Monday, September 24, 2007

Justin has updated his now famous post to include an interim statement from Tim Ireland and Clive Summerfield:
We’d like to thank you all for your support and let you all know just what the hell has been going on, but we beg your patience as we continue with the practical measures required before we can fully and confidently speak our minds about this matter.

Our immediate priority is the restoration of the websites involved; this has been greatly complicated by the sudden closure of the entire account (as opposed to, say, the suspension or closure of the two websites directly involved in the Usmanov dispute). This total - and totally unexpected - withdrawal of service requires us to restore many websites with differing individual circumstances and formats. The removal of email used for the majority of these accounts has also further complicated matters, as the most immediate form of communication between many of the parties involved is no longer available.

Bob Piper is already back on deck, and we expect Boris Johnson’s weblog to be up and running shortly. Special arrangements are being made for Craig Murray as we speak.

A full statement is likely to follow the restoration of Bloggerheads and/or The UK Today, as it is at one of these websites that we would wish to host a full statement and manage the expected response.
The list of bloggers writing about the lovely Mr Usmanov has grown to well over 200 and Interweb searches for Alisher Usmanov are now far more interesting. This blog, along with everyone else's on the list I suspect, has been visited by a Schillings representative via Justin's post.

Wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the Schillings boardroom meeting this morning?
  1. Assessing negative impact outcomes and their effects on the business
  2. Conference call with representatives of very rich Uzbek client
  3. Team building exercise: group wailing and gnashing of teeth
  4. Coffee and biscuits (for those not feeling too sick to eat)

Heh! Top stuff.

"How do you feel sir?" "Better..." "Better?" Better get a bucket..."


Davide Simonetti said...

I've been wondering what it must be like in the Schillings board room too. Speaking of feeling sick...

CuriousHamster said...

That's very good and the title is spot on. w00t and indeed yay!

I'm no expert on gbombing but I wonder if it'd be possible to get Mr Creosote to stick? The resemblance is striking.

(For helpful types, I am already aware that links in comments have no-follow tags so don't affect search rankings. It's just a suggestion at this stage.)

Davide Simonetti said...

Feel free to use it. I remember hearing that Google had made changes to make gbombing more difficult but I think it's still possible. It's worth a go (I'm certainly no expert either). While we're at it, what about linking Schillings with 'shysters'?

BTW your link to Justin in this post needs fixing.

CuriousHamster said...

Ah yes. Thanks, I've fixed it.

Might wait with the jiggery pokery till Tim's back up and running. I suspect he'll have something interesting to say on a suitable response.

One thing we can say is that Schillings have developed a sudden interest in political blogging. I've just checked my logs and there have been three visits so far today already


There are many good blogs out there just waiting to be discovered guys and gals. Personally, I'd recomend Bloggerheads as a good place to start learning more about political blogging. Oh wait...

Davide Simonetti said...

I've been visited by Schillings as well. I've now blocked blocked their IP addresses (about 20 of them) and they are redirected here instead.

Cabalamat said...

Maybe. But maybe Schillings don't give a toss, they will presumably get paid in any case.

CuriousHamster said...

They'll get paid this time but their reputation for quietly making problems disappear will have taken a fair old dent. Craig Murray's original post is still easy to find and far more people are looking for it now.