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25 Feb 21
"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."
BOW WAVE 669
Bow Wave Issue 669--Plenty of Pirates Edition
news and views on trade, insurance and risk
In this issue:
Poem of the Week
RG Langenhan,CPCU who is retired, writes:-
My marine insurance career goes back to 1970 in San Francisco mainly as a broker for Johnson & Higgins and later reaching U/W Manager for Pacific Mutual Marine Office for the John Blackman, et al organization. One of my colleagues with INA was Dick Yerian who has recently retired. He was active with our local insurance education process and contributed to the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters with exam questions and syllabus for the AMIM course of study.
You Donít Know Dick: 50 Hard Years
Heís walked hotel lobbies by day and by night,
Heís donated his time to many a cause,
His trips near and far bring a story to tell,
Let loose the thunder of his quotations and rates, Manuscript wordings with endorsements and dates,
His birthday has come during a time of market awareness, Companies are merging with speed and with quick,
I spoke of his deeds and his devotion to duty,
Bob Langenhan !997
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Note from the Editor
Plenty of response to our last edition which dealt with the gamekeeper and poacher issue in shipping journalism and pirates aplenty.
Our item in Issue 668 produced a lively response:-
From Sino Ship's Sam Chambers:-
Bravo to your shipping PR maven (Beware the Shipping Hydra) on shipping's curious acceptance of journalists who are in fact spin doctors. He or she hits the nail on the head with the following comment: "It would be inconceivable for the editor of Computer Week to double up as a paid advocate for Apple products. It would be impossible for the editor of the Financial Times to be a media advisor to the Bank of England. But in shipping, this conflicted behaviour occurs every day."
The one thing missing from the article was the even more pernicious effects of PR folk also being PUBLISHERS of shipping titles, rather than merely journos. This is now all too commonplace and hugely misleading to many a readership.
From Freelancer David Hughes:-
Interesting article. I did try doing both but decided a long time ago that you can't serve two masters - and I wasn't very successful at PR. Mind you some of the stuff I still do bears a considerable imprint of the advertisers!
From Bill Thomson:-
The ĎShipping Hydraí article was a breath of fresh air to me. For too long the maritime media has been characterised by bodies with too many heads. Such as media buying agencies who took fees from clients while placing their advertising with the publications for which they acted as sales agencies (generally favouring the publishers who gave them the biggest percentage). Now we have PR companies who are also media agencies and magazine publishers, albeit in the most prominent case under different names, in different premises, but under the same ownership. Itís not hard to see how clients of the media agencies can be advised to place their advertising in particular publications.
Iím pleased to see that somebody else feels the same as we do about the current state of maritime PR. There are plenty of good, honest PR people in the industry, but unfortunately things are not always as they seem, and this is not apparent to the lay person.
Ian Matheson begs to differ:-
Methinks the shipping PR maven writes a load of tosh. I think I know who the author is as I've often heard him (if my guess is correct, it is a he) whining on about why PR people should not publish magazines.
I run a PR company and publish a magazine. I don't use the latter as a mouthpiece for the former. The magazine would soon wither and die if we did that.
The author writes:
I say no, we've got far too many public affairs advisors in all sectors of business, spinning their wheels. The media needs to speak to the organ grinders, not their monkeys. But sadly those organ grinders increasingly hide behind the 'shareholder disclosure' excuse to avoid speaking to the press.
Does the author honestly believe that it is only within the shipping industry that a journalist/reporter who doubles up as a public relations guru is tolerated? I think that is highly unlikely.
The author needs to do a little more research if he or she believes that a significant proportion of any publication is written independently by journalists seeking and disseminating information truthfully without fear or favour. I guess that 50% of any title is PR-driven.
Does the author honestly believe his/her statement: "After all, the Journo-PR guru will always pull the ultimate PR client hook line stunt - "Of course the newspaper will cover your story--because I will write the story." Most of the journalist-cum-pr gurus I have come across publish one or two magazines; which are actually pretty well put together and have filled a gap left by the poor quality or closure of the magazines produced by the larger publishing groups within the maritime sector - we all know who I am referring to!
Sam, it's great that you have aired this issue, but I really think that the author should have been prepared to put his name to the piece.
The editors of Shiptalk and SAMI, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, have launched a new online publication
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Alexander WŲstmann writes:-
This is to inform you about and invite you to participate in OIL-AROUND 2013, a Conference/Master-class/Think-Tank that will take place May 21-23, 2013 at an attractive location near Frankfurt, Germany, bringing together the subjects of Global Oil & Gas (incl. unconventionals and shale), Biofuels, Global Economic & Financial Developments, Global Geo-Political Developments and Global Climate Developments, rounding off with an integrational Think-Tank.
See for a more extensive description:-
Here is a link to allaboutshipping's report on a recent meeting held by the IMIF, which we esteem, at the offices of lawyers Stephenson Harwood.
Randy Cassingham's latest JumboJoke.Com mailing contains some fighting talk on the marital front. Dear oh dear.
1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, then comes good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in Ontario and mine is in Tucson.
3. I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. Then she said "There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair.
7. My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was, she told me "In the Lake."
8. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling "Am I too late for the garbage?" The driver said "No, jump in!"
10. Remember. Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
11. Statistically, 100% of all divorces start with marriage.
12. I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.
13. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. She told me never to interrupt her.
14. The last fight was my fault. My wife asked "What's on the TV?" And I said "Dust!"
The Power of Faith
As told by Paul Dixon:-
The Pope met with his Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Ariel Sharon, the Ex Prime Minister of Israel.
"Your Holiness", said one of his Cardinals, Mr. Sharon wants to challenge you to a game of golf to show the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared by the Jewish and Catholic faiths."
The Pope thought this was a good idea, but he had never held a golf club in his hand.
"Don't we have a Cardinal to represent me?" he asked. "None that plays very well," a Cardinal replied. "But he added,"there is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer who is a devout Catholic. We can offer to make him a Cardinal,then ask him to play Mr. Sharon as your personal representative. In addition to showing our spirit of cooperation, we'll also win the match."
Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made. Of course,Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play. The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the result. "I have some good news and some bad news, your Holiness," said Nicklaus.
"Tell me the good news first, Cardinal Nicklaus," said the Pope.
"Well, your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I've played some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have ever played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful, and my putting was perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous."
"There's bad news?", the Pope asked. "Yes," Nicklaus sighed. "I lost to Rabbi Tiger Woods by seven strokes...."
This long posting comes to us courtesy of Richard Mulcahy:-
Here is a glorious winner:
1. When his 38 calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
And now, the honorable mentions:
2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger... The chef's claim was approved.
3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his
5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]
7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The w hole event was caught on videotape...
8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID . To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."
9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5 A.M. , flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast.... The man, frustrated, walked away.
[*A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]
10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street by sucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.
In the interest of bettering mankind, please share these with friends and family....unless of course one of these individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case, be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost.
*** Remember.... They walk among us, they can reproduce..
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