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Reflections on Yuletide greetings from Shell lawyers

The threats about defamation, breach of contract, contempt of court, potential action by third parties etc are also duly noted; a fairly typical variety of seasonal greetings from Shell. Is this part of the policy of dealing with me “sympathetically” as promised in writing by Mr Wiseman on 26th November 2002? If this is the […]

NO CHIVALRY AT SHELL

By John Donovan A month has passed since the death of my father, Alfred Donovan, at the age of 96. A war disabled and decorated veteran who spent 12 years in the British Army. I have received many moving tributes and messages of condolences from friends and critics, for which I am most sincerely grateful. […]

SHELL GARDA CORRUPTION IN IRELAND EXPOSED BY THE OBSERVER

“The Observer asked the Garda and Gilligan specifically to deny the delivery, but no denial came, only a repeat of the prepared statement. The Observer replied that, unless a denial was received, we would presume the veracity of OSSL’s story. Silence ensued.” CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGES OF FULL PAGE ARTICLE IN THE OBSERVER PDF OF […]

ALFRED DONOVAN AND ROYAL DUTCH SHELL

AN OPEN LETTER TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC. SUBJECT: THE DEATH OF MY FATHER, ALFRED DONOVAN From: John Donovan <johndonovan@me.com> Subject: THE DEATH OF MY FATHER, ALFRED DONOVAN Date: 2 August 2013 12:46:37 GMT+01:00 To: michiel.brandjes@shell.com AN OPEN LETTER Dear Mr. Brandjes I am disappointed, but […]

Alfred Donovan 1917 – 2013 RIP

My father, Alfred Donovan, passed away earlier today in Colchester Essex, after a short illness.  “Don”, as he was known to friends and family, served in the UK Regular Army – Royal Corp of Signals (Royal Berkshire Regiment) – for 12 years. From December 1933 until March 1946 he served in the UK, Palestine, Egypt […]

A Unique Relationship With Shell

Because of the “royaldutchshellplc.com” domain name, we regularly receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, and sometimes even terrorist threats meant for Shell. We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with third parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells […]

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates

I last wrote to you on 1st March 1999. I did so in the knowledge that your esteemed family is one of the largest single shareholders in Shell. I warned you about what I described as “a culture of deception and cover-up deeply ingrained at the highest levels of Shell”. FINANCIAL TIMES By Matt Steinglass […]

Shell Oil Axes Exec For Alaska Drilling Fiasco. Will More Heads Roll?

Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff: I’m based in Houston, Texas. Energy capital of the world. David Lawrence, the executive vice president directly responsible for Alaskan operations has left the company. A Shell spokesman says that “Mr. Lawrence’s departure from Shell is by mutual consent.” Lawrence had been with Shell since 1984. His departure was first reported […]

SHELL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES – GENUINE OR CON TRICK?

By John Donovan Shell has for many years supposedly operated within an ethical code which, according to its current shell.com webpage on the subject, was first published in 1976. This does not tally with the relevant pages in “A HISTORY OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, Volume 3,” about the history of the code – known in […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL ROBBERS AND RASCALS

FROM OUR SEPT 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE ROYAL DUTCH SHELL ROBBERS AND RASCALS “…Shell shareholders have to foot the bill for lawyers fees run up in the course of defending fat cat crooks, such as Sir Phillip Watts, the disgraced former Group Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. Sir Phillip ended up with a […]

A loose cannon at Sakhalin Energy

It seems to me slightly over-the-top for the Sakhalin Energy source to compare the Russian Federation Government dealings with the Donovans to “another mistake similar to signing The Non-Aggression Pact between the USSR and Germany of 1939…” By John Donovan Definition of a “loose cannon” – An unpredictable or uncontrolled person who is likely to […]

royaldutchshellplc.com website protected by the First Amendment

Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Oct 2008) Excerpt from 2011-1 SUPPLEMENT 8-28 “The Sixth Circuit took the position that these negative domain names used in conjunction with Web sites that raised criticism of commercial conduct were forms of expression protected by the First Amendment.93 In some instances, critics […]

The Washington Post: Shell shareholders to back unification

FROM OUR ARCHIVES… Another dampener on Shell’s biggest corporate overhaul since the two holding firms tied up in 1907, is a spat over the rights to the web domain “royaldutchshellplc.com.” Disgruntled shareholder Alfred Donovan beat Shell to register the domain name. Shell has sued Donovan for the rights to the domain but while the matter […]

LETTER SENT TO MR GARY THOMSON, SHELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Because of the royaldutchshellplc.com domain name, we receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, even threats meant for Shell (as supplied today). We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with the parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells and […]