from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A borough of west-central England west-northwest of Birmingham. It had thriving iron, coal, and limestone industries until the 1870s. Population: 194,000.
- Dudley, Robert. First Earl of Leicester. 1532?-1588. English courtier, politician, and favorite of Elizabeth I. Pardoned for his involvement in the plot to secure the throne for Lady Jane Grey (1553), he sought the hand of Elizabeth, who refused him, partly because his wife, Amy Robsart, had died (1560) under suspicious circumstances.
- Dudley, Thomas 1576-1653. English-born American colonial administrator who served as governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1634, 1640, 1645, and 1650) and as one of Harvard College's first overseers. His son Joseph (1647-1720) was also governor of Massachusetts (1702-1715).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A town in the West Midlands.
- proper n. A habitational surname, notably of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at the time of Elizabeth I.
- proper n. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An engine for hauling logs which propels itself and drags its load by revolving a large spool around which are several turns of a cable, fixed at each end of the track.
From hence you pass by the Dudley brewery, and having ascended the hill, arrive at _Dudley, ten miles_.
Otherwise "-- the passion in her voice kept it down to a whisper --" it's not only that I'm afraid he can make things look as if I stole from Dudley as well as from Van Ruyne: I'm afraid -- _for Dudley_! "
Like most jocks, Dudley is not sensitive to the people in the grandstands.
But now Dudley is dead, and very few people even remember that he was ever with Susan Anton.
"The measure of the challenge facing Dudley is that if in six months there's no change in the share price, BP will be highly vulnerable to an approach by Exxon or [Royal Dutch Shell PLC]," said a London oil and gas banker.
"If you're the board and you want the tension of a culture change and you also want continuity, then [Dudley] is not a bad compromise," said a former BP manager who has worked closely with the incoming CEO.
Dudley is as well positioned as anyone – and certainly better placed than Slough-born Hayward – to do this, not least because he speaks with a familiar southern-state inflection that plays well with the home crowd.
Despite all this, Dudley is likely to push the idea that BP can still play to its strengths as an expert in deep-water drilling, arguing that its experience in the Gulf of Mexico leaves it able to deal with any future crisis better than anyone.
Already there are whispers that Dudley is looking for a new head of communications who would outrank current PR boss and former Financial Times editor Andrew Gowers.
Dudley is likely to argue that this fits into a wider shrink-to-grow strategy that has been encouraged by investment banks such as Morgan Stanley and was already underway prior to the gulf spill.