I’ve chosen “Ickenham” as my new nom de web. It’s inspired by my favorite character from the work of P. G. Wodehouse: Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, 5th Earl of Ickenham, aka “Uncle Fred.” If you don’t know anything about Wodehouse, you are in for a treat—he’s one of the greatest comic writers ever. His books usually are about upper class English eccentrics, twits, ne’er-do-wells, menacing aunts, and young men hopelessly in love. He often throws in a healthy dose of grifters and petty thieves for good measure, too.
Watoosa’s blog is more focused on books (and sundry!), so I’ll leave the longer discussion of Wodehouse to her. But if you want a hilarious read, check out Uncle Fred in the Springtime. Uncle Fred loves nothing so much as a scheme, especially if it involves him assuming a false identity, or (even better) juggling multiple false identities all at once. Since Watoosa has referred to me in print as a “lying bastard,” it’s no wonder I’m drawn to the Earl of Ickenham.
Plus, I think the photo that appears next to my moniker probably resembles Uncle Fred. So for now, it’s “Ickenham.” Let’s see Tim P or Timpe make something off-color out of that!