I think I have a real life double. I’ve never met her, but I keep hearing about her. Last night on Twitter I was asked if I free-lance as a translator on YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Corporation).
No, I don’t.
Now, Halme is not an uncommon name in Finland, nor is Helena, but with five million people in a country the size of Britain it is unusual to have a person of the same name to:
1. Be born in the same year, and month, and day.
2. Live in the same part of Helsinki.
3. Have a bank account at the same branch of the same bank as you. (Don’t ask me how I know all this, but I do – this was before identity theft or privacy laws were invented)
4. Start translating for the Finnish TV around the same time you start as a translator for the BBC in Britain.
Is she stalking me or am I stalking her? Or perhaps we are twins separated at birth?
PS. If you are that Helena Halme and reading this, do send me an email. It’s about time we met…(*hears scary movie music*)?