About

Welcome to my web site.

StilmanDavis.co.uk

I am taking the unprecedented step of going very personal on this site, hence the name.

There are a few activities that I want to share with anyone who cares to look at these pages.

One of the joys in my life has been preaching in the diocese of Gloucester in the last twenty years. My most recent sermon is located here

My work has been varied from London Showrooms to Publishing.

Checking...

Ouch! There was a server error.
Retry »

Sending message...

Contact me

I should be in touch with you very soon.

publishing work

Publishing project management

The revolution computers brought to printing is well known. No longer is a book or anything set by hand – sometimes there is no longer even any ink involved in publications.

I am able to use the speed of the computer to output your document, so that your publication is available on time and within budget. When everything has been prepared, a book can be sent to the printer within days. This is lightning speed when compared with setting books by hand in hot type only forty years ago.

Once in digital form, an author’s prose and poetry can be manipulated quickly and efficiently. Proofing electronically also is possible so that there is no longer the delay of printing galleys and the time-consuming delivery of reams of printed paper. The author and publisher review files as they will be presented to the printer. At every step, there is a ‘signing off’ of the copy and proof electronically.

I have been able to involve the publisher from the outset by agreeing the style of the finished pages, setting timings for drafts, and incorporating all changes in the manuscript.

I will take advantage of DTP technology and techniques for the sake of your publication in a timely manner, whether a short 8-page leaflet or an 8,000-page reference book.

Consultancy

  • Workflow
    • How you put your publications together
      • How do you create content? The spectrum ranges from creating it page by page by yourself to outsourcing content creation – from time and effort intense to costly contracting. Money spent on content creation is what is saved when content is produced by the company itself, which knows its products and procedures. However, when the company produces its own content, time and effort is diverted from the mission of the enterprise.
      • What do you use to create your content? There are many computer programs to do this, but each has its own foibles and benefits, and each has an intended output. Some are better than others for specific publishing ends.
  • Media
    • Print – the usual destination for most publications. A publication ranges from one page to a multi-volume treatise, a personal letter, a leaflet, a brochure, a book, an encyclopedia.
    • Web – the alternative to print, and an increasingly popular output for any sort of publication. This also includes the growing ezine and ebook output.
    • We can help decide how the document should be produced and where it should be made available to the world.
  • Content Management

      The saying, “Content is king!”, should be a company’s mantra. That content is the product for a manufacturer, and that manufacturer should present itself and its product in its publications. The publication of material should not deflect the company from its vision and mission.

    • Database publishing may be the means by which content might be presented. By using data already stored in databases of all sorts, it is possible to produce documentation quickly and efficiently, sometimes “on demand”. This can be output to print or electronic media.
    • Automatic publishing is possible when documents are stored in a “regularised” manner. This means that no massaging of a new document needs to be done – all the work has been done on creation of the content. This could be through a database in some way, or the collation of existing documents or partial files.

If you would like help with your publishing projects, whether to the printed page, e-book, or your own web site, please contact me.

gardening

For all of my life I have been interested in gardening. It has ranged from mowing the grass for pocket money as a boy, watching the odd programme on the television – really enjoying Geoff Hamilton on the BBC and his successors – spending the whole day in someone’s garden to bring it up to shape and maintaining it. I have even been a full time gardener at a small manor house here in the Gloucester countryside.

Most of the time my gardening has been confined to small contracts to maintain gardens for people too pushed for time or for elderly or disabled people.

If you would like help in your garden, please contact me.

preaching

Prayer for today

Look up a bible passage here.

Lately I have posted in WordPress. Here is the opening from the latest sermon.

“God-given growth” is the theme we have for today’s worship. It is easy to see how people grow, isn’t it? – The change from infant to adult is just one way to understand it. As christians we grow in many ways, but using Paul’s words, we go from babes fed on milk to adults feeding on solid food, or from fleshly to spiritual. How do we recount our own growing up? How, then, can we tell the story of our lives?

Read more

Other sermona are available

Since arriving in Slimbridge, I have been saving my sermons and producing them on my website. A number of different ways of presenting them have happened. Here is a listing of the earlier sermons.

Sermons before using WordPress

Some sermons

Here are the openings for some sermons as they are being kept on these pages.

Candlemass

Here at the end of the Christmass and Epiphany season we encounter the Nunc Dimittis as part of our Gospel reading. Here we are coming to the end of celebrations, just as Simeon admits he is coming to the end of his life. This Song of Simeon is a biblical canticle which is so very familiar to us from Evensong, and, for some of us, also familiar from popular culture. For me it is so poignant as the opening of Smiley’s People when that chorister made his impression on a world-wide television audience. At that time our choirmaster talked about the significance to evensong which these words have for the overall architecture of the worship.

Read more

Sunday, Epiphany 3

Years ago, there was a common cartoon showing a dishevelled man with scraggly beard and long hair holding a sign which read, “The end is nigh”. Occasionally we would even see such a person on our own walks through town, wouldn’t we? What did we think when we heard the call to repentance from this street-corner prophet? This is not too far-fetched an image because I was listening to the news the other day, and there was a report from the economic gathering in Davos. One of the participants said that now was a time of hope, not one for listening to prophets of doom, that we should not listen to those nay-sayers in this time for country and planet. I wondered what had he heard? Who was that prophet that called to him? I, for one, don’t think he was listening to our reading for today, do you?

Read more

Christmass 2 – The Baptism of Christ

“New things I now declare” we heard from Isaiah. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Brave New World”?

We use this phrase to describe a very different world – not our everyday. We have all used it, haven’t we? Sometimes we use the phrase appreciatively to extol the virtues of a new situation, or a new vision. When we envisage a place where people treat each other well. Or when nation will speak peace to nation. These are brave new worlds – they are so very different to what we normally experience. Our normal world is one of mistrust and ill-will.

Read more

First Sunday of Christmass

How many actually believe this story of the “Massacre of the Innocents” is literally true? I ask this because yesterday was the commemoration of the Innocents and today we have read the account from Matthew. I also ask this because as I was flitting about for some help, I came across a blog which asked “Is the slaughter of the innocents true?” So now you know why I am asking this question today.

Read more