I first met Jackie Codd, who was awarded the Empire Medal yesterday by HM Queen Elizabeth, when I joined the Bulletin 30 years ago. She was part of the paper's advertising team and a real key player. She was like the rock of Gibraltar, nothing was ever a problem. Jackie has a commanding personality and she was always telling me to tuck my shirt in when I was a junior reporter and would despair at the state of my desk. In those days the Bulletin was in San Felio and she would join the editorial team for lunch every Thursday. I must admit back in those days I was slightly frightened of her.