie, and describes himself as a “proud Englishman, bee-keeper, antidisestablishmentarian, bad speller and damn fine fly-fisherman”.

What is your nickname? 

Your Worship

Why did you get into printing? 

At 16, I saw a letterpress apprenticeship advertised in the local paper and I was the only applicant

What would be your dream job? 

I’ve had my dream job as the production director of the Printing House of Oxford University Press in the 1980s. Those were the days!

Who would play you in a movie about your life? 

Spike Milligan 

What would you most like to print? 

Money with my face on it

What is your favourite film? 

Little Big Man

What is your favourite TV programme? 

Fireball XL5

Sweet or savoury? 


Who or what do you hate the most? 

Ingratitude – particularly from the Scottish. And anyone who uses the word literally when it is superfluous to the sentence, people that confuse the word Pacific with specific or say admiral when it should be admirable. I could go on!

Who do you admire most in the industry? 

That bloke that used to run Polestar for getting away with it for so long

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

Nothing can go wrong now!

What is your favourite album? 

Selling England by the Pound, Genesis

Cat or dog, or…? 


What is your greatest luxury in life? 

After surviving three heart attacks – just more time

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done? 

Printed a mortician’s handbook!

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Debbie, before she did Dallas

What is your greatest ambition? 

To live long enough to dance on the graves of a couple of banned directors that I used to know

What’s your greatest fear? 

Being too far from a defibrillator

Who or what makes you laugh? 

My colleague Martin’s wonderful and word perfect rendition of the Biggus Dickus sketch from the Life of Brian film – hilarious! 

Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? Why?

Anyone with the name Kardashian 

Where would you like to be right now? 

In Siena watching the Palio

What’s your worst fashion disaster?

Checked Oxford bags with a teardrop collar shirt and a green and yellow tank-top with baseball boots. Those were the days!

Which superpower would you like to have? 

Hindsight – everyone else seems to like having bundles of it!

Who would be your favourite party guests? 

Bishop Desmond Tutu, Lenny Henry, Ken Dodd, Sid James, Les Dawson, Frankie Howerd, Kenneth Williams – should be a laugh

Where would you go if you could time-travel? 

Last week’s lottery ticket store

What is the worst kind of print? 

Anything unprofitable

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off? 

Winning the tender to supply the original Financial Services Authority with the various volumes of rules governing the entire financial industry

How would you like to be remembered? 

As the oldest man in the world

Life is…? 

Still bloody marvellous