There’s a gadget for everything these days. A kindle, instead of a book. An iPad instead of a PC, an app for pretty much everything. A calorie counter, a newspaper, mobile banking… It’s still mind boggling that I can Skype someone the other side of the world through a little square screen and they can actually see and hear me.  I’ve got a friend, who is a bit of a conspiracy theorist, who’s convinced that the internet is secretly stealing our identities, ideas, passwords and anything else that we now do online.

After watching Sherlock Holmes the other night, thanks to LoveFilm, and yes, I know it’s a hollywood fabrication of an already quite elaborate story series, but it makes you wonder how anything got solved before gadgets and technology? Before Facebook, twitter, blogger, WordPress, foursquare etc. un flattering photos remained un-printed in a spool somewhere, or in a paper wallet at the bottom of a box. If you arranged to meet someone, you’d have to agree on a specific spot and just wait there, hoping they’d show. The world was not be privy to your every thought, like, location and relationship status. Remember the world before mobile phones, when people actually talked to each other?  Or if you called someone, it was for an actual chat and it was to a land line. Or, even crazier, you’d just knock on someone’s door, unannounced. Those were the good old days. When crimes were solved by sniffing gun powder and following footprints.

Funnily enough, there is a Private Detective Agency around the corner from our house. I noticed it a few months ago when I was putting petrol into our car. I use ‘car’ very loosely here, I’m sure it used to be one, it’s still trying to be and very narrowly passed it’s MOT so it can continue masquerading as one until it konks out. I give it a few weeks…

Anyway, the private detective agency, apparently it’s been there for a few years now. The website states it’s for ‘everyday people who just NEED TO KNOW‘. Need to know what? Surely if it’s a criminal matter, the police with deal with it?

The list of services that the agency provides covers everything from surveillance and mobile hacking to missing persons and DNA analysis.  These kinds of services don’t necessarily appeal to your ‘everyday’ person. They can also install covert technology to phones and computers to monitor usage.  I can’t help but imagine Inspector Gadget waiting patiently for the call, ready to get to work with a helicopter coming out of his hat. But in reality, it’s probably a lot easier, My whole life is contained in my laptop, phone and the world wide web.  Just when you thought technology was going to bring us hover boards and robots, it’s gone down the road of surveillance and social networking.

I got to wondering what sort of person becomes a Private Investigator? It seems like a pretty cool job, especially if you are naturally inquisitive (some people call it nosey/intrusive… I prefer the euphemism myself).  A few seconds on Google and I discovered that you can actually train to become a Private Investigator with a fully accredited BTEC qualification at The Academy of Private Investigators! It’s not something that comes up in the careers advice centre but the website does really sell it as ‘an adventurous and exciting career’! If only I had heard of it sooner!

I’m still wondering who these ‘everyday people that need to know’ are and have come to the conclusion that this agency is in existence for the sole purpose of uncovering cheating partners or other criminal activity that the police can’t get wind of.  Philanderers and the mafia, essentially. What else would your everyday person ‘need to know’? This is the sort of shenanigans that is coming up in The Leveson Inquiry. But instead of finding out about celebrity pregnancies, divorces and boob jobs, it’ll reveal yummy mummy’s running off with the tennis coach and inspiration for episodes of the Sopranos.

Of course this is a bit of a generalisation and may not be totally accurate.

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