Saturday, July 28, 2007

Arcati + Wikipedia + VLSmithBook = Grudge?

The Madame Arcati entry on Wikipedia appears to have been written by two journalists known as VLSmithBook. I suspect they have used Arcati to draw attention to a purported book project. They explain: "In autumn 2006 we were commissioned by a UK publisher to write a celebration of the life and work of [sic] Victor Lewis Smith (provisionally entitled The Private Life of [sic] Victor Lewis Smith)." I thought his surname was hyphenated. Other contributors object to this self-promotion and even suggest that the two journalists may bear a grudge against Lewis-Smith (recently departed scabrous TV critic of the Evening Standard, and a Private Eye contributor, among other things).

VLSmithBook write: "We've added a page on Madame Arcati as she seems important." This is a good call. But given that this is the free-for-all of Wikipedia, I am sure not one likely to go unchallenged.

12 comments:

Duralex said...

As for me, I'm not sure I get what you mean, but this is what I guess : those two journalists think you could bring them some confidential information about Mr Lewis-Smith, and rather than bluntly asking for it by email, they prefer to butter up your ego first, with this Wikipedia article. Isn't that clever ? As we say in French, "on n'attrape pas les mouches avec du vinaigre" (one doesn't catch flies with vineger). Maybe they noticed your vanity (or your inferiority complex, as you like) just as anyone else did. :-)

Arcati said...

Dearest Duralex, what it is to be fluent in more than one language and a clot in all of them. My meaning is that our two journalists have perhaps decided to play l'araignée in order to trap those who might have information on Lewis-Smith - Arcati being une curiosité to those of a gossipy disposition.

Quite how many people are interested in the private life of Lewis-Smith I can't imagine - he is a talent of minor proportion.

lavinia said...

Darling, I hardly know anyone who has a thingie on Wikipoopoo and it hasn't done me a bit of harm, really it hasn't. By the way does any of your correspondents happen to know the recipe for a Conga cocktail? I've lost the dratted book and want to serve them on Sunday instead of Pimm's.

Arcati said...

La Conga ...

White Tequila - 2 oz
Pineapple Juice - 2 tsp
Angostura Bitters - 3 dashes
Club Soda
Lemon Slice

Arcati said...

Oh and stir all ingredients into ice filled glass, except for soda. Top up with soda, garnish with lemon slice and serve.

Arcati said...

Duncan, email me Lavinia's identity. I know an astrologer who's interested ...

Duralex said...

<< Dearest Duralex, what it is to be fluent in more than one language... >>

Gee, do you really think I'm fluent in English ? I'd be so flattered !

<< ...and a clot in all of them. >>

Hmmm, if my memory serves me well, I already replied to this once. Oh yes, it was a Courteline quote, here :
http://madamearcati.blogspot.com/2007/04/comedy-star-buggery-toilet.html

:-)))

Anonymous said...

Why no updates concerning Barnyard Bliss?

(But I don't think Duncan knows the Lovely Lavinia's Delectable Identity...)

Madame Arcati said...

The series was cancelled because it did not hit its audience segment target - shit happens as the makers of Eldorado will tell you. But the posting is there for golden re-runs.

Duralex said...

<< The series was cancelled because it did not hit its audience segment target >>

This is a real pity. I was saying to myself that something a little embellished and humorized could be great fun... I suppose that a first-rate writer like Ms Hill is largely capable of granting us that kind of stuff. :-)

lavinia said...

I think, Madame A, you've given me the recipe for a Conga Sling - the cocktail is something else. Oh dear, I used to know all these things off by heart in our Government House days. Reggie got a bit worried at times. He used to say 'You can lead a horse to water but you can't stop it drinking'. However I'm pleased to say I was never an embarrassment, could always hold my tipple - as a girl I was trained on Gimlets in Malaya. Now I hardly drink at all - plays havoc with the facelift - and I find that one good solid cocktail does me until teatime.

Madame Arcati said...

I think you need interviewing Lavinia ... the recipe is for what I call La Conga Cocktail ...