Feeds

Lloyd Webber web hoaxer unmasked

Phantom of the Opera.com

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The identity of the literary hoaxer who made the pages of The New York Times last year can finally be revealed.

The prankster posted reviews under the name of "Andrew Lloyd-Webber" - Britain's best-loved composer - on Amazon.com. The publishing giant rapidly removed the reviews. Regular readers can probably already guess the hoaxer's identity.

"Other false Lloyd Webber endorsements went to guidebooks on combating halitosis and premature ejaculation," noted the Times. "Lord Lloyd Webber was not available for comment."

ice


We can now confirm the author was Henry Raddick, Amazon.com star reviewer and composer of over two hundred erudite contributions to the online book giant's pages. Raddick has featured in Slate, the Online Journalism Review and gained a cult following amongst bloggers.

mount deer


Speaking to The Register last night from a public house in Holborn, London, with his pug Grendel at his side, Raddick confessed to being the author of the "Lloyd-Webber" reviews.

relief

We have also able to obtain rare screen shots of the now-deleted Amazon reviews. These, we repeat, were not written by Lord Lloyd Webber.

The news could come as a disappointment to Ross Allan, who was naturally "pleasantly surprised" to discover that the knighted composer of Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Evita had given Allan's Dog Obedience Training the personal seal of approval. ®

Related Story

Henry Raddick - man of letters [our exclusive interview]

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.