Yep. I have to confess that my real name is Kev.
‘Kevin Winston Abott (Abott, one b)’ is indeed my name.
My microscopic circle of friends used to call me ‘Kwa’ – which amused them by sounding, as best they could manage, like what Manuel used to exclaim interrogatively whenever Basil Fawlty gave him a hard time.
True – I’m a complete doofus jammed in that ‘Corrosive Littoral of Habit’ –
but whatever you do – don’t click on to that otherwise James Gleeson’s sentiments, expressed all those years ago in 1940, might offend you.
Why bother mentioning that?
Stuffed if I know.
Getting back to the outing-
I have decided that the Calligula thing was a really bad choice for a pen name (I jammed two ells into that in some turnabout defiance of my own wonky surname).
Then there is the way that politics is going here in Oz.
My real name is a great name – however Kevin is so completely bogan these days, that it is, in my own mind, way outside the pale.
If I choose Abott – everyone will abuse me if Tony wins the raffle happening just down the road (despite that different spelling)
Then there is the ‘Winston’ Churchill thing and that unfortunate coincidence of Jackboot johnnie’s middle name.
You might appreciate that I’m jammed solid between several rocks and a hard place – hence ‘Calligula’.
Should I maybe choose a nice Jewish name like so many in the finance and banking industry adopt – how goes ‘Chaim Silverberg’?
Or some nice retired cop – sort of ‘avatar’.
‘Michael O’Reagan’ could pass muster?
I AM completely beside myself with worry about this.
I’m confident that none of you reading this will care.
I know that the entire lot of you useless bludgers hide behind similar screens yourself.
So why not just admit it?
The Net is suffused with people hiding behind trick identities.
They write in smartarse comments to their own blogs.
Or they have a stack of like-minded pals (or colleagues of the same agenda) who are so completely bored, that they write in, droll, glib, crapola for them.
The entire confabulation is somewhat of a colossal, overweening, lie.