Just thought you should know that when the Attorney-General
visited Copyright Agency Ltd last week all staff were instructed by
management that wearing any clothing with political connotations was a
sackable offence. This included the wearing of the colour orange, which
would be interpreted as a reference to David Hicks.

It’s been interesting reading about the One.Tel court case
and Jodee Rich’s denials that he “disliked” bad news. I worked at the
UK office of One.Tel, just as the company was gaining popularity over
here. Everyone used to comment on how much Jodee looked like Mr Burns
from The Simpsons, but I will remember him most for his Cuban
heels and legendary foul temper. Both Brad and Jodee would wander round
the office asking on-the-spot questions about the company and would
dish out crisp fresh tenners of cash from a big wad of notes if you got
the question right. Once, he asked me to get him a sandwich from the
local deli which was situated near Gloucester Road station, he wanted
ham (off the bone) in a bap with salad and mustard. He gave ME a
telling off and had a hissy fit because the server had forgotten his
mustard, someone had to run and get him a jar from the Waitrose
supermarket. Silbermann once pulled me away from my duties to go and
buy him a copy of Kipper The Dog for his child. We called him
Doberman because of his habit of snapping at people. The company was
throwing away cash hand over fist: Jodee once even asked me to sendLachlan
Murdoch some shampoo, and went absolutely ape when the DHL man said it
couldn’t be sent from London to New York by air, due to its alcohol
content. He actually gave me a dressing down for declaring the contents
of the package on the airway bill label.

Peter Fray

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