John Aspinall
John Aspinall
John Victor Aspinall was a British zoo owner and gambling club host. From middle class beginnings he used gambling to move to the centre of British high society in the 1960s. He was born in Delhi during the British Raj, and was a citizen of the United Kingdom.
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Rain halts trophy final
Bakewell Today - over 4 years
Alfreton 152-9 v Matlock 68-5 - match abandoned MATLOCK and Alfreton will attempt to settle the destination of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy on Sunday, for the second time of asking. Bank Holiday Monday’s initial game had to be abandoned at a crucial stage due to the weather. This well supported and prepared match ended as a very damp squib. Despite the rain falling in adjacent parts of the county, Quardon’s ground remained damp rather than wet, enabling Matlock to invite Alfreton to bat. The quick and aggressive Pete Camm (3-26) and very accurate Ed Lander made early batting difficult and runs did not come easy with only Gwatkin (47) and later Bhatti (a very hard hitting 30) the main contributors to a modest 152 all out. However, was this was a product of the batting conditions or the bowling of Matlock’s Camm, Lander, John Aspinall, Chris Fletcher and Devon Conway? Matlock’s opening batsmen got off to a good start, reaching 31 before Matt Cluer fell to fatal run out call, the ...
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Matlock ready for a promotion push
Bakewell Today - almost 5 years
matlock Cricket Club 1sts set out on their bid to regain their Derbyshire Premier League status on Saturday with “potentially the best side we’ve had here during my time with the club.” That’s the opinion of club captain – and first team captain – Steve Pell, ahead of his side’s first match in the Derbyshire County League Division One campaign, away to Clifton this weekend. Last season, Matlock finished fifth. They also won the Orme Shield and got to the finals of three cup competitions before losing all of them. This season, the focus is once again on gaining promotion to the Premier League with cup success also on the list of potential achievements for the team. Out of last year’s first team, Andy Rogers, Nick Rosling, Minesh Keshwala and Eddie Lowe will not be around, for a variety of reasons, but the club has re-signed Matt Cluer – a member of the Matlock side that played in the Premier League in 2010 – and has also attracted Mark Stokes over from the Staffordshire Premier Leag ...
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Aussie dairy farmers refuse to meet community - Otago Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
Wanaka Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks, district councillor Jude Battson, of Lake Hawea, Mt Aspiring Station owner John Aspinall, and Green Party candidate and Hawea Flat resident Sue Coutts are among those who believe a meeting would be useful
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Guthrie puts Matlock to the sword - Derbyshire Times
Google News - over 5 years
The joy was short lived when John Aspinall, newly-promoted to opener, became Swarkestone's first victim in the next over. The in-coming Burton de Wett was undeterred and joined Fletcher in taking the score to 80-1 in just 50 minutes giving rise to
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Death, Emma Ethale Clason - York News-Times
Google News - over 5 years
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis Jay; step-son, Eugene Clason on May 16, 2010; sister, Esther Aspinall; brother, John Schroeder; and brother-in-law, John Aspinall. She is survived by step-son, Merle Dean Clason and wife,
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Win free tickets on Holmesdale Radio - Holmesdale Online
Google News - over 5 years
[*] We're speaking to Blackpool fan John Aspinall from Seasider Podcast while also looking ahead to our rearranged Crawley match. [*] We'll give an update on our fantasy football league. Does Chris finally start to pick up steam?
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Karaoke singer hopes to make it big in a national competition - Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express
Google News - over 5 years
John Aspinall, of Ings Close, will push his vocal chords to the limit as he sings in the Open Mic UK 2011 competition next month, with the chance of winning £50000 and a recording contract. The 29-year-old has been practising to prepare himself for the
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Track wild animals on safari - at the Port Lympne Park in Kent - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Our journey will take us through the wilds of Port Lympne Safari Park, Kent, founded by conservationist and gambler John Aspinall, and we've got the place to ourselves until tomorrow morning. Our first spot is one of Port Lympne's endangered black
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Sting in the tail is costly for Matlock - Bakewell Today
Google News - over 5 years
The scoring rate was more successfully addressed when Steve Pell joined John Aspinall to add 17 runs in three overs with quick running between the wickets until Aspinall (13) became Greenhalgh's second victim at 145-4. With only 11 overs remaining,
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Matlock too good for the bottom side - Bakewell Today
Google News - over 5 years
Matlock's John Aspinall finds the gaps on his way to an unbeaten 75 in their match against Elvaston. Winning the toss and batting first against Derbyshire County League Division One bottom club Rolleston enabled Matlock 1sts to set a target of gaining
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Event does the dozen - The Star
Google News - over 5 years
“This allows us to put on more performers and this year we will have 19 acts,” says organiser John Aspinall ahead of Sunday's gathering. “Many of these are local musicians but we do have some travelling from London, originally from Australia,
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Snowfall tough on high country farm stock - Radio New Zealand
Google News - over 5 years
Further west, at the remote Mount Aspiring station, farmer John Aspinall says almost 200 mm of rain has fallen over the past week, and there have been snow falls. He says wind gusts have blown over trees, and snow drifts have built up which has been
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Tenure review completed - Otago Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
John Aspinall said yesterday his family had a real understanding of the values and public interests on Mount Aspiring Station and had worked positively with the Crown to arrive at a win-win outcome. "Prior to entering tenure review,
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Matlock fall short as Eckington triumph - Bakewell Today
Google News - over 5 years
Matlock went into this game with great expectations, winning the toss and choosing to bat on a docile wicket, but the bubble burst in first over when Ed Lowe was bowled, to be followed by Kevin Leatherday (15) and John Aspinall, all to Eckington's
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OUT OF AFRICA - CITY A.M.
