Someone has been putting peculiar ravings up on the internet and signing them ‘Gareth In a Wig’. This is an oblique reference to my friend David’s wife, Della Farrant, who for various reasons is reluctant to be photographed. This has led to some bizarre theories about her identity being posted, that for instance she is actually Rob Milne – who in fact is obviously a Scotsman, and could not possibly be Della – Trish Jing Jai, a Thai woman, or the literary critic Doctor Jane Monson, simply because she interviewed David Farrant at the launch of the first volume of his autobiography, and any number of women whom David has made the aqcuaintance of over the years. It has also been suggested that Della is David Farrant himself, though it seems rather obvious that David is not a woman.. Perhaps the strangest idea is that she is myself wearing a blonde wig. Since her hair is dark brown, this is particularly odd. Actually, it would be interesting to be a woman with a cleavage like hers, but I am a man (I think). I have never stuffed coconuts up a bra, as has been alleged.
‘Gareth In a Wig’ accompanies his (her?) postings with a photograph of the popular singer Shakira. I do not suppose that she likes this any more than I do. Whilst Della is not normally photographed, her voice has featured on various radio programmes and You-Tube videos, and I would particularly draw attention to the ‘BPOS Christmas Special Bloopers’, where you can hear her voice off-screen, saying to me: “What ARE you going to do?” I could not possibly imitate her voice, since mine is deep-pitched, and hers is in the middle range. Even if I was capable of throwing my voice.
Della is a close friend of mine who I see on a weekly basis for several hours at a time, sometimes a lot longer if filming or social commitments require this.
I wish to emphasise as strongly as possible that I am not Della, and have no idea who ‘Gareth In a Wig’ may be.
Gareth J. Medway (posted by David Farrant).