We notice that, in the interests of completeness and accuracy, someone has amended Jim Perrin’s Wikipedia entry to (re-)record that he has six children by six partners, also that he resides in Gwynedd, North Wales. We understand he still has his French ‘holiday-home’.
R.J.Ellory has said that he ‘felt confused about [Wikipedia’s] policy’ and he pointed out that in his entry ‘the representation of his life to the wider world was not biased, inappropriate, incorrect or false.’
Neither, it follows, was the information that the author, Jim Perrin, had five other children. There could have been no ‘privacy issue’, nor was it ‘inappropriate’, as he had already either himself recorded one of his sons who was ‘also’ a talented climber – or, at the least, had sanctioned that entry; posted on 24/1/2011, it remained for nearly two years – there is little likelihood that Jim Perrin would have been unaware – yet all details of his eldest son and the mention, which later followed, of his other children (it may be presumed, not posted by himself), were deleted on 15/11/2012. Possibly he felt that the extra information about those ‘other five children’ reflected unfavourably on his character – on his image – and the way round the ‘difficulty’ was to remove completely that part of his entry which dealt with all his children. Continue reading
On 10/10/08, new ‘information’ was given on Wikipedia: that Jim Perrin had, ‘before turning to writing, worked as a shepherd in Cwm Pennant,’ (with, should it therefore be presumed, all the specialist’s knowledge which is entailed in this ancient calling?); we do not believe that he did.
He wrote once, in an article, of how he had watched a farmer delivering a ewe of her lamb; later, he wrote in a book of this experience as his own and it was he, as he graphically described, who had aided the ewe. Now, on Wikipedia, it is said that ‘he worked as a shepherd.’
The two Welsh farmers, with whom recently, and separately, we discussed this, expressed their doubts as to the probability, or even the likely veracity, of his claim. Continue reading