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The Asia Pacific Alcohol Policy Alliance is a network of NGOs committed to the development of effective alcohol policy in the Asia Pacific region. We aim to work with other organisations in reducing alcohol-related harm worldwide by promoting science-based policies independent of commercial interests.

The National Social Norms Institute Brewing Research International (BRi)

Dominic Grieve http://www.addiction-ssa.org/mpinterests.htm

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc - Barrister. - Ex-member of Lloyds' reinsured into Equitas and a member of NACDE, a Names Action Group. 6. Overseas visits - 30 March-4 April 2006, to Pakistan, on fact-finding visit organised by the Conservative Muslim Forum. Airline tickets and accommodation were paid for by Bestway Cash and Carry which sponsored the visit. Other transport and official hospitality in Pakistan was provided by the Pakistan Government. (Registered 27 April 2006) 8. Land and Property - House in London, generating rental income. - I am part-owner of building land in France. 9. Registrable shareholdings - (b) Rio Tinto - (b) Shell - (b) Diageo - (b) GlaxoSmithKline - (b) GUS - (b) Taylor Woodrow - (b) Cadbury Schweppes - (b) Reckitt Benckiser - (b) Reed Elsevier - (b) Royal Bank of Scotland - (b) Schroders - (b) Anglo American Platinum Corp - (b) Astrazeneca Ord. - (b) Standard Chartered - (b) LVMH Tim Ambler Landmark Europe

Claire's favourite Star Trek character

Have a look at the resources section of the page on CoRWM: http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/CoRWM or http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Bell_Pottinger_Communications#References

The key thing is to reference docuemtns fully (ie author, title, source, vdate etc) and to upload the documents to the site via the 'upload image' link under 'special pages'. To determine the url for the uploaded file right click on the name of it once uploaded and 'copy link location'.

FOI ref author, title for this doc dates etc et


great stuff on Rycroft. The SDP links and Bell Pottinger info is great. Maybe it is worth having a setion at the bottom on his career which just lists the dates of his various appointments? I was confused about when whe was where and if he cae from and went to Bell Pottinger or was only there once etc?

--David 08:59, 28 August 2008 (BST)


No, I think two pages is fine. If you are fleshing this page out I would include a short ref to the history of Hnover as Media strategy on the Hanover page and reserve most of the pr-Hanover history for the Media Strategy Page.

Check for typos...

Good stuff --David 08:45, 25 September 2008 (BST)

Hi Claire

Great that you can work on Claire Fox--pls do update her page also with any material you have about her booze-related activities.

Re your spinprofiles email account, as a portal editor, you should have had a couple of weeks ago an email from Bill, the spinprofiles web guy, giving you an email adde, which shd be claire.harkins@spinprofiles.org and a user name and password. you need to go into yr email prog and set up a new account with the details that Bill has sent you. It's slightly techie so you might want to get someone to help you. I have sent you a test email to this adde so let me know if you get it! Also let me know if you didn't get such an email from Bill. I am still struggling to work out the technical details of how the site runs myself.

BW Claire

HI Claire

just doing a tour of the portal pages. think yr booze one is looking good. if there's one thing that may make it more accessible to the public before the launch, I think it might be to introduce them in simple language to a couple of the main issues around booze. In the Issues box or similar? I am not an expert on the topic but one possib that comes to mind is the industry's attempts to link lack of regulation of booze with liberty/freedom from government in the public mind? also people are worried about the licensing hours issue because of the violent binge-drinkers etc rolling along the streets at all hours--and relaxing licensing hours has got to be about raising revenue for the government hasn't it? because they get more tax back from the booze sold as a result of the longer hours? these are just guesses--as I said, I'm not an expert, but is it possible just to choose a couple of issues to foreground for the public? whatever the industry is/has been lobbying for I guess are the things to highlight.

hope I didn't trip over yr toes on Claire Fox--thought you'd finished her when I dived in. my apologies for that. must be like working in a field of vultures...

BW, Claire

From Rick Berman need sorted and referenced

Berman & Co. are behind the Center for Consumer Freedom, formerly known as the Guest Choice Network, known to have received a $200,000 donation from Monsanto. The Consumer Freedom campaign smears organic food as dangerous and promotes what t calls 'genetically improved food'. Berman and his firm paint GM opponents as terrorists, asserting that 'anti-biotech extremists' are part of a 'growing wave of domestic terrorism'. They say the people we need to worry about are not just al-Qa'ida but 'the middle-class kids down the street.' (Terrorists On The March -- In America, USA Today)

Berman & Co. have even declared the charity of the British and Irish churches, Christian Aid, a 'far-left leaning' group that 'flat-out lies about GE foods', hiding 'behind a religious facade to more easily malign farmers, scientists, food companies, and even PR people who deal with GE foods.'.

Berman & Co's internet PR campaign also includes ActivistCash.com which claims to 'root out the funding sources' of 'the most notorious and extreme groups that conspire to restrict the public's food and beverage choices'. However, the Center for Media and Democracy says ActivistCash.com draws on information already largely public and mixes it with distortions and misinformation. Curiously, Monsanto's $200,000 donation to Berman's PR activities only became public as a result of information from a whistle-blower. And Berman appears to take great exception to attempts to root out his own financial relationship with the various lobby organisations run by Berman & Co. He even threatened a lawsuit for defamation after attention was drawn to his 'funneling millions of corporate dollars - donated to non-profit organizations he runs - right into his own bank accounts. Berman pays himself the cash both directly and personally in the form of salary and benefits for his role as 'Executive Director,' as well as through payments he makes from the non-profits to his own corporation, Berman & Company, Inc., for 'consulting.' ' http://www.vegsource.com/articles/berman_release.htm http://www.parentalfreedom.com/response2berman.htm Berman was also implicated in a cash-for-favors scandal involving Newt Gingrich.

question about globalisation pages

HI Claire

I am going to be working on these pages, below, in preparation for the launch. David says that on certain pages to do with alcohol (and maybe others as you were involved in supervising students who created them) I need to consult with you. Cd you give the pages a quick look over please and let me know which pages I need to consult you on?

Forwarded Message

From: David Miller <davidmiller@strath.ac.uk> Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 15:40:28 +0000 To: 'Claire Robinson' <claire.robinson@spinprofiles.org> Subject: RE: Re:

Some final pages needing work:

some pages done by students which either need deleting or the good material adding to proper pages – ie removing material afrom the page and creating a page with a proper title (ie not globalisation at the beginning).. There is quite a lot. http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Globalisation

Thanks v much --Claire Robinson 19:40, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

things to do on Alcohol portal prior to launch

Hi Claire

going thru all portals prior to launch and have posted the following on David's talk page


as some of my q's on Alcohol Portal involve coding and I haven't a clue how to alter it without messing everything up. Here's what I left on his talk page--can you go through these points and clear up anything that is within yr power? Many thanks--we are almost ready! --Claire Robinson 17:45, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Alcohol portal

One of the two “Welcome to the alcohol portal” headers should be got rid of Gap top left above pic should be expunged

Gap top right above Priority Companies should be expunged

I know we are trying to attract writers to do “priority pages” for us but something in my guts tells me it’s dangerous to advertise who we are scouting for info on, esp in the case of a certain group of people we all know. I feel we should only come out with stuff on people when it’s quite bullet-proof, ie when an article is done and sourced. What do you think?

“Booze in the News” a great idea but can something go in there?

What about taking out “Newest Pages” and “Recently Updated Articles” as too much info on unrelated topics for Alcohol portal page?? What do you think about taking out the generic spin stuff, “Getting Started”, “Can You Help” and “SpinP History” out of each portal page? Too cluttered with it?

If I am right in assuming that all articles in Alc portal have the “Alcohol” category attached to them, can we add “For all articles in the Alcohol portal, see [link to Alcohol category page]” as I have done in GM Watch portal? The benefit of this is that the reader does not have to worry about whether he is guessing the correct category when he wants to know about a person or org, and there is no way (as things are) that he can know that all the articles in this portal are collected under Alcohol category. I can add this if Claire H approves.

I will send Claire H this message too as she will need to decide on/work on some of these things.--Claire Robinson 17:40, 27 January 2009 (UTC)


HI Claire

finally solved a question that's been bugging me for a while -- seems it's not legal to use company logos without their permission


This applies to your page on Diageo in the booze portal -- haven't checked any others in your portal but can you do a quick trawl and remove any logos that you see if you haven't got permission to use? Boring I know ...

I will add this policy to the copyrights and legal sections of the guidelines.

Copying to David in case he knows something I don't.

thanks and best wishes --Claire Robinson 21:02, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

what's hot

HI Claire

can u put in the new "What's hot" box on main page, a link to something topical and newsworthy from booze portal? I have put in something for GM already.

thanks! --Claire Robinson 12:12, 2 May 2009 (UTC)


Thanks v much Claire, very good. I have put it at the top, as the topics are in alpha order, so alcohol comes at the top.

BW --Claire Robinson 21:19, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

booze marketing term

Hi Claire

In "Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention"

could you very briefly explain what social norms marketing is in the appropriate section? I know you have a page on it but would be good just to have a phrase on this page defining the term.

thank you! --Claire Robinson 15:27, 13 May 2009 (UTC)


Hi Claire

Anal act of the week -- I renamed the Alcohol NGO's category Alcohol NGOs as this is correct punctuation -- no apostrophe for plurals, also renamed Scottish NGO's as Scottish NGOs. You don't need to do anything as I reassigned all the pages in the old spelling category to the new spelling category -- I'm just letting you know so you can spell the category Alcohol NGOs when you next use it...

hope all is well

best wishes --Claire Robinson 21:37, 26 May 2009 (UTC)


Hi Claire

directors look good to me. I have just rearranged them in alpha order.

