I had quite an odd and amusing experience this morning when a guy from the Department of Transport knocked on the door and asked to speak to me!
He wanted to see my driving license and I thought for a moment he was going to confiscate it, even though I couldn’t think what I might have done to deserve that.
He then asked me to confirm that the license was mine and my name was indeed Lorraine Corker. I was quite alarmed by this situation, but when he asked if I had a twin I began to laugh. It was such a relief as I realised this had to be some kind of identity mix up. Apparently when I renewed my license, their new face identification system alerted them that I already had a license, but under a different name. What a relief. I told them that would be my twin sister Lorretta Gibbs.
I thought it was all over, but no. I then had to prove I was who I said I was by producing my birth certificate. That was clearly still not enough! Finally I took him into my studio where there were photos on the wall from one of our twinging photo sessions. He solemnly scrutinized each photo in turn, carefully studying them until he was satisfied.
He asked if he could take a photograph for his records. I find it amusing that the first photo below in now on file at The Department of Transport, although personally, I think it would have been more interesting if he had taken the second. haha
© artwork by Lorraine Corker & Lorretta Gibbs : all rights reserved
photographs by Rob Corker