Corporate drama made for TV

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 December, 2000, 12:00am


Andersen Consulting finalised its split with parent Arthur Andersen (AA) months ago but rumours suggest there is a lingering irritation which has to do with the consulting group's new identity.

It should be easier, really.

When Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson-Lee left the temperamental Tommy, she swiftly got rid of the Lee part, even before taking out her implants.

But Andersen Consulting's choice of the moniker Accenture has apparently not gone down too well with some at AA.

Earlier this year, an arbiter ruled the consulting arm could break free from AA but give up its name and pay US$1 billion in return.

A source says some AA people feel Accenture is a derivative of the name Andersen Consulting (the AC part) and too close to the name of its venture capital unit AC Ventures.

'I understand there's been discussion about the new name but they have not been formally asked to come up with another one,' he said.

An Andersen Consulting spokesman in Hong Kong said, however, she could offer no more information on the subject.

The consulting arm concluded a bitter and traumatic three-year battle to make the split.

So much so that Lai See can envision a TV drama based on the event.

With a particularly catchy name to replace Accenture, aka The Practice or NYC Consultants.

Calista Flockhart could be the Colombian arbiter and Billy from Melrose Place as AA chief Jim Wadia.

This could be promptly followed by the release of Chicago Accountants next season.

Going ape: It doesn't seem to take much for the public to get excited.

SHK Financial Group - the financial services arm of Sun Hung Kai & Co - is freely distributing its series of advertising posters in response to 'heated' public demand.

Described as 'intriguing', they were launched last month to convey the message that placing trust in someone is a 'sacred' and 'intimate' thing - just what you want emblazoned on a poster across town.

One depicts a young woman dressed as an angel holding out her halo as a gesture of trust, i.e., 'you can rely on us to take care of your treasures' (read: buy the stock).

Another has a small boy with an oversized teddy bear (we're so pleased it's not Hello Kitty).

The third poster sent to Lai See is 90-year-old 'Monkey Man' Chan Yat-biu with his controversial monkey.

Remember him? The authorities took his pet away, but he got it back.

He is pictured smiling from ear to ear with the monkey on his shoulder. Of the three, Lai See suspects this very natural one is the poster most desired by the clamouring masses.

Festive moshing out: During the festive season, there are sure to be more physical complaints best described as drink-related, i.e., a bruise on the top of the foot from a wayward stiletto, mysterious grazes on the elbows etc.

But a doctor in Britain has warned party-goers of something much worse - Glam Rock Shoulder.

According to Web site Ananova, family medic George Rae from Tyneside says waving and punching over a period of time can lead to frozen shoulder and muscle problems.

The doctor aimed this at the 'middle-aged' who 'should remember they're not as flexible as they used to be'.

The site warned against dancing to Merry Christmas Everybody and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

No worries there.

Charlotte Parsons is on holiday

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