Eighteen years without Charlie Bell: a ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz’

Eighteen years without Charlie Bell: a ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz’

Freddy de Freitas, New York City Bureau

I’m living in hell, and it is only getting worse.

What am I doing here? I am supposed to be in Sydney right now. Why are flights to Australia so expensive right now? Wall Street Golden Boys say pre-pandemic bargains have disappeared as airlines look to recoup costs of closures and grapple with rising fuel prices.

Eighteen years ago, pals, families, and business associates, including Prime Minister John Howard and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, were among hundreds of grievers who filled a church in Kensington, Sydney, to say goodbye to the ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz.

Bloke Bell saw the stage musical Boy From Oz 15 times. 

He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in May of 2004, less than a month after becoming the global head of McDonald’s. He left the fast food giant in November of the same year after several rounds of treatment.

From humble beginnings flipping burgers, serving fries, and mopping the floors at age 15 in suburban Sydney, the ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz became the first non-American to head the US enterprise.

When people would ask Bell how he was, he would say, “fat and happy,”

He had a charm that drew people into his orbit … he was all action, trance, astute comicness, and passion.

Dedicated as he was to the triumph of the fast food giant, he also treasured spending time with his wife Leonie and his teenage daughter Alex. “I couldn’t have dreamed for a better daddy”, often points his daughter. 

When people would ask Bell how he was, he would say, “fat and happy,” and the only exercise he did was jumping to conclusions.

Bell was a remarkable man. He loved McDonald’s. He loved his assignment and believed we led from the rear in management. Young Bell was supposed to work for his administration, but he would be coming out and telling them what they should do.

 His motto was “Life is not a rehearsal.”

Mr. Bell was cremated privately.

I miss him, but G-D has his hands full.

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Crowley Advances Major Australia Fuel Services Project with Saunders International

Crowley Advances Major Australia Fuel Services Project with Saunders International

Crowley has reached an agreement with Saunders International Ltd. to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and management (EPCM) services, as well as the construction of multiple bulk fuel storage tanks. The agreement is a vital component to enable Crowley’s fuel management and storage services in Darwin, Australia, serving U.S. military operations in the Pacific.

In September, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy awarded Crowley the multi-year contract worth $192 million to receive, store, protect and ship aviation-grade JP-5 turbine fuel and commercial grade Jet A-1 fuel for military forces. Services will be provided at a bulk fuel storage facility in Darwin located in Australia’s Northern Territory. Saunders’ participation will support Crowley’s efforts to deliver important fuel storage services at Darwin to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy and the nation’s service branches.

“We are pleased to be entering into this agreement with such a highly reputed firm as Saunders International to provide professional management and tank construction services,” said Sean Thomas, vice president, Crowley Solutions, the company’s government services business unit. “We value their proven industry expertise in Australia and look forward to working with them to deliver Crowley’s energy solutions.”

Sydney-based Saunders is a market leader in the construction of bulk liquid storage tanks over the past 70 years and has an extensive track record in the delivery of major tank construction projects. Saunders has successfully constructed nine bulk liquid storage tanks over the past 18 months in Australia, including two tanks for the Royal Australian Air Force base in Darwin. Two tanks are also being completed in the area for the Australian Navy at the nearby Larrakeyah Precinct.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract following the advisory services Saunders has provided over the past several months,” Saunders Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mark Benson said. “We have worked in a collaborative manner with Crowley to develop this project and during this time, we have developed a strong working relationship with Crowley, whose values and culture are closely aligned to Saunders.”



The New Convenience Delivery Service Offers Fresh Foods, Meal Solutions, Grocery Staples, Household Necessities and Snacks Within 30 Minutes via Instacart

For a Limited Time, Customers Who Use the New Service Can Enjoy $20 Off Their $30 Order

QUINCY, MASS.- Committed to providing customers with convenient ways to shop, Stop & Shop is taking convenience to a new level, partnering with Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, to launch Stop & Shop Express. Stop & Shop Express allows customers to shop for groceries, convenience items, and other household essentials delivered to them in as fast as 30 minutes. Stop & Shop is the first grocery retailer in the Northeast to make this service available with Instacart.

Perfect for when you forget the key ingredient in a recipe, just ran out of diapers, or crave a late-night snack, customers will be able to choose from more than 30,000 convenience items like prepared foods, snacks, beverages, paper goods, cleaners, and baby products via Stop & Shop Express. Stop & Shop Express is available to shoppers across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey.

To celebrate the launch of Stop & Shop Express, customers will receive $20 off their $30 order beginning Tuesday, October 19 with the code Save20on30VC*. Stop & Shop Express is available seven days a week and can be utilized as long as Stop & Shop stores are open, as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 12 a.m. Stop & Shop Express carries a $10 minimum and a $2.99 delivery fee. Instacart Express members will receive Priority Delivery in as fast as 30 minutes for free.

Stop & Shop Express will join Instacart’s Convenience Hub, an Instacart Marketplace product feature that streamlines the convenience shopping experience for customers. Convenience delivery allows customers to access the essentials they need in as fast as 30 minutes – when they need just a few items quickly – supplementing their weekly grocery shop.

“With Stop & Shop Express, not only will we continue to be there for our customers with our great selection of grocery items, but we can be there for them in as fast as 30 minutes,” said Gordon Reid, President of Stop & Shop. “Our customers’ lives are busier than ever, and this service will help make things easier for them.”

Stop & Shop Express is part of Instacart’s growing convenience category that allows customers to receive an expedited delivery. Stop & Shop first partnered with Instacart in 2017 to offer customers same-day delivery. In July 2020, the grocer expanded its availability on Instacart to 321 locations, making same-day, contactless delivery accessible from more than 75% of its stores.“We’re proud to expand our long-standing partnership with Stop & Shop to provide customers with an unmatched convenience delivery offering,” said Chris Rogers, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. “From a last minute baking or dinner ingredient to toothpaste and paper goods, we’re thrilled to give customers an easier and faster way to access their convenience shopping needs. As part of our deepened partnership, we’re excited to introduce Stop & Shop Express and continue to provide an online grocery experience that is effortless, accessible and affordable for customers.”Customers can shop Stop & Shop Express at express.stopandshop.com, and via Instacart at http://instacart.com/stop-shop-express. To learn more about Stop & Shop Express, please visit https://express.stopandshop.com/

Airline riders to dress masks for two more years

Airline riders to dress masks for two more years

Airline passengers to wear masks for two more years, Emirates SVP predicts

Airline travelers will have to get used to wearing face masks on flights for at least another two years, a senior leader from Emirates airline has announced.

Zack Zainal Abidin, senior vice president of Emirates Group Security, made his remarks at a Dubai aviation security conference.

“Covid is here to stay and it won’t improve until it’s regarded as endemic rather than a pandemic,” he said
“It used to be the fact that the flu was regarded as a threatening disease until it became part and reality of life.

“It’s going to take some time before Covid-19 approaches that stage.”

When addressing the global voyage, Mr. Abidin cautioned that people should not assume to go mask-free anytime soon.

“It’s going to be a while before the status of Covid-19 turns and there’s going to be at least two more years of people wearing masks,” he stated.