--Claire Robinson 11:00, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Anheuser Busch question

HI Claire


Anheuser Busch

The first para's meaning wasn't quite clear grammatically and I tried to fix it but couldn't as I wasn't sure what the sequence of events was. so it doesn't make sense as it stands. cd you pls go in and fix, making clear when the merger was, who is a subsidiary of who and since when, etc etc? sorry for adding confusion!

many thanks --Claire Robinson 09:50, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

conservation body

Claire I have put them here:


feel free to add any booze info you have, I note Anheuser-Busch are in their corp partners list


--Claire Robinson 09:32, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

coding trick re hyphenations etc

HI Claire

good q. Yes there is a way. I have applied this system outlined below to the only Anheuser-Busch I could find in the article I just put up (the conservation caucus) and do feel free to do a search thru the site for Anheuser-Busch and code it like this (this is making the assumption that while some people spell it with hyphen, you spell it on the site without):

if you want to replicate someone else's usage with hyphen:


but you have on the site called it:

Anheuser Busch

there is a way of honoring other people's spelling while keeping yours the way you want it.

What you type:

[[Anheuser Busch|Anheuser-Busch]]

What you get:


Likewise, say for example you wanted to quote a quote about Bill Clinton (e.g. Monica Lewinsky said, "Bill ignored me after that.")

but you know that his entry in spin is under William Jefferson Clinton (not true but this is just an example). so you can code it like this if you want a hotlink to Clinton's page:

what you type:

Monica Lewinsky said, "[[William Jefferson Clinton|Bill]] ignored me after that."

what you get:

Monica Lewinsky said, "Bill ignored me after that."

Only the "Bill" will show up in blue, not red, if there is actually a page called William Jefferson Clinton.

BUT having said all this I just did a search for Anheuser Busch on the web and wiki hyphenates it, Anheuser-Busch. cd u do a search and see what is the correct version? If no hyphen is incorrect after all, we will need to 'move' the page to one called Anheuser-Busch, with hyphen. this will preserve all the links even to the unhyphenated form. Not sure if you can move pages or whether this is sysop privilege, but if you have that tab at the top of your Edit page, you can.

let me know how you get on.

--Claire Robinson 07:25, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Robertson Trust q

HI Claire

just a q on Robertson Trust. This sentence:

In 1995 the editor of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, whose parent body the UK Medical Council on Alcoholism is subsidized by the Robertson Trust.

seems to be incomplete, lacks a main verb?


--Claire Robinson 08:06, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

HI Claire

don't mean to pepper you with messages but you are writing lots at the moment (great) so...



we have the history section going straight into a quote. I am trying to encourage all our writers to set quotes in context with a lead-in sentence to guide the reader. see


also in that passage there is a rogue character -- which I suspect crept in during the changeover of the site to make it public. I am not sure what should be there -- ellipse? dash? so could you fix?

thank you! I will leave you in peace now.

--Claire Robinson 10:03, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

BRi page

HI Claire



I have amended the refs for that Caroline Walker beer doc "Bliss up" to point direct to the pdf rather than just the website. always best if we can to make the weblink go to the actual doc.

many thanks --Claire Robinson 10:21, 6 June 2009 (UTC)


HI Claire

did a new page on Dr Caroline Walker and came across these guys, who published a thing by her on vitamins in beer

Alcohol in Moderation


their people


include Elizabeth Whelan

worth a page?

best wishes --Claire Robinson 11:35, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

hyphens etc

HI Claire

sorry to take so long to reply -- I no longer get emailed when someone leaves me messages on my talk page and I have no idea why this is, as my preferences are set for me to be told.

Re Anheuser Busch and hyphens, I've made a redirect thingie under the hyphenated form of the name


hope that solves it?

BTW you can sign your messages to me by hitting the squiggle icon third from right in the edit function--it should sign your name automatically. then maybe it might set off some alert thing that tells me you have left me a message?

best wishes --Claire Robinson 13:56, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

tiny point

Hi Claire

very small point: only one space needed at end of a sentence. Like this. Not like this.

It's a convention that's changed since the advent of computers -- in typescript, it was usual to leave 2 spaces.

that's all for now

many thanks

--Claire Robinson 13:19, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

pls check edit

HI Claire

I edited first para of Landmark Europe for grammar and clarity but might have changed the meaning so it's no longer accurate. cd u check pls and adjust as nec?


--Claire Robinson 18:21, 11 August 2009 (UTC)