Thursday, 10 December 2009

A woman of many parts

As we all know, you have to be careful not to be misled by what you find on the internet.

I have just become involved professionally with a consultant whom I had not met until yesterday. She is charming, youngish but hugely experienced and in every way a person on whose skills one might confidently rely. I did ask Google to tell me what they had on her (no, poor choice of words, I mean what information on her is available online) and what came back was, much as I had expected, most encouraging, and confirmed my impression.

This is fine, but there is more: it seems that she has a substantial presence on Facebook, with many friends among lively teenagers, and is fond of West Coast Cooler ("perfect for girly nights out") and Absolut Vodka. And finally, she was a big name in the Australian music scene in the 1920s, when she wrote a number of patriotic ballads about Ireland.

When I gave more thought to this, however, it occurred to me that all these attributes and achievements might not relate to a single individual, and that the websites to which Google had referred me may have been describing three people with the same name but nothing else in common.


Grumio said...

Yes, I see the problem.

The name I use for my day to day transactions (wine merchant account, poetry subscriptions, harassing Members of the Dutch Parliament etc.) is shared with a Midlands DJ, a Leeds University fencing star and an Assistant Stage Manager who doesn't seem to have worked since 1991. If they are one and the same then that person has mastered frequent gender and race changes to boot.

Actually this mélange rather helps with some of my day to day activities.

Grumio said...

PS is there a Sonnet Mash Up this year, old fruit?

Tony said...

Well, my dear fellow, I don't know really. Do you think there is a demand for it?

Grumio said...

Well, as I recall, the number of entrants has been increasing year on year on since its inception. I think that unless and until this curve turns downwards we should say that yes, there is demand.

I'll sound the klaxons at Reginalds, let them know.