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Man Bites Wikipedia

So here’s a surprise people amend their Wikipedia pages in a way that casts favourable light on their own reputation!   Am I the only coffee-drinker to stifle a yawn at all the pages of print that this revelation made this week?  Man bites dog and all that journalistic wisdom.  I would have been much more interested to find out who amends their entry in way that makes them look worse.  Surely there must be some reputation masochists out there and I for one would love to hear from you.  

 

Thinking on this is not this ability to reply, aggregate a view and let a democratic process determine the facts a defining element of 2.0.  In fact with the ability for American individuals and companies to reply to comments made about them in stories carried on google are we in fact entering a golden age of accountability?  As was once said about the second world war “From A Many Mangled Truth a War Is Won.”  Yet today it seems as if there is little that is not known or blogged on Iraq military operations.  In July allegedly the head of the army even felt obliged to give the Daily Telegraph context on the fact that British forces were over stretched.  Maybe we are all becoming reputation masochists after all?

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A BOTTOM-UP BLOODY MARY

If there is one thing possibly more sacrosanct than cold coffee it is a Bloody Mary.  So you can imagine a certain degree of angst when I discovered recently the 2.0 bottom-up-bug had started to mess with this important institution.  To be clear I found a place that prided itself on a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary where the everyday punter was expected to pay not only for the ingredients but the privilege of putting the drink itself together. You see in my traditional view any cocktail, let alone one as important as the tomato juice king, needs to be prepared by a highly-qualified professional bar person who is not only able to create the right beverage but also exudes respect for the institution.  This is a question of nuance. A Cosmopolitan should be delivered with a certain panache, a Slow Comfortable Screw with the right degree of irony and cheekiness, and clearly the BM with respect.  The democratisation of the building process clearly drives a train through this conceit  So standing in the special drink-creation section of the bar as I surveyed the smorgasbord of ingredients, I was deeply worried as to the outcome.  Yet just as I was about to enquire into the opportunities of work in Patagonia (surely they still believe in tradition there) a colleague came to the rescue.  This chap,  who shall for ever more be Bob ‘The Mary’ Grove, took the mountain of ingredients and knocked up four drinks that were worthy of serving on the morning after the Annual Vituallers Gala Ball. So a radical thought for Hargreaves  Does bottom-up actually lead to better processes?   Firstly depends who you know I guess. So this brings me back to participation.  For years I have been trying to complete an opus entitled Great Bloody Marys of My Time, a riveting read I am sure except for the fact that actually there are too many great bloody Marys. JFK Airport has a bar with a good one, The Sirenuse Hotel in Positano the best but, more often than not, they disappoint; including at The Ritz I should add. So in the best traditions of the bottom-up, wiki fuelled new world, I would be grateful for any tips that could help me speed up my research and foster my new found democratic fervour.  

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