Somewhere in the Buckinghamshire town of Bletchley, a computer has been locked into this website for a week. Each day, according to the analytics, it’s online for 12 or more hours. This unprecedented attention is doing wonders for the site statistics, but of course it is also skewing the true picture.
So what has happened?
Has someone gone away on business or holiday, forgetting to shut down the computer? Did the user have a sudden and serious medical problem before he or she could click out of the site? Or are we being ‘stalked’ by a dodgy web-crawler?
Apart from being the ‘other half’ of Milton Keynes, Bletchley was formerly home to the World War 2 code-breakers who, in modern terms, hacked their way through the output of the German Enigma machines.
We hope this site is not being hacked. We’ve got some good stuff, but nothing to raise eyebrows at Wikileaks or GCHQ.
We know the ‘culprit’ is a Mac, running Safari, on an internet service provided by NTL Infrastructure (Birmingham). But unless our enigmatic visitor owns up, we’re unlikely to discover the full identity. Instead, we’ll hope it’s just a client we have yet to enjoy the pleasure of meeting.
David Goddin was born in the UK and educated in South Africa. He began his career on daily newspapers and trade journals, before moving into public relations consulting. He produced award-winning writing and became an Accredited PR Practitioner, the highest qualification of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. Since his return to the UK 17 years ago he has also contributed to a number of highly successful PR and marketing communications campaigns for major national and multinational clients. He is currently also President of the Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce.