I don’t plan to add to the speculation regarding the missing canoeist who returned from the dead.

But amongst many intriguing aspects of this case is the revelation of who found the incriminating photograph of the couple taken in Panama City and how she found it.

It does beg the question, is there nowhere left to hide these days?

A simple search engine trawl can throw up all sorts of facts, figures and photographs.

We seemingly leave cyber trails wherever we end up in the world.

So is “doing a Reggie Perrin” still possible?

Of course it is.

Just remember a few golden rules, not least don’t agree to have a publicity photograph taken.

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6 responses »

  1. Mike says:

    There must be…Osama Bin Laden is still MIA.

  2. Paul Groves says:

    Ah, but is Osama actually missing or is that what “they” what us to think…conspiracy theory #367.

  3. Nick Scott Donald says:

    Our canoeist friend could at least have grown a moustache.

  4. Paul Groves says:

    It is the lack of imagination and common sense that I find criminal.

  5. scottdouglas says:

    Way back in 2000 when I started a press agency, we were a three man operation. While all our big rivals were using 56k modems we invested in this prohibitively expensive new service called “broadband”.
    The main reason? it let us spend far more time on line, searching far more quickly and effectively for pics (which earn more than words).
    It may seem strange to think about it now, but then it was pretty normal for us to turn up pics the papers wanted and it proved a sound investment.
    Unsurprisingly this broadband malarkey caught on and the minute a stgory breaks these days, an army of desk-jockey reporters get Googling.
    So it is amazing that an ordinary punter managed to turn up the most sought after (and now most talked about picture) of the year.
    It’s also slightly vexing. Every freelance in the land is struggling to get decent payments from UK newspapers. This would have been a guaranteed monster payday had it been an agency/freelance who got lucky.
    As it is, I bet this the Googling housewife received the square root of nixy.

  6. Paul Groves says:

    Thanks for the comment.
    This links with the whole issue of newspapers and technology. I consider myself reasonably old fashioned – I prefer face to face interviews, I only use shorthand and notebooks – but I took a course about 7 or 8 years ago which showed how the internet was quickly turning into the journalist’s biggest friend. So when I was on the news desk and then went back to writing, a search engine was always open on the my computer. But it still amazes me how slow people are on the uptake and it is the perfect example of why many newspapers are still clueless about how to use technology .

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