Google News - over 5 years
The fact the animals are thriving here in the “wilds” of Kent is down to the late John Aspinall, who set up this 600-acre estate as a haven for endangered animals. Today, more than 1000 animals roam free and visitors can also see caged Siberian and
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WILD ANIMALS? I WOULD BE LIVID TOO IF A MAN KISSED ME - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The animal parks of aristocratic roué John Aspinall are distinguished by the unusually high number of monuments to zookeepers killed in the line of duty. Aspinall encouraged staff and animals to bond by spending time close together,
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Topul cluburilor exclusiviste din Londra - Ziare.com (Comunicat de Presă)
Google News - over 5 years
Fondat de proprietarul Gradinii Zoologice John Aspinall, in 1963, si numit dupa prima sotie a acestuia, Annabel, clubul a gazuit oaspeti celebri, politicieni de renume, dar si personalitati din lumea mondena si celebritati de la Hollywood
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Burton scores 94 after de Wett weather delays - Matlock Today
Google News - over 5 years
Partnerships of 26 with John Aspinall, 59 with Minesh Keshwala, 27 with Peter Camm and 45 with Andy Rogers moved the score to 237-6, a formidable score in the shortened game. The nine balls remaining allowed Steve Pell and Nick Rosling to add eight
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The New Arrivals At Port Lympne Wild Animal Park - Metro
Google News - over 5 years
Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal parks were set up by the late John Aspinall to protect and breed rare and endangered species and, where possible, return them to safe areas in the wild. The Aspinall Foundation which runs the parks also manages two
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Aspinall
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 73
    Aspinall died of cancer, in Westminster, London, on 29 June 2000, aged 74.
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  • 1998
    Age 71
    John and Sally had a son Bassa Wulfhere Aspinall (b 1972), who married in 1998 Donne Ranger.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a daughter, Amanda; and two stepsons, Jason and Amos Courage. The need for cash to fuel his zoos prompted him to return to running gambling clubs in London, and he set up two new successful ones in Knightsbridge and Mayfair. In 1983, he made $30 million from their sale, but a decade later he was in financial difficulties again, and in 1992 he set up yet another gambling spot, Aspinalls, presently run by his son.
  • 1990
    Age 63
    According to the journalist Lynn Barber, in an interview in 1990 Aspinall made a slip of the tongue indicating Lucan had remained Aspinall's friend beyond the date of the alleged suicide.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 February 2012, Glenn Campbell of BBC News reported that John Aspinall's ex-secretary (using the alias of Jill Findlay) had disclosed that she was invited into meetings where Aspinall and Goldsmith, the multi-millionaire businessman, discussed Lucan. She further said, that on two occasions, between 1979 and 1981, Aspinall had instructed her to book trips to Africa (Kenya and Gabon) for Lucan's children. The arrangement was so Lucan could see his children from a distance, but he was not to meet them or speak to them.
  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 48
    He opened Howletts to the public in 1975, and Port Lympne Zoo in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He embarked on a 10-year programme to restore Port Lympne Mansion previously owned by Sir Philip Sassoon. Both Howletts and Port Lympne have been run by the John Aspinall Foundation since 1984. The zoos are known for being unorthodox, on account of the encouragement of close personal relationships between staff and animals, for their breeding of rare and endangered species and for the number of keepers who have been killed by the animals they managed. Aspinall's was the subject of two award-winning documentary films by Roy Deverell, Echo of the Wild and A Passion to Protect. Aspinall ran unsuccessfully for Parliament in 1997 as the candidate of James Goldsmith's single-issue Referendum Party, against Britain's involvement in the European Union.
