Latest Paul Lister Stories

2008-10-12 03:00:10

By Johnson, Lisa Marie I've recently found myself musing on why, in this age of luxury linens and 24-hour room service, an increasing number of lifestyle initiatives are so keen to reacquaint us with our wild side. There was Channel 4's The Wild Gourmets, which saw Guy Grieve and Thomasina Miers roasting venison in a force 12 gale; and Punk Publishing's Wild Swimming, for which photographer Daniel Start went skinny-dipping in icy lakes. And now Wildfitness is exhorting us to rediscover the...

2008-07-12 06:00:16

By Paul English NEW BBC Scotland series The Real Monarch of The Glen has got them beelin' in the bracken up in the hills. Paul Lister, the heir to the MFI furniture fortune - does that make him the cheir? - wants to develop 50,000 acres of Sutherland to make it a "unique Scottish wilderness experience". There are plans for wolves and lynx on his 23,000 acre Alladale Estate, wild boars are already back and two moose are also in place - but not the kind Robert Burns wrote about. My...

2008-06-03 15:40:00

The efforts of one British businessman to re-introduce wolves and bears into his estate in the Scottish Highlands is raising concerns from some farmers and neighboring landowners.Paul Lister, 49, the son of the founder of UK furniture retailer MFI, spent $31,630 buying a pair of moose in Sweden and flying them to Scotland. The moose, named Hulda and Hercules, currently roam Lister's 450-acre enclosure in the Alladale wilderness reserve alongside wild boar.Lister hopes to restore the...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'