Admittedly, I’m secretive by nature, but I think I’d be wary of taking out a super-injunction. I mean, by its nature, journalists have to know that you have something to hide, don’t they? If I were to be doing something a bit dodge that I don’t want anyone to know about, then at what point would I go for it? For a start, I’d have to tell the lawyer. That’s a bit no-go (or number 90, as Eric, as in Little By Little, would have it, as I think I remember from my extreme youth) for a start. And then the judge would have to know, and then, as I said, the journalists, and once they knew I’d got something to hide, they surely wouldn’t rest until they knew what, even if they weren’t going to publish it. The timing would be crucial, just within the time that they knew but before they went to print, or else the cat might be let out of the bag needlessly.
Of course, this is all hypothetical. No really, of course. Just look at me, you can see I’m a publish and be damned woman, and that most of my sins relate to chocolate and overenthusiasm.
Having said that, I’ve actually been cautious for years. Right down to the parking ticket and the application of lipstick in a public place. It has, for a long time, been my dread that my (very minor) *place in society* might become my identity. From the time that I used, once in a while, to help with the children’s group on a Sunday morning, I have veered from anything that might give rise to “Sunday School Teacher* In (insert misdemeanour of your choice) Scandal.”
I did get a parking ticket once, actually. It was about 20 years ago, I was heading back to the car park when a friend hailed me and, unwisely, I stopped for a chat. Not for long, but for long enough.
Enough of that. The family finally arrived home in the middle of the afternoon, and we went to have a cup of tea and some cake. Hadrian was having a feed when we arrived, and afterwards his father changed his nappy, and was caught unawares by an unexpectedly sure aim. After that, Hadrian stayed thoroughly awake and looked about him with great interest. I know that small babies cannot focus at a distance, but he certainly has the measure of me and his Grandpa.