I'm not sure that the really surreal nature of my first contact with Lachlan will translate here but I'm going to have a stab at it...

It all began very politely, some time before our trip began:

Karen and Nina,

                I love your proposal for a tour of Scotland and wish you all the best 
with it. If you are passing Kyle of Lochalsh (my mother's home) I'd love 
to contact you at that time.
        Also, I feel that both the historical trace and the remote access for 
internet users or "seers" is one of the smartest (hate that word) uses 
of the new media at present.
        Wish you all the best with it, and could we put some info about the 
tour, together with a link into the "digital press" Difference Engine?

        Lachlan
I had no time to reply before the next day I received:
 On Sat, 10 Mar 1990, Nina Pope wrote:

> bollocks

        Boswell's or Johnson's? (I'm assuming the Tour of the 
highlands is underway). Hang a left at the next junction.

        Lach
Having no recollection of sending the word 'bollocks' I wrote:
 > > I am now well confused! Especially as my mail was messed up yesterday -
 We haven't actually started yet it's around next friday, and if you are
> serious yes a link from your page (which I will now try and look at) would
> be nice,
> 
> yours confused
> 
> Nina
As I hit send this one arrived:
         Actually, having though about it, it's obviously William 
Strachan's original eighteenth century "ballock's" to the idea of backing or 
publishing the Tour. (?) 
        I hope this actually is about the tour and not a response via 
Difference Engine, or a proposal for a contribution to it. 

        Looking forward to the next note from Glenelg.
now rather nervous that only a day or two away from leaving a pyscho was already tracking us, I sent:
 Subject: Re: I never said anyhing about ballocks or bollocks!
Mime-Version: 1.0

On Sat, 9 Mar 1996, nina pope wrote:

> Do i have someone impersonating me?!
he came back with:
 I don't know, but its probably via a netscape mail utility which you've 
personalised, on a computer that is accessible to others, ie in a College
or something.
        
        Lachlan
before this arrived though I had lost it a bit:
 On Sat, 9 Mar 1996, nina pope wrote:

> Lachlan -
> 
> have just been to look at the difference engine - which looks really good -
> I will browse more once I'm at work...and yes it does look as if we would
> like to be inclueded....
> on the topic of the 'genital email!' can you clear this up ...as I've been
> getting a few wierd random emails apparantly in response to things I have
> written which I have no recollection of..eg an offer of a hyper home that I
> never requested!
> > have I lost my marbles - do you have a wierd sense of humour - have I
> missed something or should I just change the access to my email account!?
> > yours hoping you are not some wierdo and confused
> 
> nina
his turn to loose it:
No, it's not me. Honestly. I am not a weirdo, its not me. What can I say?  
Its proably a student at your college (or that Perter Ride!)* I think he
 means Peter - and I don't think he will take offence Lachlan!*. I just 
tried to respond creatively to what I thought was an odd bit of email:
I'll send the original I received, so that you can see what I thought I 
had to contend with.
        This is the oddest email thread I have ever engaged in.
        I hope we can clear it up. It is very confusing. 

Lachlan
...and so it went on until eventually I did clear it up - rather strangely with the help of Peter Ride! At an ArtAIDS meeting I mentioned my fear that someone had been using my account (other wierd stuff had happened and some messages from complete strangers had come back as returned mail!) - and that I had traced them to an easynet account. Suddenly Peter came over very lucid and revealed remebered he'd sent himself a message from the ICA - where Pandaemonium had a public machine and it had appeared to come from me!

SO I should take this opportunity to say sorry to anyone else who got flame mail from me during this period - NEVER take your netscape preferences with you to teach a class and then forget to whipe the machine at the end!

By now I was feeling rather fond of 'Lachlan' - I have to admire anyone who can go with the flow of a 'bollocks flame' opptomistically believing it to be an 'art statement'. So from here we went back to more pedestrian email regarding the project, BUT today the search for Lachlans relatives began...

And still our exchange goes on...look here for the eventual London meet up...


memorial
Nina--

        There are some beautiful images and passages in the Journal. The 
sound files too are very evocative. As a whole, I really think it 
has worked remarkably well. I look forward to meeting you at some point 
and to seeing what you do subsequently with the material you have 
gathered. I wonder when this project is going to translate to a Gallery 
environment.

Regarding:" Lachlan."

Yes that's fine.  My only reservation is your unfortunate juxtaposition of my
name with a link to an image of a loony stalker (!) and the impression
you give that our communication took part once the tour had begun - this
MUST be changed. Also, some of the funnier passages were removed, but
its OK apart from this as far as I am concerned...

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