I'm at the Lib Dem Conference in Bournemouth and doing the usual first day thing of having snatched conversations with friends I haven't seen in a while.
Across the room I spotted the Total Politics stand and a copy of Mark Oaten's new autobiography - Screwing Up.
Knowing that I appear in it (see here for details), I went over and thumbed through it to find my name in the index. Nothing. Nada. But wait, there was an Alex Faulkes in the index. So I looked at pages 33-34 and found that I have indeed been included under a wrong spelling.
Apparently Mark describes me as softly spoke and a rock. He also says that I insisted on driving at 10mph below the speed limit the whole time. I can't comment on the middle reference (but I'd like to thank him for it) but can safely say that nowadays I definitely talk too much and the only time I drive at 10mph below the limit is when I'm stuck behind a tractor.
The dog running over incident is, regrettably, spelled out in full, painful and accurate detail.
I shall be taking the spelling thing up with Mr Dale who actually emailed me to check that they had my name right.