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By Frederic Raphael   November 1997

What is the ill-mannered pig question? It is this: why are so many (famous) people now being imitated, on a worldwide basis, by ill-mannered pigs? Supplementaries run along the following lines: (a) “Do they know that this is happening?”; (b) “Is this possibly a service they pay for?”; and if (b), then (c): “How can I/you arrange for my/your telephone to be answered by an IMP thus ensuring that we are taken for persons of quality?”

What is this all about? It is partly about the ill-mannered pig who impersonated Norman Mailer when I telephoned him at Brown’s Hotel during…

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