However, living here on the Costa del Sol, I can see how tempting and how easy it can be to be someone else. With a bit of P.R., a lot of charity dos attendances and quite a lot of bullshit I could have been a descendant from German aristocracy, my ancestors were Jews, and I could very easily become Prickly von Cohen.
But there is a trick in reinventing yourself in the first place and this is that you must inject just a tiny amount of truth, hopefully something that appears reasonable but that cannot be easily checked.
Living on the Costa for the number of years that I have, I have seen some incredible transformations; from some rich business mans humble bit on the side mistresses to company directors of all types of businesses, normally something of which they know nothing about, yet suddenly they seem to have studied and trained for it since childhood. Businesses that are set up with payoffs from said rich men when they were replaced by younger models or when they decided to stay with the smarter wife, as mistress was the cheaper option (no kids).
Common sense should also tell these transformers, as I call them, that if they used one organ on their bodies to get where they are, theres no point now trying to use another organ (the brain) to suddenly become the female version of Stephen Hawkins.
Some typical examples of transformations are:
Still next time I see you out and about and give you that knowing wink, youll know I have transformed momentarily into being discreet as usual.
Till next month the Prickly Pair (international journalist, author, professional people watcher, artist and charity attendee).