  • 1974
    Age 47
    Aspinall claimed that Lord Lucan, whose 1974 disappearance remains a mystery, had committed suicide by scuttling his motorboat and jumping into the English Channel with a stone tied around his body.
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  • 1973
    Age 46
    In 1973, because of need for further space for his animal collection, Aspinall bought Port Lympne near Hythe, Kent.
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  • 1972
    Age 45
    In 1972 he divorced his second wife and married thirdly Lady Sarah-Marguerite "Sally" Curzon (b. 25 January 1945, living in 2003 at 64 Sloane Street, London), daughter of Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, and Sybil Boyter Johnson. She was a widow who had previously married 29 March 1966 the racing driver Piers Raymond Courage.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 39
    Aspinall divorced her in 1966 and on 13 December of that year he married secondly Belinda Mary Musker (b. 27 November 1942), daughter of Major Anthony Dermot Melloney Musker (killed in a motor racing accident on 8 August 1959) and wife (m. 2 November 1940) The Hon.
    More Details Hide Details Mary Angela FitzRoy, without issue. The passing of the 1968 Gaming Act boosted profits, and he sold The Clermont in 1972.
  • 1962
    Age 35
    In 1962, Aspinall founded the Clermont Club in London's Mayfair.
    More Details Hide Details The Club was named after Lord Clermont, a well known gambler who had previously owned the building in Berkeley Square. The club's original members included five dukes, five marquesses, twenty earls and two cabinet ministers. But overheads were higher, and under the new laws Aspinall had to pay tax, only making a table charge which produced much smaller revenue for the house. In Douglas Thompson's book The Hustlers, and the subsequent documentary on Channel 4, The Real Casino Royale, the club's former financial director John Burke and gangster Billy Hill's associate John McKew, claimed that Aspinall worked with Hill to employ criminals to cheat the players. Some of the wealthiest people in Britain were swindled out of millions of pounds, thanks to a gambling con known as 'the Big Edge'. The scheme existed of three parts: On the first night of the operation, the tax-free winnings for the house were £14,000, or around £281,588.50 in 2016's money, adjusted for inflation.
  • 1960
    Age 33
    In response to Aspinall's legal win, the UK Government passed the Betting and Gaming Act 1960, which allowed commercial bingo halls to be set up, provided they were established as members-only clubs and had to get their take from membership fees and charges rather than as a percentage of the gaming fees.
    More Details Hide Details Casinos were required to operate under the same rules, with a licence from the Gaming Board of Great Britain (now the Gambling Commission), and to be members-only. The passing of these laws brought Aspinall's Chemie-based 5% business model to a close, and he had to find a new business.
  • 1958
    Age 31
    In 1958, he lived at Howletts Zoo, Kent; at this point his mother had forgotten to pay off corrupt police officers, so they raided his game that night.
    More Details Hide Details He won the subsequent court case, the outcome of which is known as Aspinall's Law. The win created a vast increase in Chemie games, during which:
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    In 1956 he married Jane Gordon Hastings, a Scottish model, and the couple had one son, Damian Aspinall.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 12
    He attended Felsted School in 1939, but after his parents divorced, his stepfather Sir George Osborne sent him to Rugby School.
    More Details Hide Details Expelled from Rugby for inattention, Aspinall later went up to Jesus College, Oxford, but on the day of his final exams, he feigned illness and went to the Gold Cup at Ascot racecourse instead. As a consequence, he never earned a degree. Aspinall became a bookmaker; at that time the only legal gambling in the UK was at racecourses and dog tracks (both cash and credit), credit betting via an account with a bookmaker, and betting on Football Pools. There was no legal casino gambling of any kind. Between races, he returned to London, and took part in illegal private gambling parties. Aspinall discovered that games of Chemin de Fer, known as Chemie (Chemmy), were legal, and the house owner made a 5% fee for hosting the event. Aspinall targeted his events at the rich, sending out embossed invitations. Illegal gambling houses were defined then in British law as places where gambling had taken place more than three times. With his Irish-born accountant John Burke, Aspinall rented quality flats and houses, never used them more than three times, and had his mother pay off local Metropolitan Police officers.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    John Victor Aspinall, known to all his friends as 'Aspers', was born in Delhi, India, on 11 June 1926, the son of Dr Robert Stavali Aspinall, a British Army surgeon, and wife, whom he married before 1926, Mary Grace Horn (died 1987), daughter of Clement Samuel Horn, of Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, Sussex.
    More Details Hide Details Years later, when he pressed his supposed father for money to cover his gambling debts, he discovered his real father was George Bruce, a soldier.
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