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Message to Shell management from a blunt American


I have been reading and contributing to this blog for some months now, and it is clear that RD Shell has pretty much made an implacable enemy out of the Donovan’s. They have done so unnecessarily and through managerial arrogance and complete incompetence.

Unlike RD Shell management John and Alfred conduct themselves with a good degree of ‘class’ and humor, and respect for the law, and I commend them for this.

I think I know a little about John’s attitude towards you folks, and I sympathize with him. That  attitude could probably be most colorfully stated by quoting a famous fictional character of American literature, Captain Ahab, of Herman Melville’s ‘Mody Dick’ (I presume you people do read good literature, on occasion). To wit:

“To the end I will grapple with thee;
From Hell’s heart I will stab at thee;
and for Hate’s sake I will spit my last breath at thee.”

John would never cast his approach to you folks in such a harsh and colorfully blunt form. He is British, after all, and has manners that we Americans sometimes fail to appreciate.

I am American, and therefore far more blunt in my approach to such matters. Hense, the above quotation (which does a pretty good job of describing my attitude). However, the point should not be lost on you people.

You folks in RD Shell management need to be a lot more careful about whose shoe’s you piss on. Dealing with people unfairly has a nasty way of coming back to haunt you, BIG TIME. As Bill Clinton once said: ‘Doesn’t take a tree full of owls to figure that one out.’ and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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