Article by Letitia Brown posted on Posterous and published here with her permission

I found this posted on Facebook.
I don’t actually agree with it, not fully, although I do get what the person who wrote the slogan was trying to get across.
I think the success of others drives some people crazy.
Most of us can take the other guy doing well. We might get a bit envious sometimes but someone else being successful doesn’t drive us crazy and certainly not crazy enough to try and tear them down, for instance by circulating false rumours about them or engaging in some anonymous character assassination.
Indeed we often admire successful people – at least, most of us do – whether that success comes through sport, philanthropy, literature or the arts.
Yet there remains humanity’s lunatic fringe, determined to render their fellows cowed and to make life hard for anyone who dares to live a good life or try to do some good in the world.
The slogan above made me think, naturally, of the artist Ted Stourton and hs friends and benefactors John and Irina Mappin, who have had the temerity not just to live well and succeed but to stick their necks out and try to help others do the same.
But as the slogan says: “The best revenge is happiness”.
I was down at Camelot Castle early this year and I met up with John and Ted. Both men were as genial as ever and had a sparkle and energy about them that suggested they sure are getting their revenge,
And driving somebody crazy no doubt!

Ted Stourton “Scandal”


Could the artist Ted Stourton of John Mappin’s Camelot Castle be the victim of a Black Propaganda campaign? The internet is sometime abused so as to spread Black Propaganda and harm the reputations of the innocent. Although he not the only honest citizen to fall prey to black propaganda, the mistreatment inflicted on the artist Ted Stourton illustrates my points.

This article is published with the author’s permission

ImageTed Stourton – Victim of a Black Propaganda Campaign

Black Propaganda involves the use of the internet to plant malicious and false stories about a person or business or group so as to tarnish their reputation and to deter people from getting into communication with the intended victim.
It is designed to keep people away from those with something to say or a product to promote.
It is an old trick and very easily done, turning in effect the wonderful freedoms and anonymnity of the internet into a destructive tool.
The Black Propagandist merely manufactures a few web pages on which he writes false or misleading stories about the intended victim. it is essentially rumor mongering or the creation of whispering campaigns in cyber space. The malicious pages are loaded with the key words people use to google the intended victim and they thus show up in the search results.
They don’t have to be true because the anonymity of the internet enables the black propagandist to say pretty much as he pleases, however disingenuous or vicious, without fear of prosecution – and without the person thus slandered being able to do a great deal to speak up in his or her own defence.
Sadly, the Black Propagandist knows that for his purposes he does not have to prove anything.  He merely has to accuse.
For example, let’s imagine you want to find out about the Pork Sausage Company of Michigan. You google “pork sausage company of Michigan” and there sprinkled among the search results, you see entries headlined “Pork Sausage Company Salmonella Scandal.” and “Pork Sausage Company launders money for the Mafia” or some such thing. The stories are pretty lurid, the headlines alarming. So, naturally, you click on them. By clicking on them you of course help elevate them in the rankings and you then have the “pleasure” of reading derogatory articles designed to put you off ever having anything to do with the Pork Sausage Company of Michigan.
The Pork Sausage Company of Michigan may be an excellent company with superlative products but it does not matter. As you have no way of knowing that the stories are false and planted by a Black Propagandist using a false identity and in the employ of the company’s competitor, Pork Sausages Inc of Detroit, you tend to believe what you read. 
Your view of the Pork Sausage Company of Michigan is thus tarnished and you are put off finding out more about the company or buying their products. The Black propagandist working for Pork Sausages Inc of Detroit has done his employer’s dirty work.
Another trick is to simply find an adverse comment about the Pork Sausage Company of Michigan. If he searches hard enough, the Black Propagandist will find one – even Jesus Christ had his detractors and even Rolls Royce will have someone somewhere who really doesn’t like their cars.
There could be a hundred thousand glowing recommendations about the Pork Sausage Company and just two of its customers who did not like their sausages but it is the unfavorable stories that will get published and re-published, blogged and re-blogged, the favorable ones ignored. Then, when people google the Pork Sausage Company of Michigan, what they see is “I hate Michigan’s Sausages says customer” or “Their disgusting sausages gave me a headache” or “Their pork sausages are dangerous if you ask me.”
You get the idea. it is very simple.
The artist Ted Stourton is a case in point. You Google him as you want to find out more about him and you discover that someone has placed stories designed to create as unfavorable an impression as possible. The intent is simply to denigrate and ridicule the man and put you off from finding out more about him and his work.
Some of the stuff, from what I’ve seen is just plain nasty. This is a shame because by all accounts Stourton is one of the nicest men you could wish to meet. Undoubtedly he is a prolific artist and his work is of high calibre judging by the list of celebrities that have visited him at Camelot Castle and bought his work.
None of this appears to have phased Stourton in the slightest and he continues to produce top quality work and devote a good deal of his time to helping fellow artists but it seems to me a shame that a thoroughly decent man she be subjected to such sour and insidious treatment.
As for who is behind the black propaganda, I do not know.
A competitor perhaps? Someone jealous of his success and acumen?
But one thing I have noticed in scanning through the google results: Ted Stourton himself does not stoop to denigrating others, writing snide articles or slagging off other artists.
So whom in the end would you trust?
Some anonymous writer who hides behind the anonymity of the internet so as to devote energy to slagging off the innocent.
Or someone who just gets on with trying to create some beauty?

Camelot Castle and Ted Stourton’s Light Box



Ted Stourton and Camelot Castle

 Want to Know More about Ted Stourton and Camelot Castle?

Here are some useful links

Ripples with a Peace Message – What the Papers Say about Camelot Castle What the Papers Say about Ted Stourton and Camelot Castle.
Ted Stourton – Why is he so Popular? Ted Stourton the painter based at Camelot Castle in Cornwall, England is becoming very popular indeed. His work attracts a who’s ho of celebrity buyers. No wonder; his paintings are fabulous!
Cornwall Holiday Accommodation in Luxury – Camelot Castle Camelot Castle Hotel is the diamond jewel of Cornwall, a stunning castle hotel in Cornwall that provides coastal accommodation.

Camelot Castle – Ted Stourton’s Artist Gallery


 Ted Stourton Gallery

The famous Ted Stourton, resident artist of Camelot Castle, produces truly stunning paintings. It is little wonder that his works are sought after by collectors the word over.

While you need to see them in the flesh in order to appreciate their full impact and viewing on line cannot do them justice (and therefore a trip to Camelot Castle is recommended) here is an on line gallery of his work that you might like to see.

Ted Stourton’s Paintings On Line

Grant Cardone, Camelot Castle and Ted Stourton

 Ted Stourton’s Masterpiece Holds Pride of Place in Cardone Mansion
If you had the foresight to buy or stock and hold one or more of the artist Ted Stourton’s wonderful paintings as part of your fine art portfolio, you are in good company.

This is a picture of US TV Matriarch Joan Rivers with Grant Cardone in the main Living Room of Grant’s Palatial mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

In pride of place is Ted Stourton’s masterpiece “Friendship Into Eternity,” which is one of the “Friendship” series he created in his studios at Camelot Castle.

Joan River’s assistant called Camelot Castle, which is in “King Arthur Country” in Tintagel on the Cornish coast, to ask to use the image as part of a new show in which Grant Cardone and his mansion were featured.

Grant is a one of the alumni of the Camelot Castle Icons of the Future Programme. Famous now in the US as the “Turnaround King,” he clearly has a keen eye for art as well as one of the brightest business minds of the age.

Rumour has it that Grant is about to upgrade his house in LA to an even bigger one and so this house in LA that was once owned by Lionel Ritchie and was considered by the Beckhams as their possible residence is now on the market at $18million.

Grant Cardone is a firm friend of the founders and illuminating minds of the Camelot Castle project, John MappinIrina Mappin and Ted Stourton. In  LA recently seeing some of Stourton’s other collectors, the Mappins had the great pleasure of dining with Grant and his beautiful wife Elena at the Cardones’ palatial home. It has one of the best views of any house in the Hollywood Hills and the Mappins came away with the firm opinion that it is cheap at $18 million.

Of course the house sale is unlikely to include Ted Stourton’s masterpiece. I doubt that Grant Cardone will be in any hurry to sell that painting any time soon, considering how value of the artist’s stock is rising … but you can try an offer for it if you have a few million to invest wisely.
You can watch the aforementioned Joan Rivers interview here and notice as you view the clip how Stourton’s painting has pride of place, favoured with the the best position in the best room of the main house.

And Grant Cardone is quite a phenomenon in his own right too. You can find out about him at

Friendship is a very powerful thing, the glue that holds our society together and when you make a friend of Camelot you have a stalwart ally from there on out.

And vice versa, I think………

Martin Clunes and Ted Stourton at Camelot Castle Hotel

ImageThe latest news from  John Mappin’s Camelot Castle, where the artist Ted Stourton plays host to acting legend Martin Clunes.
This is a photo recently taken at Camelot Castle, where two men at the pinnacle of their respective professions came together in friendship.
The renowned artist Ted Stourton
played host to the much loved acto
rMartin Clunes amid the Camelot Castle Hotel’s appropriately lavish setting.
Camelot Castle Hotel is owned by the newspaper baron and patron of the arts,John Mappin, and his wife Irina Mappin. It stands in “King Arthur” country at Tintagel on the beautiful Northern Coast of Cornwall, overlooking the ruins of the legendary  Tintagel Castle.
ImageIt lies in an area of outstanding and often haunting natural beauty.
It is co-owned by the artist Ted Stourton, who has become one of the most prominent and sought-after artists of our modern era and whose own name is similarly synonymous both with friendship and artwork of outstanding and often haunting beauty.

Ted Stourton: the Artist Wizard at Camelot

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TED Stourton – The Magic is Spreading

 This year Camelot Castle reports some wonderful news relating to the artist Ted Stourton’s spectacular work.
Stourton’s collectors are arriving daily at the Camelot Castle Hotel where he has his studios to meet the artist and view his new spring collection.
Ted Stourton’s name as a fine artist is now recognised worldwide.
He  has become a Brand in his own right  As collectors discuss those artists who are currently making history and having impact in the contemporary art world, the name Ted Stourton is on the lips of many.
Now just may be the time to increase your private collection and portfolio of Ted Stourton’s work.
But whether you are a collector or a fan (or both of course) Ted Stourton is always pleased if you get in touch as he values your friendship .
 You can always reach him at

Ted Stourton: Controversy and Fine Art

Ted Stourton.

This introduction to John Mappin’s article about controversy in the world of fine art, particularly as it relates to Ted Stourton, was written by Letitia Brown and is published here with her permission.

What is the relationship between controversy and success?
Why are so many of the world’s great artists vilified and sniped at? It seems that when anyone sticks his head above the parapet, others will try to shoot it off.
It has been said that you only know you are making an impact on the world when someone is having a go at you and it does seem sometimes as if the more positive and noble your impact, the more snipers and vipers will come slithering towards you through the undergrowth.
And those very snipers are always people who can muster no impact upon the world, except to lay snares in an effort to bring down its true giants.
As more and more people are now collecting Ted Stourton’s work, I thought that collectors and fans of Ted Stourton alike might find of interest an article by the newspaper baron John Mappin.
Stourton’s friend and mentor and “King of Camelot,”  Mappin gives you his take on the role of controversy in the role of art.
To view the article, click here