Bolton Deventer riddle: Closer to home than I think?

56118839797334051666.pngHad one of the truly more bizarre discussions today with a colleague of mine, Vincent Maher. I blatently accused him of being the person behind Bolton Deventer — the strange-looking “web marketer” who runs a cheesy blog, who also seems to worship the God of Nelspruit internet Guy McClaren. Vincent/Bolton flatly deny this. But I’ve had my suspicions…

Even stranger — during this very discussion with Vincent this afternoon, Carly Ritz, who works over at The Times, pops up on Gmail chat with a link to Times editor Ray Harley’s blog who is also thinking very much the same thing about Bolton/Vincent.

At first I thought Mr Deventer was an invention of those clever marketing guys at Quirk, but I was quickly set straight by their boss Rob Stokes (I’m taking you at your word, Rob). But I’ve changed my mind. Vincent, by the way, introduced me to Deventer and his splog. The man writes appallingly and hasn’t got a clue, yet paradoxically is strangely internet savvy. I don’t know… but call it the wording or turn of phrase on Bolton’s blog and even specifically on Bolton’s photoshop T-Shirts, or the recent use of Deventer’s iStockphoto (which we recently started using at the office)… I just dunno…

Desperately trying to defend himself, Vincent also mentioned to me it’s impossible that it is him due to the date stamps on the posts. But clearly the post times are being manipulated (it’s easy to do) as Deventer’s response to Ray Hartley’s blog was at 2:53 pm, an hour BEFORE Ray’s post which was at 16:16pm. Another point is that almost immediately after I pointed Vincent to Ray’s post (via Carly),Vince suddenly had to be somewhere quickly and dashed out the office early. A short while later — low-and-behold there appears the new Deventer post in response to Ray.

What we do now know is that there is no such person as Bolton Deventer… the only thing we are not sure about is: who is behind the Bolt On? Whoever it is, it’s a very funny and very clever creation… Come on, own up! You’ve been bust.

Comments (12)

  1. Carls wrote::

    agreed – Bolton Deventer is not real! but this has been great fun for a busy week!

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 4:54 pm #
  2. Nic wrote::

    Hahaha matt, I am very interested to see where all this is going!

    Here’s my contribution to the Vin/Bolt T-war:

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 4:59 pm #
  3. Carls wrote::

    very smart inspector matt!

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:11 pm #
  4. Matt what I have figured out is that Bolton’s blog is set to GMT timezone which means he’s 2 hours behind us. This is a default with WordPress and clearly he has no clue how to change it 🙂

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:29 pm #
  5. Wezz wrote::

    This has been too damn hilarious. Vincent if it is you well done, great work, inspiring even.

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:31 pm #
  6. Carls wrote::

    and well done on keeping us all from working!

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:36 pm #
  7. matt wrote::

    Hey Justin — yeah that popped into my mind. the UK connection is the one thing thats bugging me about my theory… but it could be a red herring too 🙂 LOL… will be interesting to find out who it is…. i wonder if we ever will.

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:37 pm #
  8. Henre wrote::

    Can’t you guys see the resemblence between Vincent and Bolton???

    Obviously it’s an image of Vincent of a couple of years back.

    You guys are fooled easily.

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:40 pm #
  9. Jaxon Rice wrote::

    Matthew – I assure you that Bolton Deventer exists. He is a legend amongst some of the older generation of internet users, back when the only forums we had were BBS’s.

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 6:48 pm #
  10. matt wrote::

    @ jaxon — wasn’t Bolton responsible for creating the core kernel of the original Mosaic browser and Netscape 1.0?

    @ Carls & Wezz — i’m having doubts that it is Vincent

    @ nic — hehe v funny post

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 10:47 pm #
  11. matt wrote::

    We’re actually all missing the point here — the bigger question is actually: who is Keyser Soze??

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 11:10 pm #
  12. Richard Catto wrote::

    If Bolton is the work of Vincent, then he must pay a forfeit, like, for example, being forced to blog on typepad for a year instead of WordPress. 😉

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 6:15 am